Happy September!

Hope you are enjoying the remaining days of summer and your September is off to a good start.  For those with school-aged children, I hope the kids enjoyed their first weeks in school.  One of our kids is now in middle school which is something new for our family.  We are excited to walk alongside him on this journey and watch him develop into a young man.

Speaking of our family, this year we were fortunate enough to take a family vacation in August.  We traveled to Italy and spent two weeks visiting cities such as Positano, Naples, Pompei, Rome, Florence, and our favorite, Cortona. The trip was very memorable since it was the first international trip for our boys.  What I loved most about Italy, and specifically the town of Cortona, was the strong sense of community among the residents.  The outdoor dining, concerts, art festivals, and open spaces provided many opportunities for residents to connect. This is something we strive to do in the City of Long Beach, and specifically in the Third District.  
On that note, I invite you all to join me and Assembly-member O'Donnell on Friday September 18th at Marine Stadium Park for a concert in the park.  Please help us celebrate the start of Fall by connecting with one another and spending a stress-free couple of hours enjoying good music, great friends and the wonderful surroundings of Marine Stadium. Knyght Ryder will be preforming as our special guest.
In terms of Citywide issues, this is an important month for Long Beach.  I expect that we will pass the Fiscal Year 12016 Budget this month.  We have a Budget Oversight meetings coming up in September so please stop by to hear about the issues being discussed related to the budget. 

On September 22nd, the issue of whether Long Beach should allow Medical Marijuana dispensaries in the City, in commercial corridors (business districts) and industrial areas is coming before the City Council.  I have previously expressed great concern about whether our City can absorb the public safety and oversight costs associated with the startup of this type of industry given our current public safety budgeting levels and the projected deficit in Fiscal Year 2017.  Regardless of where you stand on the issue of marijuana use, there is no doubt that having a Medical Marijuana industry in the City will require great oversight and general fund resources to start building the enforcement/regulatory/licensing/cash collection infrastructure. 

Please plan to attend the September 22nd City Council meeting regarding this important decision our City will be making.  Your input is critical to the decision we make on the subject. Please contact my office at district3@longbeach.gov prior to the meeting to confirm that the item will be heard on September 22nd. 

Looking forward to a great month! 

Suzie Price
3rd District Sunset Harbor Tour of the Port of Long Beach with Councilwoman Suzie Price
Councilwoman Suzie Price sent out an invitation earlier this week for a FREE Sunset Harbor Tour on Thursday, September 17th from 6 - 8 PM.   We are placing guests on a wait list as the Harbor Tour is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email the Third District Office,   kristina.duggan@longbeach.gov  with SUBJECT LINE: Port Harbor Tour or call the Field Office at (562) 570-8756.  
The Harbor Tour is a great way for residents to learn about the Port's environmental, security, infrastructure and community projects. See port operations first-hand and hear interesting facts about the greenest port in the world and largest port complex in the United States. 
Tours departs from Dock 2 (adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific) at 6:00 PM, so plan on arriving no later than 5:45 PM. Children are welcome to accompany their parents on the tour. Parking is validated for up to 3 hours for guests parking in the Aquarium parking structure. The Port's vessel is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate all residents. Beverages and light appetizers are provided on-board. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a light jacket.

Learn more about the Port of Long Beach 
 --- by Kristina Duggan
 3rd District Field Deputy
3rd District Community Concert in Conjunction with Assembly-member Patrick O'Donnell
Councilwoman Suzie Price will be partnering with Assembly-member Patrick O'Donnell to bring an "end of the summer" concert on Friday, September 18, 2015.  The concert will feature music by Knyght Ryder, the premier 80s tribute band from 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM at Marine Stadium Park.  This is a free, family friendly event so bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. We look forward to seeing you there!

 --- by Lisa West  
3rd District,  Business Relations Liaison 
3rd and 2nd Council District Invites You to a Free Evening at the Aquarium Of The Pacific

All Third and Second District residents and businesses are invited to join us for this FREE special event and receive information about services provided by the City of Long Beach.  Aquarium exhibits will be open to the public.  Reservations are not required, so bring your family for a fun evening on Monday, September 28th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.   The Aquarium Of The Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach.  Proof of residency is not required.  Free admission does not include parking.  For more information, please call the Third District office at (562)570-6300.

 --- by Antonella Schaub
 3rd District,  Communications Director
3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

Belmont Heights Community Association
Wednesday, September 9th
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church

Belmont Shore Resident Association
Thursday, September 10th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Library

Friends of Belmont Shore
Thursday, September 24th
6:00 - 8:00 PM 
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall
Do you have a community or  neighborhood meeting that you  would like to add to the 3rd  District calendar? Email:   kristina.duggan@longbeach.gov  
26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
Sunday, September 13th from  9 AM to 3 PM
People from all over California come to Belmont Shore to enjoy the Annual Belmont Shore Car Show.  What makes this car show unique is its location.  Taking place on the usually busy Second Street (driven by an estimated 40,000 vehicles per day), attendees have the opportunity to intermix shopping and dining with viewing gorgeous automobiles.  Vendors line up the streets along with our unique and upscale shops, restaurants, cafes and sweet shops!  You also can't beat the weather in this beach side town with warm sun and ocean breezes.

Belmont Shore Has A New Neighborhood Association Group 

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to Friends of Belmont Shore, a new organization of over 300 members - residents, business owners, property owners and supporters - who are dedicated to the quality of life in this unique beach side community.  Working together to assure Belmont Shore and Belmont Park are one of Southern California's premiere communities.
At our inaugural meeting, over 230 heard from Mayor Robert Garcia, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, LBPD Commander Liz Griffith, Dede Rossi from Belmont Shore Business Association and Kristina Duggan from Councilwoman Suzie Price's office.  Come and join us on Thursday September 24, for a Town Hall with Councilwoman Suzie Price.  On Thursday, October 22nd Long Beach Fire Chief Michael DuRee will be speaking on "Be Ready for a Disaster."
Your input and involvement are needed if we are to be successful.  Join us on the last Thursday of each month (dark in November and December) from 6 - 8 p.m. at St. Bartholomew's Meeting Hall at 5100 Broadway at Granada.   We also want to plan social events and ways to support area charities.  Visit our web site at www.shorefriends.org.
Please feel free to contact me at any time at 562-618-2113; or email me at  dickgaylord@earthlink.net.   It is my privilege to serve as your President.
--- by Dick Gaylord
President, Friends of Belmont Shore

This summer the Third District Council Office had the pleasure of offering six internships to the following individuals;
  • Shooka Dadashzadeh - A second year law student at UC Davis
  • Kathryn Couch - A Third District resident and working professional with Long Beach Unified School District
  • Nicholas Elliott - A recent Poly Pace graduate who will be attending San Diego State University this fall
  • Emily Magilnick - A New York University film student
  • Amani Briggs - A Lakewood High School student involved with the Assistance League Organization
  • Hollis Yurish - A student at Wilson High School and member of his high school's volleyball team
Our team of interns were instrumental in briefing the Councilwoman on such policy items as minimum wage, homelessness, trucking issue at the Port of Long Beach, medical marijuana, fracking, as well as updating our website and social media sites, producing press videos, selecting artwork for the Third District Field Office, drafting correspondences, creating press releases, and attending community meetings and events. We are so grateful for all their hard work and efforts this summer and wish them much success in their future endeavors. 
The 3rd District Council Office is seeking interns for this fall. An internship with the 3rd District Council Office offers valuable work/life lessons such as working in an office environment, responsibility, punctuality, meeting deadlines, and most 
importantly working as part of a team. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in our internship program, please contact Julie Maleki at (562) 570-6300 or julie.maleki@longbeach.gov.

-- by Julie Maleki 
3rd District, Chief of Staff 
Should Dog Walkers be Required to Walk with a Waste Bag in Hand?    We want your input... 
Our 3rd District Office has received multiple calls from residents complaining about the amount of dog waste left on sidewalks, in our parks, on our beaches and front lawns. In some cities, an ordinance has been introduced after public outrage over negligent owners not picking up after their pets. Dog waste has become a widespread nuisance in our City and poses a serious health risk, particularly to young children. 

Currently, the City of Long Beach does not require a dog walker to carry waste bags with them; however, it does require waste to be picked up after a dog has relieved itself in public areas. So the question is ......
Should an ordinance be introduced that specifically requires anyone who takes an animal off private property to carry a bag or shovel, to immediately pick up the waste left by their dog? We want to know what you think. Please email district3@longbeach.gov  with your opinion. 

Our current municipal code states the following about waste removal:

LBMC 6.16.200 - Defecation Removal Required
A. No person responsible for any animal shall permit such animal to defecate on any public sidewalk, street, improvement, park or other public place, or on any private property without the consent of the owner of such private property, unless such person responsible for the animal removes any such defecation to a proper trash receptacle.
2nd Street BSBA has provided a fun and direct reminder throughout 2nd Street which most of us will agree: "We Love Dogs Not Poop, Please Scoop".  Be a good neighbor and pick up after your pet.

-- by Kristina Duggan 
3rd District, Field Deputy
Spotlight On Business
Hudavi Wellness
Hudavi Wellness exists to provide the Long Beach community an accessible and affordable destination for health and wellness. They offer many holistic services such as massage, skincare, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy and colon hydrotherapy. Owner and founder, Sophia Nguyen, believes that wellness is a lifestyle. Her expertise as a certified practitioner in nutritional counseling, colon hydrotherapy, body work and aesthetics helps her and her staff deliver benefits of both Eastern and Western worlds. This beautiful location provides a clinical facility in a comforting, quiet atmosphere where guests are able to relax both their body and mind, while reconnecting their daily lives to their true purpose. Thank you Sophia and assistant manager Megan Walton for being a great asset to the 3rd District. We're so happy to have you!

Hudavi is located at 4440 E. 7th Street, Long Beach.  To learn about the services they provide visit them at www.hudaviwellness.com  

--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
Update on an Upcoming Third District Business -
Greenbelt Coffee
Many 3rd District residents are curious to know what business is under construction on the corner of Nieto Avenue and East Appian Way? I am happy to report that Greenbelt Coffee will be coming soon to 335 Nieto Avenue. They like to be referred to as a "quaint coffee shop serving quality coffee and food," and we couldn't be happier.

They anticipate construction to be over in the early part of October, with a grand opening date by year-end. Just in time to get a warm coffee during our cool winter months, and that's my number one tip for making winter wake-up easier.

--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
Nordstrom Rack is opening soon....

Nordstrom Rack at Marina Pacifica, located on PCH, is having their Grand Opening on
October 1st.


--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
TargetExpress is coming to the Third District.....

Breaking news! We are pleased to announce that a TargetExpress will be moving into the former Ralph's location on Bellflower Blvd. and E. 7th Street, more commonly known as the Bixby Village Plaza. TargetExpress is the newest concept coming from our favorite store! The smaller store concept is about a fifth the size of a traditional Target store and will feature groceries, fresh produce, home, seasonal, electronics, beauty and more. It is designed to give customers in the neighborhood a fast and efficient shopping experience that is tailored to our community needs.

TargetExpress is expected to open in March of 2016. Councilwoman Price is very happy to welcome this new concept store to the Third District.

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

City Council Meetings


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...


September 8 - Budget Oversight Committee Meeting - 4:00 PM

September 15 - Budget Oversight Committee Meeting - 4:00 PM

September 22 - Public Safety Committee Meeting 3:30 PM

September 22 - Medical Marijuana

September 29 - Council is dark

--- by Antonella Schaub

3rd District, Communications Director

Do You Know Dede?

Dede Rossi is the Executive Director of the Belmont Shore Business Association (BSBA) and started working for them on June 1, 2010.  The Executive Director is hired by the Belmont Shore Business Association Board of Directors (BOD) to act in an advisory capacity to The Board.

The BSBA office organizes and attends monthly Belmont Shore meetings with the Executive BOD, the BSBA general meeting on the last Tuesday of each month and the BSBA Promotion & Marketing meetings quarterly.  They also, attend the monthly meetings of the Belmont Shore Parking & Business Improvement Area Advisory Commission (BSPBIAA), COBA (Council of Business Associations) and Belmont Shore residents meetings.
Dede's office manages the day to day, communication with the business along with all the special events in Belmont Shore; The Annual Car Show, Christmas parade, the Stroll & Savor series, Chocolate Festival, Art Walk & Roar in the Shore!  They also market the Shopping holiday events, Sidewalk sales & Trick or Treat on 2nd Street.
You will find either Dede or Meghan Gabrielson, Marketing Promotions Assistant, walking 2nd Street passing out business information to our over 250 businesses in Belmont Shore.

They work closely with the steam cleaning the side walks and Conservation Corp of Long Beach for trash pick up daily and report any graffiti or other trash issues that face our business community.
Dede Rossi can be reached at 562.434.3066 or  dede@belmontshore.org.
 --- by Dede Rossi 
Exec Director, Belmont Shore Business Assoc.
Applications Available for Art Education Funding!
Are you a third or fourth grade teacher in LBUSD? Do you want your students to learn about public art and the cultural traditions in their community? The Arts Council released applications for two arts education programs, Eye on Design and Passport to the Arts. These interdisciplinary programs encourage students to explore their creativity and become stewards for art in their community.


Applications are due September 25, 2015, and can be found here.

Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. ( from the US Department of Labor)

The following entities will be CLOSED for Labor Day, Monday September 7th.
  • Financial Market
  • All Government Offices
  • Courts
  • US Post Offices
There will be no street sweeping, but refuse & recycling collection WILL OCCUR as normal.

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