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North Library Community Meeting
Youth Summer Activities
Pet Licensing
Summer Safety Tips
Neighborhood Problem Solving
Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance
Bike Safety Survey
Redistricting Town Hall Recap
Summer Food Program
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Be sure to refer to the site often for real time updates! 

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



Dine In The 9

DINE IN 9Introducing Mama Mia's Pizza!


Mama Mia's Pizza is another gem in the 9th District offering delicious Italian food. Be sure to check out their classic lasagna!  


Mama Mia's Pizza   

1642 E. Artesia Blvd.  

Long Beach, CA 90805



Sunday - Thursday

10:00am - 11:00pm


Friday - Saturday

10:00am - 12:00am

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.


If you would like to report an issue please click here.


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please contact our office at (562) 570-6137


Jordan Parent Advisory Council (JPAC) 

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JPAC Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday

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Jordan High School Library/Media Center

6500 Atlantic Ave.

(562) 423-1471

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Issue #43                                                                  June 20, 2011 

Meet This Week's District Captain!



Leo Gomez, Grant Neighborhood


"If you don't care about your neighborhoodm then nobody else will. That's no way to live."    


Facts about Leo:

  • Los Angeles Police Officer.  
  • Member of the Historic Preservation Society. 
  • Interested in tree planting and community gardens.
  • Interested in animal safety.   

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.


CCM Neal

Dear Neighbors,  

I hope all fathers in the Ninth District enjoyed a very special and happy Father's Day.


This week, we host our next round of input for the design of the North Branch Library. On Saturday, June 25th at 10AM, we are hosting the next library design session at Ramona Park. It takes place at 10AM, and I hope you can make it, as we have narrowed down the library designs to three options.


Last week was a tremendous week for the Ninth District community. I would like to thank Ninth District residents Bryan Davis, Mike Hernandez and Dan Pressburg for joining me and my staff in testifying at the latest Public Hearing of the California Citizen's Redistricting Commission. It took place at the Culver City Hall Council Chambers. This process will determine how North Long Beach will be represented at the state and federal levels.


Next, at the last meeting of the Long Beach Housing Development Corporation, the Housing Board decided to move forward with approving three major housing development projects in the Ninth District. This included $5.9 million for rehabilitation of multi-family units 6301 Atlantic and $2.7 million for 1801 and 1823 68th Street. They also approved a loan for $12.4 million for the 61 unit Ramona Senior Housing  development at the site of the Farmer's and Merchants Bank on Artesia Blvd.


Lastly, I participated in a meeting of the I-710 oversight committee, where I was pleased to learn that the reconfiguration of the I-710 Freeway will result in the loss of no homes in the Ninth District.


Thank you for reading this week's newsletter, and I look forward to seeing you at the Library Design meeting.  




Steven Neal
Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal, Ninth District
North Library Site Planning and Design Meeting

Please join the Department of Library Services and Long Beach Development Services Staff on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. - Noon at Ramona Park for a community discussion on site planning and design of the North Library. The North Library and Community Center is slated for construction on the 5800 block on Atlantic Avenue. The LEED Gold facility will demonstrate Long Beach's commitment to sustainability and stand as an attractive state of of the art source of community pride.

Come on out and bring a neighbor to this important community discussion.

For more information:

Tony Foster

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Long Beach Parks and Recreation After School Park Activities

The Benefits of Licensing Your Pet

Animal Care Services

Make an investment in your pet. Licensing fees are an investment in the health and safety of your pets. Specifically, these resources support a variety of critical services. Have a look at the information below to learn more.

For more information contact:

City of Long Beach Animal Care Services
Department of Health and Human Services
7700 E. Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 908015
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Animal Care Services
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Know The Rules: Summer Safety Tips For The Family

Have a look at the information below on you can best prepare your family for a safe and fun summer.


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Neighborhood Resource Center Neighborhood Solutions

Neighborhood Problem Solving 


The following is a list of helpful phone numbers to assist you with neighborhood problems. If your problem is immediate, please call 911 (or (562) 435-6711 if you wish to remain anonymous.)  All telephone numbers are (562)unless otherwise noted.


For assistance for your neighborhood group with neighborhood improvement activities: Neighborhood Resource Center 570-1010




For assistance with organizing neighbors to fight crime:

Community Planning 570-6458


For help with obtaining the name and address of a property owner contact:

Los Angeles County Tax Assessor

1401 Willow Street

Signal Hill, CA  90755-3543



Noise Abatement 570-4126

Police 911 (or 435-6711 to remain anonymous)


To report health violations including inadequate trash receptacles, overcrowding, insect and rodent problems:

For buildings with three units or less Code Enforcement 570-CODE (570-2633)

For buildings with four or more units Environmental Health 570-4132


For assistance with reporting substandard building conditions (example: broken stairs or handrails or hazardous electrical) or vacant and open buildings:

Code Enforcement 570-CODE (570-2633)


To report burned out street lights: City Light and Power 983-2000


To report tall weeds, discarded furniture or abandoned vehicles on front, rear or side yards: Code Enforcement 570-CODE (570-2633)


For information on how to do small claims filing to take court action against property owners: Small Claims Court Information (213) 974-9759


For free assistance on settling disputes without going to court:

Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Services 570-1019


For problems with garages including garages full of storage and required parking not available, people living in garages, operating a car repair or other business:

Code Enforcement 570-CODE (570-2633)


Residents with City-provided refuse service may call for special trash pick-up of large items on your own property (example: chairs, couches or refrigerators).  Each dwelling is provided two free pickups per year.  Additional pickups may be scheduled for a fee:

Integrated Resources 570-2876.


For assistance in reporting trash picking and theft from purple recycling bins:

Integrated Resources 570-2876

Police 911 (or 435-6711 to remain anonymous)


For help getting abandoned shopping carts removed:

Shopping Cart Removal Hotline (800) 252-4613


For help with barking dogs and stray, vicious or dead animals:

Animal Control 570-PETS or (570-7387)


To report potential fire hazards or car repair that is leaking oil on to the public street:

Fire Prevention 570-2560


To report homeless encampments:

Multi-Service for the Homeless at 733-1147 ext. 103


To report graffiti or to receive free paint to remove graffiti:

Graffiti Hotline 570-TAGS (570-8247)


To report yard sale complaints including yard sales without a permit and yard sale signs posted on public property: Yard Sale Hotline 570-YARD (570-9273)

  If you would like to report an issue, click here.



Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program

Do you or your neighborhood group want to organize a neighborhood clean-up? The City of Long Beach has a program to help you do just that.

The Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program provides materials and supplies to community organizations and volunteer groups to clean up their neighborhoods. If your volunteer group wants to improve the appearance of your community by conducting activities such as a graffiti paintout, alley clean-up, or trash and weed removal from vacant lots, the City will provide paint, materials, tools, and even a dumpster to help accomplish your goals.

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Neighborhood Resource Center
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If you would like to report an issue please click here.





2011 City of Long Beach Bike Safety Survey 



Whether you drive a car, ride a bike, use public transit or walk, both your feedback and safety matter to the City of Long Beach. Please share your experiences and background related to bicycling and road travel in Long Beach.  


It just takes five minutes!This information will help the City to better understand the community's current knowledge and preferences to improve the safety and amenities of our streets.


Thank you for your participation.


Click here to take the survey. 

Paramount Blvd. Groundbreaking Recap

On Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m., more than 40 people joined Councilmembers Steven Neal and Rae Gabelich along with special guest U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez for the Paramount Blvd. Groundbreaking ceremony.  


This is a $2 million infrastructure investment of a 1.5-mile section of Paramount Boulevard, between Candlewood Street and Artesia Boulevard. The project will be completed approximately in 60 working days. 

In a recent Press-Telegram article, the Paramount Blvd. Groundbreaking Ceremony was featured. More than 40 North Long Beach residents attended this successful event.

Click here to read the full article. 

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'South Street Makes Sense' Redistricting Town Hall - Recap



Redistricting Town Hall Recap  


Dear Friends and Neighbors, 


On Tuesday night at Ramona Park, we hosted a very important Town Hall meeting for North Long Beach residents to discuss the upcoming redistricting process.


More than 50 North Long Beach residents showed up and participated in an exercise to draw the new boundaries of our district. I am pleased to report the results of that meeting.


You sent a very clear message. The overwhelming majority of the residents agreed that it made the most sense to bring the district into balance by "cleaning up" South Street - maintaining the South Street border by straightening it up on the far east and far west sides of the district.  





That's why I am inviting you to attend the next Long Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7, as the first district map concepts are presented to the City Council, to declare that "South Street Makes Sense."


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Redistricting Town Hall Album
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Councilmember Steven Neal Hosts 9th District Redistricting Town Hall
Councilmember Steven Neal Hosts 9th District Redistricting Town Hall

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Summer Food Program



Again this year, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for children, Monday through Friday, from June 20 through August 19. There will be no service on Monday July 4, 2011. Free meals will be available to all attending children who are 1 to 18 years old. Infant meals will not be served.


In accordance with Federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on a the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)


For more information call 562-570-3100 or visit  




Coolidge Park

352 E. Neece Street

Noon - 1 p.m.



DeForest Park

6255 DeForest Avenue

Noon - 1 p.m.



Houghton Park

6301 Myrtle Avenue

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.



North Long Beach Community Center (Formerly North PAL)

2311 South Street

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.





CA Aquatic Therapy & Wellness

6801 Long Beach Blvd.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  


(Tuesday through Friday)

The lunch meal service at CA Aquatic Therapy is limited to 100 daily meals due to the size of the facility. Meals will be offered on a first-come first- serve basis to all children.



S.T.A.R. Task Force Report Form   


Please use this card to report all instances of pot holes, graffiti, and other blight. You can also report issues by visiting The S.T.A.R. Task Force meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. inside the Center for Families and Youth building - 6335 Myrtle Avenue. 


If you would like to report an issue please click here. If you would like to request a stack of these cards, please call the field office at 562-570-3319.

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Residential Energy Rebate Program  




As part of the City of Long Beach's effort to create and implement strategies to reduce total energy use, improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce fossil fuel emissions, the City is launching a Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. This program will be administered by the Department of Development Services and will be available beginning Monday, April 19, 2010 to applicants who install qualifying energy efficient products such as Energy Star rated solar hot water-heaters, tank-less water-heaters, windows, doors, skylights and roofs.

To be eligible to participate in the Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, applicants must be the owner of a single-family residence, condominium, or live/work unit in the City of Long Beach where the qualified energy efficient product is to be installed. Residential owners who are eligible for the Rebate Program are entitled to the following incentives:


  • Rebate of up to a maximum of $500 for the cost of one qualifying energy efficiency product.
  • No-cost permit to inspect the installation of the qualifying energy efficient product.

The Rebate Program is limited to any of the qualifying energy efficient products: 


  • Energy Star Solar Hot Water Heater Products.
  • Energy Star Tank-Less Hot Water Heater Products.
  • Energy Star Door, Window and Skylight Products.
  • Energy Star Roof Products.

The Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is subject to funding availability and rebates and no-cost permits are available for a limited time only. The Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program rebates and no-cost permits are provided on a first come, first serve basis, as determined by the permit application date.

The rebate program helps the City of Long Beach achieve its energy reduction and greenhouse gas reduction goals in the City's Sustainable City Action Plan and creates significant savings on homeowners' electric bills.

These rebates are made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

For more information about the program, contact Dale Wiersma at or (562) 570-6737.

To download an application, click here.

Click on the following links for more information regarding the Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program:


Call 811 To Know What's Below Before You Dig  



 Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? 811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project.


A new, federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.


Every digging job requires a call - even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

To learn more please visit


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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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.
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.

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  

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.

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.


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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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

If you would like to report an issue click here.
9Th District Staff Team Contact Information
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


*If you would like to report an issue please click here.  

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