Inside District 9

September 10, 2010
In This Issue
District Captain
Legislative Update
Silent Second Mortgage
Harbor Cruise Reminder
Important Phone Numbers
Ninth District in Local News
LBPOST Read our article in the LBPOST by clicking Here.
Neighborhood Clean-Up
  • September 11
  • 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • 6900 Muriel Ave Long Beach, CA 90805
Social Media
LB SEAL
For more information please visit the City of Long Beach District 9 website.
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Meet This Week's District Captain!
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Raul - DC
Raúl A. Añorve
Grant Neighborhood
"I am involved in my community because we are all responsible for our well being and our future. My health fair co-chair and I saw a need to bring basic health care services and screenings to the Ninth District."

Raúl is committed to being co-chair of the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fair in the Ninth District.
He is working to bring:
  • Free health screenings
  • Education and information on health resources
  • Community dialogue between Public Safety and youth
  • Collaboration with California Conference for Equality and Justice

To become a Ninth District Captain, please contact the office at 562-570-6137.
Message from Councilmember Steven Neal
I hope everyone had a great Labor Day. Working Families in Long Beach definitely deserve a day of recognition.
Here is a brief legislative update.
There has been a lot of angst in the community about the issue of vacant foreclosures in our neighborhoods and this was voiced by residents at the "Imagine the Ninth District" planning session. At Tuesday's City Council Meeting, I submitted a proposal, along with Councilmembers Schipske and Johnson to address the issue of vacant, unmaintained foreclosures in our neighborhoods.
I am happy to say that the action taken at Tuesday's Council Meeting was a victory for all Long Beach Neighborhoods. I submitted a proposal directing the City of Long Beach to develop a Foreclosure Registry that will help hold banks and lending institutions accountable for maintaining their vacant properties. Doing so will provide city staff the tools to better protect our neighborhoods.
We will be utilizing existing provisions within the California Mortgage Relief Bill to strengthen the existing "Vacant Building Monitoring Program". This will require banks and lending institutions to register with the City whenever they foreclose on a vacant home. The City will have the ability to fine banks that fail to register, or fail to maintain their property.
Our next step is to work together with the City Attorney and City Manager to create a develop the registry and ensure its success in keeping our neighborhoods safe from crime, blight and vermin that unaccounted foreclosures attract. Our goal is not to impact groups like Habitat for Humanity or to adversely affect homeowners and/or the real estate industry. For example, by developing a partnership with the local board of realtors, in many ways we are assisting the industry with tools that will sustain property value and allow vacant foreclosures to sell faster.
This has the potential to decrease crime and increase revenue. The city of Richmond that is two times the size of the Ninth District assessed more than $1 million in fines within a year of passing a similar ordinance. Chula Vista, a city that's half the size of Long Beach levied more than $900,000 in fines and fees in less than six months.
At the meeting I also co-sponsored an Independent Expenditures measure with Councilman James Johnson to work with the city clerk to have campaign-related independant expenditures available online. We understand how important it is to hold large corporations and other independent groups accountable to the same degree as candidates.
Also, Special Notice from Long Beach Gas and Oil Department:
Due to a detection of natural gas by one of the Gas & Oil Department's Leak Survey personnel, the Gas & Oil Department's Construction Division is planning to excavate a gas valve on Cherry Avenue at the alley south of Artesia Boulevard, tomorrow starting at 6:30 am to find the source of the gas. The primary affect to residents in the area will be a lane closure on southbound Cherry Avenue, south of Artesia Boulevard. There should be no interruption of gas service to any of the residents in the area. Work is expected to be complete by Saturday evening.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at 562-570-6137.
Sincerely,
Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District
There is Still Space Left For Our Harbor Cruise!
As of right now, we have more than 70 people registered for our September 22nd Harbor Cruise at 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 2. The cruise is from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. This is an event for Ninth District residents, so be sure to call Kari Faithful at 562-570-6137 to secure your spot!
Silent Second Mortgage Program
This is important information for anyone looking to buy a home. An article from the Press-Telegram speaking about this program in detail.
"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded about $1.6 million to the city of Long Beach to help first-time homebuyers.
"The money likely will be used to buy foreclosed or abandoned homes, renovate them using sustainable materials and then resell them to qualified first-time homebuyers, said Angela Reynolds, manager of the city's neighborhood services bureau..." To read the rest of the article for more information please click here: Long Beach gets HUD grant to help first-time homebuyers.
If you're interested in HUD programs please call 562-570-6949.
Important Phone Numbers
Here is a list of phone numbers that will help you resolve issues and concerns faster.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Police:
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 - Social Media Specialist