Well, fall is officially here and I am sure it's flying by at your house, just like it is at ours. Our boys are both trying to adjust to on-line school and Mark
and I are doing our best to support them in the process. It's definitely different, but we feel better knowing there are so many other families just like ours, trying to figure it all out. We'll get there.
We are beginning to see some business and recreation sectors open back up in light of the COVID trends we are seeing in LA County. Generally speaking, the COVID markers identified by the state continue to decline in LA County, which is a good thing in terms of our progress. As a business owner, I know there are many businesses like ours, that are struggling with the closures, but unless the numbers get to acceptable levels, as defined by the state, many sectors will remain closed. So, I am pleased with the trends we are seeing. I am hopeful that we will be able to see gradual openings in the coming weeks. Please be sure to look for our email updates so that you have up-to-date information.
The city passed the FY 2021 budget in early September. For those following the budget discussions, you know that we had a $30 million dollar budget shortfall, which means that almost every department took a budget hit. Employees in every department of the city, including management and legislative (City Council), took pay cuts which saved us
$11 million. The police department, whose budget amounts to about 50% of the city's general fund, took an approximate 5% hit. There are a lot of special interests in the police department's budget this year. Some were advocating that the police department budget be cut as part of the "defund the police" movement and others were advocating for the police department to not take any cuts at all. The City Manager's budget proposed a $10.5 million cut from the police department's budget, which is about a 5% cut. Many of these budget cuts were accomplished through the conversion of several sworn police officer positions to civilian investigators to respond to and take police reports on non-violent calls for service. The council ultimately decided to restore some of the police and lifeguard positions the city manager had recommended cutting. In the end, we did approve many cuts, not just to the police department, but to all but one (Health) city department. It was a very difficult budget, and difficult decisions had to be made in light of the COVID-caused budget shortfall.
It is my hope that we can restore some of the public safety cuts at mid-year review because having a strong public safety infrastructure is important. While I agree that we need to invest in more non-sworn professional responders for mental health and homeless cases, I think it's important that those resources are collaborating with the police
department so that multiple departments can work together, as a team, to effectuate the best outcome. That type of collaborative model takes planning and investment. In my opinion, some of the cuts that were proposed (or implemented) this year will require further study. This is true not just for the police department but for the fire department as well. The practical application of restructuring our Air Support team (LBPD) or the HEART Team (LBFD) may not be feasible or cost efficient in the long run. I hope to discuss some of those specific cuts and alternative models at the Public Safety Committee in the coming months.
We have resumed community meetings all over the 3rd District. I want to thank the Friends of Belmont Shore and the Bluff Park Community Association for inviting me to talk at their meetings. I was pleased to be
able to also host a 3rd District Community meeting where we introduced our new Parks, Recreation and Marine Director, Brent Dennis, and our new Public Works Director, Eric Lopez. Together we were able to highlight some upcoming projects in the 3rd District including the new Recreation Park playground, the Channel View Park playground, the public art planned for Red Car Greenbelt Park, Colorado Lagoon playground, Beach Concession Stands, Naples Seawalls (Phase II), Bayshore Library facade improvements (which will hopefully undergo a mid-century modern re-design), and major street improvements (including, we hope in FY 21, Studebaker). In addition to all of these meetings, my team and I met with concerned residents all throughout the district this month, including three large meetings with neighborhood groups from La Marina, Marina Pacifica, Bixby Park and Spinnaker Bay regarding local issues impacting their neighborhoods. I continue to advocate to the best of my ability for the concerns raised by all and appreciate the partnership with these communities.
Finally, please remember that the election is right around the corner. No matter what you are passionate about, or who you plan to support, please remember to vote. It's never been easier to do so. Our democracy depends on all of us exercising that right.
Thanks for reading my long letter this month. There is so much else I could share with you but for now, be safe, be kind and let's get though October together!
Suzie Price, 3rd District Councilwoman
3RD DISTRICT COMMUNITY EVENTS & NEWS
Happy Halloween 2020
As October approaches, I want to ensure you can celebrate Halloween safely in the City of Long Beach. The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department in coordination with the state and county, has provided guidelines to have a safe and socially-distanced spooky season!
Not Permitted: (Health Order does not allow gatherings and events)
- Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.
- Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.
- Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because of the difficulty to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.
- "Trunk or Treating", where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats, is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.
- Online parties/contests (e.g., costume or pumpkin carving)
- Car parades that comply with the Long Beach Health Officer Order for vehicle-based parades including:
- Drive by events or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by "judges" that are appropriately physically distanced.
- Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Halloween displays.
- Drive in events where individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take away items from an organizer while the participants remain in their vehicle. Halloween movie nights at drive in theaters (must comply with the Long Beach Health Officer Order regarding drive in movie theater guidance).
- Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the restaurant protocol).
- Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the public health museum guidance).
- Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.
3rd District Councilwoman
Public Safety Committee Meetings
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 Councilwoman Price convened a meeting of the City's Public Safety Committee to discuss a number of important topics. This meeting continues the previous month's discussions on policing and evaluating best practices
and programs to ensure Long Beach is responding to the national conversation on policing while making sure our officers are still able to do the essential work of crime prevention.
Last month's agenda continued focusing on the Long Beach Police Department and topics including existing peer support and bystander policies and protocols as well as current use of force policies, best policies, and pending legislation. The Public Safety Committee will also be receiving overviews on state legislation and reforms related to policing, a report on police department overtime costs, and a report on the feasibility of the CAHOOTS program that response non-police related calls for assistance.
The Public Safety Committee will be holding another meeting this month to further these important conversations.
3rd District Chief of Staff
The 2020 Presidential election is right around the corner. We know this election season looks different for everyone, so we would like to make sure you have all the information necessary to cast your vote safely and securely. Listed below are helpful resources for the upcoming election:
As always, please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the upcoming election!
3rd District Scheduler/Legislative Assistant
COVID-19 Update October 1, 2020
As of 10/1/20 in Long Beach:
- 12,003 total positive results
- 53 New cases since yesterday
- Seven-day positivity rate: 3.7%
- 7.0 daily new cases per 100,000 population
- 249 fatalities
- 41 people hospitalized
Approximately 11,215 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported.)
222,898 total tests conducted
Details Regarding Fatalities:
- 153 are associated with long-term care facilities
- 2 were in their 20s
- 1 was in their 30s
- 6 were in their 40s
- 23 were in their 50s
- 58 were in their 60s
- 58 were in their 70s
- 67 were in their 80s
- 34 were over 90
- 103 female, 146 male
- 248 individuals had underlying health conditions
State Indicators (Updated on Tuesdays):
- Current LA County Tier: Purple Tier (Widespread)
- Seven-day positivity rate: 2.9%
- 7.3 daily new cases per 100K population
Health Department Orders
Long Term Care Facility Case Information
- A total of 1,477 positive cases have been confirmed at LTCFs in the city since the start of the pandemic
I realize things are changing rapidly and new information and updates are coming out all the time. But, I want to assure you that my office and my team are at your service and will continue to provide any and all assistance we can from both our office at City Hall as well as our Field Office at 340 Nieto Avenue. Please reach out to our office any time as our focus will continue to be providing effective information and responsive assistance for any request.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at (562)570-6300 or by email at email@example.com
Now Open: Naples Canals
I am glad to say that we have reached another important milestone in the Naples Seawall replacement project. With the canals now reopened, we will be finalizing phase two of the seawall replacement in the coming weeks. Throughout this phase of the project I have toured the construction site regularly and been engaged on the progress and challenges working closely with City staff.
For background, in 2009 the Naples Seawall Stability Investigation and Repair Recommendations report was completed identifying the improvements necessary to ensure the seawalls are stable and secure. In 2015 the first phase of the seawall project was completed, and now we are near final completion of phase two.
This multi-phased project to replace the Naples seawalls is a truly significant construction and engineering project. The first two phases have been major learning learning processes as we develop best practices for this unique project.
3rd District Councilwoman
Councilwoman Price's Homeless Jobs Program Now Underway
In January of 2018 Councilwoman Price Introduced a program before the City Council that aimed to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet by working in pair programs with City Departments improving our communities and building their skills with their work. Click here to read more.
This type of program is an innovative way to provide assistance to those in need that has been proven successful in a number of cities throughout the country including Denver, Albuquerque, and Tucson leading to participants building skills and experience sufficient to be hired for their programs. This is not a handout but a hand up as we work to get people off the streets not just for a night or two, or just give them food and water, but instead give them the real life skills they need to better their lives long term, and get their lives back on the right track. Of course this program will not apply to every person experiencing homelessness, but maybe for someone who has recently become homeless and just needs some help getting back on their feet, or someone else who just needs a few weeks income to pay their first months rent.
This is now a pilot program in it's first phase as we have partnered with Pacific Gateways training people through a program to build job skills, and support personal development that equips people experiencing homelessness for entry-level work within the city or the private sector.
1. 15 residents, in 3 cohorts, served through a new, intensive City site work program (Cohort Services); and,
2. 15 residents connected to career development and employment opportunities through traditional workforce development services (Individual Workforce Services)
Participant Objectives - each participant:
- Works, on average 310 hours, earning $4,650 ($15/hour);
- Gains employment skills to equip them for non-subsidized work;
- Is connected to an employment opportunity either in the City or in the general job market at completion;
- Gains access to other support to help them become job-ready; and,
- Experiences positive support from staff and fellow cohort members, further advancing their self-sufficiency. Other benefits of the program include:
- Participating City departments benefit from the no-cost labor, enabling them to advance specific projects or backlogs of work; and,
- Meeting program needs makes Pacific Gateway even more knowledgeable, fiscally nimble, and responsive to unique needs of residents experiencing homelessness.
3rd District Chief of Staff
Recap of Last Months Community Meeting:
Meet New Public Works & Parks Directors
This month we had a great community meeting via zoom, and we were very glad to see the great turn out from residents and the great questions and discussions. The meeting included an update from our East Division Police Commander Pat O'Dowd as well as updates from the new directors of two of our most important departments for the Third District. Eric Lopez is our new Public Works Director, and Brent Dennis is our new Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine. As we continue dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 it is great to see so many residents wanting to be a part of this meeting and hear from two of the City's most important Department Directors about who they are, their backgrounds, and their goals for the coming year.
3rd District Chief of Staff
Free Flu Vaccines
As we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus nationwide, it is important that residents also protect themselves and their family from the flu by getting vaccinated before we reach flu season. Beginning this Thursday through November 21, 2020 residents can receive free flu shots at the below locations and days.
Thursdays, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, LBCC Veterans' Stadium (5000 E. Lew Davis St.)
Saturdays, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Cabrillo High School (2001 Santa Fe Ave.)
Residents can receive a flu shot at these drive-up clinics and will be given the option of receiving vaccines without getting out of their vehicle. Anyone 12 years and older can receive the vaccine in a drive-thru; families with children younger than 12 years old will be directed to a walk-up area. No appointment is required.
For most people, flu symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 symptoms and may include fever, chills, aches, pains, and coughing, while for others, the flu can be deadly. Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk for serious complications from the flu, including:
- Infants six months of age and older.
- Those 60 years of age and older.
- Pregnant women.
- Caregivers of seniors or infants.
- Those with underlying chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or a chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver condition.
- Those who are immune-compromised, such as persons with HIV/AIDS and people who are on dialysis or receiving cancer treatment.
In addition to the free neighborhood flu vaccination clinics, individuals can contact their healthcare provider or pharmacist for a flu shot.
For more information about the 2020 flu season Click Link
3rd District Councilwoman
Long Beach Gives on September 24, 2020
Long Beach Gives
is a 24-hour, online fundraising campaign that provides Long Beach nonprofits the opportunity to share their stories and build relationships with the community. On Thursday, September 24, 2020 over 150+ nonprofit organizations shared their goals and programs designed to meet the needs of the Long Beach community.
Long Beach Gives creates new connections between community members and local nonprofits; increases organizational support, collaboration, volunteerism, and builds a better, more resilient city for all.
From taking care of our children, families, and parents with safety net services, to caring for animals and the environment, along with our fine arts and culture organizations, the nonprofit sector works passionately to make Long Beach a more kind and beautiful place to live, work, and play.
3rd District Councilwoman
Crown Victory Unveiling
The Community Garden in the 3rd District has officially been renamed Crown Victory. The renaming of this garden is very significant and pays homage to what the community gardens were called during World War 1 and World War 2.
The origins of "Victory Gardens" were from the war garden movement. During World War 1, the US helped their allies with a major food crisis in Europe. Charles Lathrop Pack organized the National War Garden Commission to encourage Americans to contribute to the war effort by planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and storing their own fruits and vegetables (Schumm, History Channel)*. Not only did this help our allies, but this gave our communities a chance to grow their own food.
Crown Victory symbolizes how this community came together in the 3rd District during the pandemic to learn how to grow their own food. According to Joe Corso, the Executive Director of LB Organic, the "Crown" was inspiration from the Crown Royal whiskey logo. Laurel crowns are made of laurel leaves, also known as bay leaves. To honor that, Councilwoman Price planted laurel trees. Laurel crowns were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans, so in due time Crown Victory Garden will have its own resource to make laurel crowns.
This renaming of the community garden is special and meaningful to the 3rd District. In all, Crown Victory has 22 ground level planters, two raised planters, and an 8 foot grape arbor. So far, LB Organic has donated over 2,000 pounds of produce to CSULB Beach Pantry to help students since April, and that is triumphant victory in itself that Crown Victory Garden has been a part of!
Enjoy watching this video
in the making of Crown Victory by Gabe Zuniga who's also a gardener of Long Beach Organic!
3rd District Field Deputy
This month, I wanted to highlight a local artist and a younger member of our community. Annalise Mirsec was selected to paint the utility box near the Field Office. It's great to connect with the local artists, and the younger generation has so much inspiration and creativity it's an honor to highlight this local artist.
My name is Annalise and I am a 15 years old sophomore attending Wilson High School. My inspiration has been my surroundings in Long Beach, and I love the beach, the ocean and local spots that influence my adventurous imagination. I love nature and the Colorado Lagoon is one of my favorite spots for inspiration.
My hobbies include art of all forms. From painting, singing, photography and writing. I would say art is my one love that has truly stuck with me throughout the years, and painting is my favorite. Early on in preschool and kindergarten my favorite activity was doing crafts like drawing, painting, and coloring. Over time, my skill has greatly improved and has now turned into a passion and career interest.
Art is a form of authentic self-expression and creative imagination, which is why, I believe, it is important to think about how a certain piece makes one feel, what it means, what it looks like and how one connects to it. The wonderful thing about art is that it is subjective. Art is not just about physical beauty painted on a canvas, but it is also about how it evokes and moves viewers.
Overall, I prefer working on portraiture, as I am really drawn to human subjects. Recently, I have had an opportunity to challenge myself in drawing a variety of other creatures including sea life, pets and nature. I'm proud that I won the contest to paint the utility box at Appian and Nieto in Belmont Heights, and I loved the challenge. I had to incorporate the local scene of the community, and the Colorado Lagoon will continue to bring more sea life to our waters. This is the first public art project for me, and it took a little more than a year to complete.
I am excited to see what the future has in store for me, as I explore career opportunities and definitely think art is something that will always be a part of me. I am dedicated to always improving and to work within the art field throughout my growth process. Next year I will be taking Advanced Placement (AP) art in my junior or senior year in high school, which could potentially be something I continue in college.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, to my mom, Miranda, a.k.a "Mommy (my manager)," to the city of Long Beach, Councilwoman Suzie Price, her team, my middle school art teacher Ms. Brady, my family and friends, including all those who have supported me and given me so many amazing opportunities to continue growing and allow me to do what I love. I will eternally be grateful!
3RD DISTRICT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE
Extraordinary people exist within the most seemingly ordinary lives. We are what we repeatedly do. Over the next few weeks, I will be continuing to highlight some of these folks. Please message on FB or send me an email at District3@LongBeach.gov with suggestions. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
This month, Tom Cordova is our extraordinary person. Throughout last month Tom walked from Long Beach to San Diego in an effort to bring attention to the importance of kindness. Tom explained that his walk was about the power and importance of increasing kindness in our daily lives, and said that we can still live our same lives while pledging where we see need we try to fill them.
Thank you to Tom for reminding us of the power we all have to inspire kindness in others, and use our lives to help others when we are able.
Some of the Newest Businesses in Council District 3
Able ARTS Work pop-up shop - 2nd & PCH, Ste. 150
Able ARTS Work started in 1982 with three clients, and now they serve more than 3,000 individuals around Southern California. Their philosophy "Love before Learning" makes sure everyone has the opportunity for self-expression, personal growth and joy. 2nd & PCH donated the space for this new gallery which features artwork and handmade items designed by current and past resident artists and musicians of Able ARTS Work.
Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Ample Hill Creamery - 2nd & PCH
The recently opened ice cream shop, Ample Hills at 2nd & PCH has a full selection of flavors as well as tons of toppings, sundaes, milkshakes and floats. They have also introduced a new flavor, Spruce Goose. A creamy banana ice cream full of housemade, pecan-stuffed chocolate candy bars, Spruce Goose is inspired by its namesake.
Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM
404 Redondo Ave
At HAVEN Dispensary, their cannabis consultants are available via text, call and in-store. They are known for providing a safe space to explore, discover and experience all things cannabis. Located at Redondo and 4th.
9 AM - 9 PM
Howard's - 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. A
Signal Hill location now closed
With its first Long Beach location in the Marina Pacifica Shopping Center (located upstairs in the former Sports Authority location), Howard's is a must see. This state-of-the-art showroom carries appliances, bbqs, electronics, mattresses with featured brands such as Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Frigidaire Pro, GE, Jennair, LG, Lynx, Maytag, Samsung, Thermador, Whirlpool and many more.
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM
Mangosteen - 5295 E. 2nd Street
Mangosteen Vietnamese Kitchen is a full-service restaurant that features a variety of dishes made only with the freshest ingredients and from scratch. Owner Ben Sui was eager to open his second location in Belmont Shore, and we are so happy he did. The newest addition to 2nd Street in the former Lasher's location, their food is excellent and will provide a relaxed dining experience. Mangosteen serves items such as egg rolls, spring rolls, noodle soup / Phở, Bánh Mì sandwiches, salads, Vermicelli bows, fruit teas, smoothies, milk teas and specialty coffees. For a quick lunch or satisfying dinner, Mangosteen does not disappoint.
Sunday - Thursday: 11 AM - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM
5295 E. 2nd Street
Obra Bakery - 6240 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
Dubbed the "go to place for empanadas," this Latin American bakery is an inspiration and rebirth from the owners of Cesar's Bistro. Located at PCH and Loynes, the scratch made bakeshop focuses on fresh baked Empanadas, bread pudding, potato balls, assorted pastries, Bundt cakes, and delicious coffee. The almond croissant was amazing! You will not be disappointed.
Monday - Thursday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM to 6 PM
6240 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Otosan Sushi - 2nd & PCH, across from Lululemon
Otosan, which means "father" in Japanese, offers an array of fresh sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, which include wine, beer and sake. The owner has always dreamed of bringing her father's culinary influences to California. This gorgeous open kitchen concept also has an equally gorgeous patio with Phalaenopsis orchids throughout.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Penelope Pots - 2nd & PCH, Ste. A-130
Researchers have found that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress, improve problem-solving skills and boost well being! The Council District 3 team agree that plants help you keep a handle on daily stress and anxiety, and that is why we love Penelope Pots so much. With one of the best locations in the Third District, on the corner of 2nd Street and Marina Drive, Jackie and Chris Miller took the brave step to open their beautiful plant, flower, pots and gift store during the pandemic, and we are so glad they did.
Monday - Saturday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 6:30 PM
San Lorenzo Bikini's - 2nd & PCH
Founded in Lima, Peru, San Lorenzo Bikinis is a fusion of Brazilian swimwear and Hawaiian style. They opened in Hawaii in 2002, and instantly became the go-to bikini shop with other stores in Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach and now Long Beach. Their mission to embrace the natural, effortless beauty of women, they cater to a variety of lifestyles from swimming, to surfing to tanning on the beach.
Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 7 PM
The Italian Homemade Company
3rd District, Director of Business
Relations, Programming, and 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 (411 W. Ocean Blvd.) at approximately 5pm. Due to Covid-19, City Council Meetings are being held virtually. 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?
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
Please check their website for meeting details
Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM via Zoom
Visit their web site for the zoom link
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: District3@longbeach.gov
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