Inside District 9 

Building a Better Ninth District 

Issue # 31       

                                                        March 25,2011
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Healthy Victory For Long Beach
Monthly Community Canvassing
Paramount Blvd. Reconstruction
9th District Showcase
Black Authors Festival
District 9 Neighborhood Map
Crime Prevention Tips
Get Familiar with Nixle
Park,Rec., Marine Programs
North LB Walking Club
Tree Planting Program
Weekly Axiom:
Never Give Up - Good organizers never give up, they get the opposition to do that.     
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


  • College Square Neighborhood Assn. - Every 1st Monday  7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Starr King Neighborhood Assn. Every 1st Wednesday 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Houghton Park Neighborhood Assn. - Every 1st Thursday 7 p.m. 6301 Myrtle Ave.   
  • Grant Neighborhood Assn. - Every 2nd Thursday 7 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church Corner of 64th/Orange Ave.  
  • Coolidge Triangle Neighborhood Assn. -Every 3rd Wednesday 7 p.m. Coolidge Park Clubhouse 352 E. Neece St.     
  • DeForest Park Neighborhood Clean-Up - Feb. 12, 8 a.m. 167 South St.
  • DeForest Park Neighborhood Assn. - Every 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. DeForest Park Clubhouse 6255 DeForest Ave.   
  • Executive Board Meeting - Every 4th Wednesday 7 p.m. Houghton Park Clubhouse, 6301 Myrtle Avenue.   
  • Good Neighbors of NLB - Every 2nd Tuesday 7 a.m. Spires Restaurant 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
  • Community Action Group - Every 1st Sunday 2 p.m. LBPD North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.
  • North Project Area Committee - Every 4thh Thursday, 6:30 p.m. North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave. 
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

Dine In The 9

Introducing Dominguez Pizza!

Dominguez Pizza is a restaurant located in the 9th District that offers a variety of appetizing pizzas. Stop by and try their pepperoni pizza!

 Dominguez Pizza  

6176 Atlantic Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90805



Open Mon.- Thurs., Noon 9 p.m.

Friday - Saturday, Noon - 10 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  

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Jordan Parent Advisory Council (JPAC) 

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

Jordan High School Library/Media Center
6500 Atlantic Ave.
(562) 423-1471
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Meet This Week's District Captain!
 Michael James Brown, McKinley Neighborhood

"I am involved in my neighborhood so I can learn about others in my community and this is my way to be included in the 9th District."    
Facts about Michael:
  • Owner and operator of Ninth District business, "Other Awareness Project"  
  • Interested in education, motivational speaking,  and other non-profits.
  • Former board member of Long Beach Food Finders.  
  • Interested in building better relationships with neighbors. 
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. 
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal


Welcome neighbors to another issue of "Inside District 9," your weekly newsletter.

As many of you may have learned, at Tuesday's City Council meeting, I introduced three initiatives to address liquor stores and healthy food options in our community. The result was stricter policies on liquor stores as well as a Healthy Neighborhood Market Conversion Program, which will offer incentives and assistance to corner stores who wish to update their operations to limit tobacco and liquor signage, while offering healthier and safer food options to the community. Details on all three items are listed below.

In the weeks to come, we will convene community meetings to discuss future healthy food initiatives in our community. Meanwhile, I would like the acknowledge the following Ninth District residents who attended the City Council meeting to speak in support of these items. They are as follows:
  • District Captain Darlene Broom
  • District Captain Sabrina Sanders
  • District Captain Raul Anorve
  • District Captain Liliana Carillo  
  • Doris Felix
I would also like to acknowledge the youth from "Californians for Justice" as well as the representatives from 7-11, who testified in support of these initiatives. Numerous other Ninth District Residents attended the meeting. While they may not have testified, we recognize and appreciate their support for our community.

Secondly, I want t remind folks to attend the "Discover the Ninth District" Community Showcase on April 16. This is an exciting and fun program for the whole family. Come out as we celebrate the future of our community, while looking back at our history. We have over 16 exciting interactive exhibits, from a Bike Safety Rodeo, historical exhibits, and presentations on future developments, such as the North Branch Library, "Restaurant Row", and the launch of the brand new Ninth District community website, entitled "Inside District Nine."

The "Discover the Ninth District" planning committee meetings take place on a weekly basis, every Monday at 7PM at Dominguez Pizza, 6176 Atlantic Ave. On Saturday, District Captains and community members will canvass the Grant Neighborhood to pass out flyers for the "Discover the Ninth District" program. Details are below. 


Lastly, I would like to congratulate our Long Beach City College Intern and District Captain, Jason Greenidge, on his acceptance to Long Beach State to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. 


Thank you again for reading the "Inside District Nine" weekly newsletter. 


Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Healthy Options, Safe Communities - A Victory For Long Beach Residents 

Community Walk At last Tuesday's City Council meeting, Councilmember Steven Neal lead a coalition with Councilmembers Robert Garcia, Dee Andrews, and Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal to get the "Healthy Options, Safe Communities" campaign approved by the Council. This consists of three initiatives to address the issue of the accessibility of healthy food options, while attempting to curb nuisance liquor stores in the community.

The three items that were approved include a voluntary Healthy Neighborhood Market Conversion Program to provide education and tools for  corner store operators to offer healthier food options, while making interior and exterior improvements that increase the overall neighborhood experience. Next, was the "Deemed Approved" policy that will set certain higher standards for nuisance liquor and corner stores to meet. Finally, the City Council created a Liquor Store Policy that discourages the approval of any new liquor store in the City of Long Beach

With these new tools, our neighborhoods will be healthier and safer. Liquor and corner store owners can now strengthen their connection to the community by improving their overall appearance and inventory. 


The Uptown Gazette and the Press-Telegram provided an update on the Council Meeting. If you would like to view the video from Tuesday meeting, just click this link and select item number 9 or forward the video to 58:42 to watch the presentation to the Council on this initiative.
Ninth District Community  Canvassing- Grant Area

Community Walk Councilmember Neal invites you come out to a Ninth District Community Canvassing March 26, at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. We will meet in front of Firestation 12 - 6509 Gundry Avenue.

This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and pass out flyers for our "Discover the 9th District Community Showcase." 
North Long Beach Paves New Road - Paramount Blvd. 

Community Walk The Uptown Gazette featured an article on the reconstruction of Paramount Boulevard in North Long Beach that will begin in May and is expected to be completed in September.

It will replace damaged curbs and gutters, remove old asphalt, install required accessibility improvements, install new pavement markings, place traffic striping and install vehicle loop detectors at signalized intersections.  The project will create an estimated 18 full-time equivalent jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and finish by September...." To read the full article click here.
Discover The 9th District Community Showcase   

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Third Annual Black Authors Festival - 2011 

Date: April 2, 2011

Times:1 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Location: 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach 90802


The Long Beach Public Library will host The 3rd Annual Black Authors' Festival on April 2, 2011.

The Black Authors Festival is free to the public and will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This festival will have over 25 authors in attendance. Any donations collected will go to help support the Children's Programs for the Library. Join us as at the Long Beach Public Library as we celebrate National Library Month. The Long Beach Public Library is located at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.


Actress, producer and now author Cherie Johnson and Kathie Scott with "Around the World Twice".  A story about two girl friends who are a modern day Thelma and Louise. Two ladies who want it all, but discover that not everything you wish for is what's good for you.

Marcus Hardie with "Black and Bulletproof" tells the intriguing story of one man's journey from the terrors of Los Angeles' Westside to Israel's Western Wall and back again.

MG Hardie with "It Ain't Just The Size" is a love story surrounded by humor, politics, relationship advice and just about everything in-between; real talk about how to deal with real issues Mimi Renee with "Pretty Bright" a bitter-sweet story of a young misguided, misunderstood 17-year-old girl, who in order to provide for her struggling single mother and siblings, shows a startling portrait of today's Black family. Terry Wroten with "Natural Born Killaz", a riveting, volatile tale of gang life and inspirational story about choices.  



Also scheduled to attend are:

Rufus Butler - 'Black Energy'

Pamela Hale Burns - "Come Out From Among Them"

Robbie N. Butler - "Ms. Single Mom - Yes, You Can!"

Colburt Cobene- "No Dope A Book Of Enlightenment And Pathway To Love"

Frances Dawson Harris - "Live For Today" 

Aaron L. Day - 'History Lessons'/'Locating Free African-American Ancestors' 

Karen Harper - 'Mary Dell Butler-Making a Difference'

Anthony Parnell - 'The 7 Laws of Stress Management'/'Healing Through Writing'

Autrilla Watkins Scott - 'Stories From The Past'

Darick J. Simpson - 'Who Will Be There'

Carolyn Smith Watts - 'Breaking Through, Lighting The Way'

Doris Topsy-Elvord - 'No Mountain High Enough' 

Stephanie Butler - 'My Body Is The Temple: Encounters and Revelations of Sacred'

Charlene E. Green 'One Man's Treasure'

Seth Fowler 'Cory The Popcorn's Big Adventure'

U.L. Harper 'The Flesh Statue'

And more...


The festival will also feature Children's Books, Plays, Poetry, Urban, Pop-Culture, Fiction, Non Fiction and books on Stress Management. 

For More Information Contact: Aaron L. Day - NAACP Representative P.O Box 5903 Long Beach, CA 90805. 562-335-8595. Email -


Council District 9 Neighborhood Map  

Below is a map of the Ninth District Neighborhoods. This map will help you become familiar with your surrounding neighbors and community. If you would like to download the map, just click here: Council District 9 Neighborhood Map.
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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. 


Library Design 
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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.

Discover The 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.

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 

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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.
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
Ninth District Staff Team:


Rex Richardson - Chief of Staff
Kari Faithful - Office Manager/Scheduler
Ricardo Linarez - Field Deputy
Ericka Rhyne - Field Deputy
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 


District Office

6335 Myrtle Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90802 


Fax: 562-422-3852