Bringing you the latest local news highlights to kick off the week of Monday, Nov. 20, 2023.
Long Beach City Council Declares Emergency Following Cybersecurity Breach
City Council unanimously approved a resolution ratifying the city manager’s declaration of a local emergency in response to a recent network security incident targeting city systems last Tuesday, Nov. 14. This declaration grants emergency powers to streamline the city’s response efforts, permitting action to mitigate the incident’s impact. The proclamation, effective until Dec. 5, enables the city to expedite essential services, deploy personnel, and secure necessary resources, ensuring continuity of city operations. While certain systems remain offline as a precautionary measure, the city offers ongoing services through alternative channels. Emergency services, including the fire and police department, are unaffected. Utility billing late fees and shutoffs are temporarily suspended. Street sweeping and trash/recycling pickups continue, as well as vaccine clinics, homeless services, and animal care services. Updates and details regarding the incident are available on a temporary website and through phone: 562-570-INFO (4636). Learn more here.
New 31-Story Hard Rock Hotel Coming to Downtown Long Beach
Long Beach is poised for a transformation with the announcement of a groundbreaking project: the construction of a 31-story Hard Rock Hotel in downtown. Mayor Rex Richardson revealed plans for this endeavor, aiming to open before the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. The hotel, boasting 429 rooms, a music venue, and a range of amenities, signals a significant revitalization for downtown’s entertainment sphere, enhancing tourism, particularly during the Olympics. Scheduled for completion in 2027, the mixed-use tower will offer expansive dining, event spaces, and a rooftop bar providing an unparalleled view of Rainbow Harbor. With a strong focus on music, the hotel aims to harness Long Beach’s rich musical heritage, anticipating an economic upswing and larger conventions for the city. Learn more here.
Long Beach Gears Up for 70th Annual Daisy Lane Parade
The 69th Annual Daisy Lane Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 9, and will commence at 5 p.m. along Daisy Ave. and Burnett Ave., and end near West Hill St. and Maine Ave. Local businesses, nonprofits, and community groups keen on participating are encouraged to submit applications by Wednesday, Nov. 29. For more details or inquiries, reach out to the Seventh District Council office at 562-570-7777 or email@example.com. Following the parade, on Dec. 10, a night of holiday entertainment will ensue, continuing the festive spirit initiated by the city and Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga. The entertainment event is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Daisy Lane median located at Daisy Ave. and 20th St., featuring an array of festive performances. Learn more here.
Long Beach Secures Site for 33 Tiny Homes Amidst Winter Shelter Opening
Long Beach officials announced a new location for the planned community of 33 tiny homes, set to be positioned at East Spring St. and California Ave. These homes, prioritizing those experiencing chronic homelessness, aim to provide stable housing with access to utilities and disability-friendly units. The site underwent thorough safety tests and reviews, pending approval from the California Housing and Community Development Department, which is also the project’s primary funder. The city anticipates completion by early 2025. Meanwhile, the recently opened winter shelter at 702 W. Anaheim St. provides 125 beds and operational assistance for unhoused individuals, indicating a concerted effort to address homelessness in the city. Learn more here.
Annual Turkey Trot Returns to Rosie’s Dog Beach This Thanksgiving
Organized by Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team, the annual Long Beach Turkey Trot is set to take place at Rosie’s Dog Beach on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Participants of all ages can choose between a 5K or 10K run along a scenic route, with a special half-mile course for kids. Starting from the Granada Boat Launch Ramp, the course follows the coastline, with turnaround points at Shoreline Village for the 10K and Junipero Avenue for the 5K. The event doubles as a food bank collection center, urging attendees to bring non-perishable items. Registration fees support the Community Action Team’s initiatives, and some lucky finishers might receive holiday pies as a reward. Registration details and packet pickup information are available on Rudd’s website. Learn more here.