Welcome to August!

We continue to be busy on the City Council with entertaining a whole host of policies and discussions related to the on-going impacts of COVID 19. The City was fortunate to receive millions of dollars in CARES Act funding, that we have distributed towards areas of need such as business support, non profits support, arts funding, Public safety, and additional testing locations and availability. The amount of need for assistance to businesses, residents who have lost their jobs and city departments that need to support the unanticipated response to COVID is unending. However, the CARES Act funding will help us tremendously and we are in the process of deploying the resources and disseminating the funds needed to address some of the critical needs.
August is the start of our official budget season. As I write this letter, the City Manager's proposed budget has yet to be released. Based on my recent conversation with the City Manager, I expect it will be released to the council on Sunday night, Aug. 2nd.

As you are aware, many people around the country are demanding that police budgets be cut in what is being rendered to as the "defund the police" movement. I have spent a lot of time over the past 6 weeks listening to and talking to people who want the police budgets de-funded (and many who don't) and I have to admit, I am still unclear on what exactly the rally cry of "defund the police" means exactly. Some have articulated, well I must say, that some of the current police functions, specifically those requiring social services, should be routed to other departments that are better equipped to handle such services. Generally speaking, I agree with that and I am sure the police department does as well. It's unclear, however, what those services might include because the advocates have not made any specific requests for re-deployment of such resources to another department. I can tell you from my own experience that one police function that involves social services is the Quality of Life team. I think the team, at least the one in the East Division which I am most familiar with, is fantastic. They change lives every day through their personal interactions, care, and follow through. I hope we never lose that team of officers because to me they are making a real difference. There may be other teams out there, however, unrelated to the quality of life efforts, who are better suited to work in another department with non-sworn personnel. We certainly should look at those options and consider whether they make sense for our city and if they do, we should make the necessary changes. I personally do not believe we should be "de-funding" any department as a punitive sanction because the reduction in services that comes as a result really ends up costing the residents. And that is not fair. Residents should be able to rely on swift response times from police and fire in times of need and any cuts which strains our system further, affecting response times and the ability of public safety teams to follow-through on crimes, should be carefully considered and rejected.

Many of you have written to me in the last few days regarding your support for LBPD and the budget concerns, specifically. I am listening. Know that budget cuts will me made this year, that is a reality of COVID. But, all of those who know me, know my professional background and my support of public safety efforts in Long Beach through my role as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee. Our Committee is looking very closely at reforms and I have laid out a systematic and phased approach to review our existing practices in training, hiring, post-event action, and use of force, and to improve all of those policies and practices. I don't believe punitive sanctions will make our police department better, I believe dialogue and collaboration will.

I want to encourage all of you to please be a part of the process throughout the month of August. The council meets (now virtually via WebEx) every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of the month). My office generally sends an email about what is coming up on council with a link to the agenda the weekend before the Tuesday meeting.

A few things you can do, you can reach out to all of the council members through email. This lets them see where my residents are at on certain issues, which may be different from the concerns expressed in their own districts. I think that is very valuable information. I know I get emails from residents throughout the city every day. You can email any council office through this email convention:  District3@longbeach.gov.

Simply change the number on the above email address to reflect the district you are trying to reach. There are 9 council districts.

The mayor can be reached at:  mayor@longbeach.gov.

If you would like to speak at a council meeting, the City Clerk has set up the system, in light of COVID, for public speakers who sign up to speak live, telephonically. If there are under 10 speakers, they can each speak up to three minutes. After 10 speakers, the time will automatically set at 90 seconds to align with pre-existing council rules. The City Council will continue to adjust and expand public access in the weeks ahead and continue to follow the Governor's recommended public meeting guidelines.

Telephonic comments will also be allowed for the first 10 speakers, up to three minutes each, who sign up for non-agenda items. Please visit the City Clerk website by clicking here to learn more about the sign-up process and to sign up to speak telephonically for the June 16 meeting.

Members of the public will also continue to have the option to use eComment to provide comments on agenda items. Written comments may also be submitted by email to  cityclerk@longbeach.gov.

Also, the City Manager's Office sends out a budget survey every year. This is an effort that that I helped champion a number of years ago. If you have not already done so, please complete the budget survey online here.

Thank you in advance for being involved in this budget cycle. It will be the most difficult one the city has seen in decades and probably the worst we will see for decades to come. These are very difficult financial times due the impacts on our economy as a result of the COVID pandemic. We need to work together to keep our essential services in tact and to build the other programs and services back up when our economy is once again operating in a reasonably normal way. We are very far from that at this point.

Stay well everyone. Take care of each other. We've got this 3rd District!
Suzie Price, 3rd District Councilwoman
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS & NEWS
Public Safety Committee
 
As Chair of the Public Safety Committee Councilwoman Price held a meeting this month to discuss a number of important issues facing the City.  Friday, July 24, 2020 the Public Safety Committee convened and continued a report on the Police Department's use of force policies and reporting processes as well as opportunities for additional training on topics of implicit bias, use of force, and community policing practices. The meeting also included a report from the City Prosecutor on the concept of a special prosecutor to handle police misconduct cases and whether such a concept is feasible in the City of Long Beach. Lastly, the committee heard a report on opportunities to include Fire Department resources in future development projects.
 
 
Everyone interested in this topic is encouraged to provide their input on these important topics and to play a role in these discussions as we work to make real progress throughout the City. 
 
If you are interested in listening to the recording of this meeting it can be accessed by clicking here.
Long Beach Budget Survey

Every year the City creates a budget for the coming fiscal year, and that process will begin to get underway in the coming weeks. This coming budget will be especially difficult as we deal with the $25-40 million shortfall the City faces due to our response to the COVID-19 emergency. With this reality ahead of us, it is important for all residents to provide their input on the City's budget priorities through the survey included below. 
 
This unexpected additional cost to the City has come in the form of previously unbudgeted emergency staff time in multiple departments leading the City's response efforts, the over 75,000 tests that have been purchased and made available free to residents who are exhibiting symptoms or who may be asymptomatic, the protective equipment that all City staff are now issued and required to use, as well as the equipment that has been given away free to Long Beach residents and businesses, not to mention the creation of a joint information center to manage the day to day details of this emergency and the City's response. The financial impact to the City also comes from lost revenue in sales taxes, tourism, major events, airport and cruise ship travel, the national economic slow down and its effects on the port shipping and cargo volumes, and the drop in the price of oil has sent prices sharply downward.
 
I am a big fan of data. Anyone who is familiar with my work style knows that I like to educate myself as best as I can before making the difficult decisions we face on the council. The budget is no exception. As a member of the Budget Oversight Committee, the Annual Budget Survey presents an opportunity for me to see where the priorities are for my residents, and also for residents throughout the City. Please take a few minutes to fill out the below Budget Survey: 
 
 
These are difficult times we face and your input is essential as we make decisions about budget priorities. 
Don't Forget About the Census: It's Really Important, and Never Been Easier to Fill Out
 
During this current health emergency there continue to be important government functions occurring at all levels. One very important function is the current US Census. So, here is a friendly reminder and some updates as the 2020 Census begins. It is incredibly important to ensure that we are all filing the Census and that everyone is being counted. The Census is used as a tool that orients funding to states and cities so accurate reporting helps ensure we are getting the funding we need so we can provide essential services to our residents. Check out the video below to learn more about the Census and why it is important. 

 
 
The first update is an extension of the Self-Response Timeline
 
- The original timeline deadline: March 12th - July 31st
- The updated timeline deadline: March 12th - August 14th


T he second update is that the 2020 Census is now up and running. You can go online to complete the Census  here . You can also still submit it through the mail, if you have received it this way. If you do not have your code for the Census, don't worry because you can still complete it regardless.
 
This website https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html (or  click here  here to view website)  is an amazing resource from the U.S. Census Bureau that allows you to track the current self response rate here in Long Beach. As of 03/29, Long Beach has seen a 33.8% self response rate.

Connected LB


Long Beach residents, in need of low-cost Internet services, computers or digital literacy resources are now available through  ConnectedLB.  ConnectedLB is a centralized online platform to connect to digital inclusion resources. Long Beach residents may qualify for low-cost Internet services and computers based on verification of income status and household participation in public benefit programs. To access the platform, Long Beach residents can visit:  everyoneon.org/longbeach .
 Welcome to the CD3 Community Garden

Located at 914 Redondo, Long Beach Organics (LBO) found a vacant lot that could be transformed into a community garden in the 3rd District. February 1st was the first meeting and the day gardeners met for the first time at the new site. We helped de-weed, clean, and lay down the garden plots. Since our first meeting, 5 months has passed and SO many things have changed. Here are some of the recent accomplishments:
Since March,  LBO has been collecting produce from the community gardens to donate to the CSULB Beach Pantry. This is a food pantry for CSULB students where there is a weekly drive-thru food giveaway providing fresh vegetables and fruit. Beach Pantry has been helping replace the on-campus food pantry which was closed that many students relied on for their food supply. This food pantry was on-campus but transitioned to a drive-thru system pantry.  LBO stepped up with their  team of volunteers to help round up the donation bins every week, at every community garden, washing the harvest, sorting the goods, and bagging them to deliver on Fridays at CSULB. Over 200 students visit the popup each week, and each student receives a bag of fresh produce along with their bag of non-perishables. In total, LBO has helped collect over 1 ton of produce from all the community gardens since March. As for the CD3 Plot we've harvested tomatoes, zucchinis, strawberries (1-3), and a few dead plants. However patience is the name of the game and we are blessed to have LBO and this community garden in the 3rd District for many to produce their own food and donate. 

  Also as part of an Eagle Scout Project, on June 13th Eagle Scout Kevin and his family installed compost stalls! This has been very helpful to the 914 Community garden. For those who are not familiar with what composting is, it is a natural process that turns kitchen waste (mainly kitchen scraps from produce, coffee grounds, or egg shells) into nutrient-rich soil.

Then on July 1st an arbor was built to provide shade and serve as a gathering space for workshops and cooking classes. While gatherings cannot take place, we are using this arbor as a space for shade and can't wait to use the goods from the garden to make during LBO's pizza cooking class. This arbor will also have grape vines growing this winter... maybe in 2 years we'll be making our own wine here.

Councilwoman Price and Lenny Arkinstall also donated mulch for all the gardeners to enjoy, and the next big task will be spreading decomposed granite in the main pathways and common area. It has been very exciting to see how this vacant lot has grown and changed over the last 5 months, and we can't wait to see what will come next.
 
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District Field Deputy
Walk Long Beach

Have you seen walking loop cards? Walking Loop Program, Walk LB, and City Fabrick have created over 35 walking loop cards. These very popular cards have a map with a walking route and provide details about what you'll see along the route. There will be notable features of architecture, public murals or other neighborhood facts. It would be great to see every neighborhood in District 3 and learn more about each neighborhood's story. There are cards for Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, the Colorado Lagoon, and even Park Estates.­­
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District Field Deputy
Long Beach Airport (LGB) Noises

Recently we have received emails about an increase in private aircrafts, and on Friday, July 30th  thru August 2nd the U.S. Military Aircrafts are arriving at Long Beach Airport.  Military aircrafts are exempt from noise regulations. In any event, we highly recommend using the  LGBNoise@longbeach.gov  email address for inquiries. You can also call the Noise Hotline at 562-570-2665. If they leave their contact information and request a call back, LB Airport staff always make sure to give them a call back.
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District Field Deputy
COVID-19

For information on COVID-19 and updates on the City's response, the Long Beach Health Department provides details that are updated daily in an effort to ensure residents have access to pertinent information and health orders to reduce the virus spread.  Read here for more information.

New Progress for Disabled Drivers in Long Beach

Earlier this month  the City Council unanimously approved a new City ordinance I began working to implement over  three years ago


This new ordinance allows drivers with valid disabled driver plates and/or placards to park for free, in City-owned parking lots.
 
 
This policy aligns the City's parking lots with the state's policy for all public streets where meters are not required to be paid by disabled drivers. 

The state policy exists in order to make accommodations for their disabilities and acknowledge that parking often comes at a premium, so finding an available handicapped parking space may be more difficult than finding an available metered space. Bringing the City into alignment with the state policy for public streets reduces the potential for confusion and drivers being ticketed for nonpayment, as well as providing greater accommodation to disabled Long Beach residents.
 
I am thankful to finally have this ordinance in place and address an inconsistency between our local and state policies and provide this common sense accommodation on parking constraints for disabled Long Beach residents. 
Free Testing for People Without Symptoms


As of May 30, 2020, all Long Beach residents, regardless of symptoms, can receive COVID-19 testing at Cabrillo High School's testing location (2001 Santa Fe Ave.)
 
At this site COVID-19 testing will be available to any resident who wants to be tested, whether they are exhibiting symptoms or not. Previously, only essential workers who were asymptomatic could be tested at City testing locations. The expanded testing is intended to provide testing availability for those who suspect or are concerned they have COVID-19.  
The Cabrillo High School testing site is open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.seven days a weekAppointments are required and can be made online or by calling 562.570.INFO (4636). Appointment availability will continue to be prioritized for those exhibiting symptoms and individuals who are over 65 years of age or have underlying chronic health conditions.

Click here for full list of testing sites in Long Beach. There are flexible times and days to work with your schedule. 
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
Craft + Light Creative Arts Studio

Long Beach has a craft studio!  Craft + Light Creative Arts Studio located in Naples at 5614 E. 2nd Street, opened last August 2019 bringing light and engaging crafts to the community. Whether you're an expert, beginner or even a " non-creative," Craft + Light is your creative arts space. Create with your friends, your kids, your spouse, or by yourself.  This studio welcomes you to create something and feel good. 

This arts and crafts studio is another fun option to engage in during this time.  Offering virtual  craft workshops for kids and adults four times a week. Kids Studio occurring on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30 takes kids through creative crafts
step by step for 75 minutes that fly by! On Wednesday evenings, adults enjoy their time together, making a variety of crafts such as, mosaic vases, body butters, and watercoloring.  For some, these virtual workshops have become an opportunity to catch up, connect and see old friends that they haven't seen in a long time.  Craft kits with all the materials for the workshops are prepared and picked up at the studio curbside Mondays 10-12PM.

But the studio isn't just all workshops, you can also pop in to the Open Studio 1-5pm Monday-Friday, hang out and choose from over 15 crafts to make in an hour. Adults can do macramé, a mini wood plaque, or just paint and go freestyle using the plethora of paint, brushes available. Studio capacity inside is four. You also have the option to enjoy making crafts on the patio at our picnic benches and umbrella. Feel free to bring the kids and run an errand, Shelley, the owner is a credentialed teacher for 20 years and a Shore resident. Swing by to say hello!  And congrats to the studio on their one year anniversary! 


Address: 5614 E. 2nd Street Long Beach, CA. 90803
Instagram: craftandlightstudio

-Lisa West
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
Programming, and Outrea ch
FEATURED ARTICLE
Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence provides long-term comprehensive assistance to young women who have experienced trauma or abuse in Orange County and Long Beach. These young women are committed to becoming independent, contributing participants in our society, and have neither the financial or emotional support of a family.
 
The gift of a future is what Pathways is focused upon - ensuring that our clients have both the opportunity and the resources to change their circumstances.

 
Pathways commits to their clients: 
  • College tuition, and books
  • Pro bono healthcare
  • Transportation support through donated cars and auto repairs
  • Housing stipend
  • Weekly mentoring with a caring adult
  • Weekly psychological counseling to build and maintain mental health 

Pathways clients commit to: 
  • Maintain full-time class schedule with minimum GPA
  • Attend regular therapy sessions
  • Maintain a part-time employment
  • Be accountable to a mentor
  • Learn fiscal responsibility
  • Education with a plan and a graduation date 
Pathways to Independence exists to stop the cycle of poverty and abuse by making education accessible to each young woman. Until the cycles of abuse and poverty are eliminated, the need for Pathways will remain and the need for raising funds to provide education to change the lives of these young women will remain. For more information go to www.pathwaystoindependence.org or call Lisa Mais 562.884.3629 or lisa.mais@pathwaystoindependence.org

DISTRICT 3 - EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE SERIES

Extraordinary people exist within the most seemingly ordinary lives. We are what we repeatedly do. Over the next few weeks, I will be continuing to highlight some of these folks. Please message on FB or send me an email at District3@LongBeach.gov with suggestions.

Excellence is not an act, but a habit.

Lenny Arkinstall is the Executive Director of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards and maintains many of the environmentally sensitive habitats throughout the City. However, his commitment is more than just plants and animal habitats, his work frequently brings him into contact with people experiencing homelessness. This is when he works closely with our homeless outreach teams and Quality of Life Officers to get them the help and programs they need to get back on the right track.

Lenny is deeply dedicated to helping in any way that he can and daily works to improve our City environmentally as well as getting people struggling with homelessness into the services they need for long term help.

Thank you to Lenny and all of our City teams particularly those working with our homeless residents, for everything you do.

Naomi Rainey-Pierson is the President of the Long Beach NAACP and has been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As a local organization they have disseminated over 220,000 masks, served as a source of information and resources, provided food and technical support to seniors, and participated in zoom webinars on the coronavirus.

Naomi and the NAACP's work to support residents illustrates their commitment to Long Beach and ensuring everyone is well taken care of.

Thank you Naomi and every member of the Long Beach NAACP.
 
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."  During the COVID-19 emergency City Council meetings are being held via video conference. Residents can provide public comment prior to the meeting via written electronic comment on any agenda item of interest. 

 
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  

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
DID YOU CATCH SUZIE IN JULY?

Conversation on Race and Injustice 

 
Redondo and 10th Community Garden

EVENTS IN THE 3RD DISTRICT


Looking for a fun and safe activity to end the summer? 2nd and PCH is offering free rooftop movies in their "PCH Movies and Moonlight Series!" Enjoy a complimentary reservation based, in-vehicle movie experience with marina views every Friday at sunset from July 24-September 25 on the top deck of the 2ND & PCH, Whole Foods Market parking garage.

Vehicles required (bicycles, motorcycles, etc.). Only 100 spaces available for reservations and standby. For further information on the event visit the website.
 
To reserve your space please visit their website.
 
Movie Line-Up:
July 31st: The Little Rascals (1994) sunset is at 7:53 pm (1hr. 22 min)

August 7th: Trolls World Tour, sunset is at 7:46 pm (1hr. 31 min)

August 14th: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), sunset is at 7:39 pm **Date Night: Rated PG-13, not recommended for children under 13 (2 hrs. 1 min)

August 21st: Hairspray (2007), sunset is at 7:31 pm (1 hr. 56 min)

August 28th: Moana (2016), sunset is at 7:31 pm (1 hr. 46 min)

September 4th: Selena (1997), sunset is at 7:13 pm (2 hrs. 7 min)

September 11th: A Dog's Purpose (2017), sunset is at 7:03 pm (1 hr. 40 min)

September 18th: Princess and the Frog (2009), sunset is at 6:54 pm (1 hr. 35 min)

September 24th: The Fast and the Furious (2001), sunset is at 6:45 pm **Date Night: Rated PG-13, not recommended for children under 13. (1 hr. 46 min)

**Please note: For date night movies, content will be edited for all audiences. Profanity, explicit content and violent scenes may be removed. Under the age of 13 requires the company of a parent and/or adult guardian. These movies are not recommended for ages 13 and under.
 
Don't forget to pick up your favorite bites and treats from  Noble Bird RotisserieUrban PlatesShake ShackOla Mexican KitchenHungry Angelina or  Whole Foods Market and remember to stop by  Tuesday's Sweet Shoppe to get your movie night sweets!
 
Questions? Please call 424-217-2337 during business hours, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

-Mollie Wilson
3rd District Scheduler/legislative Assistant
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Garden

Self-guided Tours are available at Rancho Los Alamitos of the garden and barnyards. Please reserve a free ticket that will be for a scheduled time for your tour. This is a great activity for families to spend an hour or two exploring the grounds and seeing the livestock.


-Gabriela Yates
3rd District Field Deputy
EVENTS - postponed
3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

Alamitos Heights Improvement Association - AHIA
Meetings calendared Quarterly. Please visit their website for more information.

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

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

Bluff Park Community Meeting
Bixby Park Recreation Center

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Community Congregational Church - 5100 The Toledo

Friends of Bixby Park
Please check their website

Greenbelt Heights Neighborhood Association
All neighbors welcome
Regular meeting:  3rd Tuesday at 8pm - 9pm
917 Bennett Ave., LB
2nd Sunday neighborhood clean-up at 9am

NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Email Carleton Carlson for meeting confirmation at CarletonCarlson@aol.com 
 
Peninsula Neighborhood Association
Alamitos Bay Yacht  Club

Stoneybrook Villas Association Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month
7:00 PM - Clubhouse at 500 Bellflower Blvd

Do you have a community or  neighborhood meeting that you  would like to add to the 3rd  District calendar? Email:   District3@longbeach.gov  
 
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