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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Does Long Beach Need a Bicycle Safety Traffic School?

Bicycle rush hour in Copenhagen, where 37% of ...
Bicycle rush hour in Copenhagen, where 37% of the population ride their bikes each day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dear Reader,
As Long Beach becomes more "bicycle friendly" many of you have asked if there is a "Bicycle Safety Traffic School" available for those who receive citations for minor traffic violations.

The City Manager of Long Beach has sent council members a memo detailing how such a school would operate in Long Beach. I am attaching it for your review and comment.

Thanks for taking time to be involved in City issues.

Marin MTB
Marin MTB (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

P.S. I think I might just stick with riding a surrey bike. Safer. 
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Sexual Harassment by Public Officials Is So Wrong

Mayor of San Diego
Dear Reader,
Don't know about you, but I am getting sick and tired of reading in the newspaper about elected officials who sexually harass. (And don't get me started about those elected officials who cheat on their wives or send out social media messages that are sexually explicit!!) 

As I teach my students at CSULB, sexual harassment is not about sex. It is about abuse of power and no matter what political party one is in -- it should be loudly denounced.

The current scandal in San Diego with its newly elected Mayor admitting that "he has a problem" is outrageous. Resign and go work out your problem somewhere else.

The City of Long Beach takes a "zero tolerance" stance and disseminates the following document to each of its employees. 

Thanks for taking time to be involved in City issues.



Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

P.S. Sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior by public officials seems to be bi-partisan. It is wrong no matter who the official is or what political party they claim.

Sexual Harrassment Policy in LB_00000 by Gerrie Schipske

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Sares-Regis Gets Mercedes Benz USA to Locate in Long Beach at Douglas Park

I am happy to announce that the Sares-Regis Group, the developer which purchased a great deal of the Boeing property in the 5th Council District at Lakewood and Carson has signed an agreement with Mercedes Benz USA to occupy more than one million square feet at the former 717 Boeing site.

This is significant for Long Beach as it will bring needed jobs and property tax revenue. This transaction speaks to the excellence of the Sares-Regis Group as a developer and the fact that they are marketing the convenience and quality of Long Beach to potential businesses.

The City of Long Beach owes a big thanks to the leadership at Sares-Regis Group for their efforts.

As more details become available about how the site will be utilized by Mercedes Benz USA, I will send them along.

Please also note that a brand new Marriott has also opened on Lakewood Blvd.

City staff in Development Services assures me that the historic Fly DC Jets sign on the buildings will remain as part of an agreement with Boeing and Sares-Regis.


CBRE Arranges Largest Single Infill Industrial Lease
in Los Angeles County in a Quarter Century

Mercedes-Benz USA to occupy more than one million square feet at former
Boeing manufacturing plant in Long Beach

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 8, 2013) – CBRE announced today that it has arranged the largest infill industrial lease in more than a quarter century in the Los Angeles area infill market.Mercedes-Benz USA has leased 1,091,754 square feet at the former Boeing 717 aircraft manufacturing facility in Long Beach in a long-term lease with landlord SARES-REGIS Group and Institutional Partner. The deal marks a significant milestone for the City of Long Beach, as the backfilling of the massive facility, which was vacated by Boeing in 2006, signifies a new era for the 52.2-acre site.  The building is located at 4501 East Conant Street in Long Beach, immediately across the street from the Long Beach Airport and the 260-acre mixed-use development known as Pacific Pointe at Douglas Park.
CBRE’s John Schumacher and Brian DeRevere represented the landlord in the transaction.

“This is the largest infill industrial lease in the Los Angeles area in more than 25 years – to be able to replicate this kind of opportunity would be virtually impossible.  There simply is no way to aggregate a +/- 50-acre site within the infill area of Los Angeles, let alone in such close proximity to the port of Long Beach,” said Mr. Schumacher. “It’s unlikely that we’ll see another opportunity for a contiguous parcel with these kinds of improvements within a 20-mile radius of the ports in the foreseeable future.”

The building is situated across the street from the 260 -acre mixed-use development known as Pacific Pointe at Douglas Park, which was acquired by SARES-REGIS Group and an Institutional Partner in several phases, including the most recent acquisition of 160 acres, completed in October 2012.  The development includes plans for a future 26-acre retail project, a 50-acre office development and +/- 750,000 square feet of high end industrial development.  In addition, a Marriott Courtyard hotel recently opened on Lakewood Boulevard

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2012 revenue).  The Company has approximately 37,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at
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