Inside District 9

Issue # 18

December 17, 2010
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Councilmember Video
Christmas on Andy Street
Art Dedication
Free Long Beach Transit
Tree Planting Program
Holiday Safety Tips
Bike Racks
Weekly Axiom:
Leadership - Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


  • North Project Area Committee (NorthPAC) Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. Long Beach Police North Division Substation
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

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Meet This Week's District Captain!

 Linda Wilson, College Square Neighborhood

"I want to make sure our community is provided all the available resources the city has to offer. We have to set the example  in order to make sure our neighborhoods are a great place for the youth." 

Facts about Linda:
  • Is a member of the Sidewalks, Trees, Alleys, and Roads (STAR) Task Force.
  • Encourages civic engagement by empowering neighbors to attend their neighborhood and community meetings.
  • Regularly attends City Council meetings to connect community concerns to public policy.
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

Thank you for taking time to read this week's newsletter. Heading into the Christmas and holiday season, the activity in our community has not let up one bit.

For those of you who don't already know, there is an exciting project by Long Beach Unified School District, called the North Long Beach Initiative, that is kicking off in the weeks to come. The focus of this initiative is the $150 million modernization of Jordan High School. In 2008, Long Beach voters passed Measure K, which is where the bulk of the $150 million of funding for the initiative will come from. The Ninth District council office is working with LBUSD, and other community partners, to ensure that community input is fully integrated into every aspect of this project as we work collectively to develop an action plan that addresses the academic and social needs of students in North Long Beach, particularly the Jordan High School area.

The North Long Beach Initiative will use existing aspects of President Obama's "The Promise Neighborhoods Program," an education-centered approach with the concept that ending poverty for children living in traditionally under-served communities can "level the playing field."

The public launch of the North Long Beach Initiative will be on January 13, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Jordan High School inside the Media Center. This event will provide all the details you need to know and how you can get involved in building a better Ninth District.

Secondly, months ago, I co-sponsored a resolution in support of Congressional passage of the Federal DREAM Act, along with Councilmembers O'Donnell and Garcia. This bill would extend legal residency and the opportunity to become a citizen to youth who are undocumented and complete college or serve in the United States military. I am pleased to know that it is scheduled for a vote in Congress this weekend.

In support of this measure, I, along with Councilmembers Garcia and O'Donnell, in collaboration with several community leaders and organizations, will host a press conference and day of action in support of the Federal DREAM ACT, tomorrow, Saturday, December 18, at Centro CHA offices, 727 Pine Av in Long Beach. The day of action will include group phone banking to Senators and on-line organizing after the press conference. The Dream Act is important to our community and the greater Social Justice Movement. Now is the time to end this disenfranchisement and make these students whole. I encourage you to participate.

Again, thanks for taking the time to read your weekly district newsletter.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Councilmember Steven Neal Addresses The 9th District

Click on the video to watch Councilmember Neal speak to the 9th District

Councilmember Steven Neal speaks to the people of the 9th District about the latest community updates and news in his most recently video.

Christmas on Andy Street and the Gateway Tree Lighting Ceremony

Andy St XMAS
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Come on out to the "Christmas on Andy Street" and the "Gateway Tree Lighting" ceremony Friday, December 17, 2010 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and experience the joyful spirit of giving to others.

Paramount Petroleum Public Art Dedication Celebration

Art dedication
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Long Beach Transit Free New Year's Eve

Long Beach Transit  will have a free system-wide bus service that will be available New Year's Eve starting at 5 p.m. This fare-free is an effort to help people avoid drunk driving. There will be an extension evening service which will be available through 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve. For more information please call 562-591-2301.

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.

Holiday Safety Tips


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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 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