Residents of Long Beach are allowed two special large item pick-ups a year! If you have large furniture or something else you aren’t sure how to get rid of, call the Special Pickup Hotline at 562-570-2876. They’ll be happy to help you out!
On Thursday, September 18, join me for the Lakewood Village Community Watch for an update on public safety in the neighborhood. Meet your neighbors and learn how to keep the Lakewood Village community safe by working together as a strong community watch.
The budget process takes all year, but as a Council we must evaluate multi-millions of dollar decisions in just a few weeks. I am thankful for our Fifth District neighbors, program advocates and local business owners who shared their insights on our Fiscal Year 2015 budget. I’m impressed with the thoughtful questions and genuine interest in both the process and potential impacts of decisions. I appreciate the respectful inquiries asked of our City leaders and their prompt and professional responses that allowed us to make informed decisions that allow us to become a better Long Beach.
As I’ve mentioned in prior newsletters, the City of Long Beach will be facing cost increases for CalPERS (California Pension Employee Retirement System) during my first term. I am committed to reducing the impacts of this significant cost increase by putting funds aside in reserves. This year in the budget we were able to set aside $3.1 million to be deposited into into the CalPERS Stabilization Fund to help protect against service reductions due to rate increases when poorer than expected CalPERS investment earnings occur. If we continue to set aside funds annually and partner with our employee groups, we will be able to tackle these unfunded liabilities before they impact our service delivery to residents.
At the Council meeting on September 2, we unanimously passed a $3 billion (yes billion with a B) budget that included one-time increases of $3.8 million for city-wide infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, etc.), and $2.5 million for 30,000+ hours of police for property crime, gang related issues, and human trafficking task forces. We are also excited that the City Prosecutor was able to maintain our shoplifting program and implement a truancy intervention program that will help us get our teens back in school. We moved the Park Rangers Program to the Police Department for a more focused and coordinated response to residents’ park safety concerns. In much smaller, but important, increments we were able to ensure our services were not cut, our libraries are able to afford more materials and our park irrigation systems are upgraded to save up to 30,000 gallons of water annually.
Thank you to everyone. The decisions were not easy ones. The journey to passing the budget was outstanding. I look forward to continuing our momentum of partnership, collaboration and access on our upcoming critical decisions related to SEADIP (property development at PCH and 2nd), a world-class Belmont Pool, and the Civic Center Plan.
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Every Friday evening there is a great Farmer’s Market on Viking Way at Bellflower and Carson starting at 5:00 pm.
Help me support a new Market for our district. It’s a great event for families and neighbors to come together and get to know each other.
Head out to enjoy bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, food, drinks, music, and much more!
The American Begonia Society was started in 1932 right here in Long Beach! A handful of enthusiasts led by Herbert P. Dyckman met in Long Beach on a January evening in 1932 with the idea of forming an organization to advance the cause of begonias. These plants could be grown outdoors — some year-round — in California.
Now, the American Begonia Society has more than 2,000 members around the world!
The City of Long Beach is hard at work making sure our communities are safe from any hazards that standing water may cause. Let’s work together to keep our neighborhoods free of standing water!
On Sunday, August 17, I had the great honor of being a judge at the 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest. I had a great time talking with all the families and groups that entered the contest. There were so many amazing and creative sculptures! It was a beautiful day to be out on the sand, enjoying the company of so many great people. If you haven’t been out to see the contest, I highly recommend making a trip out to Granada Beach next year! Check out some of the photos:
It was a beautiful day at the beach. This sculpture was crafted by professional sculptors as a centerpiece for the contest and all the amazing work the community contributed. Congratulations to all the creative sculptors that won awards!
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!