As you all know the past few months have been action packed. You have no doubt received at least one email from my office everyday since March. I hope you understand that we are not trying to overwhelm anyone, but rather, want to make sure you are informed about what is happening with COVID, protest activity and "regular" council business. Communication has been a priority for us and I want to spend a little time this month sharing with you what our communications efforts look like from a practical standpoint.
I serve 52,000 residents. I do so with the assistance of an amazing full and part time staff. Generally speaking, Gabriela Yates takes the lead on constituent related calls/emails/visits. Things like traffic or noise impacts, tree trimming, or street paving are common areas that she responds to. She covers topics way more expansive than these but that's just an example.
Lisa West leads my team in helping businesses with building their spaces, getting necessary permits and their on-going operational issues. She also leads my team in all of our special events, including community meetings, concerts, anti-bully event, young women's leadership program, Touch-A-Truck and pretty much any other idea I have in the middle of the night that I need help implementing.
Mollie Wilson and Michael Axe are CSULB students who help us check and respond to the in-box for our district email account every day and also handle my scheduling, certificates for special recognitions, and any other communications related task that is needed on a given day.
Jack Cunningham is my chief of staff. He leads our staff and helps me implement all of my policy and communications goals and objectives. He is the one who makes sure the daily COVID updates are timely and that our residents have access to the latest information regarding the virus and its local impacts. He responds to emails, meets with residents and groups who want to advocate for certain policies, and communicates with me on what issues may be coming up on the horizon that I may need to study up on. He is my partner in all that we do on the council team.
I share this with you to give you a sense of what our regular days are like. The team communicates with me throughout the day about the meetings they are having, who I need to call or meet with and what materials I need to read to be prepared to speak on a subject. We have council-related meetings every day. EVERY day. There is rarely a
moment of inactivity where I don't have a list of residents or business owners to call back or a memo from the City Manager to read before I make a call to someone on a topic of specificity.
In terms of our communication efforts, we have really stepped them up since COVID updates started becoming regular. We now send at least one email out every day with updates. When we send an email update out, we send it to 17,000 people, and the number is growing every day with more and more people emailing us and asking to be added to the list. This is a great thing! But, every time we send an email out, we get many replies back from residents, and most of them warrant
a response. Sometimes the number of replies we get to a single update is in the 300-400
range. It's very easy for people to hit "reply" and share a thought, brief or lengthy. We try to respond to each email but prioritize them based on people who are actually seeking information, which might be timely for them, and those who are simply making an observation or expressing an opinion on a topic. We try to get to everyone, but I have to admit, we have never seen email
volumes like we are seeing in the COVID/Protest/Civil unrest era. So, we ask you to please be patient. If you have reached out to our office and not heard back, you can email me directly at Suzie@suzieAprice.com or
and I will make sure you get a response ASAP. You can always call our office as well, but right now, many of our staff continue to work remotely.
Beyond COVID and Protest activity, I still serve on several committees, that generally don't have subject matter that is associated with COVID or protests, although Public Safety Committee is taking a very comprehensive look at police practices and reforms. As a reminder, I chair the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, the Long Beach Council's Public Safety Committee, I am the Vice Chair of the Los Cerritos Wetlands
Authority, the Vice Chair of the Council's Budget Oversight Committee and I sit on the
Council's Tidelands Committee. All of these committees continue to conduct regular business.
It's a busy time for Long Beach and I know many of you still remain unsettled about what the future of our community will look like post-COVID. The Council is working hard to get us to a POST-COVID state, prudently and with care. The current trend in the COVID numbers is not going in the right direction, so I anticipate we will be directed by the state, to make some modifications to our health orders.
Our health department makes all decisions about business/service closures and reopening so I am sure they will be paying close attention to what is happening around the nation.
Hang in there everyone, we are truly in this together and we will make it through to the other side stronger and with more gratitude for the community we are lucky to call home.
Have a safe and enjoyable July!
Suzie Price, 3rd District Councilwoman
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS & NEWS
4th of July Closures
As an office, we are thrilled to celebrate the 4th of July, but would like to ensure everyone is celebrating the holiday safely.
In alignment with Los Angeles County, Long Beach beaches will be closed to the public this Fourth of July weekend starting Friday, July 3 (12:01 a.m.), through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 6, in a proactive effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. This closure also includes piers, beach parking lots (except for permit holders), beach access ways, bathrooms and beach bike and pedestrian paths.
Due to the recent sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate in both Long Beach and Los Angeles County, and because beaches typically attract large gatherings, Long Beach beaches will close temporarily for both passive and active use. Beaches will reopen at 5:01 a.m. Monday, July 6. Additionally, the Queen Mary and Big Bang on the Bay fireworks shows are canceled this year.
The City encourages residents to
at home this Fourth of July, and suggest alternative ways to celebrate with members of one's household, such as having a fireworks-free BBQ at home or a family-movie marathon. Events like fireworks shows, block parties and other types of large gatherings are not permitted, per the State of California Health Order. If celebrating with outdoor activities, City health officials remind residents to maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals not in the same household, wear a face covering over both your mouth and nose in all public and private places you could be, or are, in contact with members of other households, wash hands frequently and sanitize high-touch surfaces.
Closed on Friday, July 3:
- Animal Care Services and spcaLA*
- Career Transition Center*
- Center for Working Families*
- City Hall*
- Citizen Police Complaint Commission
- Code Enforcement services (Venue Task Force will continue to operate throughout the weekend)
- Fire Headquarters, Support Services, Fire Prevention, & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration
- Health Department and Health facilities
- Housing Authority
- Neighborhood Resource Center*
- The WorkPlace, Youth Opportunity Center & Pacific Gateway Administrative Office*
- Park offices and community park facilities*
- Street Sweeping
- Towing and Lien Sales
- Water Department (Water or Sewer Emergencies: 562.570.2390)
Open on Friday, July 3, with modified operations:
- Fire Stations and Lifeguard Stations
- El Dorado Regional Park* (for active recreation use only; no gatherings or group sports permitted)
- Main Police Station Front Desk
- Marina offices (Alamitos Bay Marina, Shoreline Marina)*
- Refuse and Recycling Collection (offices will be closed but refuse and recycling will be collected as usual)
- Gas Services Dispatch is open 24/7 for emergency calls 562.570.2140
*Indicates City facilities and services currently operating under
until further notice as a result of COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions.
Open on Friday, July 3 and closed on Saturday, July 4:
- El Dorado Nature Center*
- Swimming pools*
City Hall closed public access on March 18 and will remain closed until further notice. Residents are encouraged to utilize online services during this time.
There will be no scheduled street sweeping or enforcement of street sweeping violations on Friday, July 3.
Read your parking meter: Parking meters will be enforced on Saturday, July 4, unless the meter states "Exempt on Holidays." The days and hours of enforcement are displayed inside the meters.
Trash and Recycling will be collected as scheduled on Friday, July 3.
3rd District Legislative Assistant
As the Fourth of July approaches we have seen an increase in the use of illegal fireworks throughout Long Beach and all across the country. This time of year is always a particular focus on this topic, however this year we have seen a greater amount of illegal fireworks being used.
They cause injuries and property damage, they frighten pets, and can start fires in residential neighborhoods, or our open spaces that are experiencing drought conditions. Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, however their continued use in many parts of the city cause frustration in many residents, and create an incredibly difficult job for our Fire Department. This is a topic that Councilwoman Price has focused on in recent years creating a Third District Fireworks Committee that spent months researching the issue, working with City staff and interviewing other Cities on how they address this topic. The Committee then presented their proposals to the City Council resulting in further feasibility studies by City staff and additional efforts by the City Council to improve education, reporting, and enforcement options for better managing this annual nuisance.
In addition to being able to report illegal fireworks to the Police Department, you are now able to use the GO Long Beach app too.
Additionally, this year the City Prosecutor has developed a web portal for residents to submit information on illegal fireworks use. This new way of reporting instances of
fireworks use is meant to help track and record these incidents and create an opportunity for the City to engage directly with those residents.
Lastly, Councilwoman Price annually partners with CSULB and the fireworks committee to produce public service announcements to help educate residents of the dangers and negative community impacts of fireworks.
3rd District Chief of Staff
Congratulations Class of 2020 Graduates!
Dear Class of 2020,
We are all so proud of you! These past few months have not been easy on anyone, and I can only imagine the dedication and hard work that it took to reach this milestone in your life. Whether you are graduating from High School, getting your first degree, or completing your second Doctorate, you deserve to feel proud and celebrated. We are seeing the world around us rapidly changing and you are going to be the ones leading the change. Whatever the next chapter of your lives will be, I encourage you stay dedicated and focus on bettering yourselves and your communities. Please remember to be safe over this summer; while it is tempting to celebrate with your friends, we are facing a pandemic and must keep the safety of everyone in mind. Wash your hands, wear your masks, don't congregate in groups, or go out anywhere that isn't necessary.
Instead, consider having a celebratory Zoom "party" with those who matter most to you and supported you through your great achievement. Let's stay strong and continue to get through this together.
3rd District Scheduler
Public Safety Committee Meeting June 23, 2020
As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Councilwoman Price held a meeting Tuesday the 23rd, to discuss a number of important issues facing the City. The discussion included reports from the Police Department and Fire Department on their responses to protests and the issues of unrest from May 31, 2020. The meeting also included a report and discussion on current police department policies.
If you are interested in listening to the recording of this meeting it can be accessed
by clicking here.
With the important local and national conversations occurring around policing, the role of the public safety committee will continue to be important in facilitating more in depth discussions on these essential topics, and making recommendations to the full City Council for additional policy recommendations.
3rd District Chief of Staff
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.
3rd District Chief of Staff
Recent Discussions on Race
Implicit Bias Primer
Councilwoman Price has been working to ensure everyone is able to be a part of the important nationwide conversations on race in America today. Recently she hosted a video on Implicit Bias as a primer to further develop this community discussion.
Community Conversation on Race and Injustice
Additionally, Councilwoman Price will hold a community conversation on race and injustice via zoom (
click here for more information
). The meeting will feature
Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh, who is a curriculum developer and instructional faculty member at USC's Race and Equity Center and at UCLA's Department of Sociology. This Zoom meeting will give residents a chance to ask questions and learn more about the issues of race and injustice as well as their historical and current impacts on America. The meeting will be attended by over 200 participants. We look forward to hosting additional events to further discuss these important topics.
3rd District Chief of Staff
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 week. Appointments 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.
We realize the appointments have been difficult to book recently, but we encourage you to keep trying.
Long Beach Challenge
Bidding starts June 1-July 15
Long Beach locals, Mike and Tracy Murchison are partnering with Meals on Wheels Long Beach and the Long Beach Education Foundation to bring the "Long Beach Challenge," to people in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. The "Long Beach Challenge" is a campaign to raise up to $100,000 by featuring an auction of donated items with 100% of all proceeds to go to Meals on Wheels and the Education Foundation. The window to accept donations ends on July 1 and bidding starts on June 1 to July 15.
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
LBUSD Update Regarding Graduation, Summer School, and Next Year
As the COVID-19 emergency continues, I want to make sure that residents are all well informed on everything that is going on and that affects them. In many cases this includes updates that are actually not related to the Long Beach City Council, but certainly impact Long Beach residents. That is why I am updating you on one of the City's close partners during this emergency, the Long Beach Unified School District. As a mother with two school aged sons I know how important updates from the school district can be. Especially on topics like graduation, summer school, and the next school year.
Child Care Resources
While schools are closed I know many parents who are essential workers struggle to manage their job responsibilities along with their responsibilities as parents. Making sure kids are well taken care of while their parents continue to work can absolutely be a source of stress. This is why here in Long Beach there are resources available for parents as well as for childcare workers during the COVID-19 emergency.
Donate to Long Beach Emergency Relief Fund
Long Beach is experiencing an unprecedented challenge as we face the Covid-19 health crisis. This fund will support the most vulnerable in our community.
The Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in the Long Beach area. Grants will be made to support approved 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations working on these efforts.
Funds donated to this Long Beach Relief Fund through June 5, 2020 will be used exclusively for assistance to Long Beach residents impacted by Coronavirus.
Your contribution receives a full tax-deduction and goes directly to the Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund.
COVID-19 has been challenging on so many businesses, but one positive is that I have met wonderful, hard working business owners that share the same perseverance and strength that will get them through this burdensome time. One such owner is Erica Hawkins of Velvet LB. Velvet LB is located at 3145 E. Broadway. Her tagline, "Healthy, Happy Bodies in Velvet" helps promote success by changing the client's mindset
about fitness and weight loss. Velvet LB offers over 10 different class formats so you can sweat and play anyway you like, 7 days a week. First time clients pay only $12 for any of the fitness classes or $20 for an aerial class.
Here is Erica's bio: From an early age of sports and dance, I have always been surrounded by capable females. At 18 years old I began working under Marina Green for the City of Carson, where I launched a dance program for young girls who couldn't afford the luxury of attending a studio. After serving McCormick Ambulance, predominantly a male company, as an EMT and dispatcher for almost 7 years (and not loving it to say the least), I began instructing at the School of Dance and Music, RockIt Body Pilates and Barreworks, all female-owned businesses. In my adulthood the "capable" became the strong.
For years I drove from studio to studio, all the while tending bar at a couple different places. I know many know this lifestyle all too well. I grew weary of it and after interviewing for yet another studio one day in March, my guy turned to me and asked, "Why don't you just open your own?" The answers were familiar- money, doubt.
On the way home from said interview we drove down 4th Street and 2nd Street noticing all the "For Lease" signs and landed at Five O'clock Wine Bar for a glass of wine. By the second glass, I had a piece of receipt paper with a rough estimate of the cost of starting (what was no longer) a far-fetched dream and had already called my parents to tell them I'm doing it, to which my dad responded, "I was wondering when that was gonna happen."
So here we are. Velvet LB opened July 27, 2019, has welcomed so many beautiful faces, has influenced and inspired a lot of lives, has survived COVID-19, and will continue to flourish with the support of this amazing Long Beach community.
Velvet LB offers an array of classes: barre, Pilates, aerial, including aerial yoga, lyra (hoop) and hammock. The schedule and info can be found at
. We are open daily, following safety measures (an extra barre even went up this past Friday to keep clients well spaced), and virtual classes are still available. Contact
with any questions or just to say hi.
Owner: Erica Hawkins
Location: 3145 E. Broadway
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
Programming, and Outrea
District 3 - Extraordinary People Series
Elliot Livolsi (pictured in white) is our extraordinary person. Elliot is entering his Sophomore year at CSULB studying Fashion Merchandising. This past Friday, Elliot organized a protest and sit in on the Naples Bridge in recognition of the ongoing Black Lives Matter Movement. The protest was incredible, garnering support from members of
the local community, Cal State Long Beach students, and people from all
across the city as they gathered to advocate for justice throughout the country.
Elliot's dedication to planning a well-organized, peaceful protest is a great example of the type of leaders Long Beach strives to have, providing a space to challenge injustices and aim to make Long Beach a safer community moving forward.
Vivian Wenhuey Chen
Born in Taiwan, Vivian Wenhuey Chen came to the United States to study law and lived in Boston, Massachusetts for more than 30 years. During those years, she worked as a lawyer and a banker, but always worked on her artworks whenever she could find time. In 2005, she moved to and settled in Long Beach, and is happy to live in Bluff Park.
More than thirty years ago, Vivian started her art career as an abstract painter. Between 2000 and 2016, she transitioned to abstract representation or Mimetic-Abstract Hybrid. Today her focus is on pure abstraction, or Fully Abstract. Instead of showing some faint shade of an observable world object, she looks to catch the mood of her subject matter.
Vivian's current work is infused with her Asian heritage: the religions, cultures, and painting styles. Vivian's paintings become effortless and meditative because she uses scriptures from Buddhism, Daoism, and adds to the layers of paint with Chinese "brush" writing styles too. There is a meditative experience as she uses scriptures to manifest the paintings she creates, and they speak for themselves.
She's also executed a series of automatic drawings centered on catching the Eastern ethos. She'll use pencil, charcoal, graphite and Chinese ink to draw on the collage of a medley of papers, such as mulberry tree balk paper from Central Asia, Chinese ink paper, temple prayer paper or cotton wrapping paper, on Vellum paper. Some of these drawings ask for and get a dash of color.
Vivian's Art Background:
She's taken a few art courses in high school, and she also attended art classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This was a joint program with Tufts University, and California State University Long Beach Art Department.
She was very active in art related activities and served as trustee of the Peabody Museum of Salem (now Peabody and Essex Museum) in Salem, Massachusetts from 1985 to 1994.
Vivian co-founded the New England Chinese American Fine Arts Society in Boston and was its vice president and sat on its board from 1994 to 2005.
Currently, she is a member of South Bay Contemporary Art Critique Group, Southern California Women's Caucus of Art and Fine Arts Affiliates.
She has exhibited in: Long Beach Library, "A Lot" sponsored by Arts Council of Long Beach, Long Beach Cultural Alliance, Torrance Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Florence Biennuale, Florence, Italy, Salon des Artists Independants, Paris, France, and Werby Gallery and Gatov Gallery, both at CSULB, South Bay Contemporary, CA 101, Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Utopia Good Food and Fine Art, C Gallery on the Broadway, Long Beach, the gallery at University of Southern California and several exhibit with Southern California Women's Caucus in addition to exhibits in many other artists organizations.
Vivian Wenhuey Chen
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.
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3rd District, Chief of Staff
DID YOU CATCH SUZIE IN JUNE?
|Black Lives Matter Protest
|Long Beach Police Department
|Host of Discussion about Implicit Bias for Community
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
Peninsula Neighborhood Association
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:
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3rd District, Field Deputy
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