In This Issue
Joint Budget Town Hall
Budget Town Hall Recap
Gas Pipeline Project
Environmental Services
School Year Begins 9/7/11
Back To School Blast
Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy
I-710 Freeway Closure
Animal Rescue & Return
Community Project Help
Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance
Park Classes and Registration
Youth Summer Activities
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

Neighborhood Assn.









  • Starr King Neighborhood Assn. - will NOT meet July 6 due to the North Division Leaders meeting: 6:30 p.m. at the N. Long Beach Police Substation - 4891 Atlantic Ave.



  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

Visit the 9th District Community Website 

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Be sure to refer to the site often for real time updates! 

New Field Office Hours! 


The 9th District Field Office now has new office hours. The new office hours are:
 Monday Through Wednesday
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you would like to meet staff outside those hours, please schedule an appointment by calling 562-570-6137.

9th District Council Office
6335 Myrtle Avenue.
Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: 562-570-3319



S.T.A.R Task Force

Do you care about maintaining your Sidewalks, Trees, Alleys, and Roads? Then join the S.T.A.R.

Task Force!


The S.T.A.R. Task Force is a committee of residents who work to ensure that all instances of pot holes, graffiti, and other blight are reported to our office for the purpose of maintaining our

Sidewalks, Trees, Alleys, and Roads (STAR).


Beginning in March, S.T.A.R. will meet every second Monday at 6 p.m. at the Center for Families and Youth building. 6335 Myrtle Ave.


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Issue #53                                                                  August 29, 2011 

Meet This Week's District Captain!


 Jesus Hernandez



Jesus Hernandez, Houghton Park Neighborhood  


"I am involved in my community because it's too easy for someone to live in a city and be oblivious to what is going on. Not only do I want know what's happening, but I want to positively influence it as much as I can."    


Facts about Jesus:

  • Ninth District resident for 11 years. 
  • Interested in youth advocacy.
  • Interested in advocating public art. 
  • Editor in Chief of the Long Beach City College Magazine.    

The District Captain program provides opportunities for 9th District residents to get involved in our community. For more information on joining the District Captain Program please call our office at (562) 570-6137.


CCM NealDear Neighbors, 


Thanks for reading this week's newsletter.  

As you may already know, the Long Beach City Charter mandates that the City Council must adopt a balanced budget for FY 12 by the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Due to the current budget deficit, the Mayor and City Manager have proposed millions of dollars in cuts to core city services that Long Beach residents depend on.  


Last week, Councilmembers Rae Gabelich, Gerrie Schipske and I proposed the "Public Safety and Quality of Life Protection Plan" to restore some of the harmful cuts to police, fire, libraries and parks. This plan, in short, utilizes existing excess accrued revenue from the Uplands Fund to restore these harmful cuts. The reasoning behind this move is simple - we should not make harmful cuts while the city is fortunate to have over $19 million in unbudgeted and unprojected excess oil revenue. Some of my colleagues on the City Council would rather utilize these untapped oil revenues for one-time uses and capital improvements. However, I personally do not believe that North Long Beach residents should suffer slower emergency response times, while the city invests more money into capital improvements downtown.


That's why last Wednesday, I hosted a Ninth District Budget Town Hall to discuss these proposed cuts and our plan to restore these services. A recap of this meeting is provided below.  


If you believe that the city should invest in our public safety, parks and libraries, rather than blow the money on one-time projects, then please step up and mark your calendars to attend the Budget Hearing on September 6th, when the Long Beach City Council will formally decide on how to utilize the uplands oil revenues.


For more information, or to learn how you can get involved, please contact my office at (562) 570-6137.




Steven Neal
Long Beach City Councilmember, Ninth District
Joint Budget Press Conference

Councilmember Steven Neal along with Councilmembers Gerrie Schipske, Rae Gabelich, and City Staff held a press conference regarding an alternative budget proposal for the Mayor and City Council to consider. 

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Ninth District 2012 Budget Town Hall

On August 24, Councilmember Steven Neal hosted the "Ninth District 2012 Budget Town Hall" at the North Long Beach Community Center. More than 50 people participated in the discussion and heard from City Staff, and Long Beach Fire and Police departments about the upcoming challenges in the next fiscal year. The town hall educated residents on the current state of the budget and how it will specifically affect the Ninth District.

Budget Town Hall
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Six-Week Gas Pipeline Project on Cherry Avenue



The Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) is planning to start construction on a gas pipeline project on Cherry Avenue, just south of Artesia Boulevard to replace several leaking valves.  The work is planned to start on Friday, August 26.  ARB, Inc will be performing the work for LBGO. 

There will be lane closures on Cherry Avenue, south of Artesia Boulevard, Artesia Boulevard, east of Cherry Avenue, Artesia Boulevard, west of Cherry Avenue and Gardenia Avenue, north and south of Artesia Boulevard.  Traffic plans have been submitted to Public Works for review.  The LBGO inspector will be contacting the businesses at that intersection.  In addition, the LBGO will be contacting Long Beach Transit for temporary relocations of bus stops in the area affected by construction.  


LBYouth411 Programs for Long Beach Youth

lbyouth411 was developed by the staff from the City of Long Beach Youth Health Education Programs. We provide information and services to teens in Long Beach and surrounding areas.


Presentations & Workshops: Through several programs, staff are able to provide one-time presentations on HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or multi-session workshops that focus on knowledge, skills-building, and behavior change for clients.  All presentation/workshop requests should be made at least 2-4 weeks in advance, and be confirmed with YHE staff. For more information about workshops and presentations, contact Diane Brown at (562) 570-7930 or see program information below for a description of available workshops. 


For more information about LBYouth411's programs and services head on over to

Environmental Service Bureau Offers Assistance


The Environmental Services Bureau offers assistance and information in Recycling, Refuse Collection, Street Sweeping and Parking Enforcement, and Household Hazardous Waste issues. Take advantage of this winner of the "Nation's Best Solid Waste Management Prorgram" award today.
LBUSD - School Starts September 7


School begins for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Registration and Immunizations

Last-minute pre-registration for students new to the Long Beach Unified School District begins Aug. 24 for high schools, and Aug. 30 for middle and elementary schools.  Most students already registered during the spring.  Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school.  Most schools still have a few openings.  If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be advised of the options available for their children to attend other schools in the district. 

To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be at least five years old by Dec. 2, according to state law.  The school district has some openings in its new Transitional Kindergarten program, which provides extra support for the youngest kindergartners who don't reach age five until the fall.  The free classes are a response to recent state legislation bumping the Dec. 2 requirement for 5-year-olds back to Sept. 1 (over the course of four years starting in 2012-13 with full implementation by 2014-15).  As part of the new legislation, once the age requirement completely changes, students whose fifth birthday is between September and December will be required to take one year of transitional kindergarten followed by one year of standard kindergarten.  Though the usual Dec. 2 requirement remains in effect for this year, the school district is implementing Transitional Kindergarten early thanks to grant funding from the Packard Foundation.  Parents interested in Transitional Kindergarten my call (562) 997-8247 or click on Transitional Kindergarten in the A-Z index at

For all other registration, each school provides a registration packet with the required forms.  An immunization record and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address) are required.  In kindergarten, a birth certificate is required.  Schools can provide assistance in obtaining a birth certificate if it has been lost.

Proof of tuberculosis test results and records of all state-required immunizations against nine other childhood diseases are required for all kindergartners and other students new to the Long Beach Unified School District.  This year, students entering grades seven to 12 will need proof of a Tdap shot.

Low-cost immunizations are available from the Long Beach Health Department.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 570-4221.

Free and Reduced-price Meals

Under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, family size and income are used to determine eligibility.  Children from families whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible.  Children who receive CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Kinship Guardian Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of the income of the household in which they reside.  Foster children residing with families are now considered as part of the family with which they reside.  A separate application for each foster child is no longer needed.

Free and reduced-price meal applications have been mailed directly home via U.S. Mail.  Only one application per household is required to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.  For households that do not receive one in the mail, applications are also available in the Nutrition Services Branch office, (562) 427-7923.  Applications will be available at traditional-calendar schools during registration.  Completed applications may be returned to any school site during registration or to the Nutrition Services office.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  At the beginning of the school year, approved applications from the prior year are valid for a maximum 30 operating days or until a new application is processed.

A PIN, or a meal card with a corresponding bar-code for scanning purposes, is required for all students to be served a reimbursable meal.  Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals.  A pre-payment option, using their PIN, is available to all paid students.  Parents now have the opportunity to pre-pay for student meals and/or monitor their students' cafeteria accounts online at the Payment Center with MySchoolBucks.  Learn more about this and other pre-payment options by visiting the Nutrition Services web page.  Click on Nutrition Services in the A-Z index at

More detailed information is included in the meal information packet that has been mailed to households.  At the elementary level, paid students who do not have money for their meal will be given a meal and have the meal charged to their pre-pay account.  This service will be discontinued once a negative balance of $10 is reached.  Notification outlining the repayment process will be sent to each student's parent or guardian.

To find out what is planned for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 400 on any school day before 11:30 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m. or click on Nutrition Services in the A-Z index at  Parents of students with special dietary needs may contact a Child Nutrition Specialist in the Nutrition Services Branch office at (562) 427-7923.  

Bus Stops and Routes  

Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter containing information about transportation.  Anyone who is unsure of their child's bus stop should contact the school where their child will be attending.

If bus service has been discontinued at a particular school, notice should have already been sent to parents from that school.

For more back-to-school information, contact your local school or the following offices:

� Elementary Schools, (562) 997-8247
� Middle and K-8 Schools, (562) 997-8100
� High Schools (562) 997-8115

BMX and Skate Park Jam & Contest - Recap

On August 20, Houghton Park was host to more than 300 BMX riders and skaterboarders at the Long Beach BMX & Skate Park Jam. Thanks to organizations such as the Tony Hawk Foundation, ASK Long Beach, and many more Councilmember Neal was able to help bring this great event to the 9th District. Have a look at the photos and video below to view coverage of the jam.

Skate/BMX Jam
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First Long Beach BMX & Skate Jam at Houghton Park
First Long Beach BMX & Skate Jam at Houghton Park

Back To School Summer Blast

The Long Beach Housing Development Company hosted the "Back To School Summer Blast" event at "Pops" Davenport Park. More than 100 people attended and kids received free backpacks to get help them get a head start on early school shopping.

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Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy Is Now Enrolling

The Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy is now taking enrollments for grades 6,7, and 8. For more information about how your child can enroll, please call 562.630.6096.

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I-710 Freeway Closure - August 19 - 22





10 Weekends beginning Friday, August 5



Bell to Downey - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct ten weekends of 53-hour Extended Closures and Full Freeway Closures on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) as part of the Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to Atlantic Boulevard in the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, South Gate and Downey.

EXTENDED WEEKEND CLOSURES are scheduled for the following weekends:
�        August:  5-8; 12-15; 19-22; 26-29         
�        September:  9-12; 16-19; 23-26; 30-October 3   (No construction Sept.2-5, Labor Day)
�        October:  7-10; 14-17                         

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES will occur in both directions and twice during each weekend on:
�        Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Saturday at 6 a.m.
�        And again on Sunday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Each Extended Weekend Closure begins on Friday night at midnight with a six-hour (12:01 to 6 am) FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE to install moveable median barriers.  When the freeway re-opens to traffic on Saturday at 6 a.m., the median barriers will guide all motorists to shift to the northbound side of the freeway.  This allows construction crews to work on southbound I-710 and motorists to continue their commutes throughout the weekend using a reduced number of available lanes.  Then, on Sunday at 11 p.m., another FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE will be in place to remove the temporary moveable median barrier in time for the Monday morning commute.

The following ramps and connectors will be closed throughout each weekend:

CLOSED on-ramps to northbound I-710:   
Eastbound & westbound on-ramps from Imperial Highway, Firestone Blvd. and Florence Ave.

CLOSED on-ramps to southbound I-710:   
Eastbound & westbound on-ramps from Atlantic Blvd., Florence Ave. and Firestone Boulevard

CLOSED off-ramps from southbound I-710:   
Eastbound & westbound off-ramps at Florence Ave. and Firestone Boulevard

CLOSED Freeway Connectors:   
Eastbound & westbound I-105 to northbound I-710

RESTRICTIONS:  Speed reduced to 45mph. No oversized loads permitted due to narrow lanes.   
DELAYS & DETOURS: Motorists can expect delays. Use alternate routes and marked detours.
SCHEDULE:  Closures are weather-permitting and are subject to change.
PROJECT DETAILS: The work is part of the I-710 Long Life Pavement Project from Firestone Boulevard to Atlantic Boulevard to rehabilitate aging pavement and provide the roadway with several decades of service life, improved pavement performance and a smoother ride for the traveling public.

Ninth District Offering Reusable Bags To Residents

Reusable BagsThe 9th District has a limited amount of reusable bags to give away to residents. With the phasing out of plastic grocery bags in Long Beach beginning August 1, this is a great opportunity receive a reusable and environmental friendly bag. Be sure to get yours while supplies last.

For more information please contact the council office at 562-570-6137 or e-mail

Know The Rules: Summer Safety Tips For The Family

Have a look at the information below on you can best prepare your family for a safe and fun summer.


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The Animal Care Services: Rescue and Return

Animal Care Services

Finding Your Animal

We highly recommend all of the following steps in order for you to find your missing animal:

  • Review the Lost and Found Gallery for pictures of impounded animals.
  • Check the Animal Care Services holding kennels/cages for your pet. Dogs are housed in Cottages 6 and 7. Be sure and check both the inside and outside of the kennels. If you do not find your dog in these Cottages, please ask an Animal Care Services staff member to check Cottage 5 - our isolation and Quarantine sections.
  • Cats are housed in our Cat Cottage. If you do not find you cat in the cottage, please ask an Animal Care Services staff member to check our feral, isolation and Quarantine sections.
  • For other types of pets, please ask staff for assistance.
  • Check the daily impound list for pets impounded, taken to the veterinarian injured and those picked up deceased.
  • Check the Lost and Found Book and Bulletin Board for your pet. Please add your pet to them.
  • It is not uncommon for a lost pet to wander for several miles, so search at least 7 blocks in either direction.
  • Check with veterinary hospitals, the mail carrier, meter reader, delivery people and other shelters. (If the pet may enter into another shelter's jurisdiction).
  • Keep checking our kennels/cages as often as possible in person - this is truly the only way to determine if your pet has been impounded.
  • Check the lost and found section of the Press Telegram.
  • Also check the City of Long Beach's cable channel: Home Town TV8 for Lost But Found that features animals from Animal Care Services.

For more information click here.

City of Long Beach Animal Care Services
Department of Health and Human Services
7700 E. Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 908015


Long Beach Graffiti Removal Programs

Graffiti ProgramThe City of Long Beach has a well-earned national reputation for its innovative and effective programs for controlling the modern blight of graffiti.

These include a Free Paint Program for property owners choosing to remove the graffiti themselves; a Graffiti Removal Program which utilizes a professional Paint Contractor to insure perfect paint match when necessary; and, a Graffiti Hot-line for citizens to report "graffiti sightings" or request free paint.


Free Paint Program



The Free Paint Program provides free paint to be used specifically for removing graffiti from the exterior of buildings. 


Any owner or occupant of private property located in the City of Long Beach is eligible to receive free paint for the purpose of removing graffiti.


Call the 24-hour GRAFFITI HOTLINE at (562) 570-2773. Leave your name, address, daytime telephone number, and the exact location of graffiti on the property that you own or occupy. City staff will then verify the location of graffiti. You will receive a voucher number and information on how to pick up your free paint. 

Graffiti Removal Program


It is a City-operated program to remove graffiti from private property as quickly as possible in order to improve neighborhoods and discourage further graffiti. The program is offered citywide at no cost to property owners or tenants.


Just call the 24-hour GRAFFITI HOTLINE at (562) 570-2773. Leave your name, address, daytime phone number, and the exact location of graffiti on your property. After we have your written consent to remove graffiti from the property, a licensed painting contractor or volunteers will remove the graffiti within about two weeks. Every effort will be made to match colors, but the cleaned, processed, or coated area may not match precisely.


Properties eligible for continuous removal services are limited to single-family homes, apartment buildings of 4 units or less, and small neighborhood serving commercial/retail buildings of less than 2,000 square feet.


Graffiti will be removed only from portions of the property visible from a street. In alleyways, graffiti will be removed only within 100 feet of the alley entrance as measured from the street curb.


Yes! The City encourages private citizens individually or collectively to remove graffiti from private property. Such efforts expedite removal of graffiti and can significantly reduce the expenditure of public funds. 

Call the 24-hour GRAFFITI HOTLINE at (562) 570-2773. Leave your name, address, daytime telephone number, and the exact location of graffiti on the property that you own or occupy. City staff will then verify the location of graffiti. You will receive a voucher number and information on how to pick up your free paint.


Just call the GRAFFITI HOTLINE. Report the exact address location of the graffiti, your name, address, and daytime telephone number. City staff will then contact the property owner to obtain consent to have the graffiti removed.


Utilize The Neighborhood Resource Center For Community Projects 



The Neighborhood Resource Center (425 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA) assists neighborhood organizations to increase their effectiveness and to improve their neighborhoods by providing:


 Computers, Printers and Internet

 Fax Machine, Typewriter

 Neighborhood Association Flyer Boxes

 Community Meeting Room--for Meetings and Workshops

 Los Angeles County Bar Association's Center for Civic Mediation (formerly called Dispute Resolution Services


 Apartment and Property Management

 Community Based Organizations

 Community Gardens

 Disaster Preparedness

 Funding Sources

 Neighborhood Associations

 Nonprofit Organizations


 Public Safety

 Street Trees

 Youth Opportunities 


 Code Enforcement Referral Forms

 Health Department Referral Letters

 Long Beach Police Department

 Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance

 Neighborhood Improvement Strategy

 Neighborhood Watch Information

 Safe Streets Now! 

FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS and EVENTS -- Materials for check out:  
 Address Stencils and Paint

 Coffee Urn


 Electric Etcher

 Flip Charts

 Ice Chests


 Money Box



Slide Projector and Screen



 Property Management


 Forming a Nonprofit Corporation


 Drug and Nuisance Abatement

 Neighbor Law 
 Safe Homes and Safe Neighborhoods and more!

For more information, please call 562-570-1010  or contact Located on Atlantic Avenue 1/2 block north of 4th Street. Parking is available in the rear of the building.
Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program

Do you or your neighborhood group want to organize a neighborhood clean-up? The City of Long Beach has a program to help you do just that.

The Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program provides materials and supplies to community organizations and volunteer groups to clean up their neighborhoods. If your volunteer group wants to improve the appearance of your community by conducting activities such as a graffiti paintout, alley clean-up, or trash and weed removal from vacant lots, the City will provide paint, materials, tools, and even a dumpster to help accomplish your goals.

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Neighborhood Resource Center
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If you would like to report an issue please click here.





2011 City of Long Beach Bike Safety Survey 




Whether you drive a car, ride a bike, use public transit or walk, both your feedback and safety matter to the City of Long Beach. Please share your experiences and background related to bicycling and road travel in Long Beach.  


It just takes five minutes!This information will help the City to better understand the community's current knowledge and preferences to improve the safety and amenities of our streets.


Thank you for your participation.


Click here to take the survey. 

S.T.A.R. Task Force Report Form   


Please use this card to report all instances of pot holes, graffiti, and other blight. You can also report issues by visiting The S.T.A.R. Task Force meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. inside the Center for Families and Youth building - 6335 Myrtle Avenue. 


If you would like to report an issue please click here. If you would like to request a stack of these cards, please call the field office at 562-570-3319.

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Residential Energy Rebate Program  




As part of the City of Long Beach's effort to create and implement strategies to reduce total energy use, improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce fossil fuel emissions, the City is launching a Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. This program will be administered by the Department of Development Services and will be available beginning Monday, April 19, 2010 to applicants who install qualifying energy efficient products such as Energy Star rated solar hot water-heaters, tank-less water-heaters, windows, doors, skylights and roofs.

To be eligible to participate in the Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, applicants must be the owner of a single-family residence, condominium, or live/work unit in the City of Long Beach where the qualified energy efficient product is to be installed. Residential owners who are eligible for the Rebate Program are entitled to the following incentives:


  • Rebate of up to a maximum of $500 for the cost of one qualifying energy efficiency product.
  • No-cost permit to inspect the installation of the qualifying energy efficient product.

The Rebate Program is limited to any of the qualifying energy efficient products: 


  • Energy Star Solar Hot Water Heater Products.
  • Energy Star Tank-Less Hot Water Heater Products.
  • Energy Star Door, Window and Skylight Products.
  • Energy Star Roof Products.

The Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is subject to funding availability and rebates and no-cost permits are available for a limited time only. The Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program rebates and no-cost permits are provided on a first come, first serve basis, as determined by the permit application date.

The rebate program helps the City of Long Beach achieve its energy reduction and greenhouse gas reduction goals in the City's Sustainable City Action Plan and creates significant savings on homeowners' electric bills.

These rebates are made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

For more information about the program, contact Dale Wiersma at or (562) 570-6737.

To download an application, click here.

Click on the following links for more information regarding the Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program:


The Aquatic Center Family Fitness Program

 The Aquatic Center is partnering with Coca Cola to provide families with a health and fitness program. The program focus is to assist families with weight loss, lowered cholesterol or blood sugar, increased physical activity, increased time spent together, and/or improved nutrition.


Families will have the opportunity to participate in our aquatic exercise program as well as beach and park activities as well.

In addition, each family will receive $200. This is an eight week program to provide a great opportunity to the community to promote better health and fitness to children and adults.   

Family Fitness Program 
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Bike Racks in The 9th District


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 Have you noticed the interesting shaped bike racks popping up all over the Ninth District? In an effort to make the Ninth District more bike and pedestrian friendly, Councilmember Neal is looking for key locations for bike racks in our community. If you have an idea of a location, then feel free to contact 562-570-6137 for more details.
City of Long Beach Tree Planting Program


City Of Long Beach Tree Partnership Tree Planting Program


The 9th District is presented with an opportunity to plant 100 trees throughout the community with the assistance of the Tree Partnership Tree Planting Program Grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Trees planted through this grant must be planted on public property and can be planted either by individuals or neighborhood groups.

We are calling 9th District residents and neighborhood groups to action by recommending locations to plant trees. Here are the requirements when considering your recommendation:    


1.      All trees must be planted on city-owned, public property such as parkways between streets and sidewalks.

2.      All property owners will be required to agree to maintain a planted tree by signing a tree maintenance agreement form prior to the planting of any tree.

3.      All trees require a planting permit from the Department of Public Works.

4.      Community groups organizing a tree planting will be responsible for accounting and submitting documentation of volunteer hours.

5.      Community groups requesting assistance with labor for tree planting should contact our office for more information. The grant only provides funding for trees and planting supplies and does not include funding for tree or concrete removal, establishing new tree wells, etc.


Please contact the 9th District Council at 562-570-6139 or with your recommendations.

Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine Classes

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine offers people of all ages opportunities to improve physical fitness, express their creativity and to just have fun. Parents - There's lots of fun activities for the infant to toddler set. Visit the  Pre-School page. Youth and Teens - learn to build self esteem and confidence with music, art, dance, fashion modeling, martial arts, gymnastics, golf, bowling, tennis, and sailing. Visit the Youth page. Older Adults stay alert and healthy when they engage in activities that challenge body and mind.

Visit Adult Sports Leagues, Long Beach Senior Center among others! For more information click here or call (562) 570-3111.

Ninth District Parks, Recreation and Marine Programs



9th Long Beach City Council District Parks, Recreation and Marine Programs


Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine offers many recreation programs at the six programmed parks in the 9th City Council District. Residents can view monthly calendars of events for each 9th District park on the Department's web site at:


Each calendar has the supervised hours and a listing of the various activities for each day. Senior citizens can view the Houghton Park senior program calendar at


9th District Parks


Coolidge Park   Coolidge Park is located at 352 Neece Street south of Artesia Street and west of the Long Beach Freeway. The 6.1-acre park offers a basketball court, softball field, playground, picnic area and a community center. For more information, call (562) 570-1618.


Ed ''Pops'' Davenport Park

The 11.6-acre park is located at 2910 E 55th between Candlewood & South. The park was named in memory of Long Beach Police Officer Corporal Ed "Pops" Davenport.  Residents can enjoy a sports field, two half-court basketball courts, a walking path and a playground. Call (562) 570-3150 for more information.


DeForest Park

DeForest Park has many recreational amenities including a basketball court, community center, playground, racquetball court, softball field, tennis court and a volleyball court. The park encompasses over 50 acres including the 34-acre DeForest Nature Trail along the Los Angeles River to the south the Call (562) 570-1620 for more information.  


Houghton Park


Houghton Park at 6301 Myrtle Avenue has a large community center, a Skate-BMX Park, baseball, softball and soccer fields; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a picnic area and playground on 26.4 acres. The park offers many recreation programs and services for youth, teens and seniors. Call (562) 570-1640 for more information.


North Long Beach Community Center 

The North Long Beach Community Center at 2311 South Street has activities including basketball, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts and homework help. Call 562-570-8046 for more information.  

Ramona Park
The 7.2-acre Ramona Park at 3301 E. 65th Street has a community center, fields for baseball, softball and soccer; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a playground and picnic area. Call (562) 570-1665 for more information.

South Street Parkway

The 1.5-acre South Street Parkway adds beauty and open space to the neighborhood at South Street and Jaymills.

Long Beach Parks and Recreation After School Park Activities

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Until now, there has never been an authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to their residents in real-time, with the same ease and in the same way that current services such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter provide users with an unauthenticated platform for connections. Nixle solves this problem by providing ONE standardized service for consumers to receive immediate and credible neighborhood-level public safety and community information, via SMS, email, or web.


Long Beach Police Department North Division - Crime Prevention Notice


Below is very useful information from the  Long Beach Police Department on how to prevent burglary. 


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Important Phone Numbers


Here is a list of phone numbers that will help you resolve issues and concerns faster.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 435-6711

Other Services:


Abandoned Shopping Carts: 800-252-4613
Abandoned Vehicles: 570-CODE
Airport Information: 570-2600
Alley Cleaning: 570-2876
Code Enforcement: 570-CODE
Gas Department Emergency: 570-2140
Graffiti Removal: 570-2773
Large Trash Pickup: (2 free per year): 570-2876
Noise Complaints: 570-4126
Pothole Hotline: 570-2700
Parking Enforcement: (Non-Street Sweeping): 570-2866
Sidewalk Problems: 570-2700
Standing Water/Gutters: 570-2700
Storm Drain Problems: 570-2440
Street Lights: 888-544-4868
Street Sweeping: 570-2890
Tree Trimming: 570-2700
Trash not picked up: 570-2876
Weed Abatement: 570-CODE

If you would like to report an issue click here.
9Th District Staff Team Contact Information
Ninth District Staff Team:


Rex Richardson - Chief of Staff
Kari Faithful - Office Manager/Scheduler
Ricardo Linarez - Field Deputy/Organizer
Floyd Hampton Livingston - District Communications Organizer


City Hall Office 

Civic Center Plaza, 14th Floor 

333 W. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90802 

Phone: 562-570-6137 

Fax: 562-570-6659

Office Hours -  

M-F 8AM - 4:30PM 


District Office

6335 Myrtle Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90802 


Fax: 562-422-3852  

Office Hours -  

M-W 9:30AM - 1:00PM


*If you would like to report an issue please click here.