In This Issue
Farewell Bill Baker, RDA Chair
Community House Meeting
Jordan Moves Into 21st Century
Sewer Main Cleaning
Estate and Retiring Seminar
S.T.A.R. Report Form
Hamilton Neighborhood Meeting
Energy Rebate Program
CW Memorial Service
Health Fair Photos
Call 811
Family Fitness Program
After School Activities - May
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

Neighborhood Assn.


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

  • Hamilton Neighborhood Assn. - Every 2nd Wednesday, 7 p.m. Hamilton Middle School 1060 E. 70th St. 


  • 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

Visit the NEW 9th District Community Website 

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is a forum for open dialogue between community residents and the council office. You can also receive up-to-date news for the 9th



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 LBJ's Fine Foods!


LBJ's Fine Foods is a delicious soul food restaurant located in the 9th District. Be sure to check out their smothered pork chops! 


LBJ's Fine Foods  

6617 Cherry Avenue 

Long Beach, CA 90805



Open Monday -Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m. 

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.


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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

of every month.


Jordan High School Library/Media Center

6500 Atlantic Ave.

(562) 423-1471

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Issue #39                                                                  May 23, 2011 

Meet This Week's District Captain!



Mark Tuura, Grant Neighborhood


"We believe in healthy living. Knowing your neighbors and eating healthy is a great way to protect and strengthen our community."


Facts about Mark:

  • United States Army Veteran. 
  • Created a backyard organic fruits and vegetables exchange with his neighbors.
  • Interested in organizing a Job Opportunity Fair.  
  • Interested in volunteering at the Veteran's Day Parade.  

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 NealDear Ninth District neighbors,
I hope your week is off to a great start. This week, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Redevelopment Agency Boardmember and chairperson, Bill Baker. Bill was a Ninth District resident and was a tireless champion for the advancement of North Long Beach. Details of the public memorial service are listed below.
Secondly, I would, again, like to invite all Ninth District residents to the Ninth District Redistricting Townhall. As you know, every ten years, the City of Long Beach undergoes the redistricting process to redraw the lines of each council district. It is crucial that you participate in this process to ensure that we protect North Long Beach neighborhoods and communities of interest.
Also, congratulations to District Captain and STAR Task Force Chairman, Manuel Walker, on hosting a very successful "Coffee with Councilmember Neal" this past Saturday. We joined a very dedicated and engaged group of Ninth District residents, and held a discussion on community issues. We look forward to working with them in the future to to address issues in the Houghton Park neighborhood.
Thank you and have a great week.




Steven Neal
Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal, Ninth District

Redevelopment Agency Board Chair Passes Away at Age 85



 With much sorrow, we regret to inform you that Redevelopment Agency Board Chair, Bill Baker, has died at the age of 85.


Baker, a Ninth District resident and community leader, was born July 10, 1925 and attended our very own Jordan High School. He served as the RDA board chair since 2008.


Friends and associates are invited to a memorial gathering on June 18 at 2 p.m. in Villa Park at the home of his son, Bill Baker, Jr.


For more information please called Baker Jr. at 714-558-4832 or e-mail

Coffee with Cuncilmember Neal


House Meeting
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On Saturday, May 21, fifteen 9th District residents from the Houghton Park neighborhood gathered at District Captain Manny Walker's home to have a community dialogue regarding issues in their neighborhood. House meetings are an essential step in the process of community building.


For more information on hosting your very own house meeting, please call 562-570-6137 or e-mail

Jordan Moves Into 21st Century  



The latest issue of the Uptown Gazette featured an article on the "North Long Beach Initiative" to modernize Jordan High School. By 2015, Jordan High School will undergo a complete renovation as a result of Measure K.


As the article states, "The renovation, called the 'North Long Beach Initiative,' will be paid for through the local bond measure, Measure K, and will cost $105 million. According to district officials, the renovation aims to transform the campus into a "model 21st Century learning environment." 

To read the full article click here.

To view the draft policy recommendations please click here.


Public Notification: Sewer Main Cleaning and Inspection 


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The Long Beach Water Department has contracted with Advance Sewer Technologies to perform cleaning and the closed circuit TV inspection of sewer mains.  The plans are to clean and inspect the sewer mains Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 from 10 p.m. -6:30 a.m. 


The primary work site is bounded by E. 70th St, E. 70th Way, and E. 71st St. between Orange and Eastondale Avenues. 


It is necessary to perform the work at night into the early morning in order to avoid high flow of sewage within the mains during the day time, and facilitate proper cleaning and inspection of the mains.  Twenty-four  hours prior to the above start date, a reminder will be left at your front door to confirm the work for the next day.  


If you have questions, please call Steve Smigla at 562-570-2440 or Walter Trujillo at 562-570-4140.


Estate Planning and Retiring Seminar

On Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m., Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Inc. is holding a free "Estate Planning & Retirement Seminar" at the North Long Beach Community Center.


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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 request a stack of these cards, please call the field office at 562-570-3319.

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The First Hamilton Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Hamilton Neighborhood Association meeting on May 11 at Hamilton Middle School.  With approximately fifteen residents in attendance, we had a great discussion with community leaders and city employees about the benefits of building stronger neighborhoods. Four Hamilton residents stepped up to take on leadership roles to the new  association.

This meeting features presentations from Councilmember Steven Neal, Chief of Staff, Rex Richardson, Houghton Park Neighborhood Association President Dr. Crystal Howard-Johnson, and Hamilton Middle School Principal David Downing. We also had presentations by the Long Beach Police Department, Code Enforcement, and Neighborhood Services.


The next meeting will feature a brainstorm on community issues and continue with the presentation from Neighborhood Services. We will also establish a time line for officer elections.

We had a great time and we hope to see you at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 8th. 




Hamilton Meeting
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Hamilton Neighborhood Assn.
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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:


Memorial Service For Union Activist CW Smith

The United Steelworkers Local 675 invites you to a memorial service that honors the life and legacy of North Long Beach resident and Union activist CW Smith. The service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Noon. The location will be at USW Local 675, Union Hall -1200 E. 220th Street Carson, CA. For more information call 310-522-2277.


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Healthy Kids and Teens Day Health Fair Photos

On April 30, Ramona Park hosted the Healthy Kids and Teens Day health fair. More than 400 people attended for a day filled with exciting activities that included multiple workout sessions, face paintings, free medical screenings, and more!


World Vision donated 300 pairs of shoes for the youth, Subway provided 300 boxed lunches, and all of our participants helped with prizes our opportunity drawing. Mountain bikes, gift cards, and skateboards, were just a few of the prizes.  


Thank you to everyone who attended and all of the sponsors and participants who helped make this a very successful event. 


To view photos from the event, just click on the image below.

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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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Long Beach Parks and Recreation After School Park Activities - May 


California Legislative Black Caucus Youth Leadership Scholarship


BLACK CAUCUSThe California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Scholarship Program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses. Scholarship candidates must be full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited college or university. Graduating high school seniors with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning are also eligible. The amount of each award is $1,000.00.


To be eligible for selection, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. and must complete the CLBC Scholarship Application and Personal Statement essay describing why they want to be selected. In addition, two letters of recommendation and a certified copy of the most recent transcript are required and must be submitted with the application and essay.


To identify your representative please visit the California Legislative Black Caucus website at On the front page under "Find Your Representative" enter your zip code. The applications must be received at the appropriate representative's address on the last page of the application by May 31, 2011.




Friday, April 1, 2011 - Applications available

Wednesday, May 31, 2011 - Application period closed

Friday, June 24, 2011 - Scholarship Recipients Announced


Click here to download the CLB Scholarship Application.


Discover North Long Beach Community Showcase Photos and Videos 

On April 16, the Ninth District hosted the "Discover North Long Beach Community Showcase. Over 20 exhibits showcased many exciting developments and landmarks in North Long Beach, from the Restaurant Row project, to the brand new Fire Station 12. It was very well attended, with over 200 people in attendance. Unfortunately, the event was cut short due to a plumbing issue.

Special thanks to all of the sponsors, participants and residents who played a part in the showcase. Look forward to many more exciting programs in the future.

Click on the image above to view more photos. Photos credit: Joe Mello - and Alex Norman.

Councilmember Neal welcomes everyone to the 9th District Community Showcase. Even though the event ended earlier than planned, we still consider it a victory.  Rough numbers have attendance at 250 people during the first hour and a half.

Long Beach Councilman Neal's welcome to the first 9th District Showcase
Long Beach Councilmember Neal's welcome to the first 9th District Showcase.Councilmember Neal speaks to LB about 9th District Showcase.

Councilmember Neal speaks to LB about 9th District Showcase
Councilmember Neal speaks to LB about 9th District Showcase
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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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
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