The 3rd District news & updates
January | 2022
Upcoming Events
City of Long Beach Council Meetings
Tuesdays @ 5:00PM

January Monthly Community Meeting
January 26, 2022 @ 6:00PM

Belmont Heights "Last Saturday of the Month" Drive-Thru
January 29th, 2022

*More information for all events can be found under "3rd District and City Community Events". Check it out!
City Phone Numbers
Helpful and important City phone numbers are included at the bottom of the newsletter. This contact information can be used for a variety of city services such as:
  • Graffiti
  • Pot Holes
  • Noise abatement
  • Broken Curbs
  • And much, much more!
Greetings!
3rd District Community News
Let's Welcome the Bryant and Rec Park Neighborhoods to CD3!
The City of Long Beach recently completed the redistricting process it goes through every 10 years. For the first time, a commission of Long Beach residents and not the City Councilmembers drew the new lines. Throughout the process it was amazing to see the level of participation from residents all across the City as they advocated for and provided input on their neighborhoods. As of December 18th, 2021 the new district boundaries went into effect. Here in the Third District we lost a number of cherished communities I have been honored to work closely with over the past 7 years and I am also excited about the new neighborhoods that have been added to CD3 with the Bryant Neighborhood and the Rec Park Neighborhood. Although many of the residents of these neighborhoods have different names for their more specific communities, the areas added to the Third District are outlined in red in the map below.
For more information on redistricting: https://conta.cc/2ZAOWSX
 
My whole team and I look forward to getting to know you and working together.

Suzie Price
3rd District Councilwoman
January Monthly Community Meeting
January 26, 6pm
To start off the year with a topic we know everyone is interested in, we will be hosting our first community meeting of 2022 and feature an update from our Public Works Director on infrastructure. City infrastructure ranges from streets to sidewalks, to buildings, streetlights, and everything in between. As Chair of the Port, Transportation, and Infrastructure Committee, Councilwoman Price has been holding meetings discussing the recent Federal Infrastructure Bill and how Long Beach can benefit from this investment.
 
If this is a topic you’re interested in please be on the lookout for a follow-up email with the zoom link for this meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Suzie Price
3rd District Councilwoman
New Police Chief Appointed as Chief Robert Luna Retires
Wally Hebeish is the new Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department. Chief Hebeish is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and was the Assistant Chief of Police for Long Beach.
 
Chief Hebeish has served as LBPD’s Assistant Chief since 2019, serving as second in command to Chief Robert Luna. As Assistant Chief, he has led Police Department operations through many unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, nationwide civil unrest, while concurrently navigating the Police Department through complex staffing and budgetary adjustments. During his tenure in executive management, he has implemented strategies to reduce crime, address the nationwide increase in gun violence, enhance the Police Department’s Quality of Life team to provide further resources and support for people experiencing homelessness, all while also focusing key initiatives on strengthening police-community relationships and improving public trust. Additionally, he has provided leadership in policy development, risk management, organizational growth and budget management, and notably created LBPD’s Office of Constitutional Policing to rethink traditional policing, guide organizational progress, and implement goals to support the City’s Framework for Reconciliation.
 
Prior to serving as Assistant Chief, Chief Hebeish served in other leadership roles within LBPD, including Patrol Bureau Deputy Chief, Support Bureau Deputy Chief and Chief of Staff. He has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career and has extensive experience in the areas of criminal intelligence, investigations, patrol and internal affairs. He began his career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and has served the Long Beach community with the LBPD since 1995.
 
Chief Hebeish holds a Master’s Degree in Communications with a focus in new media and marketing from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, Chief Hebeish is a graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute and has attended the Harvard University Public Safety Summit.

Jack Cunningham
3rd District Chief of Staff
New Playgrounds Underway: Rec Park and Colorado Lagoon
It is always exciting to see great new projects coming to the district. We are lucky to have two new playgrounds underway in the district right now at Rec Park and at the Colorado Lagoon.
 
Rec Park will become the City’s newest signature playground completely new and unlike any other. Featuring a Dinosaur, as well as a skateboarding element, it will become a fun place for kids of all ages to enjoy our parks.
 
Additionally, the playground at Colorado lagoon is getting replaced. It is also getting new park benches and pads. We expect final installation to be completed next month.
Jack Cunningham
3rd District Chief of Staff
COVID-19 Update
It is important to me that all Long Beach residents are aware of the latest information on COVID-19. Here is an update from our Health Department on the recent trends we are seeing on COVID-19.
 
HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE:

Long Beach is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. This surge is on par with what has been seen throughout California and across the nation upon the introduction of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. From December 11th to 17th, 48% of sequenced specimens in Long Beach were Omicron, and the percentage is expected to increase rapidly in the coming days.
 
The average daily number of cases increased by 1,234%, from 44 cases on December 1st to 587 on December 29th. These are some of the highest daily numbers Long Beach has seen since mid-January 2021. While hospitalizations for Long Beach residents remain stable, from 49 on December 20th to 52 on Dec. 28th, area hospitalizations are up, from 51 on December 20th to 129 on December 28. Despite the increase in hospitalizations, the number of those hospitalized remains well below the 263 Long Beach residents hospitalized during the winter surge that occurred at the beginning of 2021. Of those who are currently hospitalized, 71% are unvaccinated, demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccine for reducing severe illness and hospitalizations.
 
This graph shows the seven-day average number of new cases reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. The peaks demonstrate the surges experienced and the one-month percentage increase during each surge. The current rise is the steepest the City has observed since the pandemic began.
Today in Long Beach: 

  • 73,646 total positive results 
  • Increase in 1,406 cases since yesterday
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 8.1%
  • 69.3 seven-day case rate per 100K population
  • 1,075 fatalities
  • 52 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19
  • 137 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals (Long Beach Memorial Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, College Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center)
  • Approximately 66,192 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported) 
  •  783,325 total tests conducted

*Information as of December 29, 2021
 
Details Regarding Fatalities:
Ages:
8 were 18-29
90 were 30-49
240 were 50-64
383 were 65-7
354 were 80+

Vaccinations:
339,835 vaccinated residents
85.4% of residents 18+
72.8% of all residents

Jack Cunningham
3rd District Chief of Staff
Recap of December 2021
December proved to be the most festive month of 2021 in Council District 3! The month kicked off with the first annual Belmont Shore Winter Village hosted by the Belmont Shore Business Association. Second Street was lined with booths and stages to ring in the holiday season, featuring a visit with Santa, performances on the Port of Long Beach stage, Ube fest, and a family fun zone sponsored by Farmers & Merchants. Councilwoman Suzie Price hosted a holiday dance party off 2nd Street and Argonne, ringing in the holiday season with a dance floor for all Long Beach residents to enjoy! 
Later in the season, Naples Island was lit up with decorated boats in the 75th Annual Naples Island Boat Parade! This year’s theme was “Diamonds on the Bay,” featuring small boats and large boats sailing through Bay Shore and throughout Naples island to spread holiday cheer! We hope you have had a fun and safe holiday season, and look forward to all the new year has to offer!
Mollie Wilson
3rd District Communications Director
3rd District and City Community Events
Bayshore Beautification
January 8th, 2022
Join Bayshore this Saturday for the Bayshore Beautification Clean Up Day!

Saturday 1/8/22
10am-12pm

Trash bags and gloves provided

Meet at 54th and Ocean bike path
Belmont Heights "Last Saturday of the Month" Drive-Thru
January 29th, 2022
Join Belmont Heights Community Association for a "Last Saturday of the Month" food collection! 

Every month they collect food for a different local food pantry. Additionally they also collect a different household item that goes to different organizations in need. 
 
Their next collection is on Saturday, January 29th from 9 to 11 am in the parking lot of the Belmont Heights United Methodist Church. 

Will Cullen
 Vice President
Belmont Heights Community Association
562-881-4530 
www.mybelmontheights.org/
facebook.com/mybelmontheights/
Business Spotlight
The Wine Beach
The Central Coast wine experience has arrived on 2nd Street. The Wine Beach is located at 5351 E. 2nd Street and has opened up to much excitement and anticipation of a wine bar delivering best in class wines, perfectly paired with a purposefully crafted menu without the 5 hour drive to the Central Coast. Owners Jodi Meade and Debbie Jarrett have personal relationships with many of the wine maker’s bottles that sit on their shelves. These relationships give you a view into the world through the eyes of a wine maker with the stories they recount of the journeys these artisans took to get them to their destiny… putting great wine in each bottle. Life rarely is a straight line to your destiny but always more exciting with a great glass of wine in your hand.
Their selection of 1,800 bottles of wine are not available in any grocery stores with many vintages and varietals, the last available from the wineries. You will hear Jodi & Deb say, “When you see something you like, grab it because it won’t stay on the shelf for long.” Each week, the bar features 16 wines by the glass, 8 white & 8 red with a surprise rose thrown into the mix. Every Sunday night the selection changes giving you another opportunity to explore the world of Central Coast wines one glass at a time.
Both owners are sommelier educated. They like to say it’s just because they drink more wine than the average person, but in fact they really do know wine! Their menu, purposefully curated, features artisan cauliflower crust pizzas, perfectly grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese boards, stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos, and blue cheese stuffed baked dates to name just a few of their signature dishes. Jodi’s family owned a vineyard in Paso Robles and a fine dining restaurant in Beverly Hills. Deb owned a wine bar in the Central Coast until the two decided to bring her successful concept south to The Shore.
They are often quoted as saying they like to take the “scary” out of wine drinking and buying. In every sip there’s an opportunity to explore and educate your pallet. Every glass leads you on a journey of wine, food and fun.

The Wine Beach has a monthly wine club, $65/month, featuring 2 bottles of wine with a private tasting and paring before the bar opens on the 1st Sunday of each month. They also offer temperature-controlled wine lockers for $75/month that hold 12 bottles of anything you buy in the store. They have been a hit with only a couple left for rent.

The motto at The Wine Beach is “Drink Up Beaches.” They live their passion of wine, food and fun and deliver an experience that is equaled by none to everyone that walks into their doors.
The Wine Beach
5351 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
562-434-6777
thewinebeach.com

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 10 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 8 PM
Lisa West
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
Programming and Outreach
Welcome Zaferia Business Association to Council District 3!
Zaferia Business Association
As 2022 begins, we find ourselves with new Third District boundaries. This means we now have new residents, neighborhoods and businesses to welcome to Council District Three. I want to bring your attention to the Zaferia Business Association. Zaferia is a vibrant area with a unique personality. Located on E. Anaheim Street between PCH and Junipero, and between 11th Street and 14th Street, it used to be referred to as the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance “EASBA.” As a nonprofit organization, they formed themselves in 1991 as a group that encourages business cooperation. Did you ever wonder why the name Zaferia was chosen? According to the ZBA website, Henry Huntington laid tracks for the Pacific Electric Rail Road (Red Cars) Newport Beach line through this little town, with a stop at Anaheim Road and Redondo Ave. He placed a sign on the depot that read, “Zaferia Station” reflecting the name of the area at that time. For more information about the history of Zaferia, click here.

The Zaferia village of the early 1900’s was one of the last vestiges of the old California days of the Ranchos in Los Angeles.

The amazing Executive Director of the Zaferia Business Association is Kristine Hammond, and the Board of Directors is made up of seven members, each serving a two-year term.  There are over 600 businesses that make up the large corridor. Zaferia offers lively bars, restaurants, and theater, as well as professional services, a design district, auto services, and distinctive retail. Additionally, with 45 restaurants, 16 fast food options, and many medical offices, you can find everything you need right here. Some of my personal favorites are DiPiazza’s, Tom’s Automotive, Tommy’s burgers, Tennessee Jack's, Joe Jost’s, Alex’s Bar, Lee’s Sandwiches, Los Compadres, Devi’s Donuts and Country Donuts.
Next time you are in the area, please make sure to support these local small businesses because, “When you support another person’s success it won’t ever damper yours.”

Lisa West
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
Programming, and Outreach
Artist Spotlight
Greg N. Pickens
This month’s artist, Greg Navarro Pickens, was recently featured in the Grunion Gazette, is in the Long Beach Art’s Council, and has left his art-mark in Long Beach.

The Art Exchange, which was formerly known as Art Reaching Kids - “ARK” - were nonprofits of his. He has been teaching art to students for over 25 years and has helped create the curriculum for LBUSD. Greg’s quote from the Grunion: “I love watching kids discover what they can do artistically,” Pickens said, “With a little direction, they can do a lot on their own.” This resonated with me. I enjoy seeing children figuring things out and finding themselves through those moments. I see adults have these epiphany moments as well, and it is true. When you are doing something like painting a wall, you can easily start to relax and go from there. Art has that freedom, and with Greg’s teachings he has helped many find themselves and create art. His public artwork can be found at local Long Beach elementary schools and parks, such as Long Beach Day Nursery and Loma Vista Park. His original artwork is bright and beautiful too.
Then there’s Studio Pick, Greg’s happy place for the community. The studio is at 4356 Atlantic Ave., on the north end of the Bixby Knolls business district. The next time you want to do an arts and craft activity, check out his studio where you can drop into a walk-in class. This is what Greg has to say about himself and Studio Pick:

“Welcome to my happy place. As an artist, art educator and community activist, I have worked with thousands of students and community members during my 30-year career in Long Beach, California. From CSULB to the Long Beach Day Nursery, I have taught all levels of learners and get just as excited about other people’s creative successes as I do my own.
My passion for sharing the joy in creating art has led me to co-founding two non-profit, community art centers in Long Beach and creating over 150 murals with the help of community members. I have always maintained a studio practice in addition to sharing my joy of creating with others.

StudioPick is an opportunity for me to bring all my passions and interests under one roof. There are many ways you can now share my love of art making by purchasing artwork, art reproductions, art kits, taking a virtual or live class with me or picking up some StudioPick swag.

If you live locally, you can take advantage of the StudioPick storefront space and book an art-making event/party with friends or family for up to 12 people and we can dive in together.
Fun in the Sun, The exterior of the Long Beach Day Nursery spans approximately 57 feet and features a wide array of fantastical animals, sea creatures and dinosaurs. Smiling kids and families drawn with varying shapes and sizes also populate this wall as it takes you throughout different landscapes.
50 Years of Service by local artist Gregory Navarro Pickens is a billboard style painting that was installed onto the top of the American Red Cross building. The painting pays tribute to the everyday heroes that help heal and save lives.
Eye on the Sky is an installation that depicts our solar system using various colors and materials going from the sun to Pluto. Warm colors are used nearest to the sun to represent heat and light given by the gas giant. The closer and closer one gets to Pluto, the cooler the colors get. Mosaics and metal plates stand in for the planets. Planets represented by metal plates have phrases written on them.


Greg’s Contact:
Gabriela Yates
3rd District Field Deputy
Did You Catch Suzie In December?
Belmont Shore Winter Village
Naples Boat Parade
Meeting with newly redistricted 3rd district business
Rancho Los Alamitos Holiday Event
Friends of Belmont Shore Monthly Meeting
Colorado Lagoon Park Planning Project
Speaking to CSULB Leadership Students
Annual Tree Lighting at the Convention Center
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
Please check their website for meeting details

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM via Zoom
Visit their web site for the zoom link

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  
Important Phone Numbers For City Services
Abandoned Shopping Cart
(800) 252 – 4613

Broken / Inoperable Traffic Light (562) 570 – 2768

Broken Curb
(562) 570 – 2726

Broken Street Light
(562) 983 – 2000

Broken Parking Meter
(562) 570 – 2741

Damaged Banner
(562) 570 – 5333

Damaged Mailbox
(800) 275 – 8777

Damaged or Missing Tree Grate (562) 570 – 2726

Damaged Sewer
(562) 570 – 2726

Damaged Bus Shelter
(562) 591 – 8753
Damaged Trees
(562) 570 – 2700

Graffiti on Buildings
(562) 570 – 2773

Gas Emergency
(562) 570 – 2140

Leaking Fire Hydrant
(562) 570 – 2390

Noise Abatement
(562) 570 – 4126

Overflowing Sidewalk Trash Can (562) 570 – 2876

Pot Hole
(562) 570 – 3259

Shoes on Powerlines
(562) 570 – 2726

Trash in Street
(562) 570 – 2876 OR (562) 570 – 3867