Happy May! 

Our office is off to a busy May beginning with last Sunday's Touch-a-Truck event, which we co-sponsored with Justin Rudd. I hope you, your family, friends and little ones were able to take advantage of this this amazing occasion. If not, look for it next year.

Regarding City Council items, we have two important issues on the City Council agenda for this month. On May 10th I will be asking my City Council Colleagues to request the Board of Health and Human Services to study the impacts of leaf blowers in our City. I would like the Board of Health and Human Services to produce a detailed report within six months on any past discussions, codes, ordinances, and/or regulations on the matter. The report should also include recommendations that the City Council could consider taking on this matter as a next step. Additionally, on May 10th I will be asking for a report from the City Manager regarding issues that residents and the City have experienced since the transfer of assets from Verizon to Frontier Communications. The report will include issues with the City's network, the City's communications with the California Public Utilities Commission and Frontier Communications, and how residents and business owners can register and resolve complaints about service.

Last month the Grunion Gazette featured an article that I co-authored with Third District Intern Alexandra Escobar regarding Mayor Garcia's proposed 1% sales tax measure. It is very important for residents to be informed about Measure A & B and to ask questions from credible sources, therefore I have included the article below, please read it and be an informed voter for the June election.

Finally, I would like to wish all you amazing mothers in our community a Happy Mother's Day on May 8th. The dedication and love you provide your loved ones cannot be measure on just one day; but hopefully it's just a small reminder of the joy you bring to your family. I personal respect and honor my mother for all that she provided me, many years ago, and how she continues to enrich my life on a daily basis. I would also like to encourage everyone who will be enjoying the Memorial Day holiday to take a moment during that day to remember the many people who have died while serving in this country's armed forces. Your gift of freedom, for this country is greatly appreciated and is never forgotten.

Featured on April 8th, 2016 in the Grunion Gazette
Written by :  Suzie Price,  Third District City Councilwoman and Alex Escobar, 3rd District office policy intern. 

We've all heard the complaints: "Our streets and alleys need repaving. When will the potholes on my street be filled? Why does it take so long for fire and police to arrive on scene?" Long Beach is a fantastic city to live in, but it is disheartening when residents watch parts of their city crumble. People want what is best for their hometown, but improvements, especially city infrastructure development, comes at a cost. So, on June 7, voters will cast their votes and share with Mayor Robert Garcia and the City Council whether they think a proposed 1% sales tax increase is the way the city should generate revenue to spend on the most common public safety and infrastructure complaints heard by most council districts. I have been asked at various community meetings to write an editorial piece outlining what a general tax is and how sales tax revenue is divided up. My position on this tax has been to educate and let the voters decide. It really is something that is up to the people, not something that the city is imposing. I thought I would use this opportunity to share some basic information as these discussions get under way. The current sales tax rate in Long Beach is 9%. The tax is split amongst the state, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Beach at 6.5%, 1.5% and 1% respectively. The 1% sales tax increase, proposed by Mayor Garcia and supported by his mayoral predecessors Bob Foster and Beverly O'Neill, would bring the city's tax rate up to a total of 10%. Although the proposed increase would bring the city's sales tax rate above average in the state, nearly 50 cities in California have sales tax rates of 9.5% and higher. In Los Angeles County alone, Santa Monica, Culver City and Inglewood boast a 9.5% tax rate while La Mirada, Pico Rivera and South Gate share a 10% sales tax. The proposed 1% sales tax increase would start at 10% for the first six years and drop to 9.5% in the final four years. The current sales tax revenue projected for 2016 is about $58.5 million. Should Long Beach residents choose to cast a majority vote on June 7, the 1% increase would generate an additional $48 million annually for a total of $288 million in the first six years of the decade-long tax hike. Assuming that at least $58.8 million is concurrently generated annually for six years, a total of $351 million could also be incurred for a potential grand total of $639 million to ensure Long Beach remains competitive and safe. The ballot measure has been proposed as a general tax, meaning that a majority vote by Long Beach residents would allow the City Council to spend future revenues of the 1% increase on any aspect of city business. A specialty tax, which could have been proposed, is a tax imposed for a specific purpose and must be approved by a 2/3 majority. Specialty taxes are often used to fund specific and defined projects such as public libraries, hospitals, schools and protection services. A special tax, however, is a type of tax - not a fee or charge. The revenue generated from a special tax is dependent upon the area in which the tax revenue is serving and does not need to remain constant. Essentially, the tax can be reduced or repealed anytime after its approval. A resident considering the future of their city may want to ensure the funds generated from the proposed 1% general tax are spent on the most pressing infrastructure and public safety needs, but the term general could concern some. As the Third District Councilwoman, my intent is to put into place measures such as the Budget Oversight Committee and Citizen Oversight Committee and make certain the city is held accountable and spending tax revenues wisely and fairly and in line with the stated intent of the measure, as approved by the council. The decision is now in the hands of Long Beach residents. Council adopted a resolution stating the desire to spend future revenues on street, sidewalk and alley improvements as well as enhancing Long Beach's storm drain system and public safety. A five-person advisory panel will be assembled to monitor how future tax dollars are spent. Additionally, a city financial official will provide relevant budgetary information to the committee and make regular reports to the Budget Oversight Committee and the City Council. Please take the time to educate yourselves on this issue and fact-check any information you receive from proponents and opponents of this issue. It's an important one, and we want to do our part to educate our residents and encourage them to seek out more information as they commence discussions on this topic.

Looking forward to a great month!   
 


Suzie Price 
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
3rd District Community Meeting

I will be holding my next Third District Community meeting on Wednesday, May 25th at the Long Beach Yacht Club (6201 East Appian Way) at 12:00 PM. 

My office will be taking reservations for lunch for $17 -- cash only please -- at the door or you are welcome to enjoy the meeting without lunch. A vegetarian meal option is available upon request. Please call 562-570-8756 or e-mail your reservation to jack.cunningham@longbeach.gov by Monday, May 23rd.

The meeting will feature updates from the new Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Maria Knight, East Division Police Commander Elizabeth Griffin, and Katie Allen, who is the Executive Director of Algalita, a world renowned organization dedicated to reducing plastic pollution in our ocean.

I look forward to seeing you there for a great meeting.
--- by Jack Cunningham
 3rd District, District Office Director
Lawn Bowling Open House - May 7th

Have you ever wondered what that cute building off of Park and Federation was where everyone always wears white? Well here is your chance to get up close and personal with Lawn Bowling. 
On May 7th from 10-3 PM the Lawn Bowling center is having an open house where you can come and learn to love this game. Come ready to have fun, and whatever you do, don't call it bocce ball.




--- by Jack Cunningham 
3rd District, District Field Director
3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

Belmont Heights Community Association
2nd Wednesday of each month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church

Belmont Shore Resident Association
2nd Thursday of each month
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Library

Friends of Belmont Shore
Last Thursday of each month (except for November & December)
Thursday, May 26th
6:00 - 7:30 PM 
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall

NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office, next meeting June 18th 9am-10:30am
Email Stu Farber for meeting confirmation at slfarber@charter.net 
 
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
April 14th - 7PM-8PM
Alamitos Bay Yacht  Club
Meeting to discuss traffic calming plans for Ocean Blvd on the Peninsula
    
Do you have a community or  neighborhood meeting that you  would like to add to the 3rd  District calendar? Email:   jack.cunningham@longbeach.gov  
FEATURED ARTICLES
RECAP - SPRING into SUMMER Concert

The Annual Spring into Summer Community Concert is more than a concert; as Councilwoman Price said, "It is an event that brings the community together for an update on what is going on in the 3rd District, to meet their 3rd District commissioners, and share in some neighborly spirit and fun."

The event took place on Sunday, April 24th at Marine Stadium Park to a crowd of over 700+ residents. Participants were able to enjoy music from the band, Dustbowl Revival, eat from numerous food trucks, have their kids play with balloon characters, and bounce in the double decker bounce house.


The highlight of the evening was the amazing performance by The Dustbowl Revival. They have a special way of captivating and entertaining the crowd, both young and old. This was such a fun way to welcoming summer to the residents.  Councilwoman Price and staff look forward to seeing you there next year.
-- by Lisa West 
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison 
RECAP - Long Beach Touch-A-Truck

The 2nd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck event was a huge success with over 100 vehicles and thousands in attendance! Councilwoman Price partnered with Justin Rudd's Community Action Team to bring this free event to Long Beach. Granada Avenue beach parking lot was the staging area for the event on Sunday, May 1st. With the city's help, we were able to have trucks from all departments as well as numerous agencies, generous businesses and cool truck owners who brought their vehicles to let the kids climb aboard. We couldn't have asked for a better event.

Many vendors were on hand to give away free samples as well. A special thank you to Local 372 Firefighters Association for providing 2000 hot dogs to attendees. 

--- by Lisa West 
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison 
 

 
Photo courtesy of Ralph Millero
BUSINESS
Greenbelt Coffee Update

Many are wondering when Greenbelt Coffee will open its doors. Here's a message from the owners:

"Greenbelt suffered many unexpected, costly setbacks in 2015. We are back on track and aiming for a mid June to early July opening."

Councilwoman Price and staff are so glad to see construction is moving forward! Greenbelt Coffee is located at 335 Nieto Ave, at the corner of Appian Way and Nieto. Their concept is a quaint, relaxing coffee shop serving baked goods and some breakfast and lunch items too!
We look forward to hearing about their grand opening in the coming months.



--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
TOPICS COMING TO COUNCIL
City Council Updates
 
City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday evening, with the exception of the last Tuesday of the month when council is "dark."  Meetings are held in City Hall - Council Chambers (333 W. Ocean Blvd.) at approximately 5pm.  Times do change, so please check with our office or website for exact times. City Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance, especially if there is an important topic up for discussion.
 
Charter (channel 3) and FIOS Verizon (channel 21) subscribers can view the City Council Meetings on their televisions or you can live stream the video through LBTV.com,  View City Council Meeting.  
 
Agenda items change on a weekly basis so please check the city website for the most current agenda.  The City Clerk is required to post the City Council Agenda the Monday, a week prior, to the Tuesday of City Council Meeting.   View agenda items  
 
Important agenda items coming this month are as follows...
 
May 3 -
5:00 pm - Study session on Infrastructure Investment Plan
6:30 pm - City Council meeting will begin

May 10 - 
Recommendation to the Board of Health & Human Services to research Leaf Blowers

May 18
May 24
May 31 - NO CITY COUNCIL MEETING
--- by Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
D ID YOU KNOW.....
Even though summer officially begins on June 20th, most people consider Memorial Day weekend to be the unofficial start of summer! The City's Parks, Recreation and Marine Department has once again partnered with the Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau to create a website www.100daysofsummer.org, which lists hundreds of free or low cost summer events, programs, and activities that are offered throughout the City. Events include, movies on the beach, concerts in the park, museum and historic site programs, recreational swimming sessions, El Dorado Nature Center activities, the Long Beach Sea Festival, and performances by the Long Beach Municipal Band, just to name a few.

 The 100 Days of Summer celebration will kick off in the Third District on Friday, May 27th at Marine Stadium Park with a performance by Flash Pants, an 80's tribute band. The band will be playing from 6 PM to 8 PM with a Kid's Zone area starting at 5 PM and gourmet food trucks will be on hand to feed the family. We hope to see you out this summer, enjoying the fantastic weather, longer hours of daylight, and all of the amazing public amenities that our City has to offer.

-- by Julie Maleki
3rd District, Chief of Staff
DON'T FORGET... 

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day
This is a Federal and City Holiday.

US post office, most banks, state offices and schools are closed. 
  • NO street sweeping
  • parking meters are NOT enforced
  • Refuse and Recycling collection WILL occur as normal
 
-- by Antonella Schaub 
3rd District, Communications Director
Events in Long Beach 

 
Councilmembers  
Dee Andrews & Suzie Price
in conjunction with 
Asian American Drug Abuse Program & Cambodian Association of America
present

"Truths & Trends"

A Community Forum about underage drinking, trending drugs and public safety

Thursday, May 26, 6PM - 8PM
McBride Park
1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Long Beach

For More information contact:
562-988-1863 x 243
Friends of Belmont Shore 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast

Everyone is welcomed
* $5/ $3 for kids 5 and under
* Free for new or renewing members

Saturday, May 21
8am - 11am
Chase Bank
5200 E. 2nd St in Belmont Shore

LB Police Dept will do security/finger 
prints for children

 
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