Long Beach Business Journal Launches New Web Site, Partners With The Lamont Group

In an effort to strengthen its support of the Long Beach area business community, the Long Beach Business Journal has partnered with local, one-stop-shop media firm The Lamont Group (TLG) to launch a new Web site. The site goes live later today, September 27, at LBBusinessJournal.com.

“As we near the 25th year of the founding of the Business Journal, we are significantly expanding the newspaper’s online presence through our new partnership with The Lamont Group, a local, family-owned business,” said George Economides, founder and publisher of the Long Beach Business Journal.

In addition to providing numerous stories, perspectives and photographs from each issue of the Business Journal and from weekly events, the site will serve as a resource guide for the business community with how-to articles, tips on a running a business, economic development information and much more. “In working with The Lamont Group, we have quite a few ideas that we plan to introduce in the coming months. We also want to gather input from our readers,” Economides said.

TLG is led by Evan Lamont, who comes from a public relations background and formerly worked for Frank Groff, Inc. Lamont wanted to start his own PR firm, and tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit to form TLG in 2006. Shawn Lamont, with 10 years of experience in the information technology industry, joined his brother in 2009 as a Web services specialist and developer.

The brothers work with their father, Ian Lamont, who serves as an advisor on business and client strategies. Ian Lamont is the former CEO of the Northern California division of Media News Group and served as publisher of the Oakland Tribune. Ian is also known for serving as publisher of the Long Beach Press-Telegram in the early 2000s.

The graphic design, online advertising, marketing and public and media relations agency has a variety of small- and medium-sized clients in Los Angeles and Orange counties, from businesses in the healthcare industry to restaurants to attorneys and many others. For more information about TLG, visit: www.TLGLB.com.

According to Evan Lamont, TLG hopes to address the changing media landscape and help transition the Long Beach Business Journal from a news group to a media group, “providing cutting edge social media and Web development.”

Allegiant To Move Two Flights To LAX

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

Allegiant announced that effective November 18, the low-cost carrier is moving two of its flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Los Angeles International.

The airline is discontinuing nonstop flights from LGB to Bellingham, Washington, and Idaho Falls, according to an announcement released July 15. Allegiant continues with its flights to Las Vegas and Colorado Springs from Long Beach.

“Moving these flights from Long Beach to Los Angeles will give our customers additional options to fly to the heart of Los Angeles,” said Andrew Levy, president of Allegiant Travel Company, in a prepared statement. “They can continue to enjoy Allegiant’s popular, low-fare, nonstop flights and travel deals to and from Southern California.”

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Deadline Extended For Statewide Redistricting Public Comment

The California Citizens Redistricting Committee has extended the deadline for written public comment on the first round of draft maps to June 28.

Long Beach was host to a business meeting and public hearing at City Hall on April 27 regarding the redrawing of state and federal political district boundaries. Those who were unable to attend that meeting may take advantage of this new deadline, extended from the original June 10 target. Per the committee Web site, the public is being asked to answer the following questions:

  • Do you think the Commission understood your testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you think the Commission did not have enough testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you have a suggestion that would make your district better reflect the interests of its residents, for example by moving the boundaries to include (or exclude) certain areas?

Written comments may be submitted via e-mail to votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, faxed to 916/322-0904 or given over the phone by calling 866/356-5217. Meanwhile, the committee has pushed back the date for the release of the second draft maps to July 12. For more information, visit www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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.”

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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EarthTalk: Would Legalizing Pot Be Good For The Environment?

Dear EarthTalk: I heard someone say that legalizing pot – as Californians considered doing last year – would benefit the environment. How would that be?

– William T., Portland, Oregon

It is well known that legalizing pot could have great economic benefits in California and elsewhere by allowing the government to tax it (like it now does on liquor and cigarettes), by ending expensive and ongoing operations to eradicate it, and by keeping millions of otherwise innocent and non-violent marijuana offenders out of already overburdened federal and state prisons. But what you might not know is that legalizing pot could also pay environmental dividends as well.

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Ensemble Hotel Partners Fuses Investment With Carey Watermark For Joint Venture

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Ensemble Hotel Partners, LLC, has closed a joint venture investment with Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated (CWI) of approximately $88 million for two waterfront hotel properties in Long Beach, the Residence Inn Downtown Waterfront and Hotel Maya. The deal marks the first lodging investment made by the New York-based real estate investment trust (REIT).

The Residence Inn by Marriott is a 178-unit, all-suite extended stay hotel situated on three acres; and the Hotel Maya is an upscale full-service urban resort, spread across 12 acres with 194 guestrooms and 20,000 square feet of interior and exterior meeting space. The CWI investment is approximately $43.6 million.

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City Council Approves Sales Tax Incentive Deal With Cabe Toyota

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council on May 10 approved long time auto dealer Cabe Toyota for the city’s sales tax incentive agreement program. The program allows businesses which expand or remodel, and which generate above $5 million in taxable sales, to share up to 50 percent of the sales tax generated in excess of a predetermined sales tax base.

The dealership, which opened in 1966 and employs more than 80 people, requested support from the city in order to remodel and expand its operation at 2895 Long Beach Blvd. The expansion is expected to cost at least $3 million.

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