Graduations 2024: Cabrillo High’s Jaguars walk the stage

• None A student at the graduation for Cabrillo High School, Long Beach, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)
• None A student looks back in a crowd of graduates during the graduation for Cabrillo High School, Long Beach, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)
• None Students walk in under the color guard swords during the graduation for Cabrillo High School, Long Beach, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Ph

Long Beach launches low-cost vaccine clinics for pets with San Pedro nonprofit

Long Beach Animal Care Services has partnered with a veterinarian nonprofit to launch a series of new clinics aimed at providing local pet owners with more affordable medical care for their furry friends.

The clinics, which began earlier this month, are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday, and every second and fourth Friday of the month at LBACS’ headquarters, 7700 E. Spring St., according to the city.

“These weekly clinics will provide a vital service to our residents,

The Showbuzz: Playhouse’s ‘Loot’ brings playwright Joe Orton’s razor-sharp wit to life

The Long Beach Playhouse’s production of Joe Orton’s “Loot” is a delightfully lascivious romp through the absurdities of British society in the swinging 1960s.

Directed by Alan Sewell, this rendition of Orton’s farcical masterpiece brings to life the playwright’s razor-sharp wit and irreverent humor with finesse and flair.

Joe Orton was a subversive genius whose decade-long struggle to find an audience paid off in his early 30s. Despite his success, the playwright’s personal life was tumultuou

Anderson .Paak to headline Long Beach’s 4th annual Juneteenth celebration

Long Beach’s fourth annual Juneteenth celebration — among the largest in Southern California — will return to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend, though RSVP’s to the free event have already sold out.

More than 15,000 people attended last year’s celebration of Black heritage and culture, with even more expected to attend this year’s Juneteenth event, according to event organizers.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Driv

Long Beach explores options for a potential AIDS Memorial

Long Beach has begun exploring some potential options for establishing a local AIDS Memorial — though major specifics likely won’t be decided unless the project secures funding in the next city budget.

A city memo published on Saturday, May 22, outlines what a Long Beach AIDS Memorial could be in response to a City Council request to study the options initially requested last October.

The idea for the memorial, originally brought forward by Vice Mayor Cindy Allena and First District Councilmem

Long Beach’s arts industries are crucial to the local economy — but still recovering from pandemic

There are few things as integral to Long Beach’s cultural fabric than the arts.

From museums to music history, the arts have held special meaning for decades in the city. That significance, over time, has grown into a vibrant scene for residents and visitors alike to indulge in.

And despite some economic setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — which many local artists, museums, galleries, and other institutions are still recovering from — the arts in Long Beach remain a powerful force.


5th annual Long Beach Architecture Week returns starting May 29

Long Beach Architecture Week — a series of events, educational talks, and tours aimed at showcasing the city’s past and future — will return for its fifth year starting Wednesday, May 29.

The event series will run until Sunday, June 9, a bit longer than just one week, and will offer Long Beach architecture lovers and casual admirers alike a chance to learn more about the buildings that make the city what it is.

“This event is a celebration of our city’s built environment and a testament to the

Exploring more than 7,000 years of history during a single day trip to Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island, though just a roughly one hour boat ride from Long Beach, has always been somewhat of a mystery for me — despite my being a lifelong resident of the South Bay.

It’s always been a somewhat shadowy figure looming off the coast at a distance, perpetually close yet all together removed from my daily life.

Like any local, of course, I know the general gist of what Catalina offers: A lovely island getaway for the weekend, interesting Hollywood and Big Chewing Gum connections,

Fleet Week’s Festival of Sail offers a peek at the LA Maritime Institute’s tall ships and programs

Though Los Angeles Fleet Week is most well known for its showcase of modern military ships, the Festival of Sail — a display of vintage tall ships — offers event attendees a glimpse into the past.

But it also offers a glimpse into the many educational programs, community events, and more put on by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, the nonprofit in charge of the Festival of Sail.

Los Angeles Fleet Week’s, a celebration of the country’s seafaring military branches kicked off its fourth day in

From axolotls to poison dart frogs, new Aquarium of the Pacific exhibit features amphibians for all

Long Beach residents and visitors alike will soon have a chance to dive into the wild world of amphibians, thanks to a new exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The new exhibit, dubbed “FROGS: Facing a Changing World,” features more than 20 unique amphibians, from Mexican axolotls to blue poison dart frogs — and plenty of information about what threats these creatures are currently facing.

“Guests will be able to discover a newly reimagined section of the Tropical Pacific Gallery featuring f

Long Beach has a hiring problem — and the city may ask for voter approval to fix it

Long Beach voters may soon decide whether the municipal government should change its hiring processes, with the City Council potentially placing a charter amendment to do so on the November 2024 ballot.

Hiring effectively and in a timely manner has long been a challenge for the city, but has come to a head in recent years, with the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic issues impacting the labor market.

This is a nationwide issue, with 50.6 million Americans having quit their jobs in 2022, acco

St. Anthony High School aiming to bolster development of girl’s soccer with new partnership

Long Beach’s St. Anthony High School, the city’s oldest private Catholic school, has teamed up with an amateur women’s soccer team to help support its aspiring athletes break into the game.

The partnership between the St. Anthony girls soccer team and FC Premier Women’s Soccer — a Long Beach club in the nationwide Women’s Premier Soccer League — was announced by the school on Tuesday, May 20.

The WPSL, originally established in 1988, is the longest-active women’s soccer league in the country,

Here’s what’s on tap for the Long Beach Symphony’s 90th anniversary season

The beloved Long Beach Symphony has unveiled its highly anticipated lineup for its 2024-25 season — which will celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary.

Long Beach residents and visitors alike will be treated to classical masterpieces, contemporary shows and family concerts over the next year to honor the milestone, according to a recent press release.

“The upcoming season promises to be one of the most dynamic yet,” the symphony’s music director, Eckart Preu, said in the announcement. “F

Carson, Long Beach officially sign on as venue cities for 2028 Olympic Games

Carson and Long Beach have officially signed on as venue cities for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games — which will be hosted by Los Angeles — bringing the region’s plans for the quadrennial event further into focus.

Each town’s city councils have approved initial “Games Agreements” with the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympics, also referred to as LA28. Those agreements lay out the ways in which both Carson and Long Beach — separately — intend to deliver city servic

Long Beach Pride Parade, Festival return this weekend. Here’s what to know

The Long Beach Pride Parade & Festival, the city’s popular and iconic LGBTQ celebration, will return for its 41st iteration this weekend — albeit, with an unprecedented change.

For the first time in its four-decade history, the Long Beach Pride Parade has a different organizer: The city.

The nonprofit Long Beach Pride founded the annual celebration and had hosted evey previous iteration. But earlier this year, the nonprofit asked the city for help with the parade. The city ultimately agreed to

Here’s who’s marching in this year’s Long Beach Pride Parade

The Long Beach Pride Parade might take a while longer this year — because of how many entries there are.

This year’s parade, which Long Beach is hosting for the first time in the LGBTQ celebration’s four-decade history, saw an overwhelming response from people and organizations wanting to participate, according to the city.

The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — a self-described order of queer and trans nuns — are one the groups signed on to this year’s parade.

The sisters were at

Long Beach’s homeless population declines for 1st time in nearly a decade

Long Beach’s homeless population decreased by 2.1% this year compared to 2023, according to the results of the city’s annual point-in-time tally of those without permanent shelter.

The city released the data on Wednesday, May 8, with officials hailing the results as a success — with Mayor Rex Richardson saying this was Long Beach’s first reduction in the unhoused population in nearly a decade.

Long Beach is one of three Los Angeles County cities that conducts its own homeless survey. The Los A

Meet the student journalists bringing college campus protests to the world

All eyes are on America’s college students.

Over the past two weeks, a new wave of activism has unfolded at college campuses across the country — with students gathering in marches, demonstrations, and tent encampments to protest the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The largely peaceful, pro-Palestine demonstrations have been upstaged by sometimes violent counter-protests, police force, and brought America’s college students to the forefront of the international issue.

But it can be difficult to kno

Tuberculosis outbreak at Long Beach hotel to lead to public health emergency

A tuberculosis outbreak at a Long Beach hotel has caused the health department to declare a public health emergency, though the City Council will need to ratify the decision.

The city had confirmed 14 cases of the disease as of Monday, April 29, in people “associated with a single room occupancy hotel,” according to a Thursday, May 2, news release. Another 170 people were “likely exposed” to the bacteria, though the general risk to the public remained low, the health department said.

“People w

WomenShelter Long Beach gets $850,000 in federal funding for transitional housing project

WomenShelter Long Beach, a nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence, will soon build a new transitional housing facility for its clients — with help from a significant chunk of federal funding.

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, who represents California’s 44th Congressional District, helped secure $850,000 for the nonprofit’s project.

Congress members, during the 2024 fiscal year, were able to submit funding requests to the U.S. House of Representative’s Appropriations Committee for up to 15

Grand Prix topples attendance record second year in a row

Another Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is in the books — and this year’s event, the 49th annual, set another record for attendance.

The Grand Prix, a three-day racing spectacle that took over Downtown Long Beach from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, drew in about 194,000 attendees.

That’s up around 2,000 people from the last year’s event according to Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian, when the Grand Prix welcomed a record 192,000 visitors.

“It continue

59th annual Congressional Cup returns to Long Beach this week

The prestigious Congressional Cup regatta — dubbed the “granddaddy” of modern match racing — will return to Long Beach’s coastline for five days of action this week.

This year’s 59th annual Congressional Cup, hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club, will continue a busy event season in the city — taking place a week after both the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Ficker Cup, the latter of which is a qualifier for this week’s regatta.

The Congressional Cup will run from Wednesday to Sunday, A
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