Portions of the ship are on track to reopen this spring with the rest of the long-shuttered ocean liner opening in phases over the summer, a city official said Thursday.
Councilman William Graham didn’t see much use in coming up with names, saying, “No matter what we call these things, they are going to be called Island A, B, C and D,” though he nevertheless suggested going with the local references Alamitos, Cerritos, Brea and Bolsa.
The new terminal expansion and improvements will prepare the site for the next 25 years of predicted sea level rise, provide accessible passenger facilities and improve safety, security, pedestrian circulation and the overall user experience.
Opening a second winter shelter site in Long Beach is something “that has never happened before,” Public Works Director Eric Lopez said.
The board voted unanimously Thursday to look at solutions that could include assigning outreach workers to all 13 “end-of-the-line” stations that include cities like Azusa, Norwalk, Redondo Beach and Long Beach.
Information gathered in the annual tally helps the city apply for grants and other funding to address the homeless crisis, and it helps guide decisions on programs and spending.
More than 300 city staff and volunteers visited “hot spots” to collect information from unhoused people that will help guide decisions on spending and programs.
Officials said additional security measures would be taken on Thursday as a precaution.
The event in Admiral Kidd Park will include a live cooking demonstration with chef and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons, a tasting stand where guests can try pairing fruits and vegetables with a variety of dips and a “let’s get scrappy” station that will show attendees how to utilize food scraps to regrow produce.
The old North Long Beach neighborhood library could be demolished and replaced with eight for-sale affordable homes if the city reaches an agreement with Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles.