Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 24  

                                                        January 28, 2011
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Neal in The News
North Long Beach Initiative
Top of Town Garden Mtg.
MOLAA/ABC7 Listens
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Map of the 9th District
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:
Change - If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


  • North Long Beach Initiative Community Forum - Jan. 31, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Powell K-8 Cafeteria. 150 Victoria St.
  • North Long Beach Initiative Community Forum Feb. 1, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Grant Elementary Auditorium 1225 E. 64th St.
  • North Long Beach Initiative Community Forum Feb. 2, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Lindbergh Middle School 1022 E. Market St.
  • North Long Beach Initiative Community Forum Feb. 3, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dooley Elementary Auditorium 5075 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Starr King Neighborhood Assn. - Feb. 2, 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • College Square Neighborhood Assn. - Feb. 7, 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Community Action Group - Feb. 6, 2 p.m. LBPD North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

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Meet This Week's District Captain!

D. Leonard

 David Leonard, Ramona Park Neighborhood

"My life belongs to the whole Long Beach community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do whatever I can for it. We need to embrace our roles as 9th District residents in our neighborhoods so we can understand our own indentities, gifts, passions, strengths, and challenges."


Facts about David:
  • Has been a 9th District resident for more than 30 years.
  • Is a gardener at the South 40 Garden.
  • Manages The Treasure Box - a food program, that serves more than 20,000 families each month.
  • Is a volunteer at the Light and Life Christian Church Community Center.
  • Is interested in supporting the North Long Beach Initiative.
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

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

This week, Hamilton Middle School was host to the  Connected Corridor Project program, which featured a presentation from ReThinking Greater Long Beach  that focused on public safety, education, and demographics in North Long Beach. It provided useful information about our community and set the stage for our "Community Discovery" as prescribed by our Phase II program, "Discover, Design, and Develop."

Secondly, tomorrow morning we are hosting our very first District Captain training program. The District Captain program is our effort to provide opportunities for residents to get involved in our community. For experienced community leaders, it creates a platform for support, training and development. For more information on getting involved with our District Captain program, please contact our office at (562) 570-6137.

Next, yesterday, I was pleased to have participated in a presentation by the Long Beach Unified School District regarding the North Long Beach Initiative. The first series of community outreach forums commences Monday, Jan. 31 at Colin Powell K-8 school in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Details for subsequent community forums are listed in this week's "Inside District 9" newsletter.

Recently, the College Square neighborhood residents experienced a tragic incident adjacent to their neighborhood in the City of Compton. Our office is prepared to extend support to those residents directly impacted by this incident. If there is anything we can do to help, please call (562) 570-6137 or e-mail

Lastly, congratulations to the newly elected executive board of the North Project Area Committee (NPAC),Chair-8th District Homeowner Laurie Angel, Vice-Chair- 8th District Business Representative Blair Cohn, and Secretary-9th District Homeowner Barbara Bolin. We look forward to working with them in our community self-discovery process.

Thank you again for your time.

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Neal's Plans Progress In Ninth District Renewal

Our "Building a Better Ninth District" program was featured in the latest issue of the Uptown Gazette. Click here to read the full article.
Learn More About The North Long Beach Initiative


The North Long Beach Initiative has officially been launched. This is a $105 million investment that will effect all of North Long Beach and includes the complete renovation of Jordan High School that is located in the Ninth District.

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ReThinking Greater Long Beach Presentation Photos

 On January 25, Hamilton Middle School hosted the ReThinking Greater Long Beach that presented statistics about education, public safety, and demographics in the North Long Beach area. Click on the image below to view the photo album.


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Top of the Town Community Garden Meeting


Please join Long Beach Organic for a casual on-site meeting Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. This is will be an opportunity to discuss the garden project, receive applications for garden plots and gather volunteers to help build the garden.


The garden is located on private property near Atlantic Blvd. and 68th St.


Park near the corner of Atlantic and 68th St., just north of the 91 freeway. 68th St. ends on the east side of Atlantic. Directly across the street is a driveway between two apartment buildings. Walk down the driveway and it will split into two narrower drives. Take the left one until it ends and turn to your left

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 Town Hall Meeting with ABC7

The Museum of Latin American Art invites you to join us for a Town Hall meeting with ABC7 to discuss issues important to our local community.


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
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