Progress in Economic Development
- During the first few months in office we led an effort with the City Council to establish the Small Business Incentive program which streamlines the City’s approval process and reduces fees for new businesses coming to Long Beach interested in location in Long Beach.
- I was the first and remain the only Councilmember to dedicate a staff person to serve as a “business liaison” who works directly with businesses in the 3rd District to interface with City departments making it easier to do business in our communities.
- During the last 3 ½ years I have helped work with countless existing businesses, attracted large companies such as Nordstrom Rack and Target to the 3rd District, as well as commitments from a host of midlevel and high-end retailers for the 2nd and PCH project.
- The Belmont Shore Business Association continues to be one of the most successful Business Improvement Districts with several new additions in the last 3 ½ years including Rance’s Pizza, RocketFizz, Pizza Press, the Pie Hole, and so many more.
- Working for over three years on one of the most thorough and transparent processes which included a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report, the input of a Citizens Advisory Committee and dozens of public meetings we lead the way with the City Council for the approval of a new Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP). This plan sets up specific requirements any developer must follow in order to move forward with a project which sets up consistent expectations for the community on what can and cannot be built, and provides direction for future developers to know what the community would support. This plan will also create the opportunity for tremendous new retail, hotel and commercial business and new residential opportunities on the southeast side of the Third District along PCH.
- The plan also prevents any development in the Los Cerritos Wetlands and establishes a restoration fund paid for by new development projects that will help make the wetlands the pristine environmental treasure it should be for generations to come.
- After years of trying to find a project that the community would support for the southeast gateway to the City at 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway, we were finally able to replace the deteriorated hotel at that location. Working closely with City staff and the landowners at 2nd and PCH we gained approval for a new retail center that will bring jobs and new shopping and dining opportunities to the community.