Long Beach Civic Center bill passes California Assembly

from the Press Telegram

“The California Assembly passed a bill Monday giving Long Beach the financial flexibility it has sought to rebuild the Civic Center through a public-private partnership. Senate Bill 562, introduced by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, passed by a 75-1 vote. It merges sections of existing state law used by the project, which has a $358 million design being refined using feedback from the public … The project blends government buildings — including a new City Hall, the Main Library, Lincoln Park and a Port of Long Beach headquarters — with residential units, retail shops, restaurants and a hotel. Officials have touted the plan a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to remake downtown.”