Long Beach Local News This Week 2-13-15

This weeks news in Long Beach California. Live with Melissa McGinnis from WeLabs in beautiful downtown Long Beach.

Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced it has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility that will house design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. LauncherOne is a new two-stage orbital launch vehicle being designed by Virgin Galactic specifically to launch smaller scale commercial or governmental satellites. Virgin Galactic will be hosting a job fair and open house at the new facility on Saturday March 7. Prospective applicants looking for more information should visit virgingalactic.com in the coming days for complete job listings and for more information on the open house.

Increased congestion is expected this Presidents Day weekend at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, harbor officials said Friday.

Under an order by the Pacific Maritime Association, vessel loading and unloading activities at the ports were suspended Thursday – yesterday– and will be suspended again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – which is Presidents Day – Although vessel operations will be halted, yard, gate and rail operations will continue at the ports, according to the association.

The national retail federation released a stateement and appealed to the white house saying

“It’s time for the White House to immediately engage in this critically-important economic priority and force the two sides to remain at the negotiating table until a deal is done. The time for monitoring has passed. The time for action has come.”


Long Beach City Council laid the groundwork to appoint a task force that will offer community input on a new draft of an ordinance that aims to regulate medical marijuana.

For years, city leaders have wrestled with numerous complications in their efforts to create regulations that will allow pot dispensaries and corresponding cultivation sites to legally open in Long Beach. One previous ordinance had to be repealed because a state appellate court determined that it is preempted by federal law. According to City Manager Pat West, Long Beach faced an estimated 34 lawsuits, and about half of these cases are still active.

If an ordinance is eventually passed, the City already knows how to tax medical cannabis. Long Beach residents last year voted in favor of a measure that would allow the City to collect taxes from these businesses.

Several council members at the Feb. 10 meeting acknowledged the importance of forming a group that represents stakeholders concerned with medical-marijuana issues. They will be asked to review an ordinance that the Planning Commission has already submitted to the Council.


LBPD 6 week operation combating auto crimes

The Long Beach police department is committed to reducing auto crimes here in Long Beach And created a 6 week operation to focus on combating these types of crimes.  from the operation they LBPD reminds the public the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of an auto related crimes by

Securing all windows and doors

never leave valuables where they are visible to passerby

never leave your car running and unattended

if your car is equipped with an alarm system, use it!

consider installing a vehicle locator/recovery system


Bluff Park reopens after several week facelift.

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