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Leadership Long Beach MLK Day of Service a success

Former Bottom's Up property proving to be a tough sell

In its better days, the Bottom's Up bar at 1739 East Artesia Boulevard in North Long Beach drew a steady stream of customers.

Attracting a buyer has been much tougher, The 2,261-square-foot bar and two apartments that are part of the property was listed at $850,000 in November 2024 and has been lowered to $775,000.





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Drone view of bar and adjacent apartment buildings. To see more go to: 1739 E Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805 - Retail for Sale | LoopNet 

The property was listed for sale after a patron crashed into an adjacent apartment building, killing a man and his daughter in March 2022.  On March 23, 2023, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control cancelled the liquor license for the site.

In Southern California, commercial properties generally take longer to sell than houses.

The Bottoms Up bar property faces a unique challenge -- a buyer must transform it into another type of business, a restaurant perhaps. 

Gay Lynn Barnes, the listing broker, estimates reconfiguring the bar will cost about $200,000.  The site includes 9 parking spaces.

Barnes said she hopes the 

Martin Luther King Day of Service was a success for Leadership Long Beach, traditionally a big day of community projects for the organization, a non-profit institution in the city since 1989. Sean Devereaux was not available for comment on the details of their MLK


Floral tributes for the man and his daughter killed in the hit and run. 

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Executive Director of Leadership Long Beach Sean Devereaux

Day of Service projects, however the organization's Instagram provided details. LLB kicked off the MLK Day of Service projects with a parade that was held on Saturday, January 13th as seen on the organization's Instagram. On the Instagram Sean Devereaux expressed his gratefulness for the 500 community members who signed up for 14 available service projects. LLB projects included beach clean-up, tree planting, and creating senior care packages. 

For more information, go to or visit the organization's Instagram @leadershiplb




Executive Director Sean Devereaux says LLB expects to soon hire a director of alumni and donor engagement.

LLB counts 2,000-plus graduates from its programs, which include two tracks for adults and two for youth.

What Leadership Long Beach Offers: 

Leadership Long Beach offers two adult programs and two youth programs. 

The adult programs are:

  1. The Leadership Long Beach Institute, an 11-month program that begins in August.

  2. The Executive Leadership Series is five weeks long and starts in April.

The youth programs are:

  1. Youth Leadership Long Beach for high school students, a nine-month program that begins in October.

  2. Young Environmental Leaders for middle-school students, a four-day camp-style program offered during winter, spring, and summer breaks.

For more information on these programs, go to: Leadership Long Beach | Leadership Programs (


improvements underway on Artesia will make the bar site more attractive to a buyer. However, buyers may want to wait until the Artesia remake is complete, construction vehicles are gone and the dust settled.

The numbers:

Square footage of the bar: 2,261

Sizes of the two apartments: 1 bed/1 bath and studio/1 bath

Asking price: $775,000 ($343 per square foot)

More info: 1739 E Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805 - Retail for Sale | LoopNet


MLK Day of Service volunteers planting trees and cleaning the beach from the organization's Instagram: @leadershiplb 

By Ally Knapp 

By Ally Knapp 

Where is Octavio Montano Islas?

Long Beach Police say they are “actively” searching for Octavio Montano Islas, the man they say left the Bottoms Up bar on March 1, 2022 after a dispute with someone in the bar.

Islas apparently lost control of his 2014 Dodge Ram pickup and smashed into the front of an apartment building just north of the bar. The impact killed a man and his daughter sleeping inside.

Police said the driver abandoned the truck and ran away.

Los Angeles and Long Beach have agreed to fund a $25,000 reward for anyone providing

information on Islas’ whereabouts. Call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355 or call1-800-222-TIPS (8477),or download the "P3 TIPS" app to your smartphone if you have any information you could provide to the police. 


Photo of Octavio Montano Islas from Long Beach Police Department.

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