Happy August neighbors!
August is always a very busy month for those of us on the City Council and the Budget Oversight Committee. The Mayor and City Manager released their 2017 budget on August 1st at LBFD Station 8. During the presentation, they revealed that Engine 8 is coming back! This addition is going to help all of Long Beach, not just those on the East side of the City because it will reduce Fire Department response times throughout the City. This has been something that many of you have been working with me on for quite some time, so I am happy it is now a reality. Additionally, the Municipal Band will be funded for a 6th week and our Sunday library hours will continue at 3 libraries, including Bay Shore!
As it relates to the 3rd District specifically, the anticipated revenues from Measure A means that much of our neighborhood will be under construction in 2017. Belmont Shore streets will be getting a much needed rehab with a fresh slurry application on most of the residential streets. Rancho Los Alamitos will be undergoing necessary seismic improvements and our 2nd street bridges will be getting structural reinforcements. We appreciate your patience as we undertake these important improvements.
Finally, the Mayor has made the Council committee appointments for the coming year. I am honored to be serving the city on the following committees:
Public Safety, Chair
Budget Oversight, Vice Chair
Economic Development and Finance, Vice Chair
Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Vice Chair
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, Chair
Tidelands and Harbor Committee, member
As you can see things are very busy on the council front. Hoping the rest of your summer is relaxing and enjoyable. Until September...
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
Third District Community Meeting
Councilwoman Price will be holding the next 3rd District Community meeting on Saturday, August 13 at our 3rd District Field Office (340 Nieto Ave.) at 9:00 AM.
City Manager Pat West will be our guest speaker and will be providing an update on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. We hope you will be available to join us for this informative meeting.
--- by Antonella Schaub
3rd District Communications Director
Community Coffee with Congressman Alan Lowenthal
Join Congressman Alan Lowenthal for a cup of coffee and conversation about the issues facing our community and nation. He will provide a Congressional update and answer your questions.
Date: Wednesday, August 10
6:30 PM - 8:00PM
olly's Gourmet Coffee
4606 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Community Workshop on Beach Concession Stand Improvements
Community Meeting - Naples Island Seawall Repair, Phase II
The South East Area Specific Plan (SEASP)
Planning Commission Study Session
Long Beach Development Services has released The Hearing Draft Southeast Area Specific Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). They will be accepting official comments at the upcoming Planning Commission Study Session on August 18, and in writing until September 19th. This plan will be the foundation for all development in the Southeast area of Long Beach for the next several decades.
We encourage all residents interested in this topic to visit
website and attend the Planning Commission Study Session on August 18 to learn more about the plans. The meeting begins at 5 PM at City Hall, Council Chamber, Lobby Level, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. Additionally, we hope you will take the time to review the draft documents in the links below.
--- 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
First Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
Next meeting is Thursday, August 4th
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall
NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Next Meeting: October 8th - 9am-10am - 340 Nieto Ave. (3rd District Field Office)
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
"Some Enchanted Bluff Park Evening" Brings Island Flair to Benefit Historic Lamppost Project
Bluff Park Neighborhood Association (BPNA) will host an exclusive fundraising benefit
for its Historic Lamppost Project with the vision of "bringing lamppost history back" to Bluff Park Historic District.
Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price has offered her enthusiastic and generous support, saying "Historic neighborhoods build community pride by bringing residents together for a common purpose."
East 1st Street is currently the only street in the District to have vintage lampposts that were installed around 1927. Soon thereafter, more lampposts were planned and installed in the area.
Now the Project's goal is to remove the modern, uncharacteristic "cobra" street lights and install replicas of the East 1st Street lampposts, which will remain intact and be the model for the replicas, still being made by the original manufacturer. The Project will phased over many years; the pilot phase should be completed next year.
Saturday, September 17, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, "Some Enchanted Bluff Park Evening" will enchant donors with music and song from the South Pacific, featuring local musical talents Owen Lovejoy and Sara Cooper. Crème de la Crème will cater the gourmet, island-inspired food and hosted drinks.
The homeowners of a 1920's "Hollywood Regency" style historic home in Bluff Park will host the event, offering a unique and luxurious experience and an alluring surprise when donors find out the home's address.
Join the community for a tax-deductible opportunity to support the Historic Lamppost Project and to "Enjoy, Pamper, Marvel, and Savor" at a special engagement you will call historic!
Space is very limited and filling up. Advance tickets are required.
Purchase by Sep 1st: $275 each, or $525 for two. Purchase from Sep 2nd - 15th: $295 each.
BPNA Members always save $10 off each ticket.
--- by Jeff Mallin and Marco Pizzo
3rd District, Bluff Park Historic Lamppost Project, Committee Co-Chairs
An update to The Belmont
Veterans Memorial Pier
The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier has recently been undergoing some improvements. Our office has been working with the Marine Bureau to brighten up the pier with new paint on the entryways and detailing of the commemorative plaques on the benches. Check out the before and after photos below! Our office is also working with the Tidelands Division to finalize the designs for patriotic banners and flags to line the pier to help honor our veterans and also improve its' visual appeal.
------- by Jack Cunningham
3rd District, District Field Director
Naples Fest 2016
Naples Island Business Association (NIBA) is excited to bring you Naples Fest
Thursday, August 25 from 5:30 PM -8:30 PM
on 2nd street in Naples
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...
Aug 9 - check council agenda
Aug 16 - check council agenda
Aug 23 - check council agenda
Aug 20 - NO CITY COUNCIL MEETING
--- by Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
Julie Maleki says goodbye to the Third District
After fourteen years of service to the Third District Council Office I have decided to step down as Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Suzie Price. It has been a pleasure serving
Councilmembers Frank Colonna, Gary DeLong, and Suzie Price. Together we completed many, significant projects such as the installation of the Lone Sailor Memorial statue, the opening of the Alameda Corridor, the Termino Avenue storm drain project, the restoration of the Colorado Lagoon and the science center, replacement of numerous miles of streets, sidewalks, and curbs, planted hundreds of parkway trees, improved our public spaces such as new playground equipment, the installation of catch basin debris screens for all storm drain outlets that flow to our waterways, the Vista Street Bike Boulevard, and new seawalls. In addition we paved the way for future improvements such as redevelopment of the Pacific Electric Right of Way in Belmont Heights, the rebuild of the Belmont Plaza pool, and restoration of our precious wetlands. The projects listed above are just a small snapshot of the numerous community projects that I have had the privilege to be a part of. There isn't enough time or space to list all of accomplishments that I am proud of over the last fourteen years. My experience at the City of Long Beach has been an incredibly educational one, in every way possible.
I leave my position with mixed emotions; happy about my new opportunity to spend more time with my family, but sad to be leaving such a dynamic work environment where I have had the opportunity to interact with many wonderful residents and colleagues. I can only wish that my future endeavors will provide me with such rewarding experiences and supportive friends. I have enjoyed my time here and I thank everyone for the guidance and encouragement that was provided to me along the way. I hope the opportunity presents itself to work with all of you again at a future time.
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE JULIE
August 19th 5 PM - 7 PM
The Boathouse on the Bay Patio
190 N. Marina Drive
Light Appetizers will be provided
No Host Bar
Cost of Residential Street Improvement Projects
With the recent passage of Measure A and its focus on infrastructure we have received a number of phone calls and emails from residents requesting improvements to their streets. While we appreciate residents' interest in improving their community, and excited about the additional public funds, we thought it would be useful for residents to get a brief overview of the costs associated with street improvements. Additionally, when repaving a street, the City is required to make a number of improvements in order to bring our public infrastructure up to current codes in addition to repaving the roadbed. The following is a listing of common items that are incorporated into street improvement projects and their average unit cost:
- ADA access ramps at $3,700 each
- Replacement of driveways at $6.15 per square feet
- Replacement of concrete curb and gutter at $32.00 per linear feet
- Resurfacing of asphalt or concrete pavement on roadways at $3.10 per square feet
On average, street improvement projects cost approximately $10 per square foot. Based on the $10 per square foot unit cost, the average cost of improvements for a 50 foot wide and 1000 foot long residential street is approximately $500,000. A few streets that are on our radar for repaving are:
between Park Avenue and Nieto Avenue - estimated cost of $892,000
between Euclid and Miramar and then between Rosewell and Bennett - estimated cost $398,000
Our office always appreciates your ideas for areas needing improvement around your neighborhood. Lets keep Long Beach beautiful!
--- by Jack Cunningham
3rd District, District Field Director
The Cost of Things: Parks, Recreation and Marine Services
As the image states, "Parks Make Life Better" and Council District 3 wholeheartedly agrees! The department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is an extremely hard working entity within the City of Long Beach that serves the community with recreation programs and services. We thought it was important and informative to let our residents know what they do and how much of the city's budget goes into maintaining our parks and marine areas.
The City of Long Beach has 168 developed and undeveloped parks totaling 3,124 acres (about 136,081,000 sq.ft.). Of that PRM has:
* 6 miles of beaches, totaling 254 acres
* Close to 550 acres of recreation water
* 106 acres of parks in the tidelands
* 2,214 acres of parks in the uplands
Approximately 1,144 of our park acreage is irrigated (some of the acreage has facilities, tot lots etc...) and last fiscal year the cost to irrigate all Tideland and Upland parks was approx. $2,130,000, in a drought year with restrictions of two days a week.
PRM also oversees approximately 210 acres (9,147,600 sq.ft.) of street medians consisting of 1,556 individual medians, approximately 1,470 of those have irrigation.
Street island irrigation water for the approximately 210 acres of medians cost $474,900 last fiscal year. You'll notice this is less per acre than a park because most medians have turf and PRM is not allowed to water them. Therefore, the irrigation is mostly going to those that have trees and drought tolerant landscape.
The total annual maintenance budget for the beaches is $5,110,533, and the total annual maintenance budget for all 168 parks and facilities is $19,269,340.
Here are some additional interesting statistics:
27 community centers
10 dog parks
8 skate parks
5 municipal golf courses
2 major tennis centers
2 historic sites
Last year PRM generated over 38 million in revenue
500,000 Senior Visits to our centers and programs
250,000 Aquatic Visits
319,514 Sports Participant visits
742,308 Youth and Teen Visits to our programs
37,074 Class Enrollments
580,246 El Dorado Regional Park Visits
233,733 El Dorado Nature Center Visits
PRM also managed 3,300 boat slips, 2,100 lineal feet of large vessel commercial dock space
Responded to Over 5,500 work orders/Go Long Beach requests for facility maintenance
Removed over 4,000 tons of trash and debris
155,152 participants enjoyed the Municipal Band, Summer Concerts, Movies in the Park and Sea Fest
Fielded 28,000 Animal Care Calls for Service
And created Over 650,000 publications that drive participation and promote revenue-generating activities
As you can see, the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine serves a diverse community of over 462,000 residents, and the department is a four-time recipient of the National Parks and Recreation Society's Gold Medal award for outstanding management practices and programs.
For more information about the hundreds of recreation classes and programs or to subscribe to their newsletter, please visit
Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine
2760 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815-1697
Phone: (562) 570-3111
--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
City of Los Angeles' Sewage Leak in Long Beach waters
The City takes any sewage leak extremely seriously and aggressively pursues responsible parties to recover costs from a spill. A spill from last month, of this magnitude actually is quite rare, we have not experienced a spill of this level for over 10 years. However, when spills do occur, our City departments capture the costs of the damage and our response efforts, and require full reimbursement of expenses from the responsible parties. For example, when a private sewer from a mobile home park a few years ago resulted in a multiple day closure of Alamitos Bay, we not only recovered costs, but negotiated a settlement that the homeowner association is required to install an automated device that alerts first responders so that we can respond before any sewage reaches public waters to prevent any future occurrence. In the case of the most recent spill, City departments are calculating our costs and we will be meeting with our legal advisers on what other options are available to Long Beach to compensate for the significant impact from this City of LA spill.
--- by Tom Modica
City of Long Beach, Assistant City Manager
Summer Science Shack Celebration by FOCLA
At the Colorado Lagoon Education Center
5119 E. Colorado
Saturday, August 13
from 10 AM -
Friends of Belmont Shore is hosting a concert!
August 11th at 6:30 PM
Marine Stadium Park
See you there!
Republic Services of Long Beach Compressed National Gas Fueling Station Ribbon Cutting
Friday, Aug 12 - 10:30 AM
2495 E. 68th St, Long Beach
The New AES Alamitos -Assessment Workshop with comments and public discussion
Tuesday, August 9
1 PM at the Best Western
Golden Sails Resort Hotel
6285 E. PCH