Long Beach, CA
Getting the Long Beach economy up and going after being disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic is something City Leaders are beginning to more specifically plan for.
Covid-19 has now taken over 1400 lives in California, totaling over 37,344 cases. Long Beach has now confirmed at least 489 cases with 27 deaths, and scores of businesses closed down with residents out of work.
Because of the sheer magnitude and invasiveness Coronavirus has inflicted on Long Beach, a new Economic Recovery Advisory Group was formed.
This group is lead by former Mayor Bob Foster who during his tenure lead Long Beach out of some very difficult economic times. The Economic Recovery Advisory Group consists of:
Blair Cohn – Bixby Knolls Improvement Association, Executive Director
Caroline Choi – Southern California Edison, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Griselda Suarez – Arts Council for Long Beach, Executive Director
Jeremy Harris – Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Incoming President & CEO
Josh La Farga – Laborers International Union of North America Local 1309, Director of Government Affairs
Josh Lowenthal – Free Conference Call, President
Kerstin Kansteiner – Portfolio & Berlin Coffeeshop, Business Owner
Lou Anne Bynum – Long Beach City College, Interim Superintendent-President
Luis Navarro – Lola’s, Portuguese Bend, Social List, Business Owner
Mario Molina – Doctor/Healthcare Professional
Randal Hernandez – Long Beach Economic Partnership, Chair
Ryan Choura – Choura, CEO and Founder
Sean Rawson – Waterford Property Owner, President
Sharleen Higa – Long Beach Century Club, President
Steve Goodling – Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, President & CEO
Steve Neal – Harbor Commissioner and Clergy
Tommy Faavae – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11
Vic La Rosa – Total Transportation Services, President
The role of the Economic Recovery Advisory group will assist city departments in strategically transitioning back to normal operations guiding the city’s strategy in adapting to new conditions related to Covid-19.
In addition, the city will create an online forum for business owners and residents to provide feedback about what types of businesses can safely reopen, better understanding the needs of the community.
In a statement, Robert Garcia said, “We are going to need innovative ideas and a smart approach to restarting the local economy. We are committed to getting people back to work in the safest way possible and guided by medical science and data.”