Long Beach’s City Council made it official Tuesday — the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the IndyCar series will continue to put on the trademark Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The decision apparently ends discussions about returning to Formula One as the primary race. The European-based series ran in Long Beach in the early years of the Grand Prix, and two years ago officials said the series wanted to return to Southern California.
A four-month, $150,000 study of the two groups’ proposal ended with an unqualified recommendation to continue with the GPALB and negotiate a new five-year contract. The recommendation also says the city should require significant new conditions in the new contract.
After a presentation from GPALB CEO Jim Michaelian, the council voted unanimously to accept the recommendation.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
• Approved an ordinance banning parking of oversized vehicles in residential areas without a permit. The rule must be approved by the state Coastal Commission before it can be enforced.
• Accepted a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for more than $15 million for improvements to Runway 7R-25L at the Long Beach Airport.
• Authorized an agreement to continue the Belmont Shore Employee Rider Pass Program with Long Beach Transit for an annual amount of not more than $120,000.
• Divided nearly $1 million in cable television access fees in thirds to the city television station, the three education entities in Long Beach and PADNET, the public access television…
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