For the first time in two years, COVID-19 was not the biggest story in Long Beach. Here’s what dominated the headlines this year.
It was a busy year: our visuals team started new projects, continued its commitment to highlighting local artists and documented circumstances both troubling and heartwarming across the city.
This year was an incredibly busy news year; January 2021 alone may have been the busiest month in recent history.
2020 ended bleak, and 2021 began even bleaker: More than 15,000 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in the first month of the year, and the city recorded 268 deaths—more than any single month since the start of the pandemic.
Long Beach lost a big part of its history this year with the deaths of three former councilmembers, a state Assemblywoman and Senator, and others who made a big impact on the city: a leader in the Cambodian community, a longtime strawberry farmer, a Filipina chef, the owner of a shoeshine stand and a former gang detective.
As it does every year, Long Beach saw its share of crime in 2021. But some stories were especially memorable, poignant or had an outsized potential to affect the city.
Tragedy. Beauty. Joy. Anger. The photographers at the Post roll on breaking news and illustrate events and features of note, freezing them in time as a record of moments in the city’s history.
As we reflect on a year that was, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the work we did together and the decisions we made in 2020.
In these videos, we bring you some joyous and uplifting times along with the heartbreaking and touching moments of the year.