Inside District 9

November 5, 2010
In This Issue
District Captain
Councilmember Message
LB Vets Parade
Night at Aquarium
Landscape Workshop
Grant Neighborhood
Free Golf Carts for Vets
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:

From The Heart - How can you move others unless you are moved yourself?
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


  • Good Neighbors of LB Nov. 9, 7 a.m. Spires Restaurant 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
  • Grant Neighborhood Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Community Presbyterian Church Corner of Orange and 64th St.
  • JPAC Meeting Nov. 10 6 p.m. Jordan High Library
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

jordan panthers

Tonight at 7 p.m., come out and cheer for our Jordan Panthers as they face off in an away game against Wilson.
4400 E. 10th Street.
Save The Date!
  • November 18 - Night at the Aquarium.
  • 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Community information presentations.
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Welcome to another issue of Inside District 9, your source for community news and updates.
Meet This Week's District Captain!


Mary Degner, Houghton Park Neighborhood

"After living here for 20 years I'm invested in my community. I want to help things flourish and grow in the 9th District."

Facts about Mary:
  • Has worked together with friends and neighbors to clean up and get rid of gangs on her block
  • Owns a day care in the 9th District, an eBay business, real estate and is a notary public
  • Is interested in getting information out to her community
  • Is excited to participate in the Houghton Park Neighborhood Association
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

Thank you for reading another issue of Inside District 9, your weekly newsletter for the latest community updates and news.

This week was filled with very important updates from election results to the renaming of the Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy (M.E.C.A.). It is an honor to announce to you that the only charter school in the 9th District changed it's name to the Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy. Mrs. Doris Topsy-Elvord was the first African-American woman elected to Long Beach City Council and is a long-time community activist.

Secondly, I want to give you updates on the Long Beach ballot measures.

Measure GG - Failed This measure would have combined the Civil Services Department and Human Resource which could have diminished the ability of the civil service commission to defend the rights of Long Beach workers.

Measure B - Passed, Voters approved Measure B that would have place business license taxes on marijuana businesses. But with the failure of proposition 19, Measure B is void.

Measure C - Passed This measure gives veterans a better chance to be hired by the City of Long Beach and increase credits to disabled veterans who are applying for a city job. This is a victory for Long Beach veterans and this gives an increased hiring preference to disabled veterans in the hiring process.

Measure D - Passed This amends the Long Beach City Charter by changing the formula from 10% net income to 5% gross operating revenues.

There was also another significant proposition in Long Beach, proposition 22. This prohibits the state from stealing funds from the city and protects vital redevelopment funds that are needed to build a Better 9th District.

Don't forget to come out tomorrow to the 14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade that kicks off from Atlantic and Harding at 10 a.m. This is a free event to the public to show your support to our veterans.

Lastly,I recently attended the regional meeting for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and in next week's issue I will share with you a more in depth report back. Have a fun and safe weekend!

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District
14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
vetsparade Saturday, November 6, 2010 will be the 14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and will begin at Harding and Atlantic Avenue.

You are cordially invited to join us following the Veterans Day Parade for the Annual Craft and Vendors Fair at Houghton Park. There will be booths selling gifts and gadgets. Start your holiday shopping early at the Fair!

***Freedom Walk: Immediately following last unit in Parade.
12:00 noon (Time Approximate)Ceremony Houghton Park
Honoring Veterans.

10:00 a.m. Craft and Vendors Fair Houghton Park
� Unique Gifts for Sale
� Delicious Food
� Valuable Information
� Give-Aways
� Fun For All Ages

4:00 pm. Fair Closes

Here are links to the different applications you may use for the parade:

Plants for a Drought Tolerant Landscape Workshop
NRCOn November 10, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Resource Center, there will be a "Plants for a Drought Landscape" workshop. Barbara Paul, Landscape Designer, will discuss plant selection and success for a drought tolerant landscape, lawn alternatives and trees for small spaces.The Neighborhood Resource Center and the Long Beach Water Department are sponsoring the workshop to help people reduce the amount of water they use while still keeping their yards vibrant and colorful.

Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist our Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis.

This free workshop will be presented in English with Spanish and Khmer translation available. Free parking is available behind the building and on the street.

To RSVP or for more information, call the Neighborhood Resource Center at 562.570.1010.

Grant Neighborhood Association Meeting Nov. 11.
rescueThe next Grant Neighborhood Association meeting will be held on Nov. 11, 7 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church (6380 Orange Ave.) and will provide 9th District residents great information on how to help those in need during the holiday season. The featured speaker will be Jim Lewis, director of the Long Beach Rescue Mission. He'll explain the plans for their new facility at 6845 Atlantic Ave. The new building will initially be used to provide shelter and temporary housing during the winter nights. Everyone is invited to this next neighborhood meeting.

Free Golf Cart Use at Long Beach Golf Courses on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

To honor military veterans this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and American Golf will offer free golf carts to active or retired members of the US Armed Forces. Any form of military ID will be acceptable proof of service, and when presented to the starter at the course being played, the individual will be given free use of an electric cart. This privilege can be for walk-ons or players using an advanced reservation.

For information on the free golf cart use program for veterans on Veterans Day, call Robert Livingstone Superintendent of Golf Operations at (562) 570-3122.

For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit
Night at the Aquarium - Nov. 18

Join Councilmember Steven Neal and your fellow 9th District neighbors for a Night at the Aquarium. This event is open to EVERYONE in Long Beach. This will all take place Nov. 18, 2010 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Way.
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How To Deal With Barking Animals

Barking animals is a common issue in our community. Luckily, the City of Long Beach's Animal Care Services has information on how you can take the initiative and resolve this issue. Below is a useful tool on how the complaint process works and ways you can prevent your pet from becoming a nuisance to your fellow neighbors.
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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