- Reporters Desk
LB City Council Votes on Civic Center
The Long Beach City Council will consider whether to move forward on building a new Civic Center, which includes the Main Library and City Hall, at its July 1 meeting.
Mayor Bob Foster and other council member, who are retiring, asked for the item to be included in the meeting to evaluate two proposals for the project. It is unlikely work will be done before July 15, when the new council takes office.
Proponents of the new civic center would like private companies to have the property, build and maintain all of the facilities including the public portions, then lease the city hall and library back to the city for no more than the $12.6 million a year.
Parking and Lincoln Park, which is dedicated public space in perpetuity, would have to be part of any project.
As of present, Foster and other council members have ignored requests to consider retrofit and the cost of the civic center. Mayor-elect Robert Garcia seems to share the interest in getting a new Civic Center. City Hall was built in the late 70s.
The city council also will consider receiving information and providing directions to staff as to the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan, as well as a resolution allowing for the initiation of a consolidated coastal development permit in connection with the Los Cerritos wetlands and Synergy Oil Field on 2nd Street, near Pacific Coast Highway.
Details: (562) 570-6555
Venue: Long Beach City Hall
Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Housing Long Beach: Monthly Community Meeting
Housing Long Beach is hosting its community meeting, from 6 to 8 July 9, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach.
The group organizes communities for affordable and quality housing.
Details: (562) 444-5147; JRivera@HousingLB.org
Venue: St. Luke’s Episcopal
Location: 525 E. 7th St., #111, Long Beach
Explore Electricity. Learn about the fund things that can be used to zap the living daylights out of you, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 10, at The Center Long Beach.
Cost is $15. Participants must be 18 years old or older.
Venue: The Center Long Beach
Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach