August 12th, 2014

This week we approved the licensing for a brand new restaurant in the 5th District, Stiks and Stohns. When it opens, Stiks and Stohns will be a great place for the community to get together to enjoy Modern American cuisine.  I was able to get a sneak peek at the menu and it looks great.  Stiks and Stohns will be located at 4111 North Viking Way. I look forward to welcoming more businesses to the 5th District and making the process as easy as possible so they can focus on being successful. The tax dollars from bringing more businesses to Long Beach will pay for the services we rely on: public safety, parks, libraries, streets, and sidewalks.
 
We also continued the 2015 Budget process, hearing presentations from more City Departments.  I look forward to hearing your input at our upcoming Community Budget Meeting on August 25th.

A Successful National Night Out

Summer is a great time of year to get together with neighbors. National Night Out was a big success in the 5th District. I'm so happy to hear of so many neighbors getting together to mingle, get to know each other, and discuss opportunities in our neighborhoods. Our best defense against crime is being a community that looks out for each other and reports suspicious activities the moment we see them. If you are interested in being a part of a Community Watch group and aren't sure if there is an active group near you, please contact my staff or I at 562-570-5555.

Long Beach has been in the news lately. Did you know that the total water usage in the City of Long Beach in the month of July was the lowest since 1958! Thank you for being conscientious during this drought. Let's all keep up the good work! Long Beach was also featured as a Top 5 Summer getaway destination on "The Today Show"! The City was praised for its small-town atmosphere and The Queen Mary was listed as a great place to stay. The segment featured unique places to visit and stay in the last month of Summer. Click here to see the video!

 

 

Discussing The 2015 Budget

As many of you know, my public administration experience has had a focus on government budgeting. I believe in the importance of open government and  community input on the City's budget for 2015. To ensure neighbors can be informed and provide feedback, I will be hosting a Community Budget Meeting on Monday, August 25th at 6:00 PM. Residents will receive a presentation from City Manager Pat West and Financial Management Director John Gross. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give input. 
 
Local businesses provide sales tax revenue that allows the City to provide vital services. As such, I plan to host many of our events and meetings at local businesses you may not have visited before. This provides exposure for the business and the option to come early or stay late and visit with neighbors without additional costs of having staff keep facilities open late. The August 25th Community Budget Meeting will be held at Tracy's Grill (5511 E Spring Street).
 
 
 
Community Budget Meeting
Monday, August 25 – 6 PM
Tracy's Grill
5511 Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

Website Updates Underway

You may have noticed that my website looks a bit different. I will to be adding several new features in the next few weeks to make this page a great resource for the residents of the 5th District. In the meantime, thank you for your patience as construction is underway.

A Top Team

The 5th District is the largest Council District, with the most streets, sidewalks, trees, and park land. Selecting a knowledgable and responsive team was key to ensuring our residents get access to the services and resources needed to maintain and improve our quality of life. I'm excited to introduce you to the team that will be hard at work both at City Hall and out in the field making sure our neighborhoods are safe and clean. My staff and I are looking forward to getting to know and work with more of you. 

 

Michael Clements, Chief of Staff  - Michael has been a City Council Chief of Staff for several years and is looking forward to working in the district where he grew up. After graduation from Long Beach Poly and  attending CSULB for his undergrad and graduate degrees, Michael worked in banking & finance for over ten years before coming to work for the City in 2010. Michael has built a strong relationship with the prior 5th District Chief of Staff, who has provided valuable input while also embarking on her new technology career.

 

Allison Anderson, Field Deputy and Business Liaison - Allison comes to us with a degree in American Studies from CSUF and nine years of customer relations experience, most recently at a local business. A Long Beach native, she spends her free time volunteering with several local organizations and dining with friends at local Long Beach eateries.

 

Heidi Wiersma, Field Office Coordinator - Heidi will graduate from USC's Price School with a Master's of Public Administration in Spring 2015. She brings a gentle heart having spent two years serving others as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Originally from Washington State, when it came time to move to Southern California for school, there was no question Long Beach was the place she wanted to live.

  

Our mailing list now exceeds 8,000 residents.  We will utilize this to communicate regularly and get feedback from the community.  We will send out our Neighborly News regularly to keep you up-to-date on important agenda items and events in the District and the City. To sign-up, fill out the short form on the front page of my website. I look forward to working with you to ensure the 5th District is thriving. 

Two Weeks Down…

My Staff and I have been working hard to ensure we provide excellent service and are informed of neighborhood, district, and city matters. Here is a sampling of what we have already accomplished:

  • Activated new easy access to the 5th District phone line: (562) 570-5555;
  • Assisted in creating another 5th District new Community Watch group on Heather Road;
  • Opened 98 new constituent cases to assist residents in the community;
  • Already resolved 53 of those cases (60%), with most others scheduled for resolution shortly;
  • At the first two Council Meetings we elected a Vice Mayor, had the first full-Council 2015 budget presentation, received Mayor Garcia's budget requests, and voted on several community and budget matters;
  • At sixteen department head/bureau manager meetings, we discussed community needs.

I look forward to expanding on this small sample and continuing to make the 5th District a great place to live.