August was a very busy month for me and my office. As some of you may know, August is budget planning month and therefore, my calendar is inundated with meetings regarding the city budget and resource allocation. I was happy to be reappointed as the Vice Chair of the City's Budget Oversight Committee (BOC) which means that in addition to the regular council budget briefings, I attend special meetings of the BOC and make sure that our budget decisions reflect a prudent approach to spending and of course, saving. It's been a real honor to serve on this committee and I am grateful that City Council officially passed the budget this past Tuesday.
In terms of my meetings, here's a recap of the number of meetings I attended in August.
Council or Council-related meetings. This category includes department head briefings, committee meetings, and actual Council meetings:
Community meetings and/or Non-Profit Events. This category includes neighborhood association meetings that I personally attend (my staff attend the ones I can't attend) and events hosted by non-profit partners throughout the city:
Constituent meetings. This category includes one-on-one meetings where residents have requested to meet with me either in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday morning:
As you can see, this was a very busy month. On a personal note, the kids went back to school on August 29th and like many of you, we are off to a new school adventure.
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS
COMMUNITY CONCERT IN THE PARK - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Please join Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell and my office as we enjoy Knyght Ryder on Friday, September 7 at 6 PM at Marine Stadium Park. We will have a few food trucks on site to make dinner a breeze.
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach
INAUGURAL RANCHOS WALK - SEPTEMBER 8
September is California Pedestrian Safety Month - experience Long Beach as a pedestrian in the #RanchosWalk2018 where you can walk from Rancho Los Alamitos to Rancho Los Cerritos! Register at www.longbeach.gov/ranchoswalk #pedestriansafety
FREE BIKE REGISTRATION - September 8th
Recently the City has begun a pilot program to allow electric scooter rental stations on public sidewalks. This pilot program requires that riders wear helmets, ride only in the street, and obey all traffic laws.
These businesses that are currently operating in Long beach under this pilot program have caused some concerns from residents. The City has set up a call center for this e-scooter program for residents to call with questions or concerns.
Please see email address below:
Call Center Phone Number: (562)908.3516
This program is going until October, and then at that point the topic will be brought before the City Council for the first time to discuss if any longer term permits will be allowed. These are a new technology and a new business model so we expect that there will be a number of issues that need to be addressed. The above phone number and email address will be how complaints and issues are recorded for the City's use, so please feel free to call or email these numbers whenever something comes up.
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
3rd Wednesday at 8pm - 9pm, next meeting September 18
917 Bennett Ave., LB
2nd Sunday neighborhood clean-up at 9am
Save the Date: Greenbelt Fest on October 20, 3-6pm
NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Peninsula Beach Preservation Group
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:
MORE BEACH ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED
Last month Councilwoman Price brought an agenda item before the City Council directing City staff to develop a plan for additional enforcement along our beaches. There have been concerns with beach camping, with violations of beach hours, and with trash and problems with widespread littering. Now, the Councilwoman has directed the City Manager, the Police Department, the Homeless Outreach team, the Quality of Life team, the HEART team, Parks Recreation and Marine Department, and Public Works to all work together to develop a plan for how the City can increase enforcement and reduce violations on the beach. This is a big step in ensuring that our beaches are well maintained and provide a great space for recreation and enjoying our largest open space.
-- By Jack Cunningham
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
HOMELESS OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES
We may not give updates every month on the progress being made to address homelessness here in Long Beach, but that doesn't mean there is not great news occurring. Here in the Third District we are lucky enough to have the East Division Police Department's Quality of Life team who, day in day out, do the hard work of contacting homeless people with the goal of getting them into services that get them off the street long term, and not just for a day or two. This is often a thankless job that works hard hours in locations that can be difficult to get in and out of, but they are doing fantastic work and making real impacts for individual homeless people and our community.
In general it takes 13 contacts with an individual homeless person before they are willing to accept services for housing assistance, rehabilitation, jobs training, mental health, or any other service that could lead to getting their lives back on track. So, these success stories represent real time and energy from our police department to build the trust and credibility with those individuals suffering from homelessness.
Here are a few of their recent successes in getting people off the streets and getting them the help they need.
Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Price
THE BAR METHOD - Joanna West
Councilwoman Price and I enjoy meeting business owners
throughout the Third District, but when we find out they live locally, and have kids in our local schools, it makes it even more exciting. Joanna West is one of those local business owners. She is a resident of Belmont Shore with her husband and two boys, and she owns the Bar Method Long Beach at 6695 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Her studio has been around for 6 years, but the Bar Method brand has been going strong for 17 years.
There's a lot of "barre" out there, but the Bar Method stands alone as the only one that is rooted in physical therapy. As the brand just celebrated its 17th birthday, the signature technique continues to change, sculpt, and rehab bodies to be BETTER + STRONGER. Joanna owns the 63rd location (now 118 across the nation) and she chose this franchise because of the rigorous and comprehensive teacher training program. Each location is locally owned/operated and she has been taking Bar for the past 10 years so she can stand behind the benefits of what Bar can do for your overall well-being. As a teacher, she is extremely passionate about helping her clients understand the method and how to get the most out of it.
The Bar Method classes are an hour long, which work on elongating, strengthening, and building grace and poise for a lifetime of mind and body wellness. The workout never becomes easier and you will feel constantly and continually challenged. In a way, it becomes a healthy addiction. The best part is that she prides herself on catering to all ages (men and women alike) and all levels of fitness, including pre-natal. "What I love most is the Bar Method's attention to posture. We teach exercises that specifically target your back and shoulder muscles to realign your body," Joanna West said in a statement. "Since 85% of the population suffers from back or neck pain at some point of their lives, I think it's so important to keep a healthy spine a top priority in your wellness routine."
And just in time for back to school, back to YOU, the Bar Method is launching a "Tone up in 10 Pack" campaign for new clients! Sign up for 10 classes at $99 (normally $190) and join the fitness challenge in the studio (starts 9/10 to 10/10) to help keep you motivated and consistent. Purchase now through their website
or directly at
I am proud to showcase Joanna West's Bar Method business this month. Let's take some time to take care of ourselves! There are a lot of fitness quotes on the internet, but my favorite is, "Do something today that your future self with thank you for."
The Bar Method
6695 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 125, Long Beach
- By Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach
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,
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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.
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- By Antonella Schaub
3rd District, Communications Director
My name is Nathalie Soussan. I am a wife, mother of two and a resident of the 3rd District.
I left New England for warmer weather in 1999 and have been a Long Beach resident ever since. Belmont Shore reminded me of Nantucket so it was an easy choice. Fast forward several years, I got married, we now have two spirited elementary school kids...
My husband and I are both transplants and when our kids were young, we truly were clueless - Facebook was in its' infancy - I remember driving from Irvine to LA for activities and events. Eventually
we made some awesome friends by hanging out in our local parks and discovered many of Long Beach's riches.
This project found me last summer when I was at a career crossroads.
I fell in love with the concept of having everything in once place. I also
felt it was another way for me to give back and support this amazing city with a small town vibe all the while sharing some of the knowledge
I've acquired raising kids here in Long Beach.
Hulafrog has recently launched in Long Beach and our goal is to promote local kid friendly businesses and events in our area.
Here is some of the
awesome info you can find on a HulaFrog page:
- A daily calendar of things happening for babies to tweens in your community
- Directories and Hot Lists filled with local class and camp providers, wellness providers, birthday party venues (places that host, entertainers that come to your location, and rental options), family photographers, places to eat free with kids, places to go and so much more!
- Reviews from other parents about events and businesses
- Coupons for deals on local things to do and businesses in your area
Your local HulaFrog page is focused on what's happening in YOUR community so you don't have to drive across town to find the fun! You can even subscribe to FREE newsletters so great ideas come right to your inbox! (We are also on Facebook) https://hulafrog.com/long-beach-ca
SEPTEMBER IS CALIFORNIA PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MONTH
September is Pedestrian Safety Month and Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will be joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), along with other law enforcement agencies, transportation agencies and pedestrian advocates to promote public awareness aimed at pedestrian safety.
The LBPD supports efforts by OTS to educate drivers that "Pedestrians Don't Have Armor." This campaign highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, regardless of whether one is on foot or behind the wheel.
Both in California and nationally, the number of pedestrians killed or injured on roadways is rising at alarming rates. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. In 2016, the LBPD investigated 16 pedestrian fatal collisions and another 335 major injury collisions.
Traffic officers working this enforcement campaign and on routine patrol will be focusing on drivers as well as pedestrians who violate traffic laws such as the following:
* Excessive speed
* Making illegal turns
* Distracted driving
* Failing to stop for signs and signals
* Failing to yield to drivers or pedestrians.
Safety goes both ways, drivers and pedestrians must work together to exhibit safe behaviors that protect themselves and those around them, reducing injuries and saving lives.
The LBPD reminds pedestrians of the following safety tips:
* Use crosswalks or intersections with a stop sign or signals
* Make eye contact with drivers
* Look before stepping into a crosswalk
Drivers are also reminded of the following:
* Be alert for pedestrians
* Use caution when backing up
* Always wait for pedestrians to safely cross the street, and be courteous and patient
Both drivers and pedestrians should avoid distractions by not using cell phones and being aware of their surroundings.
Funding for this enforcement campaign is provided to the LBPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority will host public workshop to present the draft optimized alternative for the next phase of restoration planning for Los Cerritos Wetlands
: Public Workshop for Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan Program Environmental Impact Report
: Aquarium of the Pacific, Watershed Classroom (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
: Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LONG BEACH, CALIF.
- The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) is pleased to host a public workshop to present the Draft Optimized Restoration Alternative for the next phase of Los Cerritos Wetlands comprehensive restoration planning. The workshop will be held on September 26 at the Aquarium of the Pacific's Watershed Classroom in Long Beach. Development of an Optimized Restoration Alternative and production of a Program Environmental Impact Report is the next step in the LCWA's efforts to provide a comprehensive restoration plan for the Los Cerritos Wetlands.
Past work completed by the LCWA included production of the Final Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan (Final LCW CRP), which was adopted by the LCWA Board of Directors in August 2015.
Using information contained in the Final LCW CRP, additional studies and baseline surveys completed since the Final LCW CRP was produced, and information obtained at the first public workshop held in March 2018, a Draft Optimized Restoration Alternative was designed for the entire Los Cerritos Wetlands complex. An overview of this Draft Optimized Restoration Alternative will be presented at the workshop. After the presentation attendees can ask questions of technical experts and offer comments regarding what has been designed to date.
Who is invited:All are welcome to join this workshop to learn about restoration efforts regarding the Los Cerritos Wetlands. This workshop is about wetlands and community, so be sure to invite your friends and neighbors.
What will happen at the open house: Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the LCWA's consulting team, spearheaded by Environmental Science Associates (ESA), will lead the public through a presentation of the details of the Draft Optimized Restoration Alternative design. Public feedback regarding the design will be solicited.
Who is the LCWA and their consulting team:The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority is a joint powers authority composed of the City of Seal Beach, the City of Long Beach, the State Coastal Conservancy, and the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. The ESA consulting team also includes Altman Environmental Consulting and Coastal Restoration Consultants.
Visit the LCWA website for additional i
The Los Cerritos Wetlands are located in the Southeast Long Beach and West Seal Beach area, straddling the border of Los Angeles County and Orange County in southern California. The conservation area of Los Cerritos Wetlands as identified by the LCWA comprises approximately 500 acres on both sides of the San Gabriel River.
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Other Events in Long Beach
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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. http://werise.la/artists/ 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!
FRIENDS OF BIXBY PARK - MONTHLY CLEANUP
BELMONT SHORE CAR SHOW - September 9, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING - SEPTEMBER 17th
This year the Office of the City Clerk is coordinating Voter Registration Drives with local high schools for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), September 25, 2018. We will be working with students and faculty to coordinate events at Cabrillo, Jordan, McBride, Millikan, Poly, and Wilson High Schools.
On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Office of the City Clerk and the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is hosting a Voter Registration Training for students and faculty involved with NVRD and City employees who assist the public with voter registration forms. We invite you to attend this training.
To RSVP, please email Myra Maravilla at Myra.Maravilla@longbeach.gov by September 14th. Please also indicate if you would like to request any voter registration forms.
RUNWAY THE REAL WAY
The Real Way will be held on September 27 at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach. Now in its fifth year, this highly-anticipated event that benefits the programs and services of JFCS offers a new theme, according to event creator and producer Wendy Manasse Wiese. "This year professional models wearing fall fashions from Macy's Los Cerritos will show how the looks that walked the New York and international runways can be worn 'the real way', said Manasse Wiese. "Like the past two years, we anticipate another sold-out event!" she added.
RUNWAY begins at 5:30 p.m. with wine, a signature cocktail, and a variety of fresh, delicious salads and breads. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The evening will conclude with the drawing of two lucky winners for the New York Experience. Each winner and the guest of his/her choice will fly to New York for two nights, and a visit to one of Hearst Magazines' premiere fashion titles-Harper's Bazaar, Elle, or Marie Claire. The winners will see the production floor and will also visit the fashion closet. Lunch in Café 57, the exclusive employee cafeteria and a visit to the Good Housekeeping Institute's research center, also located in Hearst Tower, are included. Opportunity drawing tickets are $100 each, and only 200 tickets will be sold.
General admission tickets are $50 each ($70 at the door if available) and VIP tickets, which includes a preferred seating area, a trend-setting bag, and a copy of one of Hearst Magazines' fall fashion titles, are $90. Sponsorships, begin at $250 and include at least one reserved seat and marketing exposure in addition to all the benefits of the VIP tickets. In addition, all sponsors are invited to an exclusive pre-RUNWAY fashion event on Thursday evening, September 20. "We introduced the sponsor pre-RUNWAY event last year to encourage attendees to give more generously to JFCS, and it drew rave reviews from all who attended. I'm super-excited about this year's event", said Wiese.
"Wendy and her husband David pay 100% of the costs of this event, which means that all proceeds from event tickets, sponsorships, and the opportunity drawing come to JFCS to help us help so many in our area who need the vital counseling and social services we provide. We are beyond grateful for what the Wiese family does for JFCS and the clients we serve." said Executive Director Kathryn Miles.
Event tickets may be purchased online at
or by phone at (562) 427-7916.
Opportunity drawing tickets can be purchased at the JFCS office or by phone at (562) 427-7916.
For more information about sponsorship benefits and options, ask to speak with Pattie Davidson.
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.
Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
6p to 9p
"Parade of Lights"