Normally taking place in the spring, the annual regional economic forum hosted by Cal State Long Beach and the Long Beach Economic Partnership was postponed due to the ongoing global pandemic. Now, organizers are taking the opportunity to transform the forum into a quarterly event beginning in August.
The developer of the Long Beach Civic Center mid-block project—a massive mixed-use development slated for the site of the old city hall building—has pulled out of the project due to economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.
The new 3,000-passenger Carnival Radiance is scheduled to start sailing in Long Beach in April.
Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport was down over 92% last month compared to June 2019. For the first six months of the year, traffic is down nearly 57% compared to the same time frame last year.
For the recall effort to move forward, 10% of the city’s registered voters must sign the petition, which means the campaign to recall Mayor Robert Garcia requires 26,503 verifiable signatures within 160 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the hospitality and tourism industry. For island communities such as Catalina, which rely almost solely on tourism, the economic impact has been devastating.
As the number of visitors to the island ebbs and flows, and regulations on the reopening of the economy change on a weekly basis, the business of ferrying people from the mainland to the town of Avalon has changed as well.