The 3rd District news & updates
June | 2021
Upcoming Events
City of Long Beach Council Meetings
Tuesdays @ 5:00PM

Pier B Rail Facility Project Meeting
June 2nd, 2021

Friends of Bixby Park Monthly Cleanups
Saturday June 5th, 2021 @ 9AM-11AM

2021 Propeller Club of LA-LB Scholarship Application
Deadline: July 30th
Upcoming Events
Councilwoman Suzie Price
Welcome June! Things are very rapidly returning to the normal, pre-COVID pandemic pace. I expect the next month will involve more transition back to normalcy for all of us.

We have been receiving many calls from residents regarding what we expect the city mandates will be regarding mask wearing after June 15th. I have confirmed with our City Manager that our health department policies in regards to masks will be the same as the state guidelines post-June 15th. This means that we will also be consistent with the CDC guidelines issued recently about masks. Please be sure to read our Council office email updates to make sure you have the latest information on changes to the mask policy in the coming weeks.
We have also received a lot of interest from residents regarding the “open streets” parklet program throughout the city. The city council voted to extend the parklet program through the summer. The program will end on September 30th and at that point, each business interested in having a permanent parklet will have to go through a permit application process. This process has always been an option for businesses in Long Beach. Applications will be viewed on a case-by-case basis and care will be given to determine the characteristics of a particular business corridor to determine if a permanent parklet makes sense at that location. Factors such as traffic safety, parking, noise and other impacts on surrounding neighborhoods will be considered in determining whether any temporary parklet will be permitted to convert to a permanent parklet. For those who did not have a chance to watch the council meeting on this issue, I did express some concerns about allowing permanent parklets in Belmont Shore due primarily to traffic safety and parking concerns. The issues surrounding traffic safety and parking in the Belmont Shore corridor are not trivial and must be closely reviewed as to each application.

For now, the current parklets will stay until the end of the summer and then those businesses that want to put in an application for a permanent parklet can go through the process for consideration.
Speaking of Belmont Shore, we have two meetings coming up in June to address some parking and traffic safety issues in Belmont Shore. Please look for the meeting information below on the update to the commercial parking requirements meeting and the reduction of speed limits on Belmont Shore residential streets. Our city team will be leading both of those community meetings.
Finally, please take some time to check out our new beach play structures/areas at Granada and Junipero and our new playground at Channel View Park. All of these new playgrounds seem to be a hit so far!

I hope to see you around in June but if we don’t see each other in the next few weeks, I am sure we will meet at one of the upcoming community concerts. We hope they will resume sometime in July!! I don’t know about you but I CANNOT WAIT to see you there!
Suzie Price
3rd District Councilwoman
June is Pride Month
Happy Pride Month! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally, and I look forward to highlighting these individuals who have made a difference all month.
May was Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Throughout the month of May I highlighted Asian-American and Pacific Islanders who have made a difference as part of AAPI Heritage Month. Here are a few of the important people that were recognized as part of this effort to draw greater attention to the historic roles played by Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Astronaut and Engineer Kalpana Chawla
Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, having served as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator on the space shuttle Columbia. Sadly, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2003 following the space shuttle Columbia’s 28th mission. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. She is regarded as a national hero in India, where she was born in East Punjab, in 1962.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Duckworth is the first Thai American woman elected to U.S. Congress, the first person born in Thailand to be elected to U.S. Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to U.S. Congress, the first female double amputee in the Senate, and the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office. A former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and veteran of the Iraq War, Duckworth lost both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm after her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents, causing severe combat wounds. Despite her injuries, she sought and obtained a medical waiver that allowed her to continue serving in the Illinois Army National Guard until she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2014.
Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
Known as the “Chinese Marie Curie” and the “Queen of Nuclear Research,” Dr. Wu was born in Jiangsu Province, China, in 1912, and moved to the U.S. in 1939 to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. As an experimental physicist, Dr. Wu made significant contributions to the study of nuclear physics, and as a member of the research staff at Columbia University, she played a critical role in the Manhattan Project, the research and development consortium led by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom that created the first nuclear weapons. Dr. Wu was the recipient of the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics and was the first woman to serve as president of the American Physical Society.
I.M. Pei
Pei has designed some of the nation’s most iconic buildings, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, among many others. Pei’s design of the glass and steel pyramid at the Musée du Louvre in Paris firmly established his reputation as a global visionary. Pei is among a select few architects whose work has defined city skylines around the world. In 1983, Pei won the Pritzker Prize, which is sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.
Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1890, and became a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, having competed in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, and the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Kahanamoku also was an alternate for the U.S. water polo team at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Following his trail-blazing athletic career, Kahanamoku worked as an actor, sheriff and surfer, helping to popularize the Hawaiian sport of surfing to a new generation of surfers all over the world.
Congresswoman Judy Chu
Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009, making her the first Chinese American woman elected to US Congress. She represents the 27th Congressional District here in California, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley. In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation.
3rd District Community News
Community Meeting to Discuss
Belmont Shore Speed Limits
On June 7th at 6:00 PM I invite you to join me for a community meeting via Zoom on the topic of traffic speeds in Belmont Shore. In recent years residents have expressed concerns over traffic speeds in the residential streets throughout Belmont Shore. In response to these concerns our City Traffic Engineers have conducted a number of studies of streets in Belmont Shore and are proposing to reduce the posted traffic speeds from 25 MPH to 15 MPH on the residential one way streets in Belmont Shore. This proposal is currently not considering changes to speeds on the two-way sections of Bayshore, as well as Second Street, the Toledo, and Granada.
Link to meeting via Zoom
Meeting ID: 822 9216 1642
Join via phone: (669) 900-6833
If you are interested in providing your input on this Traffic Engineering proposal, please join in for this community meeting as we discuss this idea. I look forward to a productive discussion.
Community Hospital Emergency Room
Now Open
Last month, Long Beach's Community Hospital officially reopened it's Emergency Room. This is a huge step because the Community Hospital is absolutely essential to the safety and health of Long Beach residents and particularly those in east Long Beach.
This news comes after the January initial reopening that included 11 ICU beds and space for 40 other patients being used for pre-arranged physician-directed transfers of patients from local hospitals and nursing facilities in order to relieve stress from overwhelmed healthcare providers operating at or near capacity. 
This is thanks to the incredible work of Long Beach City staff, the Community Hospital Foundation, Councilman Supernaw, and the new operator, Molina Wu Network (MWN), along with Pacific6 have gotten us to this point where Community Hospital's Emergency Room doors are open again helping Long Beach residents.
Although, this has been a long process, which began in March of 2018 when the previous operator announced they would stop all operations at Community Hospital, at every turn the City has worked to prioritize the urgent reopening of this hospital and moved as quickly as possible to help the new operators reopen this needed Emergency Room. 
Everyone 12 and Older Eligible for Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccinations for those ages 12 and older are available. Those aged 12 and older seeking to be vaccinated will be able to do so, without appointment, at the following City-run vaccine sites:
  • The City’s mass vaccination clinic at the Long Beach Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Both drive-thru and walk-up options are available. 
  • Cabrillo High School (2001 Santa Fe Ave.), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
  • Tucker Middle School (2221 Argonne Ave.), from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays 
Youth, ages 12 to 17 years old, will need parental consent in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The consent form is available online.
While only Pfizer is available to those younger than 18, all three vaccines (Janssen, Moderna, and Pfizer) are offered onsite at the Convention Center. All eligible people may also make vaccination appointments online via My Turn, the State’s COVID-19 vaccine notification and appointment system or by calling 833.422.4255.
Long Beach Branch NAACP
This past month, Councilwoman Suzie Price was honored at the May General Membership Meeting as a recipient of the Long Beach Branch NAACP 2021 Women & Mothers of the Year! Each year, This award honors mothers and women of the year that are inspiring, phenomenal, and unique. They make our world better, improve our community, and exhibit strong, supportive, protective, and loving qualities while serving as mentors and role models for many people, not only the family. The Long Beach Branch NAACP is privileged to have these women as part of our community and is extremely proud of them!
Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Community Meeting Recap
On May 20th Councilwoman Suzie Price hosted the Council District 3 community meeting along with Michelle Byerly, the Executive Director of Long Beach’s Non-Profit Partnership, to highlight the many nonprofits operating in the City of Long Beach! 
Michelle has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years in Southern California and began working with the TNP in 2016. She is passionate about advancing the mission of organizations in the community and providing support as they learn and grow for greater impact. With a particular focus on fostering collaborations to bridge connections in the community, Michelle is excited about leading TNP as they grow and evolve to meet the needs of organizations and advocate for the sector.
This community meeting fostered a positive conversation on the great work and dedication local nonprofits and organizations do throughout the city, and how Long Beach residents can get involved!
Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Youth Book Drive
During the month of May, the Council District 3 Office hosted a youth book drive for the Migrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center. The collected items were dropped off at our Field Office. Our office received countless books and toys from Long Beach residents, including the Girl Scouts from Lowell elementary school doing a special drop off to our office! Councilwoman Suzie Price says” I cannot say enough how blown away I am by the generosity and all the fantastic donations of books and toys I received to my Field Office from everyone. Thank you so much for your willingness to give to these kids and provide them some additional comfort.” 
Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates 125 Years of Service
The Long Beach Public Library is celebrating 125 years of service to the community and invites the public to follow their social media for news, updates and the latest surprises to join in the celebration.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary for the remainder of this year, the LBPL’s website will document the history and growth of the Long Beach Public Library, adding new content monthly, and sharing fun activities for kids, teens and adults, including 125 Reasons to Celebrate Your Library125 Great Books to Celebrate and the LBPL Anniversary Crossword Challenge.
Residents are also encouraged to follow the celebrations by following LBPL on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
In 1895, a group of “patriotic and practical citizens” joined together to create the Long Beach Library Association in the hopes to provide the town’s 1,500 residents with a library reading room. On January 1, 1896 they opened the first library in Long Beach in a kerosene-lit wooden shack on the ocean bluff between Pacific Avenue and Pine Street with a collection of 200 miscellaneous books from the First Congregational Church. 
The LBPL’s collection now includes more than 800,000 items, and features print materials, recordings, DVDs, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies and music, and Chromebooks and wireless hotspots available for checkout. The digital library includes resources for language learning, homework and job assistance, vocational and tech classes, hobbies, genealogy and news.
Today, the Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library in the Downtown area and eleven neighborhood libraries located throughout the city.
For more information about the Library’s anniversary or current services, including LBPL To-Go and Tech To-Go, please visit or call 562.570.7500.
3rd District and City Community Events
Pier B Rail Facility Project Meeting
June 2nd, 2021
The Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project team will update the public on the status of the Port of Long Beach project during a virtual community meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 2.

Click here to register. You can join this virtual meeting from a computer, phone or other mobile device. A recording of the meeting will be posted at for those unable to participate.

The planned Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility is the centerpiece of the Port of Long Beach’s $1 billion rail program. It will shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,” where containers move to and from marine terminals by trains. Transporting cargo by on-dock rail is cleaner and more efficient, as it reduces truck traffic. No cargo trucks would visit the facility. Instead, smaller train segments would be brought to the facility and joined together into a full-sized train.

Construction is set to begin in 2023. The first arrival, departure and storage tracks are expected to be completed in 2024, with additional tracks coming online in 2030, followed by project completion in 2032. View the project fact sheet and more information at the project page.
Requests for translation must be received by May 28. Call Veronica Quezada at (562) 283-7722 for translation or assistance registering for the event. Comuníquese con Veronica Quezada al (562) 283-7722 antes del viernes 28 de mayo para obtener servicios de interpretación o asistencia con el registro.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $200 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 Southern California jobs.

Media Contact: Lee Peterson, Port of Long Beach Media Relations Manager, (562) 283-7715 (office), (562) 519-2177 (cell),

Photo caption: Pier B at the Port of Long Beach.
2021 Propeller Club of LA-LB Scholarship Application is Open!
Deadline: July 30th
As we approach the end of the academic year, I want to highlight a great opportunity for graduating high school seniors in the City of Long Beach and surrounding cities! The Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach is offering scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 to graduating high school seniors.
This scholarship is open to high school seniors currently attending schools located in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington or Carson and to students of all intended majors.
Scholarship Requirements are: 
  • 500-word essay on a selected essay question
  • List of your most important school activities, community service, and work experience
  • Unofficial high school transcripts
  • Two letters of reference; one from a teacher or counselor and one from an adult who is familiar with your schoolwork and activities 
Click here to complete the online Scholarship application
The deadline to complete the Scholarship application is Friday, July 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions regarding this, please email jenn@propellerclublalb.orgWe hope local students will take this opportunity to begin their journey after high school!
Business Spotlight
Please join Councilwoman Price and the City of Long Beach in congratulating three new businesses at this month’s Business Spotlight! We recently had the pleasure of welcoming two new bakeries and a re-opening of a bar to 2nd Street. Colossus Bread + Coffee opened its doors on April 16, Crow’s Cocktails in Naples re-opened on May 6, and Cinnaholic opened on May 21.
Colossus Bakery
Long Beach locals, Kristin Colazas Rodriguez and Nick Rodriguez, opened Colossus Bread + Coffee in the former La Strada Italian restaurant location and find themselves sandwiched between two other morning staples, What’s Crackin and Aroma Di Roma. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying the outdoor space each morning on that block of Second Street.
Using locally sourced ingredients, and a full espresso bar, customers are greeted with a revolving array of scrumptious seasonal fruit, almond and chocolate croissants, sticky buns, danishes, fresh baked bread, toast, sandwiches, cookies, and granola. Colossus has an incredibly dedicated team working together to provide fresh, tasty options from morning through lunch. They love their community and are so happy to be here!

Colossus Bakery
4716 E. 2nd Street
(562) 285-3142
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday
The Cinnaholic franchise tagline states, “Our work is a craft of love, passion and dedication,” and this is very true of our newly opened Cinnaholic in the former Paradis Ice Cream location. Owned and operated by Long Beach local, James McClean and his wife, Charleen, Cinnaholic is a specialty “create your own” gourmet cinnamon roll bakery but they don’t just make cinnamon rolls. They also offer other sweet treats like brownies, cookie cakes, as well as take and bake cookie dough. The Atlanta based franchise chain has stores across the U.S. and offer numerous frosting flavors as well as toppings. All of their products are 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free and you will never realize it. As they say, "If you can dream it, they can probably make it happen!"

Cinnaholic Long Beach
5305 E 2nd Street
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Crow's Cocktails
After a long hiatus thanks to COVID-19, Crow’s Cocktails of Naples re-opened as a restaurant (food provided by KC Branaghan’s) and to limited capacity under the leadership of James Babian who has taken over the day-to-day operations as the new president of the company. Dicky Babian remains the owner, but handed over the reins during COVID, and now three generations (Dicky’s grandson is bartending) are seen under the same roof. With a newly renovated interior and a fresh list of craft cocktails, this is a great neighborhood lounge with a fun vibe and new digital jukebox.

Crow’s Cocktails
5728 E 2nd Street
12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Lisa West
3rd District Director of Business Relations,
Programming and Outreach
Artist Spotlight
Ann Devlin
I first connected with Ann Devlin through the Naples Island Garden Club. I learned more about her being an artist through the garden club, as many were boasting about her work. She was humble about her artistic ability because she found this as a hobby, but after seeing her work she’s beyond a novice. She is a fantastic local Naples artist who enjoys not only painting, but gardening, reading, playing golf, bridge, and spending time with her grandchildren. Ann joined the NIGC in 2016 and began to do more in the Naples Community, such as co-chairing the annual Flower Show that NIGC hosts.  
Ann spent many years as a family crisis counselor in Orange Co. and was implemental in helping her brother start Sierra Tucson's family program. Her compassionate and humble heart is natural in helping others. She was also a small business owner and when she engages with her community her strengths can be seen. This makes her a great artist to feature from the 3rd District. 
Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy
Did You Catch Suzie In May?
Reopening of Community Hospital
Community Meeting
Youth Book Drive
Long Beach Restaurant Association Meeting 
Reopening of Crow's Cocktails
Arbor Day Tree Planting
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 
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: