Our City’s urban tree canopy is vital to our livability and sustainability, and during this historic drought street trees that go without critical watering pose a tremendous public safety risk. A large majority of our parkway trees were planted in an era with conditions much different than today, and therefore, it is imperative that we develop a corresponding street tree life-cycle management plan for tree removal, replacement and maintenance. Read more of the agenda item here.
On June 21, I introduced a Council item requesting the City Manager to authorize the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to conduct a parks facilities and recreation programs analysis report to inform the development of a pilot program designed around new public-private partnership proposals to benefit community programs, facilities and services. Read more of the agenda item here.
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Last year, I sponsored an item that cancelled our regular Tuesday City Council meeting in order for Councilmembers to be able to attend the NNO events. This year, certain budget items must be approved on Tuesday, August 2 when NNO is scheduled to take place. If you would like to host a NNO event earlier on Monday, August 1 or if you would like one of my team members to help coordinate your event with LBPD for Tuesday, August 2, please let us know here.
This month marks the halfway point of my term serving as your elected representative, and I am encouraged by the great work we are accomplishing and am energized by what I know is possible. I truly believe in the strength and vitality of our neighborhoods, the compassion and commitment of our residents to each other, and our diverse and talented community partners. To learn more about the State of the Fifth District, click here.
I recently had the pleasure of filming a Go Long Beach segment at one of my favorite Fifth District establishments, Tracy’s Bar and Grill, where you can get fresh food in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. In June 1999, three sisters – Kristi, Jill and Stacy – proudly accepted the keys from the former owner, Long Beach police officer Mike Tracy and his wife, and have been serving up a great experience ever since.
Whether you are hosting a summer party, gathering with friends and neighbors or just looking for a culinary escape, the Fifth District has an array of terrific restaurants just like Tracy’s.
At the intersection of people, communities, businesses and government is the need for technology infrastructure to keep pace with growing populations and which position cities to compete in getting the best jobs through comprehensive economic development strategies. On May 3, I introduced a “dig once” policy that will create a road map for coordinating capital projects with the installation of conduits/fiber optic cables and minimizing the number of excavations in our public right-of-way; thus, improving our economic position without more costs or inconveniences to neighbors. Agenda item here.
I recently co-authored an agenda item requesting the City Manager to work with Long Beach Transit to explore partnerships, costs, feasibility and options to update and modernize bus shelters and to return to the Council with recommendations within ninety days. Agenda item here.
As Vice Chair of the Federal Legislation Committee, it is my responsibility to travel with leaders from the Port, Transit, and Water Department, as I recently did to our nation’s capital, to engage our federal representatives and executive agencies to ensure they know of our priorities.
Many of you know, we in Southern California pay more in federal taxes than is distributed back to our region through federal allocations and grants. While we are working hard to get federal legislators to embrace our priorities and increase our federal funding allocations, we also need to find local solutions to protect our communities by: investing in economic development initiatives that bring jobs and resources to Long Beach; leveraging public-private partnership opportunities; and increasing community investments through volunteerism and non-profits who are committed to supporting our parks, local habitat and public safety.