Beer & Politics is a monthly series offering an opportunity to engage in a positive political dialog over a pint of beer, held at on the last Tuesday of every month at Gallagher’s Pub & Grill: 2751 E Broadway, (562)856-8000.
by Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal
I am excited about the opportunity to speak about significant housing and economic development issues affecting the
While housing and economic development may not sound like popular bar topics, our young professionals are continually dealing with rising rents, unaffordable mortgages, unsuccessful job searches, and threats of job loss, which are issues that can be addressed and mitigated through thoughtful and strategic policies.
Our City faces a critical need for affordable housing opportunities, both rental and ownership. While housing development continues in
According to the United States Census, the homeownership rate in the City of
We need quality affordable housing in our community because affordable housing is an important tool to improving the quality of life for everyone. Affordable housing is a tool to fight homelessness and poverty, a tool for a steady workforce, and even for improved parking – if rent was affordable, families wouldn’t have to double up in single units thereby causing parking problems.
The City is working to ensure that more affordable housing opportunities are created. Just this week, we celebrated the grand opening of Pacific City Lights, a newly constructed 42-unit workforce housing development near
Pacific City Lights is a testament to the dedication and determination of housing advocates in the City. With continued leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, we have an opportunity to fully fulfill the goals outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan: to build a strong network of healthy neighborhoods, strengthen community leadership and collaboration and increase public participation, celebrate the diversity of Long Beach’s neighborhoods, support neighborhood efforts to create beauty and pride, and improve the quality and availability of housing.
The City’s Economic Development efforts are congruent to the City’s affordable housing efforts in that both work to improve the economic welfare and vitality of members of our community.
Various agencies, including Redevelopment, Economic Development and Workforce Development are dedicated to fostering a prosperous economy through recruiting appropriate businesses and assisting businesses to grow and prosper. The City’s Economic Development specialists work to multiply available job opportunities and strengthen the local economy of the City. Through programs, workshops, incentives, resources and other assistance measures, the City is working hard to invigorate the economic profile of those who live and work in
Some people see an empty storefront and interpret it as a sign of economic despair. But in
The Los Angeles Business Journal recently called
The Downtown Renaissance is a prime example of the fruitful efforts being made throughout the City to make our City top-notch. Filled with quality restaurants, pedestrian enhancements, cultural and community events such as the 2nd Saturday Art Walk, and my staff’s favorite destination, Pinkberry, the downtown is an important economic and cultural engine that captures the potential for the entire City.