3rd District Newsletter

A Word from the 3rd District's New Councilwoman, Suzie Price: 


As many of you know I was elected to serve as your new Councilwoman on April 8, 2014. I was sworn into office approximately 3 weeks ago. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet me yet, let me provide a little background information.

I have served as a criminal prosecutor for over 14 years. I am proud to have earned by BA and MPA from California State University, Long Beach. During my graduate studies, I served as the Student Body President and in 1999, I graduated from Santa Clara University with a Juris Doctorate degree.

My husband and I live in Alamitos Heights with our 10 year-old and 6 year-old sons who attend an Elementary School within the Third District, where I have been an active member of the Parent Teacher Association. Our family has the love and support of my dear mother who resides in the Marina Pacifica community.


We have a dynamic, new Third District Council team that I would like to introduce. Julie Maleki who has served the 3rd District Council Office since 2001 is my new Chief of Staff. Kristina Duggan serves as our Field Deputy and Antonella Schaub is our Communication Director. This year, I created an entirely new position, the 3rd District's Business Liaison, which is being filled by Ricky Dockery. Ricky works with local businesses and residents to make sure we reach a healthy balance between establishing successful business and a healthy quality of life.

I currently hold office hours on most Saturday mornings at the 3rd
District Field Office (340 Nieto Avenue), please call (562) 570-6300 to make an appointment since the first few months are looking like busy meeting months! 

I look forward to a positive and productive term as your 3rd District Councilwoman.



Suzie A. Price

Councilwoman, 3rd District


3rd District Staff

Julie Maleki - Chief of Staff

Julie has served the 3rd District Council Office since 2001 as Field Deputy. She is now Councilwoman Price's Chief of Staff and will advise her on policy related items.   She has been invaluable in helping the new 3rd District staff with the transition into their positions. Julie works out of City Hall and is a 2nd District resident.   She can be reached at (562) 570-6300 or Julie.maleki@longbeach.gov.


Kristina Duggan - Field Deputy

Kristina is new to working for the City of Long Beach and now serves as Field Deputy. She is working in the District Office located at 340 Nieto Avenue. Kristina handles all neighborhood related issues and concerns as well as attends community and neighborhood meetings. She will also be working closely with Councilwoman Price putting together a Community Watch Taskforce. She can be reached at (562) 570-8756 or Kristina.duggan@longbeach.gov.


Ricky Dockery - Business Liaison

Ricky is filling a new position slated by Councilwoman Price. He is handling any and all concerns that members of our business community may have; from obtaining construction permits to parking and traffic related items. Ricky is new to working for the City of Long Beach and is a 3rd District resident. He can be reached at (562) 570-6300 or Ricky.dockery@longbeach.gov.


Antonella Schaub - Communications Director and Scheduler

Antonella is new to working for the City of Long Beach. She is the Communications Director and Scheduler who is responsible for scheduling meetings, social media and responding to phone calls and emails.   She is a 3rd District resident and is working out of City Hall. Antonella can be reached at (562) 570-6300 or Antonella.schaub@longbeach.gov.


Community Watch Update

Councilwoman Price has a vision for our 3rd District Community. She wants to increase our Community Watch Groups...not from 5 to 10 groups but to 100 Community Watch Groups in our District! Now that is a challenge.



National Night Out in Belmont Shore

Admin Bureau Chief Braden Phillips speaking at National Night Out in Belmont Shore about the importance of

Community Watch Groups



Some of you may not know the meaning of a Community Watch Group. These groups are different from the traditional "neighborhood watch" groups or programs in which some of you may have previously participated.  Although they can be structured the same, it is a resident driven group that helps people who live in close proximity to connect with one another. When neighbors connect, crime is reduced and trust is developed. This trust extends to letting your neighbor or neighbors know you are going out of town so that they can watch your property.   Or if you left your garage door open, a neighbor who has developed a connection with you is more likely to contact you to inform you of the situation. 


A Community Watch Group typically consists of 12 to 20 homes and/or businesses. The group can meet regularly to discuss issues, or even once a year to share some social time at a member's homes.  Information can be disseminated to the group through email or social media sites like Facebook or Next Door - whatever works for the group. 


Let's go back to our challenge of 100 Community Watch Groups. Right now, we have approximately 30 Community Associations that consist of large neighborhoods. If we could get each of the 30 already organized groups to encourage 4 new Community Watch Groups, we could have OVER 100 Community Watch Groups!


Let's support our Councilwoman's challenge and support Long Beach Police Department in getting 100 new Community Watch Groups in the 3rd District by July 2015!


What can you do to help?  Select a representative.  We are asking each community association to designate one or two people to serve on the 3rd District Community Watch Task Force. Our first meeting will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 9 AM at the Field Office located at 340 Nieto. The Task Force will meet quarterly between now and July 2015.  The Task Force will help us tailor this program to suit the specific needs of the individual communities.  Many of the Community Associations in the 3rd District already have Community Watch Groups.  We will look to those established groups to provide us with tips on what works.  Our goal is to have neighbors form groups and register them with the Long Beach Police Department so there is one point of contact for the Police Department when information needs to be distributed. 


Some recommendations from Commander LeBaron on

protecting your family and home:

  • Know your neighbors and exchange phone numbers.
  • Let your neighbors know when you will be out of town.
  • Install lighting in your entry way, side-yard and backyard.
  • Trim back bushes from your windows so there isn't a place for criminals to hide.
  • Install visible surveillance cameras.
  • Never post to Facebook or any social media that you are out of town if your house is unattended.  Post your pictures when you return.

 When neighbors are connected, crime is reduced.





What's New in the 3rd?

The 3rd District Council office is excited to roll out the first ever "Pop-up Council." Once a month, your entire 3rd District Staff will join Councilwoman Price as we set up a mobile office at a community event. We will be there to answer questions, help residents download the "GoLongBeach" app on their phones or iPads and get connected with our office by "liking" our Facebook page. So, bring your cell phones and iPads and join us at the next Pop-up Council .  We will post the date of our next Pop-up Council on Facebook soon.
City Council Public Budget Hearings
Did you know that the City Council is currently holding public budget hearings?  The budget will be adopted in September and we want your input!


Dates of Public Budget Hearings


3rd District Budget Meeting:

August 23rd at 9:00 am at the 3rd District Field Office located at 340 Nieto.  City Manager Pat West will be speaking.  We will have coffee and donuts.


City Council Budget Hearings:

August 19th at 5:00 pm - Public Works and Wter Department

September 2nd at 5:00 pm - Harbor Department

Budget Oversight Committee Meetings:
September 2nd and 9th at 4:00 pm

Ocean Boulevard Bluff Erosion Project and Enhancement

On July 1st, the City Council directed staff to proceed with the Ocean Boulevard Bluff Erosion and Enhancement Project. City Council is requesting design concepts to be further developed for biotechnical alternatives in lieu of the sculpted and landscaped shotcrete. Design alternatives and the cost of construction and ongoing maintenance requirements should be completed and ready to present to City Council in September/October.   Councilwoman Price is meeting with interested residents in order to make sure we consider every viable option before we resume our work with the bluff stabilization project.


Work is continuing at the top of Bluff Park with the exception of the area under evaluation for biotechnical alternatives. Sidewalk work and handrail installation are underway starting at Redondo Avenue and Ocean Boulevard and working westward toward the Long Beach Museum of Art. Landscaping improvements are expected to start in late August/early September at the top, middle and bottom of the Bluff. Landscaping of the planter pockets on the bluff will begin after the staining of area 2 and 3 is complete and the irrigation system has been fully installed.

The next step in this project includes completing all improvements at Bluff Park as soon as possible with the exception of the biotechnical evaluation area previously mentioned. The final cost of the unbudgeted expenses will be reported to the City Council as soon as possible.

Learn More...
3rd District Events
Every Wednesday
Marina Vista Park
3:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, August 13 & 14, 2014
5:30 to 9:00 pm
E. 2nd Street


Sawtooth at marina Vista Park
Thursday, August 14th
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 17th
5:30 pm
Thursday, August 21st
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 7th
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
E. 2nd Street
The 3rd District GREEN Corner


  • Recycling Options    
  • Saving Water      
  • Learning to Compost
  • Recycling Options for Tires  
  • E-waste 
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)


Tires, e-waste and HHW cannot be disposed of in the regular trash and pose a threat to public health, safety and the environment. Residents can dispose up to 5 tires (no rims) and there is no limit on e-waste.


Next Tire Recycling is November 8, 2014


Next E-waste and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Saturday, August 23rd 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


EDCO Recycling and Transfer Collection Center 2755 California Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755


The City of Long Beach partnered with public/private agencies to open a local and permanent Environmental Collection Center for disposing of household, universal and electronic wastes. Open 2nd Saturday of every month.



Water Conservation

Water Use Prohibitions


On February 27, 2014, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared an Imminent Water Supply Shortage for the City of Long Beach. The Declaration puts into effect the following prohibited uses of water, until further notice:


1. Irrigating landscape with potable water any day other than Monday, Thursday, or Saturday;

2. Serving drinking water to any customer in a restaurant or other public place where food is served, sold or offered for sale unless expressly requested by the customer; and

3. Irrigating landscape with potable water for more than 10 minutes per authorized day if using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute, or for more than 20 minutes per authorized day if using stream rotator-type or gear driven sprinkler heads rated at emitting less than one gallon per minute.

In addition, the following are permanent water use prohibitions in the City of Long Beach, as adopted by the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, and as incorporated, by reference, in the City of Long Beach Municipal Code:

1. Permitting the excess use, loss or escape of water through breaks, leaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system for any period of time after such escape of water should have reasonably been discovered and corrected

2. Irrigating landscape with potable water between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

3. Irrigating landscape in a manner that results in unreasonable runoff, as determined by the General Manager, where water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walks, roadways, parking lots or structures

4. Irrigating landscape in a manner that is unreasonably water-inefficient, as determined by the General Manager. Unreasonable water-inefficient irrigation includes, but is not limited to, excessive over spray, excessive misting, over pressurization, misalignment or tilted spray heads, or other malfunction or out-of-adjustment condition which results in unreasonable waste of potable water

5. Washing driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, patios or other outdoor areas with a hose unless using a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device (a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device shall discharge water at a minimum of 1,000 pounds per square inch or be rated at using less than three (3) gallons of water per minute). A simple spray nozzle does not qualify as a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device. Click here for information on qualifying pressure washers.

6. Washing a vehicle with a hose when the hose does not have a water shut-off nozzle or device attached to it or allowing a hose to run continuously while washing a vehicle

7. Any other water use resulting in excessive or unreasonable runoff, as determined by the General Manager, where water flows onto adjacent property, public or private walks or road, parking lots or other structures

8. Operating a fountain or other water feature that does not re-circulate the water

9. For water customers that are a hotel or motel, failing to provide customers the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom and sleeping room using clear and easily understood language. The Department shall make suitable displays available

10. Restaurants and all other commercial, industrial, institutional food preparation sites using pre-rinse heads having flow-rates greater than 1.5 gallons of water per minute

11. Operating a commercial laundry system installed after November 3, 2006, that does not re-circulate wash and/or rinse water

12. Operating a conveyor type car wash system that does not re-circulate the wash and/or rinse water

13. Installing a single-pass cooling system in a building requesting a water connection after November 3, 2006

14. Using potable water, rather than reclaimed water, after the General Manager has provided to the customer an analysis showing that reclaimed water is a cost-effective alternative to potable water and the customer has had a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the General Manager to make the conversion to reclaimed water

15. Irrigating landscape using reclaimed water to the point that the landscape becomes saturated and irrigation waters flow off the landscape


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