Long Beach Rescue Mission continues to give the gift of community through the holiday season

The Long Beach Rescue Mission is on a mission to continue providing the essentials and more to those in need in the Long Beach community this holiday season.

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Mismanagement sinks $23 Million on phantom repairs for Queen Mary

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud today released her Queen Mary Report to verify that Urban Commons, the previous leaseholder, and operator of the Queen Mary, used the $23 million as agreed upon to fund the 27 urgent and critical repair projects and to determine whether the City of Long Beach (City) provided sufficient oversight of the funds for these projects.

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ComplexCon ’21 gives exclusive insight to LBLN

ComplexCon returns to Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Nov. 6-7, with the theme ‘Reunite and Reconnect.’ ComplexCon is an innovative festival that integrates brands, people, and trends with pop culture, lifestyle, streetwear, sneakers, fashion, music, conversations, and food. 

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Marine Fire in Long Beach Harbor

Long Beach Fire Department’s Lifeguard Rescue Boat 1 and 1st Alarm Assignment made quick work of a 40-foot pleasure craft vessel that was engulfed in flames earlier this afternoon in Alamitos Bay. Though no injuries were reported, fire investigators are currently looking into the origins of the fire.

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Long Beach Prepares for Potential Heavy Rain, Winds

A storm system is bringing rain, winds, and cold weather to Southern California this morning, Monday, Oct. 25. The National Weather Service is predicting rain showers throughout the day with cooler temperatures in the evening. The heaviest rains are expected between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 pm. Light rain and cooler temperatures are expected to follow into the evening.

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Thanksgiving Campaign Underway at Long Beach Rescue Mission

The Long Beach Rescue Mission, 1430 Pacific Ave., has kicked off its Thanksgiving Campaign seeking $2.20 donations or more to provide meals, shelter, and services to those in need this holiday season.

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Long Beach Arts Council Announces 2021-2022 Annual Grant Cycle Applications are Open

The Arts Council for Long Beach is excited to announce that the 2021–2022 Annual Grant Cycle Applications and Guidelines are now available. Applications and Guidelines can be found on the Arts Council website at http://www.artslb.org/grants.

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Local Residents Express Major Concerns Over Newly Adopted Budget

The  Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s $3 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The new budget includes a notable and controversial increase to the budget of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) to the tune of $250 million, or about 64 percent of the total General Fund adopted within the new City budget.

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LBCC Aquatics Coach Helps USA Water Polo Win Gold

Long Beach City College Head Aquatics Coach Chris Oeding helped the United States Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team achieve history during the final weekend of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. On Saturday, August 7th, the team defeated Spain, 14-5, to secure their sixth Olympic medal and the team’s third straight gold. 

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LBUSD to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations

As the Delta variant surges throughout the world and local community, the Long Beach Unified School District has announced that they will be requiring proof of vaccination or weekly negative COVID-19 tests for all of their employees.

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Long Beach Rescue Mission Now Accepting Donations and Volunteers

The Long Beach Rescue Mission is currently accepting donations Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to benefit the Mission’s Thrift Store, 702 West Anaheim St. Donations are tax-deductible and proceeds will go toward meals, shelter, and recovery services for the men and women in the Mission’s New Life Program.

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Unhoused Community Members to Enjoy A BBQ Lunch at Long Beach Rescue Mission

Terri Henry, of the non-profit Long Beach Food and Beverage, announced that five of the top Long Beach chefs and restaurateurs hope to provide lunch to over 250 homeless men, women and children initiating the Long Beach Burger Week on July 27th.

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Family Continues Search for Overboard Passenger of Catalina Express

Though the official search has concluded, Keion’s family and loved ones aren’t giving up. In addition to the 600 square miles searched by authorities both on the ocean and from the air, Kion’s family has coordinated with community members to keep up the search efforts.

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City Auditor Laura Doud Finds Urban Commons Misrepresents Financial Information of Queen Mary

The Long Beach City Auditor’s Office (Office) in partnership with the forensics accounting firm, Hemming Morse, has performed an analysis of financial transactions and activity between Urban Commons Queensway LLC (Urban Commons), the leaseholder and operator of the Queen Mary, and the City of Long Beach (City). The purpose of the investigation was to verify that the $23 million approved by City Council in 2016 was used as intended to fund 27 critical and urgent repair projects identified in the 2016 Marine Survey.

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Update: Where Did the Children Go?

Mayor Robert Garcia and city officials announced late last month that Long Beach would be welcoming several hundred migrant children to be housed at the Long Beach Convention Center until a time in which the reunification of them and their families was possible (prospectively 7-10 days for each child to be specific). After two weeks of operation, with a lack of publicly available data, the facility has failed to reunite any children with their families or sponsors thus far. According to Forbes, only four families throughout the U.S., separated under the Trump administration, have been reunited since President Biden took office. Though the housing of migrant children here in Long Beach has been well-publicized, their transportation out of the city, and in this instance, the state, has not.

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Long Beach Providing Migrant Children with Temporary Emergency Shelter

To ensure the safety and well-being of each child, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, has requested assistance from local governments throughout the United States to provide temporary facilities for these children, while the federal government quickly reconnects them with family members or sponsors in the United States. Long Beach specifically has been requested to assist with this humanitarian mission to safely house children who are unattended by their parents.

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