Inside District 9

November 12, 2010
In This Issue
District Captain
Councilmember Message
Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy Renaming Ceremony
Night at Aquarium
Vets Parade Video/Photo
Night at the Aquarium
Little Miss Long Beach
Important Phone Numbers
Weekly Axiom:

Planning - A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings


  • DeForest Park Nov. 18, 7 p.m. DeForest Park Clubhouse 6255 DeForest Ave.
  • Coolidge Triangle Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Coolidge Park Clubhouse 352 E. Neece Street.
  • CAG Christmas Party Dec. 5 Contact Dan Pressburg for more information:
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

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Tonight at 7 p.m., come out and cheer for our Jordan Panthers as they face off in an away game against Cabrillo.
2001 Sante Fe Ave.
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!


Joe Forge, Starr King Neighborhood

"From the time I have lived here, I have seen a lot of changes both good and bad. I want to help other people that live in this area feel safe and take pride in our community."

Facts about Joe:
  • Resident of the 9th District since 1972
  • President of the Starr King Neighborhood Association
  • Interested in organizing a community watch
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 past weekend, I enjoyed my first Long Beach Veterans Parade as a councilmember. It was great to see such a huge turn out; this was by far the best one yet, and I am looking forward to future parades in the years to come.

Next Thursday, November 18 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at The Aquarium of the Pacific, I will be hosting a Night at The Aquarium. This event is free to the public and is open to all. I invite you to bring your family and friends, as there will be more than 25 city services informational booths too.

Finally, I'd like to report on the recent Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) meeting I attended. As you may know, I was recently appointed to represent Long Beach on the Regional Council.

The Regional Council meets the first Thursday of each month to provide input and recommendations on transportation priorities as well as regional housing needs and assessments.

As part of regional planning, SCAG conducts extensive growth forecasting. This is provided to local governments along with critical land use and demographic data to strengthen planning efforts. I have decided to serve on the Transportation and Communication Committee. In future newsletters, I will be reporting back on the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). This is a 25 year plan developed by SCAG and updated every 4 years.

As your representative to SCAG, I will work to ensure that major components of the RTP include modernization of the 91, 710 and 405 freeways.

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District
14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade Video and Photos
The 14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Parade was a huge success. This was my first parade that I participated in as a Long Beach City Councilmember and I can't wait for the next one. To view more photos from the event, just click on the image above.


November 6, 2010 was Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal's first time participating in the Long Beach Veterans Parade.

There was a great turn out at this event and we're proud to have hosted this in the 9th District.

The Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy Renaming Ceremony

Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy (MECA), a state charter school located in the 9th District was recently renamed after the first African-American woman elected to Long Beach City Council and long time community activist, Doris Topsy-Elvord.

In this video, 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal speaks with Topsy-Elvord and she explains what an honor it is to have the academy named after her. Just click the video above to watch the interview.

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.
Please click on the image below to enlarge.


Meet Little Miss Long Beach 2011!


Congratulations to 9th District resident Sydney Neumann for winning Little Miss Long Beach 2011! We are proud that she is part of our great community. To read more on the Miss Long Beach Pageant just click here: Little Miss Long Beach 2011.

Parents of Starr King Elementary Clean Up

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Please click on the image above to see more photos of the clean up.

District Captain Juan Zermeno has organized the parents at Starr King Elementary to conduct a weekly clean-up. November 12th was the first clean-up around Starr King Elementary School. With help from the 9th District Council Office, Neighborhood Services, and Litter Free Long Beach, Juan Zermeno was able to organized 4 groups to begin a neighborhood clean-up on a weekly basis.

Each group will take turns cleaning around the school and surrounding areas. I encourage 9th District residents to come out Fridays at 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. to to help with the Starr King weekly clean-ups. For more information call 562-570-6137 or 562-570-3319.

100 Black Men Breast Cancer Symposium Video Coverage

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Councilmember Steven Neal features North Long Beach's first breast cancer symposium presented by the 100 Black Men of Long Beach with comments from District Captain Crystal Howard-Johnson, former Councilmember Val Lerch, Kim Tong, Vivica Keys, Rochelle Hall, and other attendees. Click the video above to watch. If you would like to see photos from that day, just click here: Breast Cancer Symposium Photos.

Lawn to Garden Incentive Program Rebates Up To $2,500


The Long Beach Water Department is now accepting applications for a second round of rebates for those residents and business owners interested in making the switch from water-thirsty grass lawns to water-efficient (and beautiful) native landscapes.

Rebates are set at $2.50/square foot of lawn replaced, with a maximum of 1,000 square feet per customer. This means that applicants are eligible for up to $2,500 per project, which will help subsidize a portion of each project's total cost, especially in cases where the labor is performed by the customers themselves.

To learn more about the Long Beach Lawn to Garden Program, including eligibility requirements and how to submit your application for one of the rebates, please visit

Lawn to Garden Incentive Program Application

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