Why on earth they don't deploy the e190s there I can't understand, especially since so much transcon flying has shifted to LAX anyways. They NEED the e190s in LGB, it would help so much competing with the SWA frequencies without bleeding money. Also easier to slot squat with them out there.
They did have the E190 out at LGB between 2008-2010, but from stories, it was a logistical headache with maintaining and crewing them being isolated on the West Coast.
Its also likely the higher seat cost of the E190 made B6 even more financially in the red on many routes.
In my honest opinion LGB should just pander to the residents who bought homes near the airport that has been there since the early days of air travel and just raze the place and put in some strip malls and condensed overpriced apartments and condomniums. Any airport that has so strict of regulations and guidelines is not worth it. B6 has done a lot for the community in forms of charity and really brought in the revenue to the city and the airfield.
B6 well knew what the rules were when they showed up at LGB. If anything the airport is far more lenient to operate from than a place such as SNA.
Also having noise and curfews regulations is hardly an unusual thing, with 3 SoCal commercial airports - BUR, LGB and SNA all having such rules.
Operators either follow them, or face the consequences which may be financial, and public shaming.
And yes, maybe one day the airport will be razed. Certainly every community should be able to guide its land use and decide what is compatible with needs and desires of its residents. Be it an airport, power plants, strip clubs, or what not. Santa Monica well showed this was a feasible path.
The city of Long Beach and the LGB airport and in much better state post 2000 than it was before. Downtown has become hip and not so much of a run down drug den for thugs and hobos and the airport is no longer a series of modular trailer terminals.
Much good has happened in LB the last decade, but the airport is only a tiny slice. The economic revitalization and changes are far broader and are hardly reliant on an airport.