Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 26   

                                                        February 11, 2011
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
North Long Beach Initiative
Bicycle Master Plan
Foreclosure Workshop
Children's Clinic
Get Familiar with Nixle
North LB Walking Club
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Map of the 9th District
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:
Shortcuts - Short-cuts usually end in detours, which lead to dead ends.    
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings



  • Community Action Group - Every 1st Sunday 2 p.m. LBPD North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave. 
  • 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.  
  • Good Neighbors of NLB - Every 2nd Tuesday 7 a.m. Spires Restaurant 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
  • 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.    
  • North Project Area Committee - Every 4thh Thursday, 6:30 p.m. North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.  
  • Bicycle Master Plan Workshop - Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Bicycle Master Plan Workshop - March 12 Expo Center 4321 Atlantic Ave. Bike Ride - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & Community Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • 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  

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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!


 Eileen Oien, Saint Francis Neighborhood

"Knowing that most of the neighbors work and lead busy lives, we can find solutions to reach out to them so that they can get involved in our community."   
Facts about Eileen:
  • President of the St. Francis Neighborhood Association.    
  • Participated in last month's District Captain training program.     
  • Interested in participating in the 9th District Community Walks to promote safe and friendly neighborhoods.  
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

Hello neighbors,

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

This has been a very exciting week for our community. I am pleased to let you know that on Monday, February 7, our redevelopment agency finally entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with "PrimeStor"; a development company that intends to bring a family-style sit down restaurant to Atlantic and Artesia. The agreement lasts six months, with the option for two 90-day extensions.

On Saturday, March 5, I am inviting you to a community town hall meeting to discuss the uses and design for this development. In next week's newsletter, we will have more information on the location and time of the town hall. In the meantime, please mark your calendars and share the word with your neighbors.

Secondly, in the month of February, I have been visiting all of the Ninth District Neighborhood Associations and presenting our "Building A Better Ninth District"  Phase II program, which includes a brief explanation of the District Captain program. So far, we have conducted the presentation at Houghton Park , College Square, and Grant Neighborhoods. Next week, we will present to the DeForest Park and Coolidge Triangle Neighborhoods.

Since the District Captain program has kicked off, we have enjoyed a tremendous response from the community. In the six months since taking office, over 40 Ninth District residents have stepped up to get involved in our community by joining our District Captain program. This presentation will provide an opportunity for resident to ask questions and find out more about the program. The program is open to all residents, and I encourage you to participate.

Finally, I would like to remind you that on February 26 at the Jordan High School cafeteria at 9 a.m., we will host a design meeting for the new North Branch Library on Atlantic Ave. and South Street. This Library is the centerpiece for our North Village Center development, which will be a jewel and landmark of pride to the communities of the Ninth District and all of North Long Beach. It is critical that the community attends and participates in this very important meeting.  

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

North Long Beach Initiative Community Survey   

Community Forums

Approximately 160 residents, students, parents, teachers, and other community members shared their ideas during a series of four Community Forums last week. After receiving information on Measure K and the Initiative, they participated in a facilitated survey exercise, which gave the first glimpse into the needs of North Long Beach.


The Community Forums proved to be so beneficial that, based on participant feedback, the school district decided to have another one: 


Thursday, February 17, 2011

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Jordan High School (Media Center)

6500 Atlantic Ave.  


Please make time for this important event and help spread the word by telling your family, friends, and colleagues.


If you are not able to attend the next meeting, everyone is encouraged to take the online survey. To do so, please click here: North Long Beach Initiative Online Survey

Long Beach Bicycle Master Wants Your Opinion 

 Ten years ago, Long Beach created the first Bicycle Master Plan. Now they've updated it and they need your opinion! There will be community workshops in almost every neighborhood with at least one in each council district.

The workshop that will be in the 9th District will be February 24, at Coolidge Park 352 E. Neece St. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Foreclosure Prevention Workshop in Long Beach 

The Long Beach Housing Development Company is having a free two-hour clinic conducted in English targeted to people who are or will be experience challenges with their loans on February 16 at the Community Grace Brethren Church.

Chase bank representatives will be on site for those who have their mortgage loan with Chase and will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with them. A Los Angeles NHS educator will be asking for information on your existing loan(s) such as balance, interest rate and payments, as well as your income and budget information. Come prepared, bring a copy of your mortgage statement and monthly budget.

You may sign up for this clinic by calling us at 888-895-2647 or e-mail To sign up for a clinic, please make sure to include your name, address, phone number and clinic date in your email. If you would like more details on the event just click here.

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The Children's Clinic Family Health Center at Hamilton Middle School 

The Children's Clinic's School Based Health Center (SBHC) funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care through the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Program located at Hamilton Middle School. Services provided are medical care and counseling for well-child visits; acute and chronic care; adolescent and adult care; community outreach and education; immunizations; laboratory testing; prescribed medications; and linkage to community resources.

1060 East 70th Street
Long Beach, California 90805
(562) 531-7284

Click here for directions.

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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.

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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.

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.
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
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