Happy November to you. This is a very special month because it's the time of year that we officially celebrate the heroic efforts of our veterans. We also take time to gather with friends and family in honor of Thanksgiving Day. It's a great time of the year.  

Every year, I am asked to speak to the Naples community on Veteran's Day. It has become one of my favorite events and usually, the entire Council District staff is in attendance. We all love the event and the community spirit behind it.  I was thinking about what topic I would talk about this year as there are so many options given what is happening on a national and local level. I have decided that my talk this year will focus on the topic of service above politics.  It's so relevant at this time.  

When I think about the sacrifice of our veterans, my husband included, I think of no other word more vividly than the word, "service".  Service to our country, service to our values and ideals, service to our allies, and service to one another is what veterans are made of.  It matters not what political party is in power, or what the divisive rhetoric may be, the men and women who serve our nation do it for reasons beyond politics.
They do it because we need them to serve and because they are brave enough to know that our system of government depends on people like them to step up.  Those who serve step in the arena, even though it may be easier to judge the service of others from the stands.  They put themselves out there, and they make a difference. 

The concept of service as carried out by our current military and our veterans is something we can all learn from and incorporate into our daily lives.  I think about the issue a lot when I think about my own service on the City Council.  For me, it has never been about politics and it never will be. I am blessed to be able to have served the community in my "day job" (as a prosecutor) for 20 years, and the concept of public service is all I have ever known.  To me, serving on the council is about giving back to a city that has provided my family and me a place to call "home", and a place where we have laid down our roots. Giving back to our city, in the small way that I do, is a service I am honored to have. 

On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to  thank the men and woman who have served our country with significant self-sacrifice and bravery.  Honor our military men and women because what they have done and what they were willing to do for all of us is the ultimate definition of service.  I am inspired by them and will continue to live up to the ideals they have created as the foundation for our nation. 
In collaboration, 
Suzie Price
6th Annual FREE Family Workshop will focus on Anti-Bullying, Empowerment and Creating a Kinder Community

On Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9 AM - 12 PM on the CSULB campus, Councilwoman Suzie Price will be hosting our 6th Annual FREE Family Workshop.  The focus of this fun, interactive event will be on learning and practicing the power of being an upstander (vs. a bystander) when witnessing unkindness or disrespect.  

Through our dynamic speakers and parent/student breakout workshops, the day will offer inspiration, support and tools for parents and students, designed to empower and enable us to create a kinder and more positive community.  The event is geared towards 5th through 8th grade students, but all are welcome. 

Registration is limited.  For more information and to register at Eventbrite.com:  Click here.
Update on New Long Beach Short-Term Rental Policy:

F or over 2 years the City Council has been in the process of developing and implementing a new policy for the short-term rental of housing units. A short-term rental is considered any housing unit that is rented for less than 30 days. Some of the most common online businesses you may have heard of that help residents to rent out rooms in their homes as short-term rentals are are AirBnb, and VRBO. In the past two years the City has completed a number of reports and presented these reports to the City Council, as well as conducted a number of public outreach events in order to gather input from residents throughout the City on what they would like to see in a new ordinance. Councilwoman Price additionally, held her own community meeting 
on this topic to solicit input from Third District residents to ensure she was best able to  advocate for those needs  when the Council voted on implementing the new policy. 

In December 2018 the City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance that updates our short-term rental ordinance implementing a number of regulations and limitations on operating short-term rentals in the City. 

The new ordinance will require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City, it sets limitations on operating short-term rentals, including 90 night maximum for un-hosted rentals (where property owner does not live on-site), and limits how many people can stay in a rental based on number of rooms, operators must have a 24 hour number for someone to respond to complaints, and neighborhoods will have the ability to opt-out of allowing un-hosted short-term rentals to operate in their neighborhoods. Please look at the link below if you have additional questions on this.

Link to June 2019 Update here. 

The City Council is expected to be presented with the final ordinance to vote on in the coming month. If this topic is important to you, please be sure to watch for an email from our office updating you when it has been put on the agenda.

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Parking Agenda Items:

This past month the Councilwoman has brought two major items to the City Council in an effort to improve parking for residents. The first was to evaluate areas of red curb to see if it can safely be reduced in parking impacted areas in order to create additional parking. And second, the Councilwoman proposed allowing residents throughout the City to obtain a parking permit that would allow them to park in-front of their own driveway. Allowing this would effectively create additional parking throughout the entire City by allowing residents to use the street in front of their driveways as an additional parking space.
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Belmont Beach Aquatic Center Update

The City continues to work diligently on the Belmont Beach Aquatic Center (BBAC) facility. Last year the California Coastal Commission (CCC) provided a notice of incomplete application to the City which outlined concerns as well as outstanding items. Major CCC concerns relate to height and sea level rise. Since receipt of the notice of incomplete letter, the City team has been hard at work addressing the concerns which also required some redesign efforts. We are happy to let the community know that the formal response to the CCC including the redesigned facility is being finalized and will be submitted shortly.
Throughout all response and redesign efforts, the team has maintained the  bodies of water, and an elegant design.  Inclusivity has also been a focus, which prompted an expanded recreational component. The height concern has been addressed by lowering the roof structure. The sea level rise concern has been addressed by pushing the facility inland away from the water. To accommodate the new footprint, as well as minimize impacts and costs, the existing pool will be maintained in its current location. Permanent restrooms and showers will be added to.

Over the next few months the planning commission as well as the CCC will be hearing the project. We look forward to approvals and continuing with the design efforts for this amazing community resource.  And city staff will share the revised designs shortly with all of the stakeholders as this goes through the Coastal Commission review process.
-Joshua Hickman
Project Management Officer, Public Works
Waste Characterization Study

What happens to our recycling once it is put in your recycling bin? 

You can visit the City's Website to learn more here, but there's a larger discussion on this topic that is interesting to understand.
It is a fascinating time to understand more about the trash we have and throw away. Especially as it impacts our global trade and how we recycle and throw away trash.
You might have recently seen a truck that said "City of Long Beach Study in Progress- Waste  Management" on the side. If you have, consider yourself one of the few to see part of an important study being conducted here in Long Beach. The reason for it, is that the City is undergoing a study of how Long Beach throws out their Waste. The Public Works, Environmental Services Bureau hired consultants to conduct a waste characterization study. This study was conducted over 2 seasons (in two different months) with each seasonal study being 1 week long. Residential, multi-family and commercial accounts were randomly selected to participate in the study during which trash and recycling containers were hand sorted into more than 50 different categories to identify the materials found in our waste stream.
If you didn't know, there has been a major shift in the   waste   and recycling industry. The entire US is struggling to find markets for commodities often found in recycling programs around the country. These commodities were previously exported to countries in southeast Asia, however, starting with China, the countries have stopped importing these commodities and are rejecting shipments of waste, plastics, and other trash from Western countries amid a global trash crisis. Read on here .
The global shift has hit home in Long Beach and throughout all of California. As a result, the City will soon announce updates to the types of materials that will be collected in the recycling program. 
It's good timing that Long Beach is conducting a w aste  c haracterization   study that will define the composition of the different   waste   streams generated in Long Beach. In addition to the residential and commercial waste streams, the study provided analysis of waste collected in our public litter containers and through our street sweeping operations. The data resulting from this study will allow the City to improve education and outreach efforts to residents and will also serve as the foundation for the development of a zero waste plan by the Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Bureau.  

In the end, the City is trying to reduce waste in Long Beach, but we have to understand what is being thrown out to identify opportunities to reduce and improve recycling.
Another interesting resource is SERRF that turns waste into energy. Read more here.

-Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy
Protecting Mobile Home Seniors:

Recently Councilwoman Price led the the Council in taking its first steps to protect residents in mobile home parks from receiving large rent increases. In recent weeks there have been growing concerns coming from residents of a seniors mobile home park who are facing a 35% increase in rent. Because of the reality that mobile home parks house some of the most vulnerable residents and provide housing to seniors and those on fixed incomes, it is important that the City begin the process of understanding what we are legally able to do to protect those renting space in mobile home parks from major rental increases. Councilwoman Price wants to ensure that we are keeping seniors housed and that appropriate polices are being evaluated that would give Long Beach another tool to protect renters. 
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
District 3 Community Tour of the Water Department
The Water Department is a vital component to our city. Think about it? More than 70% of your brain is water. More importantly, than what we are  made of, our overall health depends on water.

Beyond that, we have a department that cares about the water you use  and drink. So what does that entail? Owning a Brita? Sure, but how's the pH balance? Has it been tested, and how was it tested?

All done at Long Beach's Water Treatment Plant.

Thankfully, an awesome group of individuals from the Water Department was able to answer the tough questions. Not often does the Water Department offer a public tour, so it was truly dedicated individuals that wanted to share their wealth of knowledge. With a limited amount of space, the Water Department invited about 30 Third District residents into their "home". Those who attended got to learn in more detail about the work the Water Department does to bring in safe, clean drinking water to every home in Long Beach. 
It's dense, how many intricacies are needed to be able to turn on our water in Long Beach. One random fact I remember is that in the 50 square mile service area of Long Beach, there is 1600 miles of sewer and pipelines, all under this city. Imagine these pipes above ground.. we'd be able to reach Houston, TX from Long Beach!
I encourage everyone to poke around the Water Department City Website. It's very user-friendly and informative. Check it out here.
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy
Earthquake Serves as a Reminder:

October 20th residents throughout Long Beach experienced an earthquake that had its epicenter in Compton. Although the earthquake was small at a 2.6 rating on the Richter scale, it should serve as a reminder to be sure you are adequately prepared for earthquakes or other emergencies. Living in Southern California means we see earthquakes regularly, but this should not mean you are desensitized to the reality of how disastrous they can be, instead it should mean that you are prepared and have a plan for when a major earthquake strikes. Here in Los Angeles County there is an app that is designed to give an alert to your smart phone moments before an earthquake strikes. This is meant to help provide a few seconds for you to quickly get to safety, or out of immediate harm's way. You can sign up for this app by clicking here. 

Additionally, in the event of an emergency, here in Long Beach we have our Alert Long Beach system that sends out alerts to residents on issues like health emergencies, or coming weather events. These alerts are specific to Long Beach and are designed to be an alert to make you aware of an issue. This is an important tool to ensure residents are quickly made aware of any potential emergency situation. Please sign up here to make sure you are well informed. 

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Banning Flavored Vaping Products:

Early last month Councilwoman Price took important steps to begin banning flavored vaping from Long Beach. Deaths and severe lung injuries continue to grow as this nationwide health emergency continues. In just weeks, the number of deaths caused by vaping has grown to 35 and severe lung injuries have climbed to over 1,600 cases. On top of the serious health and safety concerns being seen, the issue is especially concerning because of how these products are marketed toward teens and youth. After  years of steady declines in smoking, these new products have led to a steep  rise
in teen nicotine addiction. With both the mounting health concerns and the growing teen addiction rates, the City is joining the increasing list of cities, counties, and states throughout the country who are working to reduce the serious health impacts associated with vaping and protect users and youth from the harms they create.

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Lone Sailor Memorial
Those who serve to protect our country are noble and honorable. It is not an easy commitment to serve your country, but those who do serve proudly. One of my favorite places in the 3rd District, is the Lone Sailor Memorial. To learn more about who the Lone Sailor is, click here.
"The Lone Sailor signifies the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Navy. He's called the Lone Sailor, yet he is hardly ever alone. He is about 25 years old, a senior second class petty officer who is fast becoming a seagoing veteran. He has done it all -- fired weapons in war, provided humanitarian assistance in far-away lands, been attacked by the enemy and defended our freedom. He has made liberty calls in great cities and tiny villages where he was a tourist, ambassador, adventurer, friend and missionary to those less fortunate. His shipmates remember him with pride and look up to him with respect."
The Lone Sailor stands out, but it's discreet and easy to drive by. I love knowing this is monument stands on Ocean Blvd. symbolizing so much, and in such an intimate way. Facing the sea, the Lone Sailor looks out into the Pacific Ocean from our waterfront here in Long Beach. Out of 17 Lone Sailor statues in the nation, including Guam, there is 1 Lone Sailor to be found in Long Beach, CA.

" The Lone Sailor statue is the iconic symbol representing the United States Navy Memorial's mission to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present, and future; and inform the public about their service.  These meaningful statues provide a reminder to active duty, veterans, and civilians that they serve a grateful nation . "
It was a beautiful Saturday, the weather was great, a nice breeze too. Being around those who had served in the US Navy and hearing the Band perform was touching. As we sang the Pledge of Allegiance and Star-Spangled Banner, it was hard not to shed a tear. The respect, honor, and moment to pay tribute for those who has served or passed was memorable and intimate with this crowd. Singing these patriotic and iconic songs embody so much of what finds our country in a bind on important morals and values to think about., "With liberty and justice for all.."

The history of the pledge of allegiance is just as valuable and beautiful too. Read it here
As we approach Veterans Day, stop by the Lone Sailor. Pay your respects and honor those who have served to protect our freedom. We have so much to be thankful for, and as Thanksgiving approaches, start giving thanks early to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Thank You.
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy

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Greenbelt Goblin Fest 
Ghouls and Goblins joined together on a chilly evening for the 5th annual Goblins in the Greenbelt event this past month, hosted by the Belmont Heights Community Association! The evening kicked off with a live band and food trucks for some fall treats. This year's event featured bounce houses, games, face painting, and pumpkin decorating for kids and families. Various community groups lined the Red Car Greenbelt to provide useful information and brochures for the community. This Spooktacular event was one not to miss, and we hope to see everyone again next year! 

-Mollie Wilson
3rd District, Legislative Assistant
Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program 
If you have ever wanted to lead a community-based project, the Port of Long Beach provides funding for various projects throughout the Long Beach community. Potential projects include air filters, health care programs, parks, bicycling and walking infrastructure, window and door replacements, and energy efficiency projects, among others. Attendees will learn about and offer input regarding the Port's plans to disburse Community Grant Program funding in three areas: community health, facility improvement and community infrastructure. Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog translation will be provided. 

To find out more about this incredible opportunity, the Port will be hosting a public workshop to discuss 2020 funding priorities for its Community Grants Program The public workshop will take place on November 7th from 6 - 7 PM at the Admiral Kidd Park Community center located at 2125 Santa Fe Avenue. To RSVP or to submit written comments, email  grants@polb.com. For more information, visit  polb.com/grants.

-Mollie Wilson
3rd District, Legislative Assistant
Diana Barnes
MA, ATR, Artist
Diana Barnes was trained as a commercial artist with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Art Center College of Design. She worked as a Graphic Designer for many years then decided to pursue her love for oil painting. Her art has been influenced through her travels and her love for music. She continues to express her art as a reflection of her surroundings. Diana received a Masters of Art and currently works as a Registered Art Therapist. She facilitates groups using Art Therapy as a means to explore one's emotions as they journey through l ife.
Diana expresses herself in a more abstract manner through her paintings with her use of color that has been drawn from her heart. On this journey she has developed and explored her emotions through her art, painting reflections of herself and impressions of her day-to-day life.
Life's journey has brought her to this point now, continually learning and exploring all of what this world has to offer.
-Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy
2ND and PCH Shopping Center

It was an impressive day on Thursday, October 24th for the long awaited grand opening and ribbon cutting of the CenterCal Properties, LLC & Taki Sun, Inc. 2ND & PCH Shopping Center. The festivities started on Wednesday, October 23rd with the grand opening of the spectacular new Whole Foods market.  Many early arrivers were greeted with swag bags that contained gift cards.  On Thursday morning, four days of events, including programs, entertainment, and music commenced with the ribbon cutting, attended by Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilwoman Suzie Price, a mural artist meet and greet,  along with a free concert by Common Sense.  The festivities ended on Sunday evening with a Long Beach Music
 Showcase that featured Greg Young, Knyght Ryder, and Elm Street Band. 

2ND & PCH sits at the gateway between Orange County and Long Beach with amazing views and an enviable setting across from Alamitos Bay and the Long Beach Marina. The coastal contemporary architecture and outdoor living areas invite guests to stay, enjoy the view, relax with wifi, and experience all that this center has to offer. 

2ND & PCH is now officially open, and the following stores are currently in operation:

Whole Foods Market & Cafe
Tuesday's Sweet Shoppe
Warby Parker
AT&T Mobility
lululemon athletica 
Border BBQ
Pacha Mamas
Johnny Was
Free People
Boba Guys  (12 PM - 6 PM)
Linne's Boutique
TSG Wealth Management 
Vissla (opens this week)
The Shade Store (opens this week)
Nike Live (opens 11/1)
Shake Shack (opens 11/7)
Barry's Bootcam p (opens 11/9)
Caffe Luxe (opens 11/10)
Ample Hills Creamery (mid-November)
Athleta (opens 11/29)

With the following stores set to open in the coming months:

Urban Outfitters
Chase Bank
Hawt Yoga
Noble Bird Rotisserie
Be Fit Modern Pilates
Ola Mexican Kitchen
Holly & Hudson Nail Lounge
The Solution
The Bungalow
The Italian Homemade
Hungry Angelina
Tocaya Organica
Otosan Sushi 
Urban Plates
Paper Source
Additionally, there are numerous bike racks to park your bike around the center, and CenterCal is working on implementing a bike valet and valet parking at the site.  They will also offer 90 minute free parking with validation.  The parking rates thereafter are $2 per 20 minutes.  

Bike rack locations on property.

A special thanks to Barret Bradley and Samantha Lopez of CenterCal for always being available to answer our questions and concerns.  

6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
General Hours: 
10 AM - 9 PM on Monday-Saturday
11 AM - 7 PM on Sunday
General Manager: Samantha Lopez
(424) 217-2337

-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business Relations,
Programming & Outreach
City Auditor's Office - Community Conversations on Library Services


Get a $10 Gift Card for sharing your input! Join the City Auditor's Office for a Community Conversation on Library Services. Snacks will be provided. As space is limited, please RSVP now by clicking here.
  • Michelle Obama Library: Saturday, Nov 2. 12:30 - 2PM
  • El Dorado Library: Thursday, Nov 7. 5:30 - 7PM
  • Billie Jean King Main Library: Tuesday, Nov 12. 6:00 - 7:30PM
Share your input on Library Services with the City Auditor's Office and get a $10 gift card! Details & RSVP here.


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  

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
City Council Meeting
Bluff Heights Association Meeting
Meeting with LBPD and Seal Beach PD
Magnolia Tree Meeting
East Village Arts Show
Greenbelt Goblin Fest Event
2nd and PCH Ribbon Cutting
Meeting with Assemblymember O'Donnell
Women Making a Difference
Women Shelter of Long Beach
Long Beach Tap House 
Ribbon Cutting
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
Email Carleton Carlson for meeting confirmation at CarletonCarlson@aol.com 
Peninsula Neighborhood Association
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  
Other Events in Long Beach 
Boy Scouts of America - Troop 105 - Long Beach Area Council

Celebrate the holiday season with festive evergreen gifts and support our troop!   Our scouts participate in service, community engagement and leadership activities throughout the year and they need your help. 

New this year, we were able to create a webpage for people to easily place orders. They can order for local delivery or they can opt to send wreaths to anyone in the US using the Direct Delivery option on the webpage. 

Use this link to get your wreaths by clicking here!

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 jamie922@aol.com .
Friends of Bixby Park - Monthly Cleanup 
November 2nd, 2019
Join Friends of Bixby Park for our monthly cleanup.
Event:   Monthly Cleanup
When:  November 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
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