News In Brief

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

• The Long Beach-based SCAN Foundation released a state budget fact sheet with information on how the May revision of the 2011-2012 California budget affects older adults and persons with disabilities. Items discussed include adult day healthcare, in-home support services, the multipurpose senior services program and MediCal. The document is available online at http://www.thescanfoundation.org.

• In an effort to raise funds for the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the Hyatt Regency Long Beach has partnered with the Long Beach-based headquarters for SOSC to allow an expected 150 thrill-seekers the opportunity to rappel off of the 16-floor hotel on October 29. Each participant in the “Over the Edge” challenge must raise $1,000 to rappel. For more information, visit http://www.sosc.org/overtheedge.

People In The News

• California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has named Raymond Torres-Santos as the new dean of the College of the Arts, effective August 1. He comes from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he has been dean of the College of the Arts and Communications. Torres-Santos replaces former dean Don Para, who now serves as CSULB’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

• Martin S. Chin and Brent N. Phillips have joined City National Bank to head up the bank’s capital finance unit. The unit provides asset-based loans to commercial borrowers. Chin is serving as senior vice president and capital finance unit team manager, and Phillips is to report to Chin as vice president and capital finance unit relationship manager. The two have combined experience of more than 30 years in syndicated transactions and secured financing.

• The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has elected Terrie S. Norris as president and chief elected officer. Norris is a risk control manager at Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach and a recognized leader in risk management and loss control with 21 years of experience in the field. She is to be sworn in on June 12 at the ASSE House of Delegates meeting during the ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Chicago. She officially steps into her new role on July 1.

Sip On This: The Health Benefits Of Wine

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Since the days of the early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, wine has been used for medicinal purposes as a treatment for anything from headaches to heartburn to constipation. But does the theory that wine has health benefits hold in today’s society?

Business Journal Photograph by Carlos Delgado

Various research studies have shown that moderate intake of alcohol may actually improve cardiovascular health, and the more unique chemicals found in red wine is showing further benefits. Doctors agree that unless an individual has specific health issues or is taking certain medications, drinking red wine in moderation may provide some health benefits.

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Bike Long Beach Online Survey

Bike Long Beach is conducting an online survey of Long Beach residents on road traffic preferences, conditions and concerns. Anyone who rides a bike, drives a car, walks or uses public transportation in the city is encouraged to fill out the survey, which is the first phase of a motorist and bicycle safety campaign being launched this summer. The survey, funded by a grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, concludes July 15. To participate in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikesafelb.

Inclusionary Zoning Bill Defeated

by George Economides, Publisher

The Apartment Association, Southern California Cities reported late Friday, June 3, that Senate Bill 184 that would have “allowed and encouraged cities and counties to set price controls on newly constructed rental and ownership housing” – also known as inclusionary zoning – was defeated. The bill need 21 votes in the senate to pass, but received only 17.

The association reported that two other bills it opposed were also defeated: Assembly Bill 934 would have “permitted cities and counties to adopt their own eviction controls, termination of tenancy laws and ordinances regulating rental contracts;” and Assembly Bill 265, which would have “permitted a non-paying tenant to pay rent three to four months late and then force the landlord to re-rent the unit to the former tenant.”

Planning Commission Approves Compliance Of Pine Square Theater Conversion Conditions

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

A project to convert the AMC Pine Square 16 movie theater in Downtown Long Beach, which closed last year, into 69 loft-style apartments has taken a step forward after receiving approval of compliance with conditions set forth by the Long Beach Planning Commission.

During its June 2 meeting, the commission unanimously approved compliance  (6-0), while Commissioner Becky Blair recused herself due to conflict of interest, according to city staff.  The planning commission had approved the project’s site plan review and certified negative declaration in April, but had asked the applicant to return with revised plans to comply with a list of concerns.

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LD Products To Break Ground On Douglas Park Industrial Building

Online Ink Cartridge Retailer To Build Energy-Efficient Warehouse

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

In an industry climate where new construction is nearly non-existent, Douglas Park – a mixed-use development on land formerly owned by Boeing near the Long Beach Airport – has become the lone bright spot in the area.

The latest deal to come through is an 110,000-square-foot build-to-suit, being developed for new owner/user LD Products, an online retailer of ink cartridge and printer supplies.  The concrete tilt-up is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, the first such energy-efficient warehouse of its kind in California, according to Chuckie Lyons, owner of Paramount-based Lyons and Lyons Properties.

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Cupcake Contest Underway For Port Birthday Celebration

Area Bakeries Compete To Cater Centennial Event June 25

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Twelve Long Beach-area bakeries and cupcakeries have made the cut to compete for the chance to cater the Port of Long Beach’s 100th birthday celebration June 25.

The Port’s 100th Birthday cupcake contest invites the participating businesses to develop and submit an all-inclusive bid and design concept that signifies the Port of Long Beach special occasion, including sample cupcakes to taste-test. The concepts should have a port theme, with a similar aesthetic display for the sweet treats.

A panel of judges, including a cross section of baking and pastry professionals, began evaluating and sampling the cupcakes yesterday, June 6, and must decide on the top three bakeries by June 14. The top three – chosen for creativity, taste, presentation and price – have the opportunity to each bake 1,000 cupcakes to be delivered at 4 p.m. to the port’s centennial event.

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Port Of Long Beach To Celebrate 100th Birthday June 25

Free Event To Include Exhibits, Carnival Rides, Artists Entertainment And Speaker Panel

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

To commemorate the Port of Long Beach’s storied history of 100 years, the port is hosting a day-long event of merriment, remembrance and celebration.

The port’s 100th birthday party on June 25, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. is similar to the celebration that took place a century ago, when the city put on a parade from Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard to Municipal Pier 1 (now Pier D, Berth 49). The free event open to the public is at the docks, just south of the Gerald Desmond Bridge at Ocean Boulevard and Pico Avenue.

“It’s an opportunity for people who have had any connection over the years with the port to help us celebrate the people who have created this port complex,” said Art Wong, Port of Long Beach spokesperson. “I’m hoping that families will bring their parents or grandparents down here, and look at our exhibits and share stories and see and understand all these changes that we’ve undergone over the decades to become what we are today and what we still hope to be in the future.”

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TEDx SoCal To Focus On ‘Thriving,’ Sharing Creative Ideas

July 16 Event To Feature Local Luminaries As Mini-Version Of Exclusive TED Conference

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

Long Beach is lucky enough to host the exclusive TED Conference each year that has drawn famous and inspirational speakers, such as Bill Gates and Al Gore, to converge on the ideas of “technology, entertainment and design.” But this year, the city is opening the doors for the general public to attend its own mini-version, with an interesting cadre of local luminaries.

The TEDx SoCal conference, x standing for independently organized, is expected to offer a day-long conference and interactive experience that features short talks and performances, spawned off the TED goal of “ideas worth spreading.” The event is held July 16 at the Center Theatre from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• The Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) of California State University, Long Beach is presenting a webinar series as a follow up to a Point/Counterpoint forum on the Panama Canal expansion presented last year. The next webinars include: “Is Southern California Competitive,” on June 3 with speaker Fram Inman, of Majestic Realty Co. and the California Transportation Commission; and “Challenges Ahead” on June 17 with speakers John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. To register for free, visit www.livestream.com/cittnet.

• Fitch Ratings has affirmed a “AA” rating with outlook “stable” for the Port of Long Beach, which has approximately $735 million in outstanding harbor revenue bonds and harbor revenue refunding bonds issued by the City of Long Beach. The rating was based on resilience of throughput and shipping related revenues during changing economic periods.

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