41st Annual Grand Prix Weekend


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Photo by Bill Patterson

          The Grand Prix is scheduled to take place this weekend and there is room for everybody! The experience for visitors includes local restaurants, concerts, a Lifestyle Expo, a Family Fun Zone and so much more.

          The Grand Prix  also announced that Bill Patterson is their selected artist who is also the official artist of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He performs ‘live art’ globally and is commissioned by an array of private clients such as Mazda, Microsoft, and FedEx. His masterpieces range from the race track to music, film and television; including sculptures, web design, original logos, custom etched wine bottles and premium clothing collection.

           Concerts are also scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday night by a popular Latino band and rock star Vince Neal of Morley Crue.

         The infamous races began when an auto racing fan-turned-travel-agent — Chris Pook — was about to put the city on the international sports map and spark a business, travel and financial renaissance that continues today.

         He got it. With some help from a tough, diminutive Italian-American from Nazareth, PA. Mario Andretti avoided a first-lap, multi-car collision, then went on to outduel F/One stars Jody Scheckter and Niki Lauda to become the first American to win a F/One race in a U.S. Grand Prix.

         “Mario’s victory really changed the whole image of the race,” says Jim Michaelian, now the President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the race’s financial officer in 1978. “We made the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and the race was all over the local and national news. American names have dominated the streets of Long Beach ever since, winning 14 of 28 races.

        On April 19, 2015,  the words “Drivers, start your engines!” will mark the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s 41st race!

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Lawn to Garden program


The Long Beach Water Department is offering home owners an opportunity to beautify their landscape and save water, energy and money. One can earn up to $3.50 for each sq. foot of grass lawn that is removed and converted into a water efficient landscape, which can naturally thrive in our semi-arid coastal region.

The Lawn to Garden website is designed to assist individuals on making the transition easy and possible.

“We live in an arid zone and we plant as if we lived in a rain soak environment. Our gardens are not in harmony with where we live. Water is a precious commodity here. We should deal with it in that way” said one Lawn to Garden participant.

The program is now accepting applications and even offers online classes to help educate participants. In addition, the website provides free design tips for water efficient gardens and even a discussion tab.

Let’s help the city of Long Beach conserve the water it has left!

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Long Beach Will Gain Back Most Jobs Lost in the Recession!


 Contributed by Samantha Mehlinger

Long Beach Business Journal     

Commercial and real estate developers are developing new construction to meet high demands.

“It seems as though we have one of the lowest vacancy rates of any place in the country,” says chief economist Robert Kleinhenz from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. He is in charge of the regional market which includes Los Angeles, Long Beach and South Bay. In Lee & Associates most recent market reports  show that high demands and tight supply are increasing sales prices and lease rates.

Kleinhenz noted that the vacancy rate in LA County are low while job counts are improving and new house holds develop. He predicts Long Beach will gain most of the jobs lost in the recession by the middle of this year and subsequently their will be a higher demand to purchase homes. In addition, this year will be the first year for former owners who lost their homes in the recession to have their credit records cleared,  which may cause a rise of former homeowners to enter the market.

The good thing is that it appears that the city of Long Beach is stable enough to withstand financial crisis.

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