As always my office and I have had a busy month in the Third District.
Recently the city launched the biggest infrastructure investment in a generation as a result of Measure A. Citywide you can see your tax dollars in action. Throughout the city, curbs are being replaced, potholes filled, roads slurried, and repaved, sidewalks repaired, and important infrastructure items like bridges, libraries, and the Rancho Los Alamitos are receiving much needed funds. As one of the first public safety restorations Engine 8 returned to Belmont Shore, and in recent months my colleagues and I have voted to restore Paramedic Rescue 12 and reinstate the police academy, which will both have a positive impact on public safety throughout the entire city.
A major priority for me has been enhancing traffic safety through engineering. Toward that end, you will continue to see new crosswalks, stop signs, traffic signals, traffic studies, road diets, and flashing beacons. Later this month, Council will give final approval for the contracts related to the 6th Street Bike Boulevard. This project will begin construction in early summer to improve safety for drivers and cyclists by making 6th street more residential looking in nature, through the use of roundabouts and traffic circles (similar to Vista). This design will also increase the city's network of bike infrastructure not for today or tomorrow but for the next 20 to 30 years as greater statewide mobility requirements are implemented and multi-modal forms of transportation are encouraged.
Additionally, parks and open space are always important to our residents so, the long awaited Red Car Greenway Project, which is part of the Pacific-Electric Right-of-Way, will have the bids back from contractors this month and construction will begin later in the year. Similarly, the Colorado Lagoon Rehabilitation Project will soon be completed with walking paths, ADA access bridge, new native species of plants to improve the natural environment for our bird and insect species, not to mention eel grass in the lagoon to improve the marine ecosystem.
In March, Measure H was approved county-wide meaning an increase in funding to develop housing for the homeless population and mental health resources. Long Beach benefits from Measure H;
however this will not increase our tax rate. Homelessness continues to be a major issue, but the city is taking a number of ambitious and creative steps to confront this problem head on to create long-term solutions not just short term band aids. I have already presented several items to Council dealing with this topic and look forward to submitting a comprehensive homelessness item to Council later this month. Please be on the lookout for Council agenda notices on that topic. It would be great to have you in attendance at the meeting.
On a final note, the month of May offers the opportunity for all of us to celebrate two important groups of people in our communities. Mothers and Veterans. Two of the most important people in my life fall into these categories. As many of you know, my mother is perhaps my biggest supporter and has been my mentor and guide throughout my life. She
raised me as a single mother and never complained about the burdens that responsibility held for her. She is an amazing woman and I am incredibly blessed to have her living so close to me during this dynamic time when I am serving in an elected position. Her advice and perspective always help me put things into a proper context. I could not ask for a better ally. To my mother and all of the mothers out there, happy Mother's Day. May you be blessed with a day of rest.
My husband is the other major figure in my life. He is a veteran of the US Coast Guard. Mark served off the Florida Coast during the Gulf War and intercepted boats coming to the US from Cuba. Mark has taught me so much about commitment and having a strong will. It takes a very special person to have the discipline and commitment to serve our country. I am proud to be his wife. I salute all of the men and women who have served our country. This Memorial Day, I hope that the memory of those who have lost their lives in service to our country reminds us all to uphold our nation's values of freedom, opportunity and equality in all that we do.
Enjoy the month!
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
THIRD DISTRICT COMMUNITY MEETING - MAY 13
Our next 3rd District Community meeting is on
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at The Gaslamp Restaurant (
6251 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90803) at
Attendees will receive updates from the Third District Council Office, Public Safety and Emergency representatives, and as well as other exciting presenters who will speak about upcoming projects in the district. We welcome everyone to come join us. Coffee will be provided and a breakfast menu is available for those who would like to order breakfast.
3rd District, District Office Director
COMMUNITY PLANTING DAY - MAY 6 - 8AM-12PM
Leadership Long Beach Institute (LLBI) Class of 2017 is hosting a community project to beautify a stretch of medians running along Bellflower Blvd. south of PCH in the Alamitos Heights neighborhood on Saturday, May 6th from 8AM-12PM.
Volunteers are needed to help with planting
. The concept, from start to finish, was conceived by the LLBI project team, and supported by my office. Partners in the project include the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Public Works and The Conservation Corp of Long Beach. Donations of time and talent provided by Doug Sato of Things Green PBS-KOCE, Toro Irrigation for a new drip-line installation, and design work from Landscape Architect Todd Bennitt.
Volunteers can sign up directly at
to help on this day. We recommend wearing close-toed shoes for safety. Donuts and coffee will be provided on behalf of Dunkin' Donuts and The City of Long Beach, Neighborhood Services will provide all the necessary tools for a fun filled planting event. If you have any questions, you can email
STREET / LANE CLOSURES
Please note the Bellflower Blvd. southbound lanes between PCH and E. Colorado will be closed from 7AM - 3PM on May 6th for the safety of those planting. The northbound #1 lane (closes to the median) will also be closed. The #2 lane will remain open to accommodate for Stoneybrook residents to access their property.
3rd District, Communication Director
COMMUNITY TRASH PICK-UP - MAY 6 - 8AM-12PM
We have received an overwhelming response for children to participate in the Bellflower Median planting event on May 6th. For liability reasons children will not be permitted to plant in the medians; however, they can do their part by participating in a bluff clean-up project. Kids and anyone with a brown thumb are welcome to help pick up trash along side the medians on the bluff next to Manila Ave. Gloves, trash bags and pickers will be provided.
- By Antonella Schaub and Lisa West
3rd District Office
MINDFUL AGING SERIES
Councilwoman Price, Councilman Supernaw and Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine are excited to present a
Mindful Aging Series. Classes will be held at the grass area by the Lawnbowling Center at 1109 Federation Dr. For more information, please call 562-570-3150.
Click on each Class for more details:
3rd District, Communication Director
UPDATE ON COLORADO LAGOON RESTORATION PROJECT AND GRAND OPENING - MAY 20
ent phase of the Colorado Lagoon Phase 2B Restoration Project consisted of in-water dredging to both achieve elevations that will support eel grass habitat and improve water quality to meet and exceed State and Federal requirements.
Other project elements included the creation of a new walking trail, continuing the planting of all native species surrounding the Lagoon, placing new sa
nd along the beach, and improvements to the existing walking bridge that crossed over the Lagoon. The City plans to remove the fence along the south shore area starting as early as next week, but access to the restored North Shore area won't occur until May 20
, when the grand reopening of the Colorado Lagoon is scheduled, starting at 9:30AM.
The Colorado Lagoon Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 9:30 AM with refreshments and a focal activity for kids as well as live tunes from 3rd District's own, Dad Co. The ribbon cutting will include appearances by Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price and the Long Beach Public Works Department as we celebrate our wonderful newly restored Colorado Lagoon.
Please look out for the flyer, which will be posted soon!
3rd District, Events Coordinator
AAUW WORK SMART WORKSHOP - MAY 20
Are you earning what you deserve?
Are you earning what you deserve? In 2015, full-time working women in the U.S earned 80% of what men earn. In California, the figure is 86% - better, but still not at parity. A portion of this gap is attributed to women's lack of knowledge in how to best negotiate for their salaries and benefits.
Created for working women, AAUW Work Smart is a free interactive workshop that teaches you to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate your worth confidently in the job market.
AAUW's facilitators lead discussions on the gender pay gap and its personal effects, while small group activities and role-play exercises give you the opportunity to create and perfect your persuasive salary pitches. You learn objective research and benchmarking skills to establish an equitable target salary, whether you are striving for a promotion, asking for a raise, or negotiating a new salary and benefits.
These workshops are coordinated by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Reservations for the workshop must be made online at
Come learn how to negotiate what you deserve!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Conservation Corps Building
340 Nieto Ave., Long Beach
Sponsored by Long Beach City Councilwoman Suzie Price
LONG BEACH PRIDE PARADE - MAY 21
Councilwoman Price is privileged to support the Long Beach Pride Festival, which now attracts over 80,000 participants over the 2-day event, and has become the 2
largest revenue generating event for the City of Long Beach. The parade will be held on Sunday, May 21
at 10:30 a.m., and takes place on Ocean Ave. from Lindero to Alamitos. Make sure to wave to Councilwoman Price as she dances her way down the
rict, Business Relations Liaison
TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT - JUNE 4
Get up-close and personal with over 110 larger than life trucks, public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles.
Councilwoman Suzie Price and Justin Rudd's Community Action Team are set to bring the 3
rd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck event on Sunday, June 4th, 9:30 AM to
1:00 PM at the Granada Beach Parking Lot.
This free, family friendly event gives kids the opportunity to get hands on with some amazing trucks. Meet vehicle owners and operators, and interact with this awesome exhibition of transportation! We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd
Annual Long Beach
rict, Business Relations Liaison
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
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
Do you have a community or
neighborhood meeting that you
would like to add to the 3rd
District calendar? Email:
Many of you have started seeing your Measure A tax dollars being put to use all over our wonderful city! The city recently launched a major infrastructure investment that will have a positive impact on the entire community.
The city will slurry seal 39 miles of street across Long Beach as part of the first phase of
Measure A street improvements.
Paoli Way was one of the streets included in the first phase of street improvements; construction began in March and continued into April with completion on April 21. There are more infrastructure projects to come and our office is excited to see the continued improvements that will be made to our amazing district thanks to the voter support behind Measure A funding.
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
2nd STREET MEDIAN PROJECT UPDATE
Project is running smoothly. The contractor will begin checking all under-ground utilities on May 1st
and is ready to begin construction by mid-May. The first phase will involve concrete demolition, tree stump removal and minor repairs to existing curbs. In addition, palm trees will be skinned to update their appearance. Construction is anticipated to last through July. The City is working with the businesses on 2nd
Street to provide updates on construction activity and mitigate interruptions to the street. Extra care is being taken to minimize work during scheduled events.
If you would like more details on the project, please contact
- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communication Director
BELMONT POOL UPDATE
The Environmental Impact Report ("EIR"), which was developed by City staff, was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission on March 2nd. The EIR is being appealed by a small group of Long Beach residents. As part of the appellate process, the EIR will be presented for certification to the City Council on May 16th. We encourage all individuals who are interested in the outcome of the project to attend the City Council meeting and either show their support for or voice their opposition to the project during the public comment period. The proposed new Belmont Pool was designed after the previous pool was demolished due to issues with seismic safety. Aquatics play a major role in Long Beach for residents of all ages. The proposed pool will provide the community with public access to an aquatics facility for recreational and educational usage. The proposed project would also fill the need for a venue to host events such as high school and collegiate level swimming and diving meets.
To stay up-to-date on the progress of this project please visit:
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
SUMMARY OF SERVICES TO HOMELESS POPULATIONS LEADING TO TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT HOUSING
Homeless Services Division: The City of Long Beach is one of only a few cities in the State of California that have a bureau or division devoted strictly to the homeless population.
Continuum of Care: There are four Continuum of Care in Los Angeles County; Glendale, Pasadena, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and Long Beach. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Homeless Services Division (HSD), leads the local Continuum. DHHS applies for Federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to secure approximately $7.5 million each year to fund nonprofit partners providing housing and services to homeless people. The Long Beach Continuum of Care is only one of four jurisdictions nationwide with a Unified Funding Agency designation which reflects the Continuum's ability to meet financial, monitoring and programmatic standards set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Increasing Permanent Housing Options: Between 2015 and 2017, permanent housing resources have increased by 188 percent. This is due to the following factors:
- New housing programs for Chronic Homeless and Veteran populations
- Expansion of Rapid Rehousing
- Increased CoC-funded Veteran housing
- Increased Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
- Increased set-aside Section 8 Vouchers
- Increased new housing units specifically for homeless (147)
- Implementation of a $6 million surge grant of Supportive Services for Veteran's Families (SSVF)
This surge in housing resources allowed for housing 1,214 people in 2015 and 2,278 in 2016; a 53 percent increase between the two years and a combined total of 3,492 persons. Availability of varied housing resources allows for effective and timely transitions from homelessness to permanent housing.
Multi-Service Center: The Multi-Service Center is a one-stop shop that serves as the primary coordinated entry system for homeless services citywide. Led by DHHS, the center collocates nearly a dozen private and public social service entities that provide coordinated services to assist homeless households in Long Beach. The site provides showers and mail services, collocates a federally qualified health care center, and provides linkage to support services and linkages to emergency, transitional and permanent housing to individuals and families. The Multi-Service Center is a unique model that is recognized as a best practice and has been replicated in other jurisdictions.
Villages at Cabrillo: The Villages at Cabrillo (VAC) is a 27-acre campus community geared around a vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness. Managed by Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), the development provides housing and supportive service space for more than 1,000 individuals on any given day, including 400 children. VAC collocates a variety of support services along with emergency, transitional and permanent housing for families, individuals including 500 Veterans.
The Long Beach Continuum of Care utilizes a Housing First approach when serving homeless households. Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing people with permanent housing and then providing voluntary services as needed such as substance use or mental health treatment.
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CITY OF LONG BEACH UNVEILS NEW WAYFINDING SIGNAGE DESIGN
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to receive and file a comprehensive wayfinding signage program for major gateway entries, parking, and coastal access in Long Beach.
The new signage design reflects the community's values and identity, and exhibits a cohesive design that in the simplest way, directs residents and visitors to their destination.
These re-imagined gateway signage creates and establishes a true sense of place in Long Beach," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "The new signage will welcome visitors to our City, and promote greater accessibility and safety throughout the community."
The wayfinding signage program provides a consistent and functional design for City gateway signage, wayfinding, and directional signage for downtown parking and waterfront destinations in Long Beach. The project included a robust public outreach process, consisting of numerous stakeholder meetings, a series of workshops, and a Wayfinding Signage Survey to ensure a broad range of community input.
"A thoughtful wayfinding sy
stem is essential to the way people navigate places; and the new signage will enable Long Beach residents and visitors to more easily explore amazing destinations throughout our entire 52 square mile City," said City Manager Patrick H. West.
City staff is preparing a recommended list of locations and installation methods for the new wayfinding signage, which will be installed over time as funding becomes available.
The need for establishing new City entryway signs was identified as part of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. In December 2015, the City issued a request for proposals and selected Selbert Perkins Design as the consultant for creating design guidelines to implement a uniform look and theme for new signs in the public realm.
- From the City Manager's Office
PRIMAL ALCHEMY CATERING
Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving local food preferably through direct acquisition from the source. For centuries all food was farm to table, but nowadays transportation and refrigeration has made it possible for food to be transported from hundreds, and thousands of miles away. The good news for us is that Primal Alchemy Catering, a 3rd District business, has set themselves apart from the many caterers in Southern California by offering fresh, organic farm-to-table selections that are reflective of the season. They founded Primal Alchemy on this concept and are now considered leaders in the movement.
Primal Alchemy's passion starts with husband and wife team, Paul and Dana Buchanan. Chef Paul, as most know him, has in-depth knowledge of wine and food pairings, which he shares with his clients. In addition to being a great chef, he is also a Master Preserver. So, all the charcuterie, pickled vegetables, jams, etc. are made in-house. His philosophy of allowing the ingredients to shine in simple, delicious menus that are customized for all their clients. He loves coming up with menus that reflect their clients' tastes, ethnicities and budgets to commemorate special occasions. Dana Buchanan, who believes in supporting community and countless local organizations, also handles the business and marketing aspects of the business. She enjoys spreading the word about their real food and is proud that they have maintained their integrity while 'walking the talk' of sustainability. In addition to many charitable causes they support, one close to their hearts of the Days of Taste program they have taught at Fremont Elementary for 18 years. They live, work and their daughter attends school...all in the 3rd District.
Serving Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County areas, their catering services promote using fresh food, that is in season and grown locally. Beyond their catering kitchen, Chef Paul teaches cooking classes that are a great opportunity to gather with friends to learn some new tricks of the trade, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. So why not hire Primal Alchemy for your next event, dinner or gathering, and leave it to the experts? You'll be glad you did.
3819 East 7th Street
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
PRIMAL ALCHEMY UNICORN BIKE UNVEILING - MAY 6
Primal Alchemy Unicorn Bike Unveiling will be on May 6, 1PM at their Belmont Pier location next to Belmont Brewing Company. The partnership with Primal Alchemy will be similar to that of Lola's, who had the City's First Unicorn Bike.
The City of Long Beach unveiled the first "Unicorn Bike" to help celebrate the
Long Beach Bike Share
program's first anniversary in March 2017. The campaign is a way to get more people interested in the Bike Share program and also a new opportunity to partner with our local businesses. It is also gaining popularity for businesses and bike share programs across the country to collaboratively expand their social media and marketing horizons
---By City of Long Beach
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,
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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.
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May 9 - Improvements to 6th St. Bicycle Blvd.
May 16 - Belmont Pool hearing
Mary 30 - Council is dark
- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
BAY SHORE NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY - CLOSURE MAY 9 & 10
The Bay Shore Neighborhood Library, located at 195 Bay Shore Avenue, will be closed for termite fumigation May 9-10, 2017. The project will improve the Bay Shore facility and ensure the best possible service to patrons. Library materials may still be returned to the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library book drops or they can be returned in person at any other open Long Beach Public Library.
The Library will re-open its doors May 11 , 2017 at 12:00PM
For more info, please visit: www.lbpl.org
BELMONT SHORE SLURRY PROJECT
Road repairs are always hot topics. Rain, heat, traffic, street sweepers, utility maintenance, general wear and tear all result in roads deteriorating. But, for the first time in decades the City is engaged in a major reinvestment in public infrastructure including roads. This reinvestment comes from the passage of Measure A and will result in major infrastructure projects over the next ten years. In an effort to address some of the maintenance projects that have been deferred for years, and do the increased work that was promised from Measure A, I am excited to announce significant work coming to Belmont Shore. This month streets throughout Belmont Shore will be receiving slurry seals to extend the life of the roadway as well as curb and alley entrance repairs. These are some of the first projects being completed with the additional revenue coming from Measure A, and we look forward to the continued repairs throughout the district and city in coming years.
Click the link for a complete list of street closures
- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
WHO WOULD YOU CALL?
Some Important City and non-City numbers
Broken/ Inoperable Traffic Light and Signs: (562) 570-3264
Broken Street Light: (562) 983-2000
Shoes hanging on power or utility lines: (562) 570-2700 - Ext. 8
Graffiti on Buildings: (562) 570-2773
Gas Emergency: (562) 570-2140
Damaged Banner: (562) 570-5333
Leaking Fire Hydrant: (562) 570-2390
Broken Curb: (562) 570-2770
Pot Hole: (562) 570-3259
Abandoned Shopping Cart: (800) 252-4613
Noise Abatement: (562) 570-4126
Trash in Street: (562) 570-2876
Water Department: (562) 570-2390
Damaged Trees: (562) 570-2700 - Ext. 4
Overflowing Sidewalk Trash Can: (562) 570-2876
Damaged or Missing Tree Gate: (562) 570-2770
Damaged Sewer: (562) 570-2440
Storm Drains: (562) 570-2700 Ext. 3
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STROLL AND SAVOR- MAY 17th AND MAY 18th
RACE WITH A VIEW - MAY 7th
The Jewish Family & Children's Services (JFCS) is holding its 29th annual Race With A View on Sunday morning, May 7 at
8 AM at the Pierpoint Landing, just steps from the Aquarium of the Pacific in beautiful downtown Long Beach. The event is a 5K or 10K, run or walk as you wish, the purpose is to bring awareness to the importance of access to affordable mental health counseling and support services in our area while raising funds for JFCS to be able to continue working
toward our vision of a community healed, one person, one family at a time.
At our website at
, you can register, form a team, join an existing team, volunteer, become a Fundraiser and ask friends and family to pledge a donation for your efforts, or declare that you prefer to sleep in on May 7 but are happy to make a donation to our cause.