Inside District 9

Building a Better Ninth District

Issue # 20

December 31, 2010
In This Issue
Councilmember Message
Safe New Years Tips
Free Long Beach Transit
New Art in District 9
Energy Assistance Program
Holiday Safety Tips
Tree Planting Program
Bike Racks
Weekly Axiom:
Teamwork - The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team.
Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

  • College Square Jan. 3, 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Starr King Jan. 5, 7 p.m. El Nuevo Altata Restaurant 6800 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Community Action Group (CAG) Jan. 2, 2 p.m. Long Beach Police North Division Substation 4891 Atlantic Ave.
  • North Project Area Committee (NorthPAC) Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. Long Beach Police North Division Substation. 4891 Atlantic Ave.
  • For more information please call: 562-570-6137

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Meet This Week's District Captain!

 Janie Lewings, Starr King

"This is my community. If I don't step up and get involved, then who will?" 

Facts about Janie:
  • Interested in starting a neighbor to neighbor curb appeal program.
  • Interested in educational workshops regarding foreclosures, loan modifications and sustainability.
  • An avid bike rider, who is looking forward to the new bike lanes coming to the 9th District.

Message from Councilmember Steven Neal

Hello neighbors,

Welcome to another issue of the "Inside District 9" weekly newsletter.

As the year comes to a close, it also means the conclusion of our "Building a Better 9th District," Phase I program, which began when we took office and concludes on December 31, 2010. Our Phase I theme was Imagination, Infrastructure and Involvement.
 Next week in 2011, we begin our Phase II program. This program is made up of some very exciting activities, developments and projects for our community. Speaking of exciting projects, on Tuesday, December 28, we welcomed some brand new art work to the Artesia corridor.

We unveiled an art piece called, "Paramount" by Terry Braunstein. This is located on the southwest corner of Paramount and Artesia, directly in front of the Paramount Petroleum facility. It recognizes the unique role of the petroleum workers and acknowledges their place in our greater working class community. We are very excited to work in a coordinated effort with the Redevelopment Agency to bring meaningful projects that beautify the Artesia corridor and highlight the pride of the 9th District.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a happy and safe new year! I'll see you in 2011.

Happy New Year,

Steven Neal
Councilmember, Ninth District 

Bring In The New Year With a Safe Celebration

LBPDThe Long Beach Police Department is warning residents that indiscriminate gunfire on New Year's Eve can be dangerous, and could result in jail time. 

Some residents, as part of celebrating the new year, engage in dangerous behavior, which includes discharging firearms into the air.  However, people must realize the dangers posed by their actions and the possible repercussions.  According to researchers, a bullet can climb two miles into the air and remain in flight for more than a minute.  As it falls, the bullet can reach a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second.  A velocity of only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

In California, discharging a firearm into the air is a felony, and punishable by up to three years in state prison.  If a stray bullet strikes someone, more serious consequences exist, including the possibility of the shooter being charged with murder. 

Long Beach Police will be out in force on New Year's Eve, and will take aggressive enforcement action against firearm violators.  We are committed to protecting the lives and property of our community. 

Residents are encouraged to report gunfire occurring in their neighborhood by calling 9-1-1.



Long Beach Transit Free New Year's Eve

Long Beach Transit  will have a free system-wide bus service that will be available New Year's Eve starting at 5 p.m. This fare-free is an effort to help people avoid drunk driving. There will be an extension evening service which will be available through 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve. For more information please call 562-591-2301.

New Art "Paramount" Unveiled in The 9th District

"Paramount" by Terry Braunstein reflects the pride of the working class in the 9th District. Click on the image to view photo album.
 On Tuesday, Councilmember Steven Neal along with the Redevelopment Agency celebrated a new art installation, "Paramount" and other facade improvements. Click the image above to view the photo album from that day.

Energy Assistance Program


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Long Beach Community Action Partnership is leading this Energy Assistance Program for low-income families and individuals in selected communities. To find out if you are eligible visit or contact ELEAT 888-351-4061.


Holiday Safety Tips


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City of Long Beach Tree Planting Program


City Of Long Beach Tree Partnership Tree Planting Program


The 9th District is presented with an opportunity to plant 100 trees throughout the community with the assistance of the Tree Partnership Tree Planting Program Grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Trees planted through this grant must be planted on public property and can be planted either by individuals or neighborhood groups.

We are calling 9th District residents and neighborhood groups to action by recommending locations to plant trees. Here are the requirements when considering your recommendation: 

1.      All trees must be planted on city-owned, public property such as parkways between streets and sidewalks.

2.      All property owners will be required to agree to maintain a planted tree by signing a tree maintenance agreement form prior to the planting of any tree.

3.      All trees require a planting permit from the Department of Public Works.

4.      Community groups organizing a tree planting will be responsible for accounting and submitting documentation of volunteer hours.

5.      Community groups requesting assistance with labor for tree planting should contact our office for more information. The grant only provides funding for trees and planting supplies and does not include funding for tree or concrete removal, establishing new tree wells, etc.


Please contact the 9th District Council at 562-570-6139 or with your recommendations.

Bike Racks in The 9th District


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 Have you noticed the interesting shaped bike racks popping up all over the Ninth District? In an effort to make the Ninth District more bike and pedestrian friendly, Councilmember Neal is looking for key locations for bike racks in our community. If you have an idea of a location, then feel free to contact 562-570-6137 for more details.

Map of the 9th District


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Important Phone Numbers
Here is a list of phone numbers that will help you resolve issues and concerns faster.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 435-6711

Other Services:
Abandoned Shopping Carts: 800-252-4613
Abandoned Vehicles: 570-CODE
Airport Information: 570-2600
Alley Cleaning: 570-2876
Code Enforcement: 570-CODE
Gas Department Emergency: 570-2140
Graffiti Removal: 570-2773
Large Trash Pickup: (2 free per year): 570-2876
Noise Complaints: 570-4126
Pothole Hotline: 570-2700
Parking Enforcement: (Non-Street Sweeping): 570-2866
Sidewalk Problems: 570-2700
Standing Water/Gutters: 570-2700
Storm Drain Problems: 570-2440
Street Lights: 888-544-4868
Street Sweeping: 570-2890
Tree Trimming: 570-2700
Trash not picked up: 570-2876
Weed Abatement: 570-CODE
Feel free to contact anyone of our staff members:
Rex Richardson - Chief of Staff
Kari Faithful - Office Manager/Scheduler
Ricardo Linarez - Field Deputy
Ericka Rhyne - Field Deputy
Floyd Hampton Livingston - District Communications Organizer