Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 25   

                                                        February 4, 2011
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
District Captain Training
LBCC Cash for College
Youth & Police Dialogue
Get Familiar with Nixle
BBND in The News
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Map of the 9th District
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:
Duty - The duty of the organizer is to provide people with the opportunity to work for what they believe in.   
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings



  • Community Action Group - Feb. 6, 2 p.m. LBPD North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.  
  • College Square Neighborhood Assn. - Feb. 7, 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.   
  • Good Neighbors of LB - Feb. 8, 7 a.m. Spires Restaurant 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
  • Grant Neighborhood Assn. - Feb. 10 7 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church on the corner of Orange/64th St.   
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

Dine In The 9

Introducing Beach Cafe!

Beach Cafe is a 9th District restaurant that offers delicious sub sandwiches and soul food selections. Be sure to try the Honey-Bacon Club Sub Sandwich!

 Beach Cafe 

703 Artesia Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90805



Open Mon.- Sat. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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.

Fore more information on S.T.A.R. please contact our office at (562) 570-6137  

hire lb

With one click, job seekers can pull job listings from more than 50 regional and national job listing boards - including,, and

Jordan Parent Advisory Council (JPAC) 

hire lb

JPAC Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of every month.

Jordan High School Library/Media Center
6500 Atlantic Ave.
(562) 423-1471
Connect with me online:
Find us on Facebook 
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube

For more information please visit the City of Long Beach District 9 website.
Join Our Mailing List

Welcome to Inside District 9, your source for community news and updates.
Meet This Week's District Captain!

 Darlene Broom, DeForest Park Neighborhood

"I'm involved because I want to make a positive change in my community. I am willing to do my part because I see the potential in working with my neighbors in my neighborhood."   
Facts about Darlene:
  • Has lived in the DeForest area for 8 years.  
  • Has completed the District Captain Program Training.     
  • Is an active member in the DeForest Park Neighborhood Association. 
  • Is interested in being more involved with the North Project Area Committee.   
The District Captain program provides opportunities for 9th District residents to get involved in their community. For more information on joining the District Captain Program please call our office at (562) 570-6137. 
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

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

This week, the Long Beach Unified School District "North Long Beach Initiative" community outreach effort completed its community forums, where a community survey was unveiled. For those of you who may not have attended on of the forums, you will be able to complete the survey online at: 
The survey will be open until the end of the month. I encourage all Ninth District families to participate in the survey.
Secondly, we are very excited that on Monday, February 7, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency will consider granting an "exclusive negotiating agreement" with "Primestor", a development company who plans to bring a sit-down eatery to the Atlantic and Artesia site. This is very critical to our efforts to bring more quality sit-down style restaurants and meeting spaces to our community. In the weeks to come, we will call upon you to attend a design town hall for the Atlantic and Artesia restaurant development.
Last night, I attended the Houghton Park Neighborhood Association meeting. This was the third meeting since this association began to host meetings again. I was pleased to see many new faces, and I sincerely wish this neighborhood success in the future. We received some great feedback and suggestions for our newsletter, such as highlighting schools and businesses, which we will work to implement in this issue and in the future.
Also, at this meeting I provided a presentation on our, "Building a Better Ninth District" program, the fundamentals in community empowerment, and an overview of our District Captain program. Afterward, Long Beach TV filmed an episode of "Heart of the City". Over the next month, I hope to make this presentation to as many neighborhood associations as possible, so that we all have an opportunity to fully understand the District Captain program and the "Building A Better Ninth District" campaign.

Lastly, congratulations to the 17 District Captains who participated in our first training on Saturday. I had a great time, and I am optimistic that together, we will inspire many others to get involved in our community.
Thank you again for your time.

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

District Captain Training  

On January 29, at the North Long Beach Community Center, we hosted our very first District Captain training.


Congratulations to the District Captains who participated:

  • Anna Soto
  • Darlene Broom
  • Denise Davis
  • Eileen Oien
  • Erika Hill
  • Esmeralda Flanagan
  • James Young
  • Jimmy Murray
  • Joe Forge
  • Juan Zermeno
  • Krystal Allen
  • Liliana Carrillo
  • Manuel Walker
  • Raul Anorve
  • Reggie Hughes
  • Sabrina Sanders
  • Sue Vanzant

 RA"I felt very inspired to see a new energy and was very happy to see a new vision from Councilmember Neal's office. The District Captain program is something I have not seen in the 6 years that I have been here. I think we are heading in a great and positive direction." - Raul Anrove.  



"I felt that the cooperative efforts of everyone was a plus for both participants and trainers. I enjoyed how everything was thoroughly explained about the program."  - Sue Vanzant 





MW"Overall it was a very productive and enriching training session. Ultimately, this is the first step in the foundation of building a better community and Ninth District."  - Manuel Walker 








"I thoroughly enjoyed the District Captain Training. The information and tools provided were clear and easy to comprehend. I highly recommend this class to anybody who wants to make a difference in their community." - Ana Soto 







The District Captain program is an opportunity for 9th District residents to get involved in their community. For experienced leaders, it provides a platform for coordination, support, training, and development for current projects and future projects that they wish to undertake.


For information on joining the District Captain program, contact us at: (562) 570-6137.


District Captain
Click on image to view more photos


Long Beach City College - Cash for College   

Long Beach City College Financial Aid Programs presents "Cash for College." This event will be February 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Liberal Arts Campus Student Center Building E. 4901 E. Carson St.
Cash 4 College    
Youth and Police Dialogue  

February will have a three day dialogue to increase understanding between our youth and local police. This event is open to youth from ages 12 - 18 years old.

Click on the image above to enlarge.
Get Familiar with Nixle  

NIXLEWhat is Nixle?

Nixle is a Community Information Service built exclusively for secure and reliable communication. The Nixle service is built on the most authenticated, secure, reliable, and high-speed platform, ensuring communications are trusted and accurate.

Why is Nixle important?

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.

Neal's Plans Progress In Ninth District Renewal  

Our "Building a Better Ninth District" program was featured in the Uptown Gazette. Click here to read the full article.
North Long Beach Walking Club

The North Long Beach Walking Club meets Tuesday mornings at Houghton Park from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Please bring water, a hat, and sun block. For more information call Luz at (562) 570-7910.


NLB Walking Group

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


 bike rack
 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


Click on the map to enlarge.

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