Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 22 

                                                        January 21, 2011
In This Issue
Neighborhood Meetings
Councilmember Message
The Arts Work in Long Beach
MOLAA/ABC7 Listens
Energy Assistance Program
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Map of the 9th District
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:
All that we receive is in proportion to all that we give.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

  • North Project Area Committee (NorthPAC) Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. Long Beach Police North Division Substation. 4891 Atlantic Ave.
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

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Meet This Week's District Captain!

Esmeralda Flanagan
 Esmeralda Flanagan, DeForest Park Neighborhood

"I want to share my knowledge with my neighbors to bring about the best solutions to our community.  I want to challenge both city officials and residents to raise the bar and change the perception of our community."


Facts about Esmeralda:
  • An active member of the DeForest Park Neighborhood Association. 
  • Participant in the Neighborhood Leadership Program. 
  • Interested in working with local businesses and residents to bridge communication.
  • Interested in green space projects for youth and seniors.
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

Welcome to another issue of the "Inside District 9" weekly newsletter.

This week, the Long Beach City Council took decisive action to protect our much needed Redevelopment dollars from the state as a result of Governor Jerry Brown's recent budget proposal. This action essentially committed over $1.2 billion over the next 10 years to complete developments in Long Beach, many in the Ninth District, including the North Branch Library, "Restaurant Row", the North Village Center Project, and the development on Atlantic and 61st St.

Although this was a critical step in our efforts to protect the progress in our campaign to "Build a Better Ninth District", this does not ensure that we will not face other threats in the future. Whatever comes our way, I am up to the challenge of protecting our neighborhoods. In the months to come, I may call upon the community to take action to further defend our community, and I am counting on you to step up.

Secondly, I recently had the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity in creating homes for two more Ninth District families. On January 15, I had a chance to visit one of the sites at 235 E. Bort St. this last weekend to watch the rehab in progress. Congratulations to our new Ninth District homeowners. I am looking forward to their participation in our District Captain Program.

Lastly, on January 29, we are hosting a training for all Ninth District Captains to provide a basic overview of our program and a brief education on the fundamentals of community engagement and activism. This will take place at the old PAL Center, 2311 South Street, at 8:30AM.  If you would like to participate in the upcoming training, please contact our office at (562) 570-6137 for more information.

Thank you again for your time.

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

The Arts Work in Long Beach

 Arts Council
City of Long Beach Town Hall Meeting with ABC7

The Museum of Latin American Art invites you to join us for a Town Hall meeting with ABC7 to discuss issues important to our local community.


Energy Assistance Program


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Long Beach Community Action Partnership is leading this Energy Assistance Program for low-income families and individuals in selected communities. To find out if you are eligible visit or contact ELEAT 888-351-4061.



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.

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.

Map of the 9th District


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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
Feel free to contact anyone of our staff members:
Rex Richardson - Chief of Staff
Kari Faithful - Office Manager/Scheduler
Ricardo Linarez - Field Deputy
Ericka Rhyne - Field Deputy
Floyd Hampton Livingston - District Communications Organizer