Welcome to November and the holiday season!
 
October was another busy month for the 3rd District Council office. You may have noticed that we have several construction projects going on.   Hopefully, by the end of the year, the Colorado Lagoon restroom, the Marina Vista Park restroom, the Marine Stadium Judging Stand, the PeRow Greenbelt Park, and the 6th Street Bike Blvd will be complete. In addition, construction is now underway on the Leeway Sailing Center dock (Leeway Sailing Pier and Shed Structural Rebuild)  and parking lot and the Granada parking lot, which will have the only electric charging stations in Belmont Shore!

 
           Colorado Lagoon Restroom                                    Red Car Greenbelt Park
 
Marina Vista Restrooms

   
               6th Street Bike Blvd. re-paving                       6th Street Round-a-Bouts
 
                     Granada Parking Lot                                          Leeway Parking Lot
 
In addition to these projects, my team and I were busy attending community meetings, non-profit events/programs, constituent meetings and council related committee meetings this month. 
 
Here are my stats for the number of meetings I personally attended this month. This doesn't include the many meetings that my dedicated staff has attended on my behalf. 
 
11 Constituent meetings
17 Council or Council Committee related meetings
8 non-profit events/programs
6 community meetings
 
We hope to bring a few big  items to council in November.  One item deals with enhanced penalties for bike Chop-shop operations and the other is to rename Ximeno from 7th to 8th, "Bruin Way" in honor of our special community partnership with Wilson High School! Please make sure to look out for our "coming to council" email updates, which will identify the key agenda items coming to council that coming week. 
 
In the meantime, have a great November and Happy (early) Thanksgiving.
 
Suzie Price 
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY MEETING - NOV 18

Thank you to everyone who attended our October Community Meeting with Commander Erik Herzog. It was a full house at Fire Station 14 and I was so glad to see the many Third District residents who were contributing to the productive meeting. It was a morning filled with good questions, informative discussion, and thoughtful ideas. I hope everyone who attended learned as much as I did!  

Our November Community Meeting will be held on  Saturday November 18 at 10am at the Third District Field Office (340 Nieto Ave). This will be our last Community Meeting for 2017 and attendees will get an update and end-of-year recap from Councilwoman Suzie Price and various Departments in the City. We will look at what we have accomplished and what we can expect in 2018. We are looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with all of our friends and neighbors in the Third District. Please contact me with any questions about this upcoming meeting via email  nina.moussavi@longbeach.gov  or via phone 562-570-8756 and I hope to see you all there!

- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
BIXBY DOG PARK GRAND OPENING - NOV 4

The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new Dog Park at Bixby Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at 130 Cherry Avenue.

"Bixby Dog Park will be the 11th off leash dog recreation area to open in the City of Long Beach," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "This newest park makes a total of 11 acres in the City where dogs and their owners can make friends and be active."

The dog park was developed in response to a large community outreach effort by both Councilmember Jeannine Pearce and Councilwoman Suzie Price that determined the park location and the need to create separate play areas for large and small breeds.

"Bixby Park has undergone a real transformation," said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. "This dog park is the latest element of the Bixby Park Master plan to be completed and enhance the park's amenities for residents. The first phase of the plan included a new playground and fitness loop that opened in September 2015."

"This new dog park is a great asset that dog owners in both the 2nd and 3rd Council Districts will benefit from," said Councilmember Suzie Price. "The area further activates the park, adding to the sense of community that brings people together."

The cost for the development of the dog park was approximately $100,000, with funding coming from the 2nd and 3rd Council District one-time Infrastructure Funds as well as a third of the money coming from the Friends of Bixby Park (FOBP) organization. FOBP's long term commitment to Bixy Park has been tremendous and this project could not have happened without their partnership.  


Long Beach Animal Care Services will offer a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic, along with spay/neuter vouchers and licensing information at the event.

For more information regarding the event, please call Gladys Kaiser, Manager of Community Recreation Services, at (562) 570-3150.
- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
VETERAN'S DAY PARADE - NOV 11

As everyone knows, parades are held for a wide range of reasons, but are usually celebrations. One of the most important local parades we can celebrate is the Veterans Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday, November 11th at 10 AM.  The 21st Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade & Festival stages on South Street between DeForest Avenue and Elm Avenue. The parade proceeds east on South Street to Atlantic Avenue and then turns north on Atlantic Avenue and proceeds to Harding Street. The parade has a military grand marshal, a honorary grand marshal and three divisional marshals.
Closer to home, the Naples Island Garden Club will have a Veterans Day celebration at 9am on November 11 at the Colonnade Flagpole where a floral wreath will be placed in honor of our local Veterans. Join us as we pay tribute to all of our veterans for their service in the Armed Forces and as we "Honor All Who Served." 
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach
BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE - DEC 2

The 35th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 2  at 6 PM so mark your calendars! Presented by the Belmont Shore Business Association, the theme this year is "Christmas in Paradise." Once again, Councilwoman Suzie Price will lead the parade with the CD3 Dance Party so make sure you dance, dance, dance as her float makes its way down 2nd Street! The 2017 Grand Marshal is Tony Azevedo, Five Time Olympic Medalist and Long Beach Legend. There will be over 100 entries this year and since our beautiful medians are now complete, attendees will have more space to set up their chairs, and enjoy the parade.

 









- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach
NAPLES CHRISTMAS PARADE - DEC 9
 
Naples Improvement Association gladly presents the 71st Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9th. The theme this year is, "The Canals are Alive with the Sound of Music."  The large boat parade starts at 6 PM, with the small boat parade starting at 6:30 PM.  Please keep in mind that Naples' canal streets close at 5 PM.  For viewing purposes, it is best to park and walk to Naples Island.  Alamitos Bay Marina off 2nd Street and Marina Drive offers substantial free parking just over the Davies Bridge from Naples. Mothers Beach off Ravenna and Appian Way also has some metered parking with quick access to Naples. Marine Safety Officers will close the canals to boat access at 3:30 PM to prepare for the parade.  Please keep in mind that boats must have official parade numbers to participate in the Naples Boat Parade.
 
Look for Councilwoman Suzie Price in a gondola during the small boat parade! For more information about this great event  click here.  

- 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
MARINA VISTA BATHROOMS & TENNIS COURTS 

Crews have been working hard relocating the Marina Vista Park restrooms. This project includes the installation of a new structure that is being delivered this week. Due to the improvements, there will be some temporary facility closures at Marina Vista Park.

On Wednesday, November 1, the parking lot at Marina Vista Park will be closed until 12 noon to allow for the loading in of the new restroom structure.

Additionally, from Tuesday, November 7 through Thursday, November 9, the Tennis Courts at Marina Vista Park will be closed for ADA ramp installation.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact my City Hall Office at (562)570-6300 or District3@longbeach.gov.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
TELESCOPES ANYONE?  
 
Historically, the City has had an operating agreement for public telescope viewers along the bluffs and in parts of Rainbow Harbor. The telescopes were coin-operated and provided great views of Long Beach's eight mile coastline. Unfortunately, over time, the viewers became outdated. The Tidelands Team, in coordination with the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department, decided to purchase and install new telescope viewers that would provide a free amenity to anyone looking to enjoy views of our coastline. The viewers now include a second ADA accessible viewer, which will help increase access and use. The Tidelands fund has covered the cost of the viewers. We are excited to provide another wonderful amenity for our residents and visitors to the bluff.
 
- By Public Works Department 
Jennifer Nguyen-Tran - Aspiring Artist

Jennifer Nguyen-Tran is a self-taught artist attending high school as a senior. She is capable of working and exploring with different mediums such as charcoal, watercolors, and acrylics. Being self-taught pushed her to further understand and value what has been put into the practice to best render her thoughts. Her techniques were inspired and motivated by the old works of Van Gogh and Dali and new works from Shatseva and Hieu. For motivation, Jennifer turns to music to help energize her and evoke emotion that translates to her work. The music artists that inspired many of her pieces are Alessia Cara and South Korean groups such as BTS (Beyond the Scenes). Still finding her way in the world, she relates to the lyrics of these artists whom find strength in conquering any goal, and enjoying the small things in life. She hopes to continue growing as a person and artist, while inspiring other artists just how she was inspired. 

Jennifer's art work is on display in City Hall and is available for purchase.  Please contact our office if you are interested is seeing or purchasing some of her works.

BELMONT SHORE GARAGE CLEAN UP DAY - NOV 4

Attention Belmont Shore Residents!  The City of Long Beach Public Works Department is having a garage clean-up day this Saturday, November 4th from 8 AM to 12 PM.  We encourage you to participate in this free program and to get rid of any unwanted "approved" items listed below.  All you have to do is place your items in your back alley no later than 8 AM or drop off your items at the 54th/Claremont beach lot if you need a donation receipt.  The alleys behind 2nd Street businesses will not be picked up!  

Please take note of the approved and non-approved items listed below.  

Click Here To View Allowed Items

BUSINESS
THE PIE HOLE

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seemed like time to take on a beloved American obsession. No, I'm not talking turkey, but pie! The 3rd District will soon have The Pie Hole opening up shop at 5277 E. Second Street, in the former Fromex location. Owner, Rick Anaya is working hard to get the business open in mid-November, and just in time for Thanksgiving.  All pies are baked from scratch and either served by the slice or whole. They will stock sweet pies, but also savory and breakfast hand pies too. And what better to accompany a piece of pie, an array of coffee and latte beverages that I'm so excited to try.
 
To order pies for Thanksgiving, call 1-844-PIEHOLE (743-4653). 48 hours' advanced notice is required.

 
The Pie Hole
5277 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach
- 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
D O YOU KNOW.....
HOW TO DRIVE A ROUNDABOUT
 
The Public Works Department will continue to monitor the effects of the new traffic circles and roundabout as the contractors finish each phase.  In the meantime, here is a refresher on how to drive a roundabout. 
 
HOW TO DRIVE A  ROUNDABOUT 
 
 
 
When driving in a roundabout or traffic circle, here a few things to remember: 
 
1. Slow Down
2. Watch for Pedestrians in the Crosswalk
3. Yield to Traffic already in the Roundabout 
4. Use your Turn Signal when Exiting   
 

- Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
BRUIN WAY COMING TO THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH

On November 14th Councilwoman Price will be bringing to City Council the proposal to change the name of Ximeno Ave. between 7th St. and 10th St. to Bruin Way in recognition of Wilson High School and the positive impact it has played on the community. We have seen streets be named in recognition of those with a positive impact on the city before and this would be a great way to continue this tradition. This section of street goes through a section of campus and has no residences on that part of the street.
- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
PARK Wi-Fi

Over the past couple of years, TI has installed free public Wi-Fi capability in City parks. We have now completed installations in various parks in the City.  Here is an updated listing of the following parks that are currently equipped with Wi-Fi. 
Facility Name
1. Belmont Pool
2. Bixby Park
3. Cesar E. Chavez Park
4. DeForest Park
5. Drake Park
6. El Dorado Park
7. Houghton Park
8. King Park
9. Leeway Sailing & Aquatics Center
10. Long Beach Senior Citizens Center
11. McAurthur Park 
12. McBride Park
13. Orizaba Park
14. Ramona Park
15. Recreation Park Community Center
16. Scherer Park
17. Silverado Park
18. Silverado Pool
19. Stearns Champions Park
20. Veterans Memorial Park
21. Wardlow Park
22. Whaley Park

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