Inside District 9 

Building a Better Ninth District 

Issue # 34          

                                                        April 15,2011
In This Issue
North Long Beach Showcase
Family Fitness Program
After School Park Activities
North Long Beach Paves Roads
Weekly Axiom:
Follow-Up - 90% of organizing is follow-up.    
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings



  • College Square Neighborhood Assn. - Every 1st Monday  7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.


  • Coolidge Triangle Neighborhood Assn. -Every 3rd Wednesday 7 p.m. Coolidge Park Clubhouse 352 E. Neece St.     


  • DeForest Park Neighborhood Assn. - Every 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. DeForest Park Clubhouse 6255 DeForest Ave.   


  • Executive Board Meeting - Last Wednesday of the Month 7 p.m. Houghton Park Clubhouse, 6301 Myrtle Avenue.   


  • 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.  


  • Houghton Park Neighborhood Assn. - Every 1st Thursday 7 p.m. 6301 Myrtle Ave.   


  • Starr King Neighborhood Assn. Every 1st Wednesday 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.


  • Community Action Group - Every 1st Sunday 2 p.m. LBPD North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.


  •  North Project Area Committee Every 4thh Thursday, 6:30 p.m. North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave. 
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

Dine In The 9

Introducing El Nuevo Altata Restaurant!

El Nuevo Altata is a Mexican restaurant located in the 9th District that offers a variety of appetizing dishes. Stop by and try their carne asada burrito!

 El Nuevo Altata Restaurant  

6800 Long Beach Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90805



Open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun.  

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

New Field Office Hours! 


The 9th District Field Office now has new office hours. The new office hours are:
 Monday Through Wednesday
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you would like to meet staff outside those hours, please schedule an appointment by calling 562-570-6137.

9th District Council Office
6335 Myrtle Avenue.
Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: 562-570-3319
FAX: 562-422-3852

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!

Doris Felix, DeForest Park Neighborhood

"Because I live here, I feel that it's important to be a part of the process of growing my community. I know that I can make a difference and that I have something to offer."    
Facts about Doris:
  • Has been 9th District Resident for eight years.    
  • Former Cultural Heritage Commissioner. 
  • Interested in supporting, "Healthy Options, Safe Neighborhoods" campaign.
  • Interested in bringing awareness to health.  
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

Welcome neighbors to another edition of "Inside District9," your weekly newsletter. We have some very exciting updates for the nith District this week.


If you haven't already noticed, interesting street banners are being installed along the Atlantic and Long Beach Blvd corridors. The banners, themed "Discover North Long Beach" were designed by local artist and architect, Ioana Urma, and add an energetic and beautiful touch to our tranforming corridors. To highlight the community, the history and the future of North Long Beach, the banner features a skate boarder, a biker, and the Historic Atlantic Theater spire. I encourage you to take a drive down Long Beach Blvd and have a look at them. 


Secondly, I remind you to bring your families to tomorrow's Discover North Long Beach Community Showcase at the Long Beach Logistics Center, 100 W. Victoria Street from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Be sure to stop by, as we have plenty of exciting exhibits and attractions, including the launch of our new Ninth District Community Website,


Also, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of our late District Captain, Erma Kemp, in the College Square Neighborhood. Erma was a longstanding leader in North Long Beach, who was instrumental in the community campaign to reduce traffic from adjacent cities, while protecting the youth in the College Square Neighborhood. Erma lived in the community for almost fifty years, and was a great neighbor and pillar in the community.


Lastly, I want to wish a speedy recovery to both Claudie Forge, wife of Joe Forge, President of the Starr King Neighborhood Association and Ciara, daughter of Dr. Crystal Howard-Johnson, President of the Houghton Park Neighborhood Association.


Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Discover North Long Beach Community Showcase   

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The Aquatic Center Family Fitness Program 

 The Aquatic Center is partnering with Coca Cola to provide families with a health and fitness program. The program focus is to assist families with weight loss, lowered cholesterol or blood sugar, increased physical activity, increased time spent together, and/or improved nutrition.
Families will have the opportunity to participate in our aquatic exercise program as well as beach and park activities as well.

In addition, each family will receive $200. This is an eight week program to provide a great opportunity to the community to promote better health and fitness to children and adults.   

Family Fitness Program
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Long Beach Parks and Recreation After School Park Activities 
North Long Beach Paves New Road - Paramount Blvd. 

Community Walk The Uptown Gazette recently featured an article on the reconstruction of Paramount Boulevard in North Long Beach that will begin in May and is expected to be completed in September.

It will replace damaged curbs and gutters, remove old asphalt, install required accessibility improvements, install new pavement markings, place traffic striping and install vehicle loop detectors at signalized intersections.  The project will create an estimated 18 full-time equivalent jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and finish by September...." To read the full article click here.
Healthy Options, Safe Communities - A Victory For Long Beach Residents 

Community Walk Councilmember Steven Neal lead a coalition with Councilmembers Robert Garcia, Dee Andrews, and Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal to get the "Healthy Options, Safe Communities" campaign approved by the Council. This consists of three initiatives to address the issue of the accessibility of healthy food options, while attempting to curb nuisance liquor stores in the community.

The three items that were approved include a voluntary Healthy Neighborhood Market Conversion Program to provide education and tools for  corner store operators to offer healthier food options, while making interior and exterior improvements that increase the overall neighborhood experience. Next, was the "Deemed Approved" policy that will set certain higher standards for nuisance liquor and corner stores to meet. Finally, the City Council created a Liquor Store Policy that discourages the approval of any new liquor store in the City of Long Beach

With these new tools, our neighborhoods will be healthier and safer. Liquor and corner store owners can now strengthen their connection to the community by improving their overall appearance and inventory. 


The Uptown Gazette and the Press-Telegram provided an update on the Council Meeting. If you would like to view the video from the City Council meeting, just click this link and select item number 9 or forward the video to 58:42 to watch the presentation to the Council on this initiative.
Long Beach Police Department North Division - Crime Prevention Notice 

Below is very useful information from the  Long Beach Police Department on how to prevent burglary. 


Library Design 
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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.

Discover The Ninth District Parks, Recreation and Marine Programs  



9th Long Beach City Council District Parks, Recreation and Marine Programs


Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine offers many recreation programs at the six programmed parks in the 9th City Council District. Residents can view monthly calendars of events for each 9th District park on the Department's web site at:


Each calendar has the supervised hours and a listing of the various activities for each day. Senior citizens can view the Houghton Park senior program calendar at


9th District Parks


Coolidge Park   Coolidge Park is located at 352 Neece Street south of Artesia Street and west of the Long Beach Freeway. The 6.1-acre park offers a basketball court, softball field, playground, picnic area and a community center. For more information, call (562) 570-1618.


Ed ''Pops'' Davenport Park

The 11.6-acre park is located at 2910 E 55th between Candlewood & South. The park was named in memory of Long Beach Police Officer Corporal Ed "Pops" Davenport.  Residents can enjoy a sports field, two half-court basketball courts, a walking path and a playground. Call (562) 570-3150 for more information.


DeForest Park

DeForest Park has many recreational amenities including a basketball court, community center, playground, racquetball court, softball field, tennis court and a volleyball court. The park encompasses over 50 acres including the 34-acre DeForest Nature Trail along the Los Angeles River to the south the Call (562) 570-1620 for more information.  


Houghton Park


Houghton Park at 6301 Myrtle Avenue has a large community center, a Skate-BMX Park, baseball, softball and soccer fields; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a picnic area and playground on 26.4 acres. The park offers many recreation programs and services for youth, teens and seniors. Call (562) 570-1640 for more information.


North Long Beach Community Center 

The North Long Beach Community Center at 2311 South Street has activities including basketball, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts and homework help. Call 562-570-8046 for more information.  

Ramona Park
The 7.2-acre Ramona Park at 3301 E. 65th Street has a community center, fields for baseball, softball and soccer; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a playground and picnic area. Call (562) 570-1665 for more information.

South Street Parkway

The 1.5-acre South Street Parkway adds beauty and open space to the neighborhood at South Street and Jaymills.

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.
Council District 9 Neighborhood Map  

Below is a map of the Ninth District Neighborhoods. This map will help you become familiar with your surrounding neighbors and community. If you would like to download the map, just click here: Council District 9 Neighborhood Map.
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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/Organizer
Ericka Rhyne - Field Representative/Organizer 
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

Office Hours -  

M-F 8AM - 4:30PM 


District Office

6335 Myrtle Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90802 


Fax: 562-422-3852  

Office Hours -  

M-W 9:30AM - 1:00PM