Welcome to the Fall season!

September 22 nd marked the first day of Fall and by now the change of season (to the extent that we have one in Long Beach) is underway.  As you know, I like to use my monthly newsletter as an opportunity to share what I have been up to over the past month.  This letter is no exception. I wanted to share some of my observations during a recent trip to Montreal, Quebec.
 
On September 14 t h , Mark and I traveled to Montreal for my induction as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Although that particular honor is not the subject of this letter, I do want to share how humbled I was to have been selected as a fellow for this organization. While at the conference, the organizers held a mandatory luncheon for all inductees and described to us and our spouses the extensive process that was involved in our selection. It turns out, I was nominated for membership by two of the best criminal defense attorneys in Orange County in 2014. I had a knock-down drag out double homicide trial with attorneys Paul Meyer and Gary Pohlson (now a judge in Orange County) in 2008, which
lasted 6 weeks. Although justice prevailed in the case, I certainly did not walk away from the trial thinking I had scored any favorable points with these men. It wasn't until the induction ceremony that I discovered that these two men, as well as the Judge overseeing the trial, were members of ACTL. It turns out that one or more of them nominated and supported my membership into the organization.  
 
I learned at the induction luncheon that from 2014, when I was secretly nominated, until the middle of 2016 the ACTL did an "investigation" into my trial abilities, integrity, and work ethic. The investigation involved polling and
interviewing the opposing attorneys and judges in my last 25 homicide trials. Based on the feedback that those individuals gave, the ACTL voted to invite me to join the organization.

I was truly blown away by the process  and the honor of this great organization.  While at the event, I heard from several  impressive speakers, including the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal District Court Justice Myron Thompson, basketball great Jay Bilas, CNN correspondent Kate Bouldan, Former Diversity Office for the US. Navy, Captain Pat Williams, and Dr. Livitin, an expert on cognition and the dynamics of lies. It was the most memorable weekend I can remember and I am truly humbled. I took great pride in telling the mostly Ivy League college group that I was a CSULB grad. GO BEACH!!
 
While all of this is interesting and something I'm proud to share, what I really wanted to share with you is how fabulous I found the City of Montreal. First of all, public art is scattered all over the city. On sidewalks, parks, and in front of buildings all over the city.  We had a chance to go to the Museum of Fine Art, which was amazing. There were two temporary exhibitions we were able to see, one of which was about the music and cultural revolution in the 1960. 
 
The other great thing about Montreal is all of the amazing restaurants and the many parkletts spread throughout areas like Griffintown, Mile-End, and Centerville. In Montreal, sidewalk dining is very popular as well as outdoor markets, public  lou n ge-style seating, bike share and pedestrian-friendly access, which makes the city truly multi-modal. The city does have its challenges as well, including homelessness. In fact, the Mayor of Montreal was one of the speakers at our conference and he talked about having recently declared a "war on homelessness."
 
When I travel, I always look for inspiration and ideas to bring back to our great City. Today, I am in Soledad for a parole hearing. No offense to Soledad, but thus far I have not seen too much inspiration that I want to bring back to LB.
                   
Speaking of Long Beach, by the time you get this letter, much progress will have been made on the 6 th St. Bike Boulevard, the Marine Stadium Judging Stand, the Colorado Lagoon restrooms, and of course, the PeROW park in Belmont Heights. So much is happening in our district and I hope you are enjoying the progress as much as I am.
 
Have a safe Halloween everyone and please watch out for the Trick or Treaters toward the end of the month!
 
Suzie Price 
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
GIRLSLEAD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - OCT 7

3rd District GirlsLead Academy
Uniting Girls. Growing Leaders. Making a Difference.
with Councilwoman Suzie Price  
 
As a result of the overwhelming demand from residents in the 3 rd  District, Councilwoman Suzie Price decided to create the GirlsLead Academy, which unites girls, grows leaders and focuses on making a difference in the lives of young women.  On October 7, 2017, the GirlsLead Academy will be hosting their first GirlsLead Connect event on the subject of,  Making it Happen: Start Your Own Business. 
 
If you attend middle or high school, and want to make a difference in your world by bringing about a positive change, come join us at the Assistance League Long Beach, Philanthropic Center located at 6220 E. Spring Street.  It all begins with our first event! By attending this free meeting you will be part of a group of girls that will discuss and generate ideas to start your own business, create a plan by learning from successful, local business women, and build leadership muscle.  Space is limited so register today.  
 
To register: EventBrite Registration  
 
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach
Councilwoman Price Continues to Hold Public Safety Committee Meetings in Neighborhoods Across City - OCT 11
 
Public Safety in Long Beach is an important issue, and the Public Safety Committee will be discussing some important citywide issues that affect all residents as they work toward improved police and emergency response policies. This committee has begun holding its meetings throughout the city to make it easier for residents to attend rather than having it in the middle of the day at City Hall with all the construction limiting parking availability.

Holding meetings throughout the city to improve resident access has been used successfully in the past by the Economic Development and Finance Committee and has again been a successful approach with the recent Public Safety Committee Meeting held at the Fire Training Center having a much higher attendance than usual. The Committee wants to provide better outreach to Long Beach residents and an easier forum for them to be informed and provide their input by taking the conversation to the people, and changing the time and location of these meetings is having a big impact on that.

This meeting will be held at the Expo Art Center (4321 Atlantic Ave) at 6:00 PM  on October 11 th . On the agenda will be an update on the Police Department use of body cameras, a report on Naloxone as a tool to reduce opioid overdose deaths, information on crime types that generate watch commander notifications, and reports on sexual assaults, and hate incidents throughout the city.

  Details:
Who: Councilwoman Suzie Price, 3rd District
What: Public Safety Committee Offsite Meeting
When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Where:  The Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave .)
 
   
- By Jack Cunningham 
3rd District, Chief of Staff 
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY MEETING - OCT 21 
 
 Thank you to everyone who attended our September Community Meeting at The Gaslamp Restaurant! The presentations, questions, and conversations were all informative and productive. The Third District had a strong turn-out for our esteemed panel of architects and we hope we can continue with that same level of enthusiasm for the rest of the year!

Our next Monthly Third District Community Meeting  will be on October 21st at 10 AM at Fire Station 14 (5200 E Eliot St). This month, we have planned a special community meeting based on feedback from you and your neighbors! The new East Division Commander, Erik Herzog, will be leading a discussion on various topics related to crime. This Community Meeting will answer such questions as: how do I effectively report crime; what is the difference between a theft, burglary, and robbery; how do I request contact from the Police Department after I report a crime; when is an arrest made; and what is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Attendees will learn about the arrest and booking process. The meeting will take you from the time an arrest occurs to when the individual appears in front of a judge. We will also discuss the common issues that law enforcement agencies run into in California during that process. Crime is a growing concern in our District, City, and Country. This Community Meeting will shed light on the intricacies of the criminal justice process and how we can proactively contribute.
 
In addition to this wonderful program from the Long Beach Police Department, you will receive a regular update from your Third District Council Office on many of the exciting projects going on in the Third District. We hope to see everyone there!  
 
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
CAL STATE LONG BEACH CONCERT AT MARINE STADIUM PARK 

Councilwoman Suzie Price will host the 2 nd  Annual Concert in the Park to kick-off the season with the Men's and Women's 2017-2018 CSULB basketball teams on Saturday, October 21 at 5 PM. The concert, featuring Mia Karter & the Hits will be held at Marine Stadium Park.  Team players will be providing autographs and photos, and food trucks will be present.  A bounce house and basketball challenge inflatable will help to entertain the kids.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a fun-filled, family-oriented evening under the stars.
 
Mia Karter & the  Hits infuse incredible musicianship, all your favorite Artists and an infectious energy as they perform a versatile array of top 40 hits, 80s, 90s and current chart toppers, from the world's favorite Artists.  Please mark your calendars for this free event.

   
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach

3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings
 
Belmont Heights Community Association
2nd Wednesday of each month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church

Belmont Shore Residents Association
2nd Thursday of each month
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Library

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall - 5100 E. Broadway at Granada Ave.

NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Email Carleton Carlson for meeting confirmation at CarletonCarlson@aol.com 
 
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
Alamitos Bay Yacht  Club

Bluff Park Community Meeting
Please check their website  

Stoneybrook Villas Association Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month
7pm - Clubhouse at 500 Bellflower Blvd

Do you have a community or  neighborhood meeting that you  would like to add to the 3rd  District calendar? Email:   nina.moussavi@longbeach.gov  
FEATURED ARTICLES
COLORADO LAGOON RESTROOM RENOVATION & MARINE STADIUM JUDGING STAND REHABILITATION

On August 7th, two highly anticipated projects broke ground in the Third District and we are very excited to see these projects progress.

With the completion of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project, the Colorado Lagoon Restroom Renovation is the next step in the effort to revitalize this beautiful ecological treasure in our District. The project team did run into significant and unanticipated water damage to the structural framing of the existing building. This discovery required review and design by a structural engineer. The review, design, and plan check processes were expedited in an effort to not impact the timeline of the project. In fact, contractors have already begun the installation of the new framing and the project is back on track!
Unfortunately, the severity of the water damage prevents the project team from being able to preserve the murals on the walls of the original restroom. The team made extensive efforts to salvage the murals but due to several contributing factors, their efforts were not successful. The project team is reviewing several alternatives, including creating replicas of the murals. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this month!  

Just down the road at Marine Stadium, the Marine Stadium Judging Stand Rehabilitation is also under way! The project team did run into some complications with the soils below the 10 foot depth. These complications required an alternative approach for installation of the foundation. The team quickly ordered additional materials for the alternative installation and the work continued this week! This project is expected to be completed in mid-November.

We are looking forward to the completion of both of these projects. We are also proud of the project teams for the quick response to these various unanticipated hitches!
 
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
LEEWAY SAILING CENTER PARKING LOT

 There has recently been a series of projects at and around the Leeway Sailing Center with more expected to be on the way. First, the building exterior was improved with new windows and paint, then a road repair project was completed on Ocean Blvd to address some pavement needs, now we see a project to improve the parking lot that has been in need for some time. The lot will be expanded and made more efficient creating greater safety for those using the facility who no longer need to run across the street when the small parking lot fills up.
 
Aquatics is a big part of the Third District, and with the improvements to the Leeway Sailing Center building that were recently completed, along with the coming pier, dock, and shed rebuilds we will have safer and more functional facilities for aquatic activities. That's a long way of saying we are happy to see this project moving forward as this is a well-used public resource that will really benefit from this work.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
LETTER FROM A 3RD DISTRICT RESIDENT

I was driving down Pacific Coast Highway a couple of weeks ago on my way home from a Wilson High School Class of 1978 reunion planning meeting (you can do the math on the number of years) when I had something of a "déjà vu" experience. I was looking at the Marina Pacifica Shopping Center, the Golden Sails Hotel, the wetlands, the Marketplace and 2nd & PCH and I realize nothing has really changed since 1977 when I was entering my senior year at Wilson.

Houlihan's has been replaced by a much nicer Tantalum, Buffum's is now Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy and Ulta replaced the Miller's Outpost store while our beloved Cookie Munchers Paradise is now our beloved Barns & Noble. The once regal Edgewater Hyatt House at 2nd & PCH is a boarded-up eye sore. Many of the names have changed, but the foot print and land uses remain the same.

Long Beach is a beautiful city we all love and cherish. But the reality is that along this stretch of PCH, we have turned our back (literally) on two of our best natural assets - the waterfront and the wetlands. Seas of asphalt and building masses have become more of a focal point in our community than these beautiful resources.

We talk about the eastside community as having so much potential. That we under utilize our waterfront, things could be so great if we could just update some of our old developments.

Well, that opportunity is finally upon us after more than 4 years of planning and public involvement the new South-East Area Specific Plan (SEASP) has been completed and went before the Long Beach City Council for approval on September 19th. It passed 9-0! Now off to the Coastal Commission.

SEASP has been developed with the involvement of a citizen's oversight committee, through an extremely transparent process that has included dozens of public meetings with our Councilwoman Suzie Price, City staff and some of the best planning consultants in the nation.

It is a plan that focuses on protecting and restoring the wetlands, it limits the height and density of new developments, requires adequate parking and mitigation of traffic impacts and will encourage new upscale retail, beautiful residential with stunning views and new hotels that we can be proud to have our friends and family visit.

No longer will each of the developments be separated and isolated. In the future, we will have developments that connect with mixed use residential and retail, walkable streets and open space within the developments and changes to PCH that will make it more inviting for walking and biking.

No longer will the wetlands be ignored. This plan will enhance the wetlands, improve buffers and develop long term financing for improvements.

No longer will your friends and family have to stay in hotels in Orange County or downtown. This plan will allow for new upscale hotels with great restaurants, retail, waterfront activities and access to Belmont Shore and Naples.

And, if all of that isn't enough these developments within SEASP will generate millions of dollars in new revenue to the city through sales and property taxes.

SEASP is a WIN-WIN-WIN for the City of Long Beach.

* The Environment Wins - with improved wetlands and open space
* The Residents Win - with new retail mixed-use development and increased property values
* The Whole City Wins - with increased revenue for city services and a new Eastside Gateway

We should embrace the opportunity to create a more connected and vibrant community that restores and honors the natural beauty of our surroundings.

--By Jeff Hoffman
3rd District Resident
BUSINESS
GO INWARD

It is my pleasure to introduce this newest business to the 3rd District. GO INWARD is a stunning Yoga & Meditation Sanctuary that is located within La Bella Specialty Boutique at 5280 E. 2nd Street, Belmont Shore.  Owner, Kelsea Mazzocco is a local 3rd District resident and business owner with a passion for living a super charged life.  Her tagline, "COME TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENT" is a perfect metaphor for what happens when you meditate.  We are all unique instruments and meditation lets you tune in to your brain and nervous system, which is your sense of inner truth and purpose. 

According to Kelsea,"Go Inward is a healing and training facility designed to create the  best version of your life." This training is for everyday people, with no experience necessary.  As part of her goal of tackling Mind, Body and Spirit, she offers Kundalini and Flow yoga, meditation, awareness training, sound healing, body work, craniosacral, intuitive life coaching, energy healing and acupuncture.  "We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to tune the instrument of the body, mind and spirit," said Kelsea Mazzocco. 

With a series of weekly classes that begin on October 2nd, you simply must check out this gorgeous business. For more information, please visit their website. 

Go Inward Holistic Sanctuary
5280 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
Telephone: (562) 588-9338

   
- By  Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach
TOPICS COMING TO COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL UPDATES
 
City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday evening, with the exception of the last Tuesday of the month when council is "dark."  Meetings are held in City Hall - Council Chambers (333 W. Ocean Blvd.) at approximately 5pm.  Times do change, so please check with our office or website for exact times. City Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance, especially if there is an important topic up for discussion.
 
Charter (channel 3) and FIOS Verizon (channel 21) subscribers can view the City Council Meetings on their televisions or you can live stream the video through LBTV.com,  View City Council Meeting.  
 
Agenda items change on a weekly basis so please check the city website for the most current agenda.  The City Clerk is required to post the City Council Agenda the Monday, a week prior, to the Tuesday of City Council Meeting.   View agenda items  

- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
BIKE CHOP SHOP AGENDA ITEM

Bike theft is an ongoing issue throughout the the city as well as the Third District. This is certainly a complicated problem because many people do not register their bikes or do not report them when they are stolen. Additionally, bike thefts often fuel illegal drug purchases and are used as a form of currency. Recently the Councilwoman brought an item to council looking at how a free, city run bike registration program could be operated through an app to help reduce bike thefts, and help get stolen bikes returned to their owners. With bike thefts still in mind,  there is an additional item related to bike thefts that she will be bringing before council this month. It is focused on reducing bike chop shops that take stolen bikes, and dismantle them, then rebuild with different parts making them harder for police to track, or sell the parts individually. Addressing this crime and making it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen goods is meant to have a direct impact on criminal activity throughout the city.

However, the city can do more to address this highly visible problem 

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
OPIOID AGENDA ITEM

Opioid abuse, addiction, overdose, and deaths are a major epidemic spreading through the US over the past several years, and unfortunately Long Beach is not immune to this problem. This serious public health and safety problem has reached epidemic levels over the past few years. The number of opioid overdose  deaths nationwide have been growing rapidly surpassing the number of deaths experienced at its peak by the H.I.V. crisis in 1995, the peak number of gun deaths in 1993, and peak car crash deaths in 1972. Opioid overdose deaths have surpassed 60,000 annual deaths. 
 
Opioids include heroin and prescription pain-killers like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, Percocet, Demerol, and Vicodin. These prescribed pain-killers are a serious source of addiction. Since 2010 Long Beach is consistently seeing rates higher than Los Angeles County in prescription opioid related emergency room visits, hospitalization, mortality, and need for treatment. While illegal drug use is a pressing concern, prescription opioids are a significant factor in beginning and maintaining addictions.
 
This issue cannot just be addressed on the back-end with rehabilitation, and assistance to those who have become addicted, but must also be confronted at the front-end from legal medical prescriptions. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US. People who become addicted to opioids are often first exposed as a result of prescriptions they received legally for an injury, or chronic pain.
 
This problem can begin to be addressed by implementing health detailing programs that allow local health departments to conduct brief one-on-one educational visits with doctors on options for limiting their prescription of opioids, reducing individual dosages and number of pills prescribed, as well as identifying addiction. A number of cities, states and counties throughout the country have had great results with similar programs and Long Beach can do the same to address our growing problem. On October 10th Councilwoman Price will be bringing an item to the City Council requesting the city look at adapting a program for Long Beach that is similar to those that have been successful in many other places in reducing opioid addiction and the negative consequences to addiction in our communities.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
D O YOU KNOW.....
SEADIP to SEASP HISTORY AND RECAP

Last month my council colleagues and I voted to approve the Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP). This vote sets up the most stringent development standards in the state, protects the Los Cerritos Wetlands from ever being developed on, and requires any future developers to create major view corridors, real public space improvements with parks and art, new roads to minimize traffic impacts at 2nd and PCH, commitments to continue improving the surrounding wetlands, and accommodations for bird and wildlife safety in the wetlands.

This plan is an important step in setting standards and responsible limits on development in Southeast Long Beach for the next 40 years.

For most people, this area is commonly thought of as the stretch of PCH between Loynes and the Seal Beach border. This plan was approved after more than three years of community meetings, workshops, planning commission study sessions, and one-on-one constituent meetings between residents and me personally whenever anyone requested.
 
Because this was a long and complicated process, I wanted to share a bit more for those who aren't familiar with the history or those who are interested in why a city would opt for a "specific" plan in certain parts of town. This is an area of urban planning that is fascinating, so let me walk through the process with you.

The particular area we are talking about with SEASP has been subject to a Specific Land Use Plan since 1977.  Most of the city is under a General Land Use Plan but there are some areas, where due to their proximity to sensitive habitat or their unique multi-use serving amenities, that the creation of a specific plan is warranted. Specific plans set consistent standards for future building and development that are more detailed than General Plans. The advantage of this policy is that rather than taking project and development applications one by one as is done with General Plans, and making decisions regarding height and density on a case by case basis, specific plans set a firm maximum in terms of height and density. Specific planning is meant to ensure consistent and fair application of community values for development. Rather than basing agreements on different owners, or stronger lobbyists, or long negotiations, instead of all that variability, a specific plan sets all the requirements before anyone proposes a project. And those requirements are based on the specific wishes of the community that have been expressed through community driven visioning processes, public meetings, public comment, and resident outreach over a number of years. This plan allows everyone to have an expectation of what is feasible in the area as we look toward the future, and sets up major requirements developers must follow that directly benefit the community.

Without a strong Specific Plan like we have now, variances could be given and exceptions could be made for projects that otherwise were not allowed. Prior to being elected, there was a proposal to build a 12-story hotel at the Seaport Marina Hotel site.  This proposal was very controversial, and the City Council at the time was extremely divided and the proposed project ultimately failed. In that case, multiple special interest groups were advocating for the project, including competing land owners and developers (on both sides of the proposal), labor organizations, environmental advocates and of course residents. The issue was heated, required many community meetings, and inflamed the passions of many. When it ultimately failed, some felt it was a win, others felt it was a loss, but no progress was made on improving the site, and any new development proposal would have to go through the same process with no limits regarding what a new project could look like. That reality made the city very susceptible to outside and special interest influence on development projects. However, the new plan sets standards and requirements that are based on and reflect the community needs and desires for the area, and developers know what they can and cannot build will in advance - eliminating variability and ensuring the public benefit.
 
As a result of the failed 12 story hotel, the Council at that time set into motion the creation of a new specific plan in order to ensure that the community vision and concerns are represented in all future developments. This is where I got involved in 2014 when I started my active involvement in what is now SEASP. The process involved stakeholder meetings wherein it was made abundantly clear to me what future development my residents would and would not be comfortable with. As a Councilmember I was precluded from taking an official position on the SEASP proposal, however, as proposals came about I made it very clear what I would and would not support. I would not accept increased heights over five stories from the three we have now. Ultimately the plan approved a three to five story limit for all future development at all affected commercial sites (everything else remains unchanged). However, this limit could go up to seven stories on a maximum of 15% of a building at two specific properties if they complete a number of stringent requirements. Those requirements would include even greater public amenities than would already be required for development (think public art, open space, view corridors, public parks, investment in the wetlands and many other mitigation efforts), if they were approved by planning commission, and if the property accommodates the development of a hotel.

The plan also reduced density by 30% from the staff's initial proposal. Again, this proposal was no coincidence.  I made my density limits very clear and our city staff listened, not just to me, but at my request they met with and listened to the many community members and all of their concerns, and the resultant plan reflects that.

The plan that we approved on Tuesday night will carry us for the next 40 years.  From now until 2060, residents of the Southeast side of Long Beach, can have peace of mind that we won't be debating any 12 story buildings. Further, we will implement many traffic measures such as (1) breaking up "super blocks" to allow people to travel the area through routes other than PCH and 2nd (2) working with CALTRANS to gain greater access and control over the traffic signal timing on PCH, and (3) building infrastructure to support multi-modal transportation.
 
Finally, in my opinion, the best part of the plan is that the preservation of the Los Cerritos Wetlands, which are truly unique given the type of species the area attracts due to tidal exposure and salt water flow. The 1977 specific plan did not preserve the wetlands, and in fact would have allowed significant development. Preservation of this area was simply not a priority at the time, that is evidenced by the fact that at least two developments have been built on the wetlands since 1977 and they should have NEVER been allowed to build on that space. Additionally, over the years the community has had to rally in earnest to prevent the development of a Home Depot and other uses on various parcels of the now protected land.
 
The new SEASP plan establishes a Wetlands Mitigation and Restoration Fund that all developers will have to pay in order to build in this area. This is truly a unique arrangement. Further, by way of an amendment that I made on Tuesday night, the City will have to get approval and participation from the Los Cerritos Westland Authority (LCWA) on how that money will be used further ensuring the benefits to out beautiful natural environment. I chair that committee and along with my colleague, Councilman Uranga, will ensure that we finally take Wetlands mitigation and restoration seriously. We will have a funding source and we will continue acquiring more of the privately owned wetlands and ensure they are protected forever and restored.
 
I am very proud of this plan and even though no actual development will occur for many years (up to 10-15 years at some of the site) I look forward to many decades of responsible growth and development. In the end this growth is tied to benefits we will all feel in ecological preservation (bird safe treatments, wetlands funding, investments in sustainability, and native plant species) and residential life (traffic mitigation, height limits, open spaces, public benefits and reinvestment in our community). All these benefits will come slowly and in 40 years I am confident this decision will have us on the right track with prudent investments made in our future.

 - By Suzie  Price
GENERAL PLAN ENGAGEMENT 
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is conducting four additional
General Plan engagement events (community open houses) to gain stakeholder feedback.

The General Plan community open houses are scheduled as follows:
* Saturday, September 30, 3-5 p.m. at Veterans Park Community Center
* Wednesday, October 4, 6-8 p.m. at Whaley Park Community Center
* Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Best Western Golden Sails Hotel
* Wednesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. at Expo Center in Bixby Knolls

In support of the community open houses, the Department has developed two collateral documents:

* Frequently Asked Questions
* Misconceptions and Concerns

Both documents will be available for viewing and download by the public on the City's
General Plan website:   Land Use & Urban Design Elements. Documents will also be available to community workshop attendees.

The Department has received inquiries regarding the format of the meetings. The open
house meeting style was specifically selected as an outreach method to provide staff with the maximum input from a diversity of voices. A typical town hall format does not allow that to occur, and can be intimidating to some constituent groups who don't feel comfortable participating in more formal types of meetings. All four meetings will be handled in the same format, with the same opportunities to engage, to ensure that all information is disseminated in the same manner. The opportunity for a typical presentation format will still exist at the Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Amy Bodek, Director of
Development Services, at (562) 570-6428.

By Amy Bodek
City Of Long Beach Director of Development Services
COMMUNITY COYOTE SEMINAR


By Marie Knight,
Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine
HAPPY HALLOWEEN - OCT 31

 
Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Grab a bag and come show off your costumes in return for some serious candy loot! Walk the streets of Belmont Shore and trick or treat in participating businesses.
Visit the link to see all the upcoming events in Long Beach...

Other Events in Long Beach 
LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
BOOKS AND BREWS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MIXER - October 5

Join this event to support the Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Tickets to Event

WOMEN SHELTER OF LONG BEACH - October 6

The WomenShelter of Long presents   
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This is an annual free community Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event to honor and remember those who have been affected by domestic violence.  Joint us for an evening of art, activities, resources, music, light refreshments and giveaways.

Belmont Heights Artists' Association (BHAA) Exhibition 
 
 
 
LONG BEACH OPEN STUDIO TOUR - October 14 & 15

The Long Beach Open Studio Tour is on October 14 and 15 from noon - 5:00 PM each day. 
 
This is the perfect time to find unique art gifts for those special people in your life 
now that the holidays are approaching.
 
For information about artists, studio locations and a map visit www.lbopenstudiotour.com and/or  treat yourself to a delicious meal at the Black Bird Cafe (corner of Orange and Wardlow) where you  can view an exhibition of participating artists' work.  

 
Assistance League of Long Beach


 
 
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