Happy August! 

 

I hope you've been enjoying your summer thus far. The months of August and September are looking very busy for City Council. 

 

On August 11th, City Council will be addressing two major citywide issues. The first item deals with coyotes in an urban setting.  Councilwoman Stacy Mungo has put the item of coyote management on our City Council agenda and I expect the item will generate much discussion and public education from our Animal Care Services Bureau regarding the City's current Coyote Management Plan. Last October, I hosted a community meeting to discuss the coyote management plan.  The meeting was very well attended and gave us the opportunity to talk about public education as one of the methods for coyote management. If you feel passionately about this issue, I recommend you attend the City Council meeting and share your thoughts with the Council members. I encourage you to participate in this discussion if this is something you feel is important for our City to address.

 

Additionally for August 11th, several of my colleagues are bringing forth an agenda item regarding raising the minimum wage.  Those of you who have been following National news, you are undoubtedly aware that the issue of raising the minimum wage is a growing one that is being addressed by municipalities around the nation.  I believe the items to be discussed on August 11th will involve an analysis on the potential impacts of minimum wage increase on our local businesses. As a representative of the Third District, the health of our businesses is a major component of my responsibility.  Our district is home base to many of our City's thriving business corridors.  As we embark on this discussion, I look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can achieve a healthy balance for our businesses and our workers. 

 

We are now engrossed in the 2016 budget discussions. I am happy to report that due to the hard work of City staff, we are looking at a slight surplus, not a deficit as we had predicted earlier this year.  We have been fiscally conservative, and we need to make sure we maintain that position as we encounter major deficit starting in Fiscal Year 17. 

 

The Mayor released his recommendations on Fiscal Year 16 Budget. I am happy to report that two initiatives I brought forth during my first year in office made it into the Mayor's budget recommendations. The first was our very creative business incentive program which was spearheaded by me and Councilwoman Mungo. The Mayor has allocated money to maintain that incentive program.  This action will allow us to continue to attract businesses to the City of Long Beach and offer them incentives for renovation and growth. The Mayor also recommended adopting Sunday library hours at three library branches as a result of the very successful pilot program that I started in February at the Bay Shore Library. Since February our library has been serving approximately 400 patrons each Sunday. This is a significant testament to how important libraries are in the City. It's not just about the books; it's about public access and sharing a peaceful community space. I am grateful the Mayor has expanded my vision and has allow us to offer this service to residents throughout the City. 

 

One area where I think we need to focus on is our city infrastructure. I believe we have a duty to invest in the future of the City, which means setting aside money to maintain our City facilities. Failure to do so could have devastating consequences not only on our economy, but to public health as well. We are a city that should commit to the concept of investing in our future. With our amazing school district we invest in our youth. With our higher learning institutions and trade academies, we invest in our future local workforce. With our business loan programs, we invest in our entrepreneurs. It's time that we invest in our City assets and our infrastructure.  

 

As a member of the Budget Oversight Committee, I am ready to start the discussions with my colleagues.  I welcome you to join Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and me at our joint budget meeting on August 12th at 6 p.m. Bixby Park. 

 

Finally, the issue of medical marijuana will be returning to the City Council on September 1st. This is a very controversial.  Please take a moment to review the attached memo from our City Manager's office regarding our current resources and preparedness to take on the Medical Marijuana industry in the City of Long Beach. Memo. Please contact our office if you would like to see additional memos on this subject.  I look forward to a spirited debate and urge you to come to the meeting on September 1st and speak up about what you believe is the best decision for our City at this time. 

 

Enough with the business talk...Many of you will be taking family vacations on these final weeks of summer vacation. Be safe and enjoy what is left of this beautiful summer. Long Beach Unified School District is back in session on September 2nd!

 

Have a great August.



Suzie Price
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
3rd District Monthly Meeting - Budget Announcement for 
Fiscal Year 2016

Councilwoman Price will hold the next 3rd District Community Meeting on
Wednesday, August 12th at the Bixby Park Community Center (130 Cherry Ave.) at 6:00 PM. The Third District Council Office has partnered with Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal's Office to co-host this community meeting.   City Manager Pat West will be our guest speaker and will provide an update on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.  No reservations are necessary.   We hope you will be available to join us for this important discussion.

 --- by Kristina Duggan

  3rd District Field Deputy
Alamitos Heights Improvement Association Concerts in the Park

We are proud to partner with the Alamitos Heights Improvement Association (AHIA) for two concerts in the park. 

Please join us this Thursday, August 6th at 6:00 PM at Marine Stadium Park for a special performance from our local Elm Street Band.  Then on Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 PM at the same location, Jumping Jack Flash will be performing songs from the famous Rolling Stones.

We look forward to seeing everyone out at the park.

--- by Antonella Schaub

3rd District, Communications Director

FEATURED ARTICLES
Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Community Health -  Homeless Services Division

Since 1986, the City of Long Beach has been committed to shaping a comprehensive and coordinated system of care to respond to the diverse needs of homeless individuals and families and those at-risk of becoming homeless. In 1986, then Mayor Ernie Kell, established the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness to address the problem of homelessness by evaluating the extent of the problem and by developing a program that would benefit all of those in need of assistance. The charge of the Task Force included: identification of the needs of the homeless; development of a centralized intake and assessment model for assisting the homeless; identification of the availability of housing and identification of available city, county, state and federal funds to address the problem of homelessness in Long Beach.  

Read more...  

 

-- by Elsa Ramos
Department of Health and Human Service, Multi-Service Center Coordinator
First Responder Fee

On Tuesday, July 21st the City Council voted to adopt a $250 first responder fee, which will go into effect immediately. Patients who are evaluated and/or treated by Fire staff on a first responder unit will receive a $250 bill from the City of Long Beach for the First Responder Fee. It is important to note that patients who are billed will have an opportunity to provide insurance information to the City. The City will then submit the bill to the appropriate insurance company for payment from them. The City Council will be returning to this topic in August, where we will be considering a hardship waiver for low-income residents and the elderly. Please keep in mind that there should be coverage by all insurance companies, including Medicare, Medical, and Affordable Care Act patients.

The new fee is projected to generate $1.6 million per year. While there has been some discontent with what residents are calling "another tax," the Fire Chief asked for the fee in order to help make up for the cost of providing paramedic services, which are well in excess of the amount of money budgeted for ambulance transport services. The Fire Department reports spending approximately $22.1 million annually on paramedic services despite having only $11.3 million in revenue for ambulance transports. Nearly 85% of the Fire Department's calls for service are for medical assistance, as opposed to active fires. Given the projected budget deficits ahead this cost recovery fee for medical services is essential to keeping our Fire Department whole.

-- by Julie Maleki 

3rd District, Chief of Staff 

BUSINESS

Live Here, Work Here

 

Ask any 3rd District resident what they love most about this charming, family-friendly community, and you'll hear the same basic answer every time - "fun, dynamic, and energetic quality of life." From superior city services and amenities to first-class schools and a vibrant economy, in the 3rd, you have it all!

 

It's no surprise that many 3rd district residents also adhere to another belief - live where you work and work where you live. Long Beach is home to numerous businesses that reap the benefits of strong tax incentives, business management consulting and other vibrant forms of economic development assistance.

 

One of those combos, resident/property/business owner is Lisa Ramelow and her La Strada Italian restaurant located in Belmont Shore.  Read more...


--- by Lisa West
3rd District, Business Relations Liaison
TOPICS COMING TO COUNCIL

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...

  • Proposal to amend Cultural Heritage Commission Ordinance
  • Coyotes Management
  • Minimum Wage
  • Medical Marijuana

August 4th - No City Council Meeting due to National Night Out

August 25 - Last Tuesday of the month 


--- by Antonella Schaub

3rd District, Communications Director

D ID YOU KNOW.....

Summer Safety

 
Summer is here and living in our beautiful City of Long Beach, the Aquatic Capital of America, provides us with many opportunities to participate in water activities. Swimming, paddling, kayaking, kite boarding, gondola rides, sailing and boogie boarding are just a few of the activities
that residents and visitors alike enjoy on a daily basis. Our office and the Department of Marine Safety would like to share a few safety tips that should be observed while enjoying our waterways.

 
Bridge and Pier Jumping and Diving is Strictly Prohibited 
Our waterways provide for many bridges and piers. Jumping and diving off of local bridges are considered summertime rituals by some in the Belmont Shore and Naples area. What many people young and old don't realize is that jumping off bridges is illegal and dangerous. Except in emergency or training situations, no one should be jumping or diving from bridges or piers. Long Beach Municipal Code 16.04.020, Pier and bridges--diving prohibited.  Pier & Bridge Jumping MuniCode

Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach 
Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14 and on July 4th in a typical year, far more fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. 
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach so we encourage you to educate your children and obey the law - do not possess, light, set off, or discharge fireworks. This is for the safety of residents and the City. Long Beach Municipal Code 16.08.600.   Fireworks MuniCode

Life Jackets 
Life jackets are the proven number one way to save a life in the event of a sudden, unexpected capsizing or fall overboard. Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. If you are boating in our waterways, protect your family by making sure there are enough lifejackets for everyone and children wear their lifejackets while on board.  Life Jacket Information

 --- by Kristina Duggan 
3rd District, Field Deputy 
EVENTS
 
 
Participate in  National  Night  Out
 on  
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
  

Register here to receive the NNO information packet.


Long Beach Unified 
School District

School is back in on
Wednesday, September 2nd

 
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