Hope your 2019 is off to a great start.  It's been a very stormy month so far with  two  major rain storms already hitting the city hard. I want to thank the members 
of our Long Beach Fire Department who helped me and so many other residents make and  distribute sand bags to homes and businesses at risk of flooding.   Additionally, I want to thank the team from our Disaster Preparedness Department, who kept the City Council members fully informed on the storm conditions and the city's efforts to clean out storm drains and mitigate the effects of the heavy rains. This communication helped us keep our residents informed, which is always our number one goal.  
Over the course of the next few months, the City will start its initial budget planning for the remainder of the 2019 and fiscal year 2020. As the Vice Chair of the Budget Oversight Committee, I expect that we will be hosting a number of public meetings to discuss budget priorities in advance of the issues coming to the Council for discussion. 
During this month, City Council will also hear a report on the scooter pilot program and staff's recommendation for a permanent scooter program. Please be on the lookout for our "Coming to Council" emails, which are sent out on Sunday nights and Monday mornings. This is where we will discuss upcoming council agenda items and give you notice on when specific items will be heard by the City Council. If you are interested in the scooter program, as many of you have indicated to me, please come to the council meeting or send in an "e-comment" so that we can make sure to address your questions and concerns. 
I have started the process of making visits to neighborhood groups to give my annual update on the various happenings in the city and specifically the 3rd District. If you are
  a member of a community organization and you would like me to attend one of your  meetings, please have your executive board reach out to me to lock in a date. We have  about 20 community groups in the 3rd district so I do my best to go to every group that I am invited to speak at.  
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and for those of you with kids in LBUSD, I hope that you enjoy the TWO long weekends (2/11 and 2/18 are holidays). 
Look forward to seeing you around town.
Suzie Price
Public Safety Committee Meeting - February 26
All City Council members are a part of a number of committees that evaluate issues before the City in a more detailed way. One of the committees that Councilwoman Price leads is the Public Safety Committee. This committee looks at a wide number of topics relevant to safety throughout the City. They have discussed issues such as hate crimes, police enforcement, homeless outreach and response, sexual assaults, drug addiction, and countless other important topics.
The Councilwoman has called a meeting of the Public Safety Committee to be held this February 26th, 2019 at 3:00pm. The agenda will be finalized in the coming weeks, so please be on the lookout for this update if you are interested in being a part of the Committee's discussions and reports on Public Safety.    
-By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff 
Recap of CAAP Community Meeting

The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Community meeting was a BLAST! We had a great turnout and heard positive responses from the crowd. I'm so impressed by the presentation from Christopher Koontz in the Planning Department. I wanted to share a few words from Alison Spindler, a planner from the Planning Department, who is taking the lead for the city's CAAP:

"We are glad to be having these important community conversations now, sooner than later, as we will all need to work together to prepare our communities, homes and neighborhoods for the impacts of climate change, while each doing our part to reduce our future carbon emissions.  There is no silver bullet to the issue of climate change, and although small changes can have a big impact, we will all need to work together, as individuals, businesses, the city, and community groups, to come up with the right mix of solutions. The PowerPoint, maps, and the research and data the presentation was based on are all available on our website ."
I agree. We need to work together on local issues because at the local level, we make a difference in our community. We breathe the same air and we must work together to make our community and livelihood even better. There's been a lot of discussion about how Long Beach is preparing for the impacts we will see due to climate change. This
is how we will respond to more common and more extreme heat waves, rising sea-levels, and storm events that are stronger and more frequent. 
This is especially important for our Third District community because of where we are located. As much as I love living by the  beach, I want to know how we will be impacted as well. So it was great to hear questions from residents on the Peninsula ask about their livelihood because it matters to them too. It was reassuring to hear Christopher say we don't have to move anytime soon, but we do need to work together on this- sooner rather than later.
If anyone is interested in the panel discussion on Sea Level Rise in Long Beach & What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare, the video is now available on the Long Beach Development Services' Youtube Page. Click here to view

-By Gabriela Yates
3rd District, District Office Director 
Recap of Public Safety Meeting

The overall collaboration of our team, city staff and community is something we should all be proud of. Especially since there was a lot of valuable information and good questions asked! We had a phenomenal turnout of over 100 guests and got to learn a lot.
The panel included:  Sarah Green from the City Attorney's Office , Randy Fudge, our  Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor , our  East Division Police Commander Patrick O'Dowd,  Homeless Services Manager Sharon Parker, and Rich Armond, East Division Quality of Life Officers and Jim Rexwinkle, Assistant Fire Chief.
Great questions were asked about crime, definitions of what types of crimes, and the statistics of crime in Long Beach. Of course, homelessness was a big talking point. I thought it was very proactive and helpful to the matter that Sarah Green said, "One of her tasks is to go back to City Ordinances and Codes to look at outdated ones and improve them to help officers enforce the law." This is going to take time, but it sure will be useful for our Police officers and the safety of our community. Other questions were asked about stolen shopping carts and electric scooters, but what made me most proud is how we were collaborating together with the guest speakers and residents. It was a great small-town feel because we were working together and thinking of ways
we can find solutions to these challenges we face in our community.
Powerpoint Slide presented by Commander Pat O'Dowd, LBPD East Division

One thing for certain is that we are trying. We have our ears to the ground in our community and are working hard to resolve the challenges many other cities are facing. We have a dedicated and compassionate staff that want to make a difference and
improve  public safety in our community. Thank you again to those who came out to Fire Station 14 last Tuesday night!

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward.
-By Gabriela Yates
3rd District, District Office Director 
Long Beach Gas Increase

Many City of Long Beach utility customers are wondering why their December 2018 
gas bills have risen so sharply. Long Beach Energy Resources (ER) explains that it purchases and imports out of state gas to sell to its customers through the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) system. There have been a series of incidents on the SoCalGas system that have been primarily responsible for the increase in the gas commodity prices, all of which are beyond the control of ER.

These incidents include: (1) several SoCalGas pipelines operating at limited capacity due to both planned and unplanned maintenance activities; (2) decreased availability from SoCalGas underground gas storage inventories because of the 2015 gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility; (3) a recent explosion on a pipeline that delivers gas to Northern California resulting in Northern California utilities competing for gas in the Southern California market. These three factors both reduced supply and increased demand. When combined, they led to an unforeseeable and unprecedented spike in the price of gas in December 2018.

It is important to realize that your gas bill is based on two factors: (1) the cost of gas; and (2) the amount of gas used. Gas commodity prices change daily and there are no forecasting models that could have predicted the increase experienced in December 2018. In late November 2018, the cost of gas was $0.59/therm, within range for that time of year. But in December 2018, prices jumped to $1.35/therm. Prices have since fallen back to normal. February 2019 pricing is $0.47/therm. The December 2018 prices were indeed dramatic. Based on average residential consumption for December, the projected increase on the average bill is $25 - $36. Of course, customers who used more than the average amount of gas saw even greater increases.

ER call center staff have assisted numerous impacted customers during this difficult period through a variety of means. Several customers have been enrolled into payment arrangement plans. ER is also promoting its Level Pay Plan, which sets each bill at its 12-month average. Though price fluctuations like those seen in December 2018 are rare, ER will continue to work to inform its customers in advance, when possible, of pending prices spikes utilizing bill messaging, website, and social media postings. ER is exploring solutions that will utilize data collected and managed by the utility billing and smart meter systems to actively alert customers of bill increases.
-By Tony Foster
Business Operations Manager
Energy Resource Department
Update on Broadway Replacement Project

 As you have likely seen over the past months Broadway has been receiving a lot of attention. The Roadway is being repaved all the way to downtown. The project includes repairing and replacing sidewalks throughout the full multi-mile length of the project area, as well as new curbs, new ADA ramps, dedicated bike lanes, and repaved roadways. Broadway is a location our office has had a lot of focus on in past years with the traffic safety improvements that have included flashing pedestrian beacons, crosswalks, and lane reductions to slow traffic speeds. Now, much of what has been successfully implemented in the Third District section of Broadway is being applied further West as it heads to downtown.
- By Jack Cunningham 
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Tree Planting Program 

In 2018, The Office of Sustainability partnered with the Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau to apply for a CalFIRE grant to support tree planting programs. This grant was awarded and trees will now be planted in the front yard of eligible homes and continue to be planted until June 2021!
The Office of Sustainability will be planting fruit
trees in the front yard of homes with high CalEnviroScreen scores. These neighborhoods experience a much higher pollution burden than areas with low scores and thus will be considered first as fruit trees provide access to fresh fruit, shade, and provide carbon sequestration and air pollution benefits.
Long Beach residents with enough space in their front yard to house a tree are encouraged to apply online here or call 562-570-583. Residents may choose between a peach, lemon, lime, orange, pomegranate or avocado tree. Make sure to apply now for a delicious fruit tree to be planted in your very own front yard!
-By Elaine Scenters-Zapico 
3rd District Legislative Assistant
15th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival - February 9

Belmont Shore Businesses will be offering an array of chocolate treats and other sweets for all chocolate lovers along with other sweets to satisfy the whole family. With over 25 restaurants participating, everyone will be able to find something to satisfy that sweet tooth! There is no entry fee for the event, only the cost of tickets used to purchase the dessert items. Twelve tickets for $10 Tickets will be sold beginning at 11am on the day of the event in front of Chase Bank (5200 E. 2nd). 
Enter the Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest if you have a recipe for a chocolate dessert worthy of an award. A panel of judges will sample the desserts and choose winners in three categories: Chocolate Cakes & Pies, Chocolate Cookies & Brownies and Unique Chocolate Treats. The cost is $10 per dessert to enter. The contest tent will be located in the parking lot next to Chase Bank, 5200 E. 2nd St. (only judges may sample the desserts). The contest begins at 12pm and the awards will be handed out at 1pm. This year they are having a 17 and under age category so encourage your young bakers to enter the contest!
Starting around 3 pm those who would rather eat chocolate than make it are welcome to  enter the Hof's Hut Chocolate Pie Eating Contest. Contestants will race each other to see who can eat an individual size chocolate cream pie the fastest. Sign up the day of event on Corona Ave. (south of 2nd St.) Age groups: 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 17 and adults. Sign up in front of Chase Bank on the day of the event.

For more information and contest rules 
click here
Belmont Shore Business Association
Call : 562.434.3066
- 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
Bay Shore Community Congregational Church - 5100 The Toledo

Friends of Bixby Park
Please check their website

Greenbelt Heights Neighborhood Association
All neighbors welcome
Next meeting Wednesday, January 9
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 CarletonCarlson@aol.com 
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:   District3@longbeach.gov  
State of the City - 2019

It has been an amazing beginning of the year, and our team began the year in full swing at the State of the City in Downtown Long Beach! Our team, along with Long Beach constituents and city officials, watched Mayor Robert Garcia highlight the progress Long Beach has made in the last year. Some of the highlights included achieving the lowest unemployment rate at 4.1%, significantly low crime rates, and the steady development of housing units within the city. He also set out goals for the city to take on for the upcoming year, including affordable housing, to expand the city reserves to $75 million, and to expand the city's multi-modal transportation. The CD3 team is excited to take these tasks and help implement them to move our city forward!   
-By Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Suzie Price, along with her family and members of our team, participated in the  Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Saturday, January 17th! The event was hosted by Vice  Mayor and Sixth District  Councilman Dee Andrews, this year celebrating its 31st anniversary. The parade's theme this year was "Walk the Talk' to highlight citizens of Long Beach who continuously strive to implement social, environmental, and human rights into their daily lives. Alongside 80 other participants in the parade, our team rode in a firetruck on the parade route, greeting the citizens of Long Beach and celebrating a momentous leader in U.S. history! 

-By Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Long Beach Homeless Count - 2019

This month our Chief of Staff Jack Cunningham attended the Long Beach's Annual Homelessness Count alongside 250 local volunteers. Long Beach Continuum of Care sends teams of volunteers to different neighborhoods throughout Long Beach to count the number of individuals living in spaces without a physical address. Along with the count, the volunteers ask the individuals various questions to gauge what kind of services would be beneficial to them. This count use to occur every other year, but now will happen every year as the issue of homelessness has become a greater priority for the City of Long Beach. Our team looks forward to implementing what Jack learned during this informative event!

-By Mollie Wilson
3rd District Legislative Assistant
Make A Difference Day 

D o you have a tree that needs to be replaced because it's dead?
Do you want a tree to beautify your front yard, maybe even provide some privacy?
Would you like a tree to be planted for free on Make a Difference Day?
Have you heard about Make a Difference Day?
Make a Difference Day (MADD) has been an opportunity to celebrate neighbors helping others in their community. Save the Date: Make a Difference Day is going to be on March 31st and it is going to be a great day of service. There will be over 25 different volunteer projects in-and-around Belmont Heights where you can make a difference. To find out more information about Make a Difference Day click here.
This is going to be our 3rd year sponsoring the event, and we are SO excited to be involved again. We are extremely proud to be a part of this day of service and enjoy coordinating projects that help beautify our community. We came up with this tree planting project as a team, and wanted to continue the positive work that has been done.
We are also going to be doing a community clean up at the Red Car Greenbelt. So that's two projects you can be apart of!
  1. Requesting a tree to be planted in your front yard
  2. Cleaning up Red Car Greenbelt
Did you know: Trees have been used to produce breathable air, provide shade during our year-round summer, and absorb carbon dioxide. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
So, if you would like a tree to be planted in your yard please reach out to
Gabriela Yates to coordinate with her on this. Gabriela.Yates@longbeach.gov
More information will be shared as we get closer to the date.
- By Gabriela Yates  
3rd District, District Office Director 
Vibes Beach Café 

This is an amazing time for businesses in CD3.  People always speak about the negatives and of businesses leaving Belmont Shore, but the reality is that empty storefronts are being filled with new businesses, and we couldn't be happier to support these local treasures.  This is also true for a new gathering place in the Peninsula.  Vibes Beach Café came to fruition when a mother and daughter team, Cindy and Makenzie Hendrix put their heads together to create a coastal California inspired menu located at 76 ½ 62nd Place. 

As local Peninsula residents, their vision of a neighborhood focused, fast-casual café  was born.  Vibes focuses on locally harvested ingredients, paired with specialty roasted coffee, and many other artisanal food and beverage varieties. As seen in the photos, this place is beautiful, but the journey to get to this point was not easy.  Since they chose to rehab the "community institution that had been around for 80+ years," their work was cut out for them.
The one thing that is for sure is that Peninsula residents could not wait for this place to  open. "We quickly learned how responsive and welcoming the Long Beach community is," said Makenzie.  "We couldn't be happier or feel more supported with the well wishes, and being steps away from the Southern California coastline, sandy feet and good vibes are always welcome."

Vibes Beach Café is open daily from 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM so ride your bike or walk to this gem the next time you're in the Peninsula.  You won't be disappointed with this beautifully decorated, cool, yet modern atmosphere that holds unique fixtures and a good Vibe! We welcome them to the Third District and wish them the best of luck with their new business.

Vibes Beach Café 
76 ½ 62nd Place
 Daily Hours: 6:30 AM for coffee bar
and 7 - 3:30 PM for food service

- 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 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  

- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Electric Scooter Share Update

If you love scooters, if you hate scooters, or if you are one of those rare individuals who just thinks they're OK, the City Council is expected to be discussing them at their February 19th Meeting. As you may know the electric scooter share program is in a pilot program currently where a number of vendors are operating in the city so that the city can gauge the public's interest in the program and see how the various operators function so that we have useful information to discuss when considering the development of a set policy on electric scooters. As more details come available about the proposal that the Public Works Department will be making to the City Council, we will be sure to notify residents. Please be on the lookout for information if this is a topic you are interested in.
- By Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
LBUSD Holidays on February 11th & 18th

As a college student and staff member of Councilwoman Price's, I wondered what the true meaning of the Presidents' Day holiday represents. I know growing up we always received the Monday off from school and many companies and government offices are closed, but I learned some new facts during my research. As most of you know, this holiday honors two of our greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This year, Presidents' Day falls on Monday, February 18. According to Ezra Billinkoff from Scholastic News Online, "the holiday always falls on the third Monday of February, and the federal government sets aside this day to honor these men and their contributions to the nation."
The celebration officially started in 1880, when Washington's Birthday, which falls on February 22 became an official holiday in Washington D.C. It then because a national holiday in 1885. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the entire country. At the time, Washington's birthday joined only four other nationally recognized federal bank holidays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, July 4th and Thanksgiving, and was the first to celebrate the life of an individual American. Incidentally, Martin Luther King Jr Day signed into law in 1983, and it was the second.
In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. In 1971, Congress officially moved the holiday to the Monday closest to Washington's actual birthday. However, it wasn't until the 1980s that the holiday would become a celebration of both Washington and Lincoln since Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12.
While Presidents' Day is an official national holiday, each state is allowed to decide how to celebrate it and even what to call it. While every state has at least some mention of George Washington, some leave Abraham Lincoln out of the celebration. In Alabama, for example, the state celebrates Washington and Jefferson Day, named for Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third President. (Jefferson was born in April.)
Our nation's government makes sure to keep Presidents' Day traditions alive too. Each year, a member of the U.S. Senate reads Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday, and other public ceremonies take place. Washington gave the speech at the end of his second term as President. Among other things, it calls on "Americans to avoid the dangers of factionalism, or breaking into strong political parties."
- By Nicholas West  
3rd District, Policy Specialist 
Billinkoff, Ezra. "Presidents' Day The Nation Remembers Our Greatest Leaders." Scholastic News Online.
"Presidents' Day." Encyclopedia Britannica. Britannica.com.
"Presidents Day 2019." A&E Television Network. History.com.
                     Aquatics Capital of                   Climate Action Adaption            
                      America Awards                         Plan (CAAP) Meeting

                   Assisting with Sandbags              Installation of Commodore
                       during the storm                      Camille Daniels of Long
                                                                             Beach Yacht Club
                     Belmont Heights Community           Public Safety Meeting

                                          Young Women's                           Mayor's Annual State of the City
          Empowerment Conference     
         Swearing In of Sen. Tom Umberg              Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

                                 Public Works Meeting about Median
                                               Landscape improvement
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Other Events in Long Beach 
Bulldog Beauty Contest - February 10th 


This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has disabilities, families or anyone who provides services for the disability community. This is a great conference, full of information packed workshops, and its free to attend. Please know that this conference is intended for all people, not just the API community.
 Fun Research Opportunity 

Inclusivity and Diversity are Keys to a Brighter Future!
Sign Up Online Here
Dine Out Long Beach, now in its fourth year, will offer 2-course breakfasts and lunches at $10. $15 or $20 and 3-course dinners starting at $20, $30, $40 and $50 (tax and gratuity additional) - depending on the restaurant.  In addition, restaurants can participate in an optional "Pass the Plate" night on Sunday or Monday, February 2 4 and 2 5, where they are matched with a local Long Beach non-profit organization and donate a minimum 10% of their sales to the cause.  It's a win-win all around.   We already have restaurants who have partnered with the Pathways to Independence, Ronald McDonald House, Musical Theater West, Precious Lambs, Steel Magnolias, Kiwanis Club of Long Beach, and more. 

  Ou r Chefs' Cooking + Tasting Kick-offwill be free to the public and will take place at Friedmans Home Experience on February 16 starting at 12 noon. We've also been promoting Dine Out Long Beach with our chefs on KFI-AM 640's "The Fork Report" with chef interviews taking place January 28, February 2 and again this Saturday at 3:30pm with L'Opera. 
We're also giving away a trip for two to Catalina Island with roundtrip transportation on Catalina Express, a two- night stay at Aurora Avalon and a Catalina Foodie Tour.
-By Elizabeth Borsting
Founder + Organizer
Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0
Neighborhood Climate Action Fair Comes to South-East Long Beach

Temple Israel Long Beach will partner with the City of Long Beach, Belmont Heights Community Association, City Councilwoman Suzie Price, and environmental activists to host the Neighborhood Climate Action Fair on Sunday, February 10th from 2-4 pm at Temple Israel, 269 Loma Avenue in Long Beach.

This free family-friendly event invites all community members in Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, Bluff Park, Alamitos Beach, Alamitos Heights and beyond to gain information, give input and get engaged in local climate change resiliency. Ideas, opinions and solutions from residents are needed to create a sustainable and innovative plan for our future.
At the fair, residents will learn about a wide range of climate change impacts and
 opportunities for mitigation through speakers, poster presentations, discussion, and videos. They will provide direct input into the City of Long Beach's 25-year Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by helping identify and prioritize potential mitigations and adaptations for the plan, learn about a variety of free and easy changes that have big ecological benefits, see and purchase eco-products, and meet local environmental volunteer groups that are making a difference. Food, live music, and children's activities will be available.

The City of Long Beach is developing its first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) and wants our neighborhood to be a part of the process. The CAAP will help to reduce future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and , prepare the community for the impacts of climate change, all while improving health, the quality of life, and enhancing economic vitality in Long Beach. Long Beach strives to be a more sustainable and resilient city in the face of climate change impacts such as air pollution, extreme heat, drought, coastal storm surge, and sea level rise. 
The CAAP will provide a framework for creating or updating policies, programs, practices, and incentives for Long Beach residents and businesses to reduce the City's GHG footprint and ensure the community and physical assets are better protected from the impacts of climate change. Engaging those who live, work, and play in Long Beach is essential to creating an effective and successful CAAP. Residents, business owners, students, and other community stakeholders are encouraged to get involved by providing input and sharing ideas, priorities, and solutions to help establish and achieve the City's climate goals.
Through education and engagement on climate change, Temple Israel Long Beach hopes to
 make a positive contribution to Tikkun O'lam, or the repair of the world, a core Jewish value.

Second Wind will provide live music. A blending of acoustical guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, and accordion, their music bridges folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, and French standards.
Among the vendors and information tables will be: Algalita, a nonprofit advancing solutions to plastic pollution through science, policy, technological innovations while changing throwaway culture; Resilient LB, a project of Aquarium of the Pacific; the Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau; the Long Beach Office of Sustainability; Solar Wholesale Group;  Long Beach Environmental Alliance; the East Yard Environmental Justice group, the Citizens' Climate Lobby; Walk Long Beach; BYO, a local vendor of eco-friendly home products; and more!

Read more here.
-By Kate Sachnoff
Chairman of the Social Action Committee

Over and over again this work shows that the most successful way to get someone off the streets is through the outreach that develops trust and credibility with our City staff. Only through multiple contacts is someone willing to accept the services they need in order to make a major life changing decision.   
eScooters in Long Beach

The eScooters pilot program has been a major topic of discussion here in Long Beach. Please review the following laws and rules that will help keep you and other community members safe when riding. Enjoy!


Join Friends of Bixby Park for our monthly cleanup.
Event:   Monthly Cleanup
When:   Saturday, February 2nd
Time:    9:00A-11:00AM
Where:  Bixby Park
            130 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 
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.

Visit us: 
Our website:   www.friendsofbixbypark.org

Around the Table  

Please join Long Beach Community Foundation
for Around the Table:
Activating the Community on Homelessness

This event builds upon the Around the Table event conducted last year. Residents told us that the most important issue facing Long Beach is homelessness and housing, and that they want to help, but are not sure how. So this time, conversations will focus on ways that we, as individuals and businesses can make a positive impact for those experiencing homelessness. Specifically, come learn directly from nonprofit and community leaders:

1. Why are people affected by homelessness in Long Beach?
2. What is being done about it?
3. What can I as a resident or business owner do to help?

It's time we use our talents, strengths and resources to help.

Please visit: www.AroundtheTableLB.com to register for one of these events:

Complimentary parking. Refreshments available.
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