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WATCHDOG TODAY: Vegan taco tour, Cal Heights affordable housing proposal and new Belmont Shore parklet plans

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WATCHDOG TODAY: Vegan taco tour, Cal Heights affordable housing proposal and new Belmont Shore parklet plans
A beer-battered portobello mushroom “fish” taco at Vegan by El Zamorano in Costa Mesa. Photo by Kat Schuster

Good evening, Long Beach,

I hope you’re hungry because we’ve got a vegan taco tour planned for you this week. Then, we’ve got an update about some proposals to build outdoor dining parklets at two of Belmont Shore’s busiest eateries.

There may also be a new affordable housing project on the horizon for the Cal Heights neighborhood.

Here are today’s headlines.

Vacant Cal Heights building could be demolished soon to clear path for affordable housing project

Jason Ruiz • Apr 17, 2024

After a vote Wednesday, the city will begin the process of demolishing the vacant building, which could be completed within 90 days.

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Clocked Out: $3 jackfruit tacos, massive meat-mimicry burritos and more comfort food

Kat Schuster • Apr 17, 2024

Clocked Out author Kat Schuster took something of a meatless Mexican food tour from Lakewood to Whittier to Costa Mesa and back to Long Beach recently. Here are some of the best tacos, burritos, bowls, etc. that she tried along the way.

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Proposed parklets at Open Sesame, Aroma di Roma head to City Council for final vote

Jason Ruiz • Apr 17, 2024

On April 23, the council is expected to vote on proposals to add two new outdoor dining areas to the Second Street corridor in Belmont Shore.

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Here are yesterday’s headlines.

6 recent restaurant changes in Long Beach

Caitlin Antonios • Apr 16, 2024

It’s hard to believe that there have been so many changes in Long Beach’s food world in just a short few weeks since The Hi-lo (Long Beach Post’s food and arts section) went dark. Because I’ve missed sharing so much with you dur…

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Naming of POLB's education center after former Rep. Alan Lowenthal heads back to council for final approval

Jason Ruiz • Apr 16, 2024

An exhibit room inside the Port of Long Beach’s Downtown headquarters is one step closer to being named after former Congressman Alan Lowenthal after a City Council committee voted Tuesday to ask the full council to approve the naming. The issue wi…

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Central Long Beach affordable housing project officially opens; already 99% leased

Brandon Richardson • Apr 16, 2024

Residents of a recently completed affordable housing project were joined by city officials, the developer and their partne…

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