As many of you know, August is budget season for the City Council. As we prepare for the fiscal year 2018 budget process, my office will be reaching out via email and face-to-face outreach at community events to identify your priorities and make sure those are incorporated in the budget. 

We already know that infrastructure will always rate as a high priority. Years of deferred maintenance have resulted in an insurmountable infrastructure need in our City. I am proud that in the past two years the council has initiated $118 million in infrastructure projects. The passage of Measure A contributed greatly to this investment. For example, the city received approximately $25.7 million in Measure A dollars in 2017. The money was spent on park improvements, beaches, marinas, storm drains, public facilities and utilities. Citywide, we have completed 36 lane miles of slurry work. 90% of all of the slurry work was done in the city was paid for by Measure A. 

In 2018 Measure A will result in $48 million in revenues. $26 million of that will be spent on street projects, the remaining $22 million will be spent on public safety (additional police officers and fire engines/rescues). In addition, Long Beach will receive revenues from two additional measures. SB1, a statewide increase in gas tax will yield $2.5 million in 2018 and Measure M, which was passed by LA County voters as a sales tax extension, will generate $6.8 million dollars in 2018.  

The city uses the Pavement Management Index, which is an industry standard methodology for rating the structural integrity of streets, to prioritize which streets will be paved. This process ensures that the streets with the greatest need, citywide, get the maintenance and treatment that they need.  The map above is the draft street repair plan for the next 3 years.  
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need any additional information on this process or any other aspect of street work in Long Beach.  
Enjoy the month!
Suzie Price 

Join us on August 31 at 6pm at the Third District Field
Office (340 Nieto Ave) where City Manager Pat West will be discussing the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. In addition to the monthly update from your Councilwoman, a representative from Public Works will be there to discuss the upcoming changes in parking meters rates in Belmont Shore parking lots. 

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 pleas email 
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director

Thursday, August 10th, 6 - 8 PM
Marine Stadium Park
(same location as Municipal Band concerts)

As summer comes to a close, we want to extend the Thursday concerts in Marine Stadium Park so we are partnering with the Friends of Belmont Shore, a local community group to bring The Elm Street Band on Thursday, August 10 at 6 PM.  Numerous food trucks will be on-site to make it easy for attendees.  Additionally, the waterway will be open to boats who wish to anchor in Marine Stadium and enjoy the tunes from the water.

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

Time to Get Out Your Dancing Shoes 
Thursday, August 17th, 6 - 8 PM
Marine Stadium Park
(same location as Municipal Band concerts) 

Performing will be the Blue Breeze Band, the Hottest Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz & Blues band around. They have been providing their fun, lively, and energetic music throughout California for over 12 years. It will be a great mix of oldies (e.g. Earth Wind & Fire, Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Temptations) and new music (e.g. Bruno Mars, Pharrell, John Legend).  Check out their website:   BlueBreezeBand.

Grab your blanket, picnic dinner, dancing shoes, family and friends. You are not going to want to miss this - it will be the most fun concert of the summer.

AHIA thanks Councilwoman Suzie Price's office for supporting our concert.

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

Mark your calendar, and plan for a fantastic event because on August 19th the Councilwoman will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the soon to be newest park in Long Beach. It is the Red Car Greenway that is a 3.5 acre passive park space with a pedestrian and bicycle path, native plants and trees, benches, and lighting making it a great addition to the community. It will connect the recently completed Greenbelt Heights Park down to the Colorado Lagoon and Marina Vista Park making some of the only undeveloped land in the Third District into a beautiful new park.

Please come out on August 19th at 10 AM with Mayor Garcia and Councilwoman Suzie Price as we begin work on the much anticipated Red Car Greenway.

- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff

The concrete work on the medians has been completed. The planting phase for the medians has begun and will continue for two weeks. The project will be substantially completed after the planting phase.  The median lighting enhancement will be implemented in the future due to a long lead time on the parts. 

A meeting to discuss road improvements is currently being scheduled with details to follow.
The team is working hard to complete the work knowing the inconvenience it has caused, and in advance of the Belmont Shore Car Show on September 10th. There may be a couple of unfinished items, but we believe it will look great by then. 

RECAP - Broadway Median Meeting 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Broadway Median Re-Planting Meeting at the Third District Field Office. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful presentation from Kelly Parkins, Superintendent of Park Maintenance for the City of Long Beach, with the proposed plants for the four medians that will be undergoing work. 
 In addition to seeing the proposed plants, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed plants as well as provide thoughts or concerns. 
Representatives from the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department provided attendees with information regarding the unique nature of the Broadway medians and explained the reasons for this project. All four medians between Park Ave and Nieto Ave on Broadway will have some work done during the course of the Broadway Median Re-Planting Project. 
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
RECAP - Public Safety Meeting

A Public Safety Committee Meeting was held at 6 PM on July 13th at the Fire Training Center. The committee decided to hold their next few meetings in the community, outside of City Hall due to the difficulty around City Hall with construction.  This first meeting was very well attended and really showed how changing the location and time of the meeting had a great impact on residents  attending Public Safety Committee Meetings.
This meeting had a full agenda including a report from staff on the progress being made by the Police Department's Quality of Life Teams, as well as a reports on polices around misdemeanor arrests, and the city's efforts to reduce illegal fireworks use. There was also a discussion among the committee on setting up a safe ride program that gives an option for people to avoid taking a ride with someone who may have been drinking, as well as a discussion on the use of electronic flares as opposed to standard flares for emergency traffic issues. 

Public Safety issues continue to be at the top of the city's focus so if this is a topic that is important to you, I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming Public Safety Committee meetings which will be scheduled throughout the city.  You are also free to provide input on policing through the LBPD's current independent assessment through the l ink below.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

Belmont Heights Community Association
The BHCA August 9th meeting is cancelled. Congressman Alan Lowenthal is rescheduled for Monday, September 18th at Temple Israel. 6:30 social / 7:00 program. Please note the date and location changes. Questions? 285-3860 or
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church

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

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
St. Bartholomew Meeting Hall - 5100 E. Broadway at Granada Ave.

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

Bluff Park Community Meeting
Grace United Methodist Church - 2535 E. 3rd St

Stoneybrook Villas Association Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month
7pm - 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:  
The 6th Street Bike Boulevard project is finally underway! On Monday July 31, The 6th  Street Bike Boulevard project broke ground at 6th Street and Park Ave. 
This project stretches from Bellflower Blvd to Junipero Ave and brings traffic calming measures to the community. These improvements increase safety a long the corridor by decreasing vehicle speeds and increasing visibility for all roads.
The project includes 12 traffic circles, 1 roundabout, a Class 1 Bike Lane, and upgraded continental crosswalks at all 14 intersections along the 2.5 mile stretch. The continental crosswalks enhance the visibility of pedestrians crossing the street. 
A Bike Boulevard provides traffic calming measures and intersection improvements, as well as facilitates inter-connectivity among schools, parks, and neighborhoods. All the while, a bike boulevard has the added benefit of providing an opportunity for street beautification. 
Each traffic circle incorporates landscaping cho sen with input from community members from Belmont Heights, Alamitos Heights, and Rose Park. These discussions heavily shaped the project; engaged community members even had the opportunity to customize the landsc aping at traffic circles along the corridors. 
The total project cost is $1.5 million and is funded through the California Safe Routes to School Grant, Measure R, AB2766, and the Transportation Development Act. The project will be completed in 6 phases.  
Phase 1 - 7/31 - 8/23 - Roswell / Park
Phase 2 - 8/23 - 9/15 - Santiago / Havana
Phase 3 - 9/15 - 10/6 - Ultimo / Flint
Phase 4 - 10/6 -10/27 - Molina/Temple/Obispo
Phase 5 - 10/27 - 11/16 - Orizaba/Loma/ Grand
Phase 6 - 11/16 - 12/3 - Temple/ Ximeno
During Phase 1 only, the intersection at Park and 6th Street will be closed to traffic, alternate routes will be identified. All other phases will be open to traffic during construction. 
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director

On August 22nd the Tidelands Division will be bringing to council a grant that has been submitted to better address the ongoing concerns related to erosion on the Peninsula's ocean-side beach.

The state of California has established declaring $40 million in grants for shovel-ready projects that implement a long-term solution to a flood or erosion problems.
Locally, erosion to the eastern shore of the Peninsula's beach has resulted in a consistent narrowing of the beach and has caused significant flooding during storm events. In an effort to mitigate further flooding, the City currently dedicates a great deal of time and energy to building up the sand and constructing berms to protect homes from flooding damage. The recently submitted grant application requesting $3M outlines a long term solution to the erosion and sand replenishment concerns by utilizing hydraulic dredging technology and equipment.

City staff anticipates hearing a response to our application before the end of the year.

- Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price

Our team is out in full force coming to you, the residents, to get feedback about your priorities in the community. We are conducting a survey to identify the community's priorities going into the budget season. 
As we begin the annual budget process, your Council Office wants to reach out to as many residents as possible to get a broad understanding of where we stand in terms of high priority issues and needs.

The survey questions are based on topics that Third District residents have brought to our attention and we want to know how important these issues are to you. If you have not yet completed a survey while at a community event or at the Wednesday Farmer's Market, please click on the link below to take the short survey at your convenience.

Take Our Survey
- By Nina Moussavi
3rd District, District Office Director
Naples Permanent Beauty gives customers a permanent look!  Long Beach resident Veronica Anile, has always wanted to leave her mark in Long Beach, and she is doing just that.  She recently opened her new salon at 5520 E. 2nd Street in Naples.  Her former location in downtown, Beauty T@2 & Pink Ink will now be known as Naples Permanent Beauty and will continue to offer Permanent Cosmetics, Medical Tattooing, and non-laser tattoo removal.
Veronica was born in Mexico and raised in Texas.  She is the oldest of 56 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren (on her mother's side)! Veronica moved to California in 1999 and immediately made Long beach her home. In addition to being a Legislative Assistant for Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Veronica has owned and operated two restaurants, and was a successful party and event planner for private and corporate events. 

Naples Permanent Beauty specializes in permanent cosmetics such as eyebrows, eyeliner and lip tattoo enhancements.  Additional featured services include 3D eyebrow tattoos on women after chemotherapy, areola restoration for women who have had mastectomies, scalp re-pigmentation, and scar and burn restoration.  

Naples Permanent Beauty services male and female clients of all ages, from Millennials to Boomers.  She recognizes that Permanent Cosmetics can help people with makeup allergies, poor eyesight, those with disabilities that don't allow them to smoothly apply makeup, those who suffer hair loss, and people who simply want to wake up and not worry about makeup application.  

Welcome to the 3rd District, Veronica!

Naples Permanent Beauty
5520 E. 2nd Street, Ste. 6 & 7, Long Beach
(562) 826-1184
- By  Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach

Long Beach restaurants are encouraged to find out about a ne w program introduced by the Long Beach Water Department to meet water efficiency standards.  Doing so will allow them to be part of the Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) program that helps restaurants save water, energy and money on their utility bills.  By supporting businesses that are Certified Blue Restaurants, you will be helping businesses that have:
  • Voluntarily adopted water-saving devices and appliances to achieve the highest water-efficiency standards.
  • Demonstrating to the community how everyone can participate in helping to preserve our precious water resources. 
  • Encouraging other eateries to join the movement in making Long Beach a sustainable food destination. 
Interested restaurants can enroll below to receive a no-cost, on-site efficiency survey, free water efficient devices (if eligible), and an assessment for other possible rebates.  
Click here for more information:  Certified Blue Restaurant Program  
- By  Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations, Programming & Outreach
The Pizza Press will open its first Long Beach location on Thursday, August 10, when 1,000 free pizzas will be given away. Locals should visit  The Pizza Press  to sign up for a free pizza with the purchase of a beverage on that day.

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  

August 1 - No Council - National Night Out
August 8 -  Budget Hearings, 1st reading of the RV Ordinance, LB Transit Belmont Shore Employee Bus Rider Program
August 15 -  Budget Hearings, ABC License on The Pizza Press
August 22 - Council will be held at McBride High School - 7025 Parkcrest Street, Budget Hearings, Peninsula Beach Erosion Improvement Plan
August 29 - Council is dark
- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
The City Unveils their Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
  Earlier this week Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West presented the City of Long Beach's Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. 
As the Vice Chair of the Budget Oversight Committee, Councilwoman Price looks forward to getting into the details of the proposed budget and making appropriate recommendations. 

The discretionary portion of the budget - the $461 million General Fund - accounts for 17 percent of the Proposed Budget, but provides much of the resources for critical City services, including Police patrol/investigations, Fire responses, parks, streets and library services. The General Fund primarily relies on general tax revenue which makes up 59 percent of the General Fund sources.
"Long Beach is on a roll," said City Manager Patrick H. West. "We are in the middle of unprecedented levels of investment both public and private. We are walkable, bikeable, and truly a great city to live, work, and play." 
In FY 18, the Measure A investments in public safety include:
  • $6.3 million in continued support for the priority public safety restorations originally approved in FY 17, including:
    • o   South Police Division with eight sworn police positions and two civilian positions
    • o   Fire Engine 8, which includes 12 sworn fire positions
    • o   Police Academy operations with nine sworn police positions
    • o   Paramedic Rescue 12, which includes six sworn fire positions
  • $8.3 million of Measure A funds that maintain existing Fire Department and Police Department programs and operations, saving the equivalent of 53 sworn positions in FY 18.
  • Enhancements to public safety using Measure A one-time funds, including:
    • o   Funding a $1.0 million Neighborhood Safe Streets Initiative
    • o   Allotting $4.3 million to support the fourth back-to-back Police Academy with a maximized number of recruits
    • o   Allotting $750,000 for safety camera network modernization and expansion
Non-Measure A funded Public Safety Initiatives include:
  • Adding 28 full-time equivalent (FTE) for Metro Blue Line enforcement
  • Structural Funding of the Fire Department's Homeless Education And Response Team (HEART)
  • Adding two firefighter/investigators to conduct marijuana inspections and assist with team-based marijuana enforcement
In FY 18, the Measure A investments in infrastructure total an additional $26.3 million. Measure A is a much needed supplement to the $69.3 million in funds anticipated from local, state and federal sources. The FY 18 proposed Measure A investments in public infrastructure include:
  • $14.3 million in new funding for Mobility programs, including arterial street improvements, paving unpaved alleys, curb cuts and other sidewalk repairs, smart street lights, signage and finishing the slurry seal for every residential street started this year.
  • $4.3 million in new funding for Public Facilities repair and improvements to public safety buildings, libraries, a Health facility, the convention center, and to initiate a Facility Condition Assessment.
  • $6.1 million in new funding for the City's Parks and Recreation infrastructure, including funding to improve the Houghton Park Community Center, Fourth Street Senior Center, athletic fields, the historic ranchos, and citywide irrigation upgrades.
  • $1.6 million to improve and repair the city's storm water pump stations.
In addition to the City's priorities in public safety and infrastructure, the new budget invests in other strategic focus areas:
  • Mobility
    • o   Formation of a Transportation Mobility Bureau
    • o   Additional staffing for mobility initiatives including transit and biking
    • o   Addition of a pothole crew
    • o   Address the City's ADA requirements
  • Homelessness - Use Measure MA (marijuana tax, 2016) to fund: 
    • o   Two additional sworn firefighter/paramedic positions to permanently staff the HEART Team
    • o   Quality of Life teams
    • o   Homelessness Rapid Response
    • o   Multi-Service Center operations
  • Improving Cleanliness
    • o   Addition of two more Clean Teams
    • o   Focus on recycling and waste diversion
  • Economic Development
    • o   Increase staffing in the Economic Development and Development Services Departments
  • Arts and Culture
    • o   Two Beach Streets events
    • o   Support for Arts (Museum / Arts Council / PowWow)
  • Innovation and Efficiency
    • o   Continue locally funded Innovation Team
  • City Departments New Initiatives
    • o   Improvements to Hiring Process
    • o   Animal Care Services- two new positions
    • o   Develop a single phone number system for the City
    • o   Develop new digital platforms
    • o   Invest in geographic information system (GIS) based open data enhancements
    • o   Website improvements
    • o   New fiber installation and many more technology investments
As announced in March, the FY 18 General Fund budget is structurally balanced. However, Long Beach is facing challenges like other cities in California, and there are future shortfalls, primarily driven by the cost of the City's pension liabilities. Staff will develop short-term and long-term plans to address the City's operational, infrastructure and other one-time funding needs in FY 18.
The City Council will begin the process of reviewing the budget at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1. Additionally, the Budget Oversight Committee will  continue to meet in August to review the budget and provide recommendations to the full  City Council.

For more information about the budget, or to access the  Community Budget Book, the Budget Priority Survey, the City Manager's  Budget Presentation, Mayor Robert Garcia's  Budget Message and information about budget hearings and workshops where residents can provide input, visit the  Finance Department website at  Fiscal Year 2018 Proposed Budget.
About Measure A
Long Beach voters in  June 2016 approved  Measure A, a one-cent sales tax increase for six years, declining to one-half cent for the remaining four years, and then sun-setting after 10 years. Measure A is expected to generate $384 million over its lifetime.
Changes Are Being Made to the 710 Freeway
The Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) for the Interstate 710 (I-710) Corridor Project is now available for public review and comment.  Please visit  Caltrans' official website to access the electronic version of the document.
Public hearings will be held at the dates and locations provided below:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Commerce Senior Center, 2555 Commerce Way, Commerce CA 90040

Saturday, August 26, 2017 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)Paramount Community Center/Senior Center, 14400 Paramount Blvd., Paramount CA  90723


Thursday, August 31, 2017 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) - Cesar E. Chavez Park Community Center, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach CA  90802


For more information on the I-710 Corridor Project, please visit the project website at
Please click below to access the official Public Notice:
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Other Events in Long Beach 

Bluff Park Sweet Meet n Greet Flyer
Bluff Park Community Meeting Fyler
 Greenbelt Fest 2017
September 9, 4-7 PM
Greenbelt Park between 7th & 8th Streets
"Come join the residents of Greenbelt Heights for the 3rd Annual Greenbelt Fest, hosted by the Greenbelt Heights Neighborhood Association and the Third District Council Office, where there will be food, live entertainment, community updates, and a chance to meet your neighbors! The Greenbelt Fest will be held in Greenbelt Park East between 7th and 8th Streets.  Kids, dogs, and all other residents/business owners of the Third District are welcome!"
Visit for more information!


For more information, please visit: LBPL
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