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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A Shocker: 2010 Census Data Shows Long Beach Adds Only 735 People In 10 Years

By George Economides, Publisher

With thousands of new single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartment units at all price levels added to the city’s housing inventory during the past decade, many Long Beach officials expected the city’s population to be approaching 500,000 people when the new U.S. Census data was released.

Not even close.

The Long Beach Business Journal just obtained the data showing the city’s population was up a mere 735 people since the last Census in 2000.
The numbers are:
2010: 462,257
2000: 461,522
Increase: 0.2 percent

Long Beach fell from 5th to the 7th most populated city in California, being passed by Fresno and Sacramento.

The Long Beach data was contrary to what occurred throughout the state and begs the question: what happened here? Where did all the people go?

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