Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 27   

                                                        February 18, 2011
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Prepare for Rainy Weather
Youth Ambassador Grad.
Library Planning Meeting
Bicycle Master Plan
Youth & Police Dialogue
Get Familiar with Nixle
North LB Walking Club
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Map of the 9th District
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:
Monotony - The way to break monotony is with motion and emotion.     
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 - 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!


 Jimmy Murray, Starr King Neighborhood

"Getting involved in my community is one of the many ways I am able to serve my neighborhood."   
Facts about Jimmy:
  • President of his local block club.    
  • Is a member of the Sidewalks, Trees, Alleys and Roads (STAR) Task Force.       
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.

February has been a great month for the 9th District. First, I would like to congratulate the District Captains who came out to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15, to voice their concerns regarding some very important issues to our community. The attendance of the District Captains at the meeting was just one of the many ways how we will "Build a Better 9th District."


I would like to recognize the following District Captains for stepping up to take a decisive action in their community; Crystal Howard-Johnson, Darlene Broom, James Young, Linda Wilson, and Manuel Walker. Their attendance is a perfect example of community empowerment: residents stepping up to take ownership and leadership in their community. Again, congratulations to these captains and I look forward to great things we will do in the community to "Build a Better 9th District."


Secondly, this week, I have continued my presentation of our "Building a Better 9th District" to the Coolidge and DeForest Park neighborhood associations.


Finally, I would like to remind you to attend a community discussion on site planning and design of the North Village Branch Library. The event will be located at Jordan High School in the cafeteria, February 26, 10 a.m. - 1p.m. This is an important meeting to attend, as it provides 9th District and North Long Beach neighbors to give valuable input on the design of your neighborhood library.


Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Fire Department Helps You Prepare For Rainy Weather   

Sandbags are available at neighborhood Long Beach Fire Stations, with a limit of 10 bags per household. Sand is currently available through Public Works at their San Francisco Yard on Esther, and sand bins are currently being set-up at Fire Stations 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14. As always, residents must bring a shovel to fill their own bags.


Youth Ambassador Graduation  

Andy Street Youth Ambassador Program was launched in the summer of 2008 in an effort to organize and empower the youth on Andy Street. The key role of the Youth Ambassador is to evolve into a neighborhood leader that models the way for other youth in the neighborhood.  Every Youth Ambassador is an integral component to keeping the block actively involved in crime  prevention efforts, youth activities, work alongside other youth groups, as well as assist in carrying out neighborhood events and meetings.   


The Andy St. and Grisham Community invite you to the Youth Ambassadors Graduation Wednesday, February 23. 


North Village Branch Library Design Planning Session  

Councilmember Steven Neal invites you to a community discussion on site planning and design of the North Village Branch Library. The event will be Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. inside the Jordan High School Cafeteria. LPA, the architects selected for the library will be in attendance to receive community feedback.  


This is your opportunity to provide input on the design of your neighborhood library. 


Library Design 
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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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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