Happy Fall season to all of you. I hope that you are enjoying the cooler temperatures.
September was a busy month, as this time of year usually is. We passed the annual City budget in the first week of September and then resumed our regular community and constituent meetings the rest of the month.
For me, my Council committee duties are keeping me busier than normal. I am the chair of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA). This joint powers authority is responsible for goods that are taken off of ships and placed on the rail system in route to other parts of the United States. I am fortunate to serve on this board with LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Frank
Colonna, LA Harbor Commissioner Edward Renwick and the Executive Directors (or the designee) from both the Port of LA and the Port of Long Beach. Recently we learned that our CEO, John Daugherty, will be retiring after several decades with the Authority. This news has necessitated me learning and leading the executive search process for his replacement. It's been a great learning opportunity for me and a responsibility that I am taking very seriously. ACTA is a huge player in the movement of goods within the region and the nation and my role in this process will be critical to selecting our next CEO. The board and I expect to devote a lot of attention to this process in the next few months in order to ensure ACTA is led by a competent and talented team for generations to come.
To learn more about ACTA, please check out their webpage here.
I expect October to be a very busy policy month for me. I have several items I am bringing to council to address issues surrounding homelessness, efficient encampment clean up, and mitigate parking impacts. I was also grateful to have been asked to sign on to several items brought by my council colleagues. Of note, on October 8th we will
be hearing about the issue of infestation and disease of magnolia trees throughout the City. I hope to have a community meeting on this topic with impacted communities in the 3rd district toward the end of October. Staff is currently conducting a tree audit in Alamitos Heights and they will publish the results, along with a list of recommendations, in the next couple of weeks. Please stay tuned for that.
On a final note, this past Saturday, the 28th, my family and I participated in the 2nd annual Ranchos walk. We walked the 9.4 miles between Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. It was a great way to see the city on foot and to learn lots of interesting facts on the self-guided tour (there was an app!). I hope they have the walk again next year and if they do, I highly encourage you all to participate. The climb up to Signal Hill was the hardest part of the walk, and admittedly, my least favorite part, because I am in no shape to tackle major hills. Other than that, it was a great day and fun way to celebrate our two wonderful Ranchos.
Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween.
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS & NEWS
Upcoming Items for City Council
This month there are a number of important items coming to the City Council that residents may be interested in. Councilwoman Price is bringing a group of items
throughout the month that are focused on improving parking in Long Beach. So we are calling October - Parking Month. The first of those items is requesting Public Works to evaluate red curbs in parking impacted neighborhoods and see if there are opportunities to safely reduce the lengths of any red curbs in order to create additional parking. Looking proactively at where we can use our limited street parking more efficiently is one of the ways we can work to improve parking for Long Beach residents. Stay tuned throughout the rest of Parking Month for other agenda items to help improve street parking.
This month Councilwoman Price is also introducing a ban on flavored vapor products in
light of the significant health issues being seen nationwide, and the concerns around vaping being marketed toward children leading to higher rates of nicotine addiction than has been seen in previous years. With 12 deaths and over 800 cases of vaping associated pulmonary injuries it is important for Long Beach to work to protect consumers from serious health related injuries.
Another issue being discussed this month will be a case that may be heard by the Supreme Court called Martin v. City of Boise. Councilwoman Price has asked that the City explore how Long Beach can support urging the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which has restricted the City's ability to enforce anti-camping laws and other efforts to appropriately maintain public spaces.
October will also see Councilwoman Price requesting a report from our Health Department and our Police Department to update the City Council on efforts to address opioid abuse and addiction. As well as addition statistics in Long Beach with the goal of confronting this serious epidemic.
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Recap of September 23rd Community Meeting
Councilwoman Price hosted her September community meeting at Fire Station 14 where the focus of the meeting was to provide updates on 4 exciting new projects coming to the Third District. The first is the next phase of the Colorado Lagoon restoration project that includes an open channel connecting the lagoon to Marine Stadium with an open channel as opposed to the narrow culvert there is now. This project will provide a fantastic improvement to the long term maintenance of water quality in the lagoon, and create a new native wetlands habitat to support plant bird, and sea life species. Next, the
playground in Rec Park will be getting replaced with a new signature playground that will be specially designed for that location and will be
unlike any other. This is a huge improvement to a playground in need of upgrades in one of the City's largest parks. The third project is a playground
that is being donated to Channel View Park. AES is donating $500,000 to have a playground built in the small park that runs parallel with the San Gabriel River. And lastly, but certainly not least, the meeting included a presentation and opportunities for input on renovations to the exterior of the Bayshore Library. There are a number of exterior repairs that are needed as well as exterior changes that can make the building a more functional space. These four projects are very exciting for the District to see moving forward and will become great parts of our community.
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Water Department Tour
This month we will be hosting a tour for residents to see behind the scenes at the Water Department. This is our first time offering this tour, so we were especially excited to see that all the spots were filled up within 24 hours. So, if you were not able to get on the list, rest assured we will certainly be offering this tour again in the future as well as tours of other City Departments.
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Halloween Safety Tips from LBPD
With Halloween coming up it is important to remember a number of important safety tips. Halloween means there are more people out on the streets, and potentially more distracted drivers, and the need for pedestrians and drivers alike to be especially cautious.
* Be sure your child's activities are age-appropriate
* All children should be accompanied by an adult
* Only visit homes that are well-lighted and never go into a stranger's house
* Stay on the sidewalk and only cross at corners
* Stay in well populated areas and never cut through alleys or parks after dark
* Apply reflective tape to your child's costume or use glow sticks for better visibility
* Use face paint rather than masks that may block your child's vision
* Map out your route ahead of time and carry a flashlight with you
* Ensure props (pitchforks, swords, etc.) do not have sharp edges
* Be cautious of dogs on the loose and keep your pet(s) indoors
* Inspect your child's candy before allowing them to eat it
* Report any suspicious or illegal activity by calling 9-1-1 immediately
* Motorists are advised to be extra cautious on Halloween night and to drive slowly
* Do not drink and drive; plan ahead and designate a driver or call for a ride
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Halloween in Belmont Shore
Calling all superheroes, princesses, & little monsters alike..
It is time to celebrate this Halloween Night!
Bring a bag for your candy and your very best attire,
Walk around 2nd street until your little one tires.
From 4pm-6pm in a place you call home,
The Shore will surely be The place to roam.
FREE FLU SHOTS!
Getting the flu shot can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 30 to 60 percent, depending on the strains that are circulating during a season. Don't miss out on these FREE opportunities to protect yourself and others.
Price and O'Donnell Celebrate Final Summer Concert
To celebrate the end of the summer, our team collaborated with Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell to host the final summer concert of the season. The concert featured '80s cover band Knyght Ryder, a Long Beach crowd favorite! This summer we have featured a variety of music, from Jumpin' Jack Flash to the Long Beach Municipal Band, to bring our community together through food, song, and dance! We would like to thank the incredible vendors, volunteers, and residents who have joined us this past season. We can't wait for Spring Into Summer next April to kick off the summer concerts again!
3rd District, Legislative Assistant
Council District 3 Harbor Tour
This past month, our team had the honor to host Council District 3 residents for a
sunset harbor tour, provided by the Port of Long Beach. The CD3 team along with residents got a chance to see the incredible Port of Long Beach up close and learn a little more on all that the port provides the City of Long Beach, as well as the great history behind the Port. A big thank you to the Port of Long Beach staff for joining us on this tour providing great food, swag, and prizes to our residents. We hope to see everyone on next year's Harbor Cruise!
3rd District, Legislative Assistant
Local Art Events!
LB OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2019
STARTS OCTOBER 5 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- The first hub is Zaferia/Eastside on October 5th & 6th
- Cal Heights/Bixby Hub on October 12th & 13th
- The Wrigley Hub on October 19th & 20th
- The Belmont Heights/Belmont Shore Hub on October 26th & 27th. All studios are open from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The LBOST is a free, self-guided, at your own pace event. There is no ticket to buy. All you need is the Tour map that can be found around town at local businesses, coffee houses, and merchants, or download it here on our website.
This year, we offer four separate hubs, each with its own weekend.
Local artists will be opening up their studios to visitors for the LB Open Studio Tour (LBOST). Come see your local artists in their working environments that are not usually open to the public.
For studio locations, visit
5TH ANNUAL ROCK FOR VETS CASINO FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 5 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
- Where: Long Beach Scottish Rite Event Center
- 855 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
- How Much: Tickets $100.00 per person
- Theme: 'RAT PACK' Theme (Best Dressed Prizes Available)
- Includes: Gourmet Foods from Local Restaurants, Two Drinks, Professional Entertainment & Starter Casino Chips.
- Tickets: musicistheremedy.org or call 866-597-1116
October 6th @ 5-7pm in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, located by the CSULB Fine Arts buildings off of East Campus Drive
Sylvan will be showing work in a collaborative exhibition, Your Are You're Your, with Sienna Browne.
The opening reception is free and open to the public.
Friday, October 11 from 6-9 p.m.
The Arts Council for Long Beach will host its annual State of the Arts event in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia.
This special occasion brings together residents, the creative community and city leaders to celebrate the arts in Long Beach. In addition to announcing new projects, every year the Arts Council recognizes local arts excellence by honoring residents who make an impact in the arts and culture of Long Beach. The Arts Council is proud to honor people who work every day to foster creativity, enliven communities and enable a thriving arts city.
LONG BEACH ART WALK
12 @ 5:00 PM
- 10:00 PM
The Long Beach Artwalk is a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach. Walk 7 city blocks with 6 Galleries, 21 Murals, and 30 businesses and experience unlimited possibilities.
- Date: October 12
- Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Event Cost: Free
3rd District, Field Deputy
The Belmont Shore Art Walk
Take a Walk on the Art Side
October 19th, 2019
11am to 4pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Walk the walk, see the chalk
- Justin Rudd's Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest from 11am to 4pm attracts seasoned and emerging visual artists. Cash prizes awarded at 4pm. To sign up go to:
for the whole family in front of Chase Bank (5200 E. 2nd St). Includes: Inspyr Arts studio will give Chalk drawing lessons for kids, mural coloring and face painting.
Champagne & Canvas
Create your own work of art while you munch and sip. All tools, acylic paint, brushes, apron, easel, 16 xo 20 canvas and step by step instructions
1p to 4pm
(5313 E. 2nd St.)
(food & drink not included)
sign up is a must
|Starry Night Over Alamitos Bay
Art is rooted in Long Beach's community of cultural diversity and creativity. PublicEvents in the arts invites the community at-large to connect and engage with others to think differently. Creativity sparks the mind in some way that music does too.
Since October is National Arts and Humanities Month, as well as the Arts Month, I thought it would be fitting to engage with CSULB's art students.
Streightiff is in her fourth year at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting and minors in Art History and Psychology. Sylvan was awarded with the Fine Arts Affiliates (FAA) Scholarship for her education at CSULB. Upon completing her BFA in the Spring of 2020, she plans to go on to earn a MFA in painting.
Below is her bio and if you would like more information or are interested in purchasing a painting, please feel free to contact Sylvan at:
Phone: (619) 890 - 8569
Sylvan Streightiff is an artist from San Diego, CA. She is in her fourth year at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting and minors in Art History and Psychology. After being diagnosed with type one diabetes at age eleven, Sylvan began volunteering for the nonprofit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). This soon led to her involvement with other organizations. She is very passionate about connecting with others and serving the community.
Sylvan grew up attending a Lutheran Church in San Diego. Since then, her faith continues to be a central part of her life and is explored through her paintings. She uses religious themes to interpret and depict the good and ugly truths of contemporary western society. Her hope is to open critical conversation about how competing interpretations of belief systems unfold and continue to be valuable ways of understanding our world.
Sylvan currently serves as both an art ambassador for the School of Art as well as Commissioner for Environmental Justice in the student government.
As an ambassador she answers questions for other students and runs professional development workshops such as resume building, cover letter writing, and interview processes. As a commissioner, Sylvan serves as an active member for the University's Presidential Cabinet for Sustainability. Her hope is to create a network for students and to graduate in the Spring of 2020 having made a positive impact on the university.
This year Sylvan has been accepted to display works in multiple showcases including her first solo exhibition this past month titled, Creation.
In order to fund her ride, Sylvan is selling the original painting of a print that is on permanent display at St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach. The work is 60 by 30 inches. All funds for this work will be donated to JDRF to support Diabetes Research. Please contact Sylvan if you are interested.
On October 19th, Sylvan will be celebrating her 21st birthday by riding 100 miles through Death Valley for a JDRF fundraiser. She has been training for months to get in shape and understand how to manage her blood sugars during this event. If you would like to read more about her story or support this cause, please visit/share her ride page here.
She is just under 2/3rds of the meeting her goal of $4,000!
3rd District, Field Deputy
Escape Long Beach
Owner: Thomas Cordova
Long Beach residents and visitors have a new place where they can "escape" from the real world. The new business, Escape Long Beach, owned by local Third District resident, Thomas Cordova opened on Broadway across from Panxa last month.
The business's main attraction? Its name says it all. Escape Long Beach gives players the opportunity to participate in a small adventure. It also offers private parties and team-building corporate events.
In case you don't know, real life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game where people are locked in a room with other participants and must use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Some have said that escape rooms are like video games that have come to life.
Long Beach's newest attraction features rooms that challenge teams of three to six people to solve puzzles and escape the space within 55 minutes. So far, patrons have a choice of two rooms to escape from, with 4 more coming in the summer of 2020.
offer players non-stop excitement around Long Beach thematic possibilities. Whether you want to be an FBI agent trying to stop a bio-weapon event or solve the mystery of a disappearance from the Queen Mary, you'll have 55
minutes of immersive and interactive entertainment that puts you in the middle of the mystery.
The spaces are family friendly and come with an unlocked emergency exit at all times. There are diffiulty levels you can choose from beginner to expert. According to the Room Escape Artist web site, "Escape rooms are on the rise in popularity nationwide." Councilwoman Price and I are thrilled to welcome Escape Long Beach to the Third District, and we can't wait to have our own team builder here.
Escape Long Beach
3926 E. Broadway
Long Beach CA 90803
Telephone: (562) 825-9997
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach
Long Beach Small Business Workshop
October 17, 2019
Thank you for your interest in attending the Long Beach Small Business Workshop hosted by Treasurer Fiona Ma and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. This workshop is designed to provide important FREE resources to small business owners to start, grow, and succeed in today's economy. Topics include accessing capital, how to start your business, complying to new legislation as a business owner, free resources to help your small business, and much more!
DATE: October 17, 2019
TIME: 9:00AM Check in begins
VENUE: Studio One Eleven, 245 E. 3rd Street, Long Beach
DIRECTIONS/PARKING: 2 Hour Free Parking (Public parking lot located at 50 E. 3rd Street, first 60 attendees will receive validated parking tickets)
TOPICS INCLUDE: Access to Capital, Retirement Savings Program, Small Business Resources
INVITED TO SPEAK: CalSavers, CalCAP, CAEATFA, Small Business Majority, GO-Biz
*This RSVP form is for ONE person, please submit additional RSVPs with guest names if you have guest attending. Your contact information will be shared with the Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia's office.
Event is sponsored by State Treasurer Fiona Ma. The State Treasurer's Office complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by ensuring that the facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, and providing this notice and information given to the members of STO in appropriate alternative formats when requested. If you need further assistance, including disability-related modifications or accommodations, you may contact STO no later than five calendar days before the meeting at (916) 653-2995.
Free Little Libraries
Little libraries promote free neighborhood book exchanges that you and your family can enjoy. It is a fun and great addition to any neighborhood!
Anthony Formoso plans on building 7 more Little Free Libraries and he is looking for a few more recipients. All you have to be is the property owner and businesses are also eligible.
Please contact Anthony Formoso via email at email@example.com for more information.
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." 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 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.
View agenda items
3rd District, Chief of Staff
DID YOU CATCH SUZIE IN SEPTEMBER?
Visit the link to see all the upcoming events in Long Beach this October...
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
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
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:
Other Events in Long Beach
The Sunday weekly Arts and Crafts Fair
is Moving to a New Location on November 3, 2019!
You can find them at the LB Marketplace Courtyard close to Claim Jumper starting November 3rd.
For more information and questions, please contact the Arts and Crafts Fair manager, Jamie Janssen at (310) 889-5303 or
Halloween Kids Costume Drive
October 2nd - October 19th
This Halloween Season, help the Anderson Real Estate Group by donating new or gently used costumes, masks, and other accessories. All will be donated to the Women Shelter of Long Beach. This is a great cause and we hope you have the chance to be involved.
Drop off locations: Anderson Real Estate Group HQ and Councilwoman Suzie Price/s Field Office Conservation Corp Building.
Friends of Bixby Park - Monthly Cleanup
October 5th, 2019
Join Friends of Bixby Park for our monthly cleanup.
Event: Monthly Cleanup
When: October 5th
Where: Bixby Park
Join us at the Bandshell in Bixby Park. Meet new friends and neighbors while making a difference at our local neighborhood park. A little bit of your time can make a big difference. Stick around afterward and enjoy the Farmers' Market!
Gloves, bags, pickups, will be provided.
Thank you for helping make Bixby Park a great place to visit!
See you then.
Tour of Water Department - SOLD OUT!
October 12th, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 AM I am inviting residents to attend a tour of the Long Beach Water Department. This will be an opportunity to learn more about this important City department. The event is now sold out, but we thank you for your interest. We will seek to have another event next year.
Please note that this tour will involve climbing 2-3 flights of stairs to see various parts of the plant, so please be wear comfortable walking shoes.
Rainwater Harvesting Class
October 13th, 2019
Our office is working with Rain Barrels International to host a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop and Rain Barrel Sale on Sunday, October 13th from 2-4pm. Participants will learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting, and be eligible for rebates from SoCal WaterSmart on any rain barrels purchased. Rain barrels can be pre-purchased online
October 16th, 2019
Enjoy the Songs & Stories of chanteuse Billie Holiday in the latest at International City Theatre; Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. This intimate musical offers new insight into the life of the legendary jazz & blues songstress before her untimely death at age 44. Lady Day is full of heart-melting numbers like, "God Bless The Child," "Strange Fruit," and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do."
Billie bares her loves and losses in this intimate and stunning Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Mature Subject Matter: Recommended age 15 and above.
Playing 10/16-11/3.Tickets: 562-436-4610 or
Women in Non Traditional Roles
17th Annual Winter Gala
October 24th, 2019
Join us at our 17th Annual WINTER GALA on Thursday, October 24th at the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles... You can sponsor our event or buy a table
"To train, educate and prepare women and youth for transformative careers in the construction industry."
New Member orientations are held every Friday at 10am SHARP at our East Los Angeles Training Site located at : 4741 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Youth Program orientations are held every Friday at 10am SHARP at our San Pedro Training Site located at: 131 N Grand Ave, Building 630, San Pedro, CA 90731
Battleship IOWA Museum Announces
Movies Under the Guns
October 25th, 2019
Battleship IOWA Museum is pleased to announce four additional dates for the 2019 film series, Movies Under the Guns. Friends and family are invited to enjoy free movie screenings aboard the famed Battleship IOWA Museum, sponsored by the Pacific Battleship Center and the Port of Los Angeles, on select nights. The schedule of 2019 movies continue through October 2019, and includes screenings of UP, A Dog's Way Home, Captain Marvel, and Frankenweenie. Movies Under the Gunsare free to attend, open to all ages, and take place outdoors under the night sky on the ship's fantail.
October 25, 2019: Frankenweenie (2012) Annual Halloween Event!
- Film begins at 6:30 p.m.; fantail opens at 6:00pm
- Kids Costume Party & Candy Give-away begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Bow
Battleship IOWA Museum, 250 S. Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro, CA, 90731. Enter by the rear gangway next to the Security Booth. Flat closed-toe shoes recommended.
Movie events are FREE to attend and open to the public.
- Limited seating is available and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to lay back and enjoy the waterfront view and the silver screen.
- Concessions will be available for purchase. No other food or drink may be brought onboard.
Parking is available at the Cruise Terminal Parking Lot. Please enter at Swinford St. and N. Harbor Boulevard. The first hour is free, and each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $19 per day.
Media and photographers may attend and cover Movies Under the Guns with prior approval. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm coverage.
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