August is budget month for the City Council. The Mayor and City Manager released their budget recommendations on July 31st and over the course of the next month, the Budget Oversight Committee, where I serve as Vice Chair, will hold a series of hearings to discuss the recommendations, the needs of various departments and the proposals from community based organizations. I will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the budget recommendations and hear your thoughts on the budget and our spending practices on August 23rd at 6:30 pm at the field office (340 Nieto Ave). 

Among the recommendations released on July 31st are several programs and services that I have worked hard to bring to the City since I took office in 2014. First, the homeless work program that I proposed to Council about a year ago will be funded. Based on the model used successfully in several other cities throughout the nation, Long Beach will work with a non-profit partner to provide job skills, employment and a market wage to those experiencing homelessness and want to take advantage of an employment opportunity. Albuquerque, NM started a similar program and 46% of the participants ended up getting full-time employment after participating in the program! This is an out-of-the-box idea that I want to try in the City and I am pleased to see it was included in the initial budget recommendations.

Another area where I have been very vocal is the area of increasing our public safety resources. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee I have advocated that we restore our public safety structures first, before we fund specialty programs and positions. With that said, I am pleased that the initial budget recommendations include restoration of Fire Engine 17, which will service several areas of the 3rd District, including Park Estates, La Marina, and Bixby Village. Many of you will recall that we restored Engine 8 in Belmont Shore shortly after I was elected and now with the addition of Engine 17, and the restoration of Rescue 12 which occurred last year, we are in much better shape with increased response times for paramedics. The budget recommendations also include restoring the Long Beach Police Department's bicycle enforcement team with the addition of several new police officer positions.  A unit of approximately 10 officers will patrol various parts of the City on bikes, which will help them get to hard to reach places, and see more of the activities that you are experiencing every day as you take walks on the beach and through your neighborhood parks. Both the police and fire departments are also expected to get more funding to add more homeless outreach teams, which has been a proven method of encouraging those experiencing homelessness to accept a service, whether it's housing, rehabilitation or mental health counseling.

Our library system will now have libraries open 7 days a week. While every library won't be open 7 days per week, there will be several libraries throughout the city that are open every day so those of you who want to visit the libraries on the weekend and especially on Sundays, will have several choices of open libraries to visit.

Finally, we expect that the Municipal Band will receive the funding needed to continue it's excellent summer concert programming!

I know this letter was on the long side, but it's budget season, so thank you for bearing with me. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming budget meeting or hearing from you via email or phone regarding your thoughts on the budget.

Suzie Price 

Join us on August 23 at 6:30 PM at the Third District Field Office (340 Nieto Ave) where City Manager Pat West will be discussing the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. In addition to the monthly update from your Councilwoman, a representatives from various City Departments will also be discussing upcoming changes in our District.

Please attend for an informative night where attendees can gain a better understanding of next year's budget, learn about upcoming projects in the District, and give input on topics that are important in the community.

For more information please email

- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director

The CD3 Walking Club is back! In partnership with resident, Lori Barber, we want to mobilize our community to make a difference. We don't just talk about it, we do it! Join us on Sunday, August 5th to help us beautify the Third District. Each month a different route will be identified. Let us know if your area needs special attention. This month we will meet at Marine Stadium Park at 8 AM and walk our way down Marine Stadium and Mother's Beach to pick up trash. A specific route will be outlined at the event.

Trash pickers, gloves and trash bags will be provided. 

- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach

The Coucilwoman has been glad to work together with the Parkin family as well as the community to help memorialize this fantastic person. On August 18th at 9:30 AM the Councilwoman will be hosting a dedication ceremony as the greenspace at E. 1st St. and Loma Ave. will be named after John Parkin.

John Parkin was a long time resident of the Bluff Park neighborhood. After his death in 2015 many neighbors were saddened to lose a community member like him. He was a resident of Bluff Park for 33 years and was a strong supporter and former board member of the local community association, the Bluff Park Neighborhood Association.

Although John is well known throughout the city for his role in addressing subsidence and the use of Long Beach oil revenues, it is his impact on his local neighborhood that many residents remember most fondly. His friends and neighbors remember him as a humble and loyal man with great integrity and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was seen as an icon in the neighborhood who was admired by everyone.

We hope to see you there to help honor the community legacy of John Parkin.

 - By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff

Its hard to believe we're into the last laps of summer. Of course, summer doesn't really end until later in September, but our kids will start school in a few weeks.  In an effort to extend the concerts in the park series at Marine Stadium, we are partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine to bring a free community concert featuring the Elm Street Band on Saturday, August 18 at 6 PM. Food trucks and activities for the kids will be available as we dance to classic Rock'n Roll and surf tunes that we all know so well.   Let's enjoy the sights and sounds of summer and our amazing Third District. 

- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, 
Programming & Outreach


On March 20, 2018, the City Council approved a partnership with Project 529 to offer free, voluntary bicycle registration to Long Beach residents. As a part of this effort, Public Works  (PW) staff is developing a campaign to educate residents of the service and benefits of  registering their bicycles. 

Currently, the Project 529 database contains over 400,000 registered bikes, the largest in  the country. Project 529 allows individuals to register their bicycles via the website,  Project 529 Garage or through their free mobile application, 529 Garage. There  is no-cost to the user and the database is available to the Long Beach Police Department  (LBPD) as a resource to help with bicycle recovery.

Public outreach has already started, including:
* Pop-up registration at community events
* Promotion of Project 529 at the Bike Station (located at 223 East 1st Street)
* Project 529 informational handouts at community events and during Bike Month

In a continued effort to get every bike in Long Beach registered through our  FREE bike registration program, please join us on  Saturday, August 4th at the Belmont Pier Promenade near 39th Place from 9 AM to 11 AM .  Far too many bikes are lost and stolen in Long Beach and if they are not registered or reported lost there is no way for the police to ever get them returned to their owner. 
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to get your bicycles registered. A registered bike is a protected bike, and with programs like this it gives us a better way to stop bike thefts because registration stickers act as a deterrent to theft. 

- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff

Councilwoman Suzie Price is thrilled to help bring summer entertainment to Marine Stadium Park.  The Friends of Belmont Shore are having their annual community concert featuring Rolling Stones Tribute Band, Jumping Jack Flash on Thursday, August 9th at 6 PM.  Enjoy live music with friends and family under the summer sky! More information can be found on the flyer.  

- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, 
Programming & Outreach

3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

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
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
370 Junipero Ave.
Please check their website for meeting details

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 PM - WILL BE DARK FOR JULY MEETING
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall - 5100 E. Broadway at Granada Ave.

Friends of Bixby Park
Please check their website

Greenbelt Heights Neighborhood Association
3rd Wednesday at 8pm - 9pm, next meeting Aug 15
941 Grand Ave.
2nd Sunday neighborhood clean-up at 9am
Save the Date:  Greenbelt Fest on September 8

NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Email Carleton Carlson for meeting confirmation at 
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
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:  

Throughout this month the City Council will be receiving presentations from City departments on their budgets in preparation for the City Council to adopt the full City Budget in early September. Our office will also be holding a community meeting to discuss the budget where the City Manager and City staff from various departments will be present to provide information and answer questions. 

In the meantime please find below a link to an interactive budget page that allows you to look at the budget as it is structured throughout the various funds operated by the City.   Interactive Budget by Departments

Additionally, here is the link to the general proposed budget page:
Fiscal Year 2019 Proposed Budget

To the Beautiful Third District:

For those of you that don't  know, Friday, August 3rd is my last day with the Third District City Council Office. I have accepted an exciting job offer and will be moving to Washington D.C. to continue my professional growth. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the engaged and productive residents who always made my time in this office eventful. We worked together to make improvements to a community that we have been lucky enough to call home. I have enjoyed my time working with community leaders on so many wonderful projects and I know these efforts will continue to have a positive impact on generations to come.

I am so proud of what we have accomplished as a community and I look forward to following the successes of this office as the Third District Team goes into a strong second term. Thank you all for welcoming me with open arms!

--By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Field Director

In past weeks there have been some concerns regarding the state of beaches throughout the Third District. Issues around afterhours beach access, and significant problems with littering have been a major focus. The police have expanded their patrols of the beach, and have conducted a number of efforts to help those suffering from homelessness as well as ensure people are aware of the beach hours. Additionally, more intensive efforts to clean and manage the beach have been conducted to make sure trash is not making any residents feel like the beach is not a safe place for them. 
Last week the Councilwoman brought the first of a number of items before City Council that are designed to have a bigger impact on the maintenance we see of our beaches. The recent item asks staff to conduct an audit of how beach signage can be improved and expanded to better enforce beach rules. 
Link to recent agenda item:   Beach Maintenance
Please stay tuned for more efforts to increase our beach maintenance. 

 - Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price

Every month I try to provide residents with information on important upcoming polices or discussions at City Council, or upcoming events that residents will enjoy. However, this month I thought I would give some information on an interesting feature you are probably all aware of known as Sims Pond.

Located at the North West Corner of Loynes Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, it is a small pond that today functions as a great habitat for native plants and animal species. However, the pond has an interesting history on how it came about. Originally, Sims Pond was simply a part of the Alamitos Bay, but this changed when Marine Stadium was constructed in the 1920s in preparation for the coming Olympics being held in Los Angeles where Long Beach would host rowing, and that portion of the bay was back-filled cutting it off from the rest of the bay. Then in 1968 the site was determined to be private property and went undeveloped for many years except for a roadside stand that sold fish bait. But then a large seasonal pond developed next to the bait shop that would fill during winter months or major storm events, and would drain during the dry summer months. And eventually the pond that was filled primarily from runoff from the uphill Stonybrook apartment complex would be named after the bait shop owner.

Then in 1978 the property next to the pond was developed into two single family dwelling subdivisions, the developers were required to develop the wetland area where the pond had formed and maintain it as a freshwater nature preserve. Maintenance of the pond was the responsibility of the Homeowner's Associations of the two developments (Del Lago and Bay Harbour). This maintenance requirement expired after 25 years when the HOA's donated the site to the City.

Since then the City has maintained it as a Seasonal Pond that is filled from runoff and rainfall. It continues to be treated as a sensitive native plant and wildlife area, and is managed based on California State Department of Fish and Wildlife standards. This means no artificially filling it, and that we manage it as a natural environment.

Often the interesting history of a place can really make us all appreciate something even more, and for me, knowing that this native habitat was created due to preparations for the 1932 Olympics, and named after the owner of a fish bait stand makes me love Sims Pond even more.


Long Beach residents are invited to participate in a FREE document shredding event on Saturday, September 8th from 9AM - 11AM at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, located at 5000 East Lew Davis Street.

A mobile shredding truck will provide residents with the opportunity to securely dispose of confidential documents, white or colored paper, manila file folders, and envelopes.  There is a limit of three boxes per car.  For more information, including event flyer, please visit

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Diko Melkonian, Manager of Environmental Services Bureau, at 562-570-2856.

The moment you notice the vibrant mural on the outside of the Wild Child Party & Supply building on Redondo Blvd., you are instantly drawn to this carefully curated party shop. 

From their expressive balloon installations to their unique professionally styled party items, you can look to Wild Child Party & Supply to get the party started! As owner and visionary of Wild Child Party & Supply, Jolie Dionisio has created a household name for her business. Her creativity and vision for each project is what sets her apart! She revels in the planning and crafting process as well as adding all the thoughtful details that go into designing and dreaming those ideas to fruition, leaving each host and every guest smiling. Offering much more than just your average balloons and party goods, Wild Child has been crafted and curated to style parties as eclectic and exquisite as what fills their online and in store party shop. 

Their full-service event styling team is equipped to not only create the perfect setting for your next soirée, but also design and create any customization your party may need such as custom banners, cake toppers, signage and balloon installations. Jolie likes to keep everything fun and creative while maintaining a unique and on trend approach with a wide variety of parties, events and clients that her and her team cater to. Their truly one-of-a-kind designs have added to the festivities of this year's Sundance Film Festival, A-List celebrity's parties, as well as celebrations for local businesses and families alike (just to name a few)! Straying far away from your everyday balloon arch, Wild Child's balloon installations are both imaginative and creative, adding eye catching flair and making your wildest balloon dreams come to life!

Since the shop's opening in 2015 as merely a pop-up shop, there have been many changes from a storefront location to now a new shop appearance. With the addition of their shop's colorful and fun mural on the façade of their building, Wild Child is about to undergo a major in-house transformation within the next couple of months so make sure to keep up with the party by following them on social media! We are so lucky to have this caliber of a business in our city. 

Let's Party!
Address: 327 Redondo Ave. Long Beach, CA 90814
Located in between 3rd and Colorado
Street parking only

Shop Hours:
Sunday  - 10AM - 2PM
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 11AM - 6PM
Wednesday - 11AM - 6PM
Thursday - 11AM - 6PM
Friday - 11AM - 6PM
Saturday - 10AM - 6PM
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach
City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday evening, with the exception of the last Tuesday of the month when council is "dark."  Meetings are held in City Hall - Council Chambers (333 W. Ocean Blvd.) at approximately 5pm.  Times do change, so please check with our office or website for exact times. City Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance, especially if there is an important topic up for discussion.
Charter (channel 3) and FIOS Verizon (channel 21) subscribers can view the City Council Meetings on their televisions or you can live stream the video through,  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  

- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director

Sometimes our office announces major initiatives like developing plans to create programs for homeless to work with the City, or supporting the Belmont Pool, or hiring new police officers. And other times there are projects we initiate that have a much smaller reach, but still can be very important to individual neighborhoods. This is one of those items. The Councilwoman has sponsored a crossing guard on weekday evening at 54th and Ocean to help manage pedestrian traffic and reduce delays with the influx we see annually of beach-goers. This increases safety for pedestrians and drivers, and helps make sure that both pedestrians and cars are flowing efficiently.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price

Long Beach is a City that is always growing and changing. We have a long history and will have an even longer future ahead of us if we continue to make the commitments that put us on the right track like the major investments in infrastructure and public safety that we have seen in recent years. We all play a role in making our streets and city safer. Personally, I have pushed hard for the City to expand our police force and add positions to a department that is still recovering from the recession. This is done with the goal of improving basic safety and security for residents. Additionally, the Long Beach voters supported Measure A which is creating huge investments in our streets and sidewalks.

So, with more police officers coming into the City, and tons of repairs and repaving done throughout the City, the remaining piece of supporting traffic safety is ensuring people are driving safely and understand the rules of the road. So, here is a short quiz that will hopefully help remind drivers of rules we all sometimes forget, and help to encourage greater traffic safety.

Take the Quiz:
1. By definition, a cyclist is considered a pedestrian (True or False)
2. Pedestrians can cross at any intersection, with or without a crosswalk (True or False)
3. Pedestrians may legally cross any street, any time, anywhere (True or False)
4. Of all traffic-based deaths, pedestrians are killed _____ % of the time
5. Turning your high beams on in dense fog can help you see better (True or False)
6. Texting while driving increases your crash risk ________ over drunk driving.
7. There is no crosswalk and you see a pedestrian crossing your lane ahead. You should: 
a) Make eye contact and then pass him/her 
b) Slow down as you pass him/her 
c) Stop and let him/her finish crossing the street 
8. Unless it is posted otherwise, the speed limit in a residential area is: 
a) 25 miles per hour 
b) 20 miles per hour 
c) 35 miles per hour 
d) whatever speed you feel comfortable driving
9. As a walking/jogging pedestrian, where is the appropriate place to walk/jog in the roadway when sidewalks or a multi-use path is not present? 
a ) In the center of the roadway. 
b) Along the edge of the roadway facing approaching traffic. 
c) Along the edge of the roadway with your back against approaching traffic. 
10. While riding a bicycle, where is the appropriate place to ride along a roadway without a designated bike lane? 
a) On a sidewalk. 
b ) Along the edge line of the roadway facing oncoming traffic. 
c) Along the edge line of the roadway in the same direction as traffic. 
d) Along the center line of the roadway so vehicles can pass on either side. 

1.F    2.T    3.F    4. 22%    5.F    6. 6 times    7.C    8.A    9.B    10.C

As of July 1, oversized vehicles will be prohibited from parking on residential streets.  Nearly a year ago the City Council voted in support of Councilwoman Price's  recommendation to establish a ban on oversized vehicles on residential streets throughout the city. The policy would allow for free short term permits to be obtained for loading and unloading in preparation for usage of a vehicle. The ban on residential street parking is due to the safety concerns they create with lack of sight lines and visibility for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. This policy required Coastal Commission approval, and the development of new signs at all entrance points to the City in order to notify everyone of the new policy.  As of today, these signs have been installed, and notices have gone out to residents in utility bills with the intention for the new ordinance being fully enforced. The following restrictions will go into effect on July 1, 2018:

- Parking of oversized vehicles (exceeding 85 inches high, or 80 inches wide, or 22 feet long) is prohibited on City streets in residential neighborhoods without a valid permit.

-Residents may obtain free oversized vehicle parking permits for themselves and their visitors at

- Residents and their visitors may park oversized vehicles adjacent to their residence for a maximum of 72 consecutive hours with a valid permit. 

-An annual maximum of 20 permits may be issued to each resident per calendar year. 

-Exceptions to these restrictions may be requested in writing from the City Traffic Engineer. 

For questions regarding these restrictions or oversized vehicles, please contact Long Beach Public Works, Traffic Engineering at (562) 570-6331

To report an oversized vehicle exceeding the parking restrictions, please contact Long Beach Parking Enforcement at (562) 570-2866

 - Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
Visit the link to see all the upcoming events in Long Beach...

Other Events in Long Beach 
What Summer Shakespeare Family Fun Faire And Much Ado About Nothing

The Children's Theatre of Long Beach (CTLB) pr esents its first Renaissance Faire experience! Partake of delicious food, Play medieval themed games, create fairy wings or armor and top it all off with a 60 minute version of Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING !

August 4-Fun Faire, 11am - 2pm; 
Play at 2pm

Additional Shows
Friday 8/10 7pm, 
SATURDAY 8/11 at 2pm & 7pm

Bay Shore Community Congregational Church
5100 E The Toledo, Long Beach





Each ticket includes a reserved seat at a table dressed with linen and centerpiece. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with guests bringing their picnic dinners. At 7:30 p.m., a local band will take the stage and have the audience dancing and singing along. Our program includes a raffle giveaway. Prizes include hotel stays, in-home wine tastings, dinners at favorite local restaurants, and more! Proceeds benefit CSULB students through programs such as Alumni Grants.

Here is their schedule:
Saturday, July 14 The Emperors
Saturday, July 21 Woodie and the Longboards
Saturday, August 11 The G3 Band
Saturday, August 18 Stone Soul

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:  Concerts at the Beach

"PoP Life"
realism vs surrealism of Life

Art Exhibit
Trew Love

  Saturday, August 11th, FYT BRANDING, Creative Branding Agency, will debut Contemporary Pop Artist TREW LOVE at the multifaceted Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique MADE by Millworks, 240 Pine Ave. in Down Town Long Beach. The contemporary interactive pop-art exhibit will showcase a line-up of large scale canvas pieces of some of the most Iconic Figures in the history of Pop Culture -such as ANDY WARHOL, KEITH HERING, BASQUIAT & KATE MOSS.

Trew Love is a contemporary young artist based in Los Angeles. Her work has been recently showcased in WE RISE L.A. along side some of the greatest artist of now such as Shepard Fairey. She was also just recently in the highly revered art exhibit LOST WARHOLS in New York city last month- MAY 2018 -where the ANDY WARHOL piece sold for $15,000, raising her presence into the art world substantially. Trew's first collection was featured in a group show series by EVENTBRITE in LA, then presented as a solo artist by LAFW in 2014. Trew has additionally been featured in Harpers Baazar & W Magazine with the continued determination to be a voice for fair social & economic system for all via her artistry.

Opening Reception- Saturday Aug 11th 7-10p.m.
Show will run thru Sept. 8th
Closing Party - Saturday Sept. 8th, 7-10p.m.

Full Interactive Installation, Live Art Wall
Expect a Fun Candy-Like World of Marvel
Surprise DJ will color the air with amazing POP sounds to fit the show!
Limited Edition Event Art Posters signed by artists will be available for sale
% of proceeds will go to a local art education nonprofit!
Parking available in the back of the building
Full Bar Available for your choice of delectable refreshments!

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