The City of Long Beach is proud to release the 2019 Year in Review, a book that offers a snapshot of the City’s accomplishments and accolades for the year. This has been a year of growth and change for the City, from the City’s new Civic Center—the culmination of years of hard work, made possible through an innovative public-private partnership—to the dedication of the newly built Billie Jean King Main Library.
“In 2019 we have seen a construction boom across the city, while investing in infrastructure, addressing homelessness and modernizing City services,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
“Under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council, Long Beach continues to experience success on many fronts,” said Acting City Manager Tom Modica. “We have brought new high-tech jobs to our city while also supporting small businesses and working to develop our local workforce.”
The following are just a few of the City’s accomplishments in 2019:
- 22 miles of sidewalk replaced
- 400 new participants in the Housing Authority’s voucher program, including 248 people who were homeless at admission
- 1,716 outreach visits to people experiencing homelessness by the Street Outreach Team, with more than 1,000 people connecting to resources at the Multi-Service Center and community-based organizations
- 12,675 building permits issued, with a total construction value of $656 million
- 600 capture screens installed to prevent trash and debris from reaching the ocean
- 45,000 bicycle trips made through the City’s Bikeshare Program, traveling a total of more than 127,000 miles
Additionally, the City negotiated a long-term lease and operating agreement between with the Molina, Wu, Network, LLC healthcare group, paving the way for the reopening of Community Hospital and restoration of critical acute care services to the city; implemented Compassion Saves, a sheltering model with the goal of ensuring all healthy and treatable dogs and cats are saved; and implemented many environmental initiatives, including the next phase of City’s Styrofoam ban.
The City of Long Beach Year in Review is available at http://www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/city-news/media-library/documents/yearinreview_2019_final.