Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 21

January 7, 2010
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Crime Stats Report
Free Tree Pick-Up
New Library Architects
Energy Rebate Program
Dealing with Dog Noise
Bike Racks
Weekly Axiom:
Strength - Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

  • Good Neighbors of N. Long Beach Jan. 11, 7 a.m. Spires Restaurant 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
  • Jordan Parent Advisory Council (JPAC) Jan. 12, 6 p.m. in Jordan High School Library/Media Center 6500 Atlantic Ave.
  • North Long Beach Initiative Public Launch Jan. 13, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Jordan High School Library/Media Center 6500 Atlantic Ave.
  • Grant Neighborhood Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church. Corner of Orange Ave. and 64th St.
  • 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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Welcome to Inside District 9, your source for community news and updates.
Meet This Week's District Captain!

 Manuel Walker, Houghton Park Neighborhood

"I really respect and admire my neighbors and neighborhood. I'm doing my part to remind people that we get what we put into our community and city."

Facts about  Manuel:
  • Regularly attend the City Council and North Project Area Committee meetings.
  • Interested in being a liaison between the city and residents regarding projects such as alley repairs.
  • Interested in joining the recently reactivated Houghton Park neighborhood association.
  • Is a licensed mechanical engineer by trade and works as an electrical commodities marketer.

Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

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

I hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe New Year celebration. I was pleased to know that there were no major incidents or accidents in our district on New Year's eve.

Yesterday, I forwarded you a report on my progress in the approximately 5 months since taking office. For those of you who haven't had a chance to read it, click here.

Now that the new year is upon us, we can look forward to many exciting projects to come, such as the North Village Development, the proposed restaurant development on Atlantic and Artesia, and the Long Beach Unified School District North Long Beach Initiative regarding the $150 million modernization of Jordan High School, which hosts its public launch on Thursday, January 13 at 10:00am at Jordan High School.

As we kick off our "Building a Better Ninth District" - Phase II program next week, themed,"Discover, Design, Develop," you can look forward to plenty of opportunities to get involved in the process of moving our district forward, while ensuring that quality services are maintained in difficult budgetary times.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to our community.


Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Long Beach Police Release Crime Stats Report


 Here is an excerpt from a recent Long Beach Police Department press release about Long Beach's lowest murder rate since 1971.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell held a news conference in which he addressed a significant decline in crime rates in the City of Long Beach.  He proudly announced that 2010 brought a significant reduction in crime for the City of Long Beach. 

"We believe that our response time to emergency calls for service has played a significant role in crime reduction," said Chief McDonnell. "Our average response time for 'priority 1' emergency calls for service for 2010 is 4.1 minutes, which is among the best in the country."

In these lean budgetary times, Police Departments across the nation are challenged with finding new and innovative ways of accomplishing our mission.

An example of this is our recently implemented gang injunction (Surenos), which is the first of its kind in the nation. Working with the City Prosecutor and the District Attorney we have used gang injunctions for many years, however the Sureno gang injunction addresses the gangs under the control of the Mexican Mafia as a web, rather than a silo that focuses on individual gangs. We believe that this strategy will be used by other agencies as they monitor our progress.

To read the full press release, click here: LBPD Crime Stats Release.


Free Tree Pick-Up January 8

If you have City refuse service, put your holiday tree out where your trash is normally collected by 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, and it will be recycled.

All decorations and stands MUST be removed. Trees over 12' tall should be cut in half. Flocked trees will be accepted. For more information visit or just click the image below.

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Architects Announced for North Village Center Library 

LPAAn architect has been selected for design services for the long awaited North Village Center's library and community center. The Irvine based firm, LPA Architects received support from Redevelopment leaders for the $886,650 contract.

The library will be located in the 5800 block of Atlantic Avenue. You can read the full Press-Telegram article here.


Residential Energy Rebate Program

REBATE PROGRAMAs 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 Meredith Reynolds at or (562) 570-6396.

To download an application, click here.


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



How To Deal With Dog Noise

dog noise

Common complaints are:  

1. Complainant Informs Animal Care Services of Alleged Violation(s)

To initiate the complaint process for any violation of the municipal code, the complainant should contact Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 and provide specific evidence if available (i.e. animal address, owner name, date, time, nature of activity, additional witnesses, photo) to customer support representative.

2. Animal Control Officer Makes Contact with Responsible Person

An Animal Control Officer will attempt to locate the Personal Responsible and personally serve the warning of potential violation. If the enforcement officer determines that a Personal Responsible has violated a section of the municipal code, the officer may issue a citation at that time (i.e. license requirement, proof of rabies inoculation, noise violation).

3. Person Responsible Afforded Reasonable Time for Corrective Action of Non-safety Violations

Upon recommendations of the Animal Control Officer, the Person Responsible of the nuisance animal will be given a reasonable amount of time to resolve the problem. The enforcement officer will record any statements in response to the alleged violation.

4. If Alleged Violation Persists, Complainant Informs Animal Care Services

If alleged violations continue, complainant must inform Animal Care Services by phone and complete the Petition to Declare a Witnessed Violation of the Long Beach Municipal Code. This provides the enforcement officer with evidence-statements and signatures-under the penalty of perjury, to support the issuance of a citation. Person Responsible is afforded the right to due process in the form of a citation appeal hearing.

5. If Violation Persists, Complainant Informs Animal Care Services

If the violation persists, complainants must document and inform Animal Care Services. Each and every day a violation exists constitutes a separate and distinct offense and is subject to additional citations and penalties. Ongoing violations of the municipal code may result in criminal prosecution.

Procedures for filing complaints please print THIS
Petition to declare a violation of Long Beach municipal code:

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 any of our staff members:

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