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The 64th Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade 9/1/2017 The Daisy Avenue Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017
beginning at 5:00 pm. The application for this event is now available and is due by Friday, November 17, 2017.
Fiesta in the Park 9/1/2017

Join us from 12:00pm - 6:00pm on September 16th, 2017 at Silverado Park for the Fiesta in the Park event!  This event is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

Aquarium Night 6/21/2017 Please join Councilmember Roberto Uranga for an evening of family fun with FREE admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Harbor Cruise 6/21/2017 Please join Councilmember Roberto Uranga on a 90 minute guided tour of the Port of Long Beach at 6:00p.m. on August 23, 2017.
Aquarium of the Pacific Evening 10/13/2016 Please join Councilmember Roberto Uranga for a evening of family fun with free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
November 9, 2016
6:00 PM

Free Flu Shots 10/12/2016

The City of Long Beach Health Department will have FREE seasonal flu vaccine available for infants over the age of 6 months and older. 
November 9th, 2016.  
9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
At Gold Star Manor 
3021 North Gold Star Drive  
(Enter on Spring street at Santa Fe Avenue)

Airport Study Presentation 10/11/2016 A feasibility study on a federal customs facility that would potentially allow international flights at Long Beach Airport (LGB) will be presented to the public on October 20th and October 25th.
Community Watch Workshop 3/16/2016
I have joined forces with Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez to present a Community Watch Workshop in West Long Beach this coming Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Silverado Park from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The workshop will provide residents with the tools, resources, and best practices to ensure that crimes are reported and that our communities are up to date with public safety procedures.

This Week in Council :: March 14, 2016 3/14/2016 The latest issue of This Week in Council is out. Give it a read to learn about upcoming City commission & board meetings, community events, and this weekend's main event—Beach Streets Downtown!
Pi Day 2016 3/14/2016 Let them eat pie!

Monday, March 14th (3.14) is Pi Day! Celebrate this mathematical occasion by enjoying a slice of pie (or a whole pie, we won't judge) at your local pie-serving establishment!

Enjoy your Pi Day slice at one of several Seventh District eateries!
International Women's Day 3/8/2016 Today is International Women's Day!

On this day, we celebrate the successes of the women's rights movement in creating a more equitable society. From the fight for voting rights to the ongoing battle for wage equality, we have much to learn and several obstacles yet to overcome.

By honoring our leaders, educating our youth, and creating awareness of the current situation for women across the globe we can continue down the path to gender equality and equity.

Who are you most thankful for on this day? Please share your story with family, friends, and neighbors today in person or on social media!
F/A-18 Aircraft Arriving Tomorrow 3/4/2016 On Saturday, March 5th, four F/A-18 aircraft will be arriving at the Long Beach Airport (LGB). The aircraft are scheduled to arrive in the early evening around 5:00 PM and depart on Sunday, March 6th around midday. All times are tentative and subject to change.

The U.S. Marine Corps has consistently demonstrates a desire to assist LGB in being a good neighbor and will follow standard noise abatement arrival and departure procedures, including modified arrival and departure flight profiles and minimum use of afterburners.

F/A-18 aircraft are noticeably louder than other aircraft and are easily heard in neighborhoods near the Long Beach Airport.
Community Partners Sought for 2nd Annual Children's Day Festival 3/3/2016 Are you a community partner interested in participating in the 2nd Annual Children's Day Festival? Confirm your attendance or sponsorship by March 16th to make it in our flier!

Organizaciones interesadas en participar en el Segundo Festival Anual del Día del Niño necesitan confirmar su asistencia o patrocinio el 16 de marzo para ser incluido en el volante del evento!
Tour of the Port's Middle Harbor 3/2/2016 I had the privilege of touring the Port of Long Beach's Middle Harbor facility with Port Chief Executive John Slangerup (see the pictures).

This project is redeveloping two older terminals at Middle Harbor (Piers D, E and F). This includes construction of various buildings and facilities to house terminal operating staff and provides support areas for the operation.

Of these buildings, the North Operations Information Technology building (NOIT), Marine Operations Building (MOB), the Power Crane Maintenance Shop (PCMS) and the Auxiliary Maintenance Facility (AMF) are pursuing LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Gold-level certification.
Week in Council :: February 29, 2016 2/29/2016 The Leap Year gives us an extra day this year. An extra day to work, to play, to be a part of positive change for our communities. The coming week will be filled with opportunities to do a little bit of each!

Your City Council will hear reports from the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department during the Public Safety Committee meeting.

During the City Council Regular Session, we will discuss supporting The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), designating the Alamitos Neighborhood Library as a Historical Landmark, electronic motorized boards ("hoverboards"), and the proposed Transactions & Use Tax and Rainy Day Fund measures for Long Beach voters.
Aquarium on Wheels Hits the Road Starting at Hudson K-8 2/29/2016 The debut of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Aquarium on Wheels, made possible by the Tesoro Foundation. Students from Elizabeth Hudson K-8 School were able to be the first to explore the Aquarium’s new outreach vehicle. The Aquarium on Wheels features more than ten species of sea animals, including the swell shark, bat star, warty sea cucumber, red sea urchin, giant green sea anemone, and Kellet’s whelk.
Police Need Help Identifying Recovered Property 2/23/2016 Have you been the victim of property theft?

The Long Beach Police Department’s Burglary Detail is asking for the public’s help in identifying property recovered after a rash of thefts throughout Long Beach and neighboring cities over the past year.

A detailed citywide investigation spanning several months culminated in the recovery of a large quantity of stolen property consisting of gardening equipment, plumbing equipment, construction tools, and high-end bicycles. Many of these items are believed to have been stolen from work trucks or in conjunction with the theft of the actual work truck.
LBFD Junior Lifeguard Program 2/23/2016 The Junior Lifeguard Program offers students 9-17 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, first aid, ocean sports, physical conditioning, and marine ecology, along with CPR certification. This program gives students the experience they need for future careers as lifeguards or in various other types of public service.

Field trips and competitions at other beaches will highlight the six-week course. All aspects of beach activity will be explored from beach running to skin diving. The program is presented in a manner that will enable each student to participate to the best of his or her abilities while learning new skills. The Junior Lifeguard Program ends each summer with the Ironguard competition, which allows students to see the progress they have made throughout the summer while pushing themselves to achieve a difficult goal.
Programa de Salvavidas Jovenes del Departamento de Bomberos 2016 2/23/2016 El programa de Junior Lifeguards ofrece a estudiantes entre 9 - 17 años de edad la oportunidad de recibir instrucción en técnicas de rescate de salvavidas, primeros auxilios, deportes acuáticos, acondicionamiento físico, y ecología marina, junto con lectura y certificación en RCP. Este programa ofrece a los estudiantes la experiencia que necesitan para futuras carreras como salvavidas y otros tipos de servicio público.

Excursiones y competencias en otras playas serán aspecto importante durante las seis semanas del programa. Todos los aspectos de actividades en playa serán explorados, desde competencias de trotar hasta bucear. El programa se desarrolla de una manera que permite a cada estudiante potenciar sus talentos mientras aprenden nuevas habilidades. El programa de Junior Lifeguards termina cada verano con la competencia Ironguard, lo cual permite a los estudiantes ver el progreso que han hecho a lo largo del verano mientras se empujan a sí mismo a lograr una meta difícil.
People's State of the City 2016 2/22/2016 It takes courage to achieve our vision for a healthy and thriving Long Beach: the courage of residents to work together and the courage of our elected leaders to pass strong policies that don't leave anyone behind.

Join over 400 local residents as we come together to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in our neighborhoods-from housing, community safety, and jobs, to our environment, economic development, and education. Help us create a courageous vision for Long Beach that embraces our diversity and includes all residents
Long Beach Moving Forward host a FREE Immigration Workshop 2/22/2016 This workshop will provide FREE assistance in understanding the naturalization (citizenship) process, how to apply for Deferred Action (DACA/DAPA), and learn if you're eligible for AB 540 benefits.

Application services will be limited to the first 200 people on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please call Ya Es Hora íCiudadania! at (888) 839-8682 or Centro CHA at (562) 612-1407. See back side of flier below for more details.
Vehicle Anti-Theft Device Giveaway 2/18/2016 The City of Long Beach experienced an increase in stolen cars in 2015. In an effort to combat this rise, the Long Beach Police Department has purchased 400 steering wheel locks that they plan to give away to local residents on a first come, first served basis. If you have been a victim of an auto theft or own a vehicle that is one of the top 10 stolen cars, you qualify for the free anti-theft device. The initial giveaways will be done at the upcoming outreach meetings held by Patrol Division Commanders.
Free ESL Classes at LBCC 2/17/2016

FREE ESL CLASSES!

Learn English for free at Long Beach City College
Deadline to sign up is February 19th

For more information, call 562-938-3037.

CLASES DE INGLES GRATUITAS!
Aprenda ingles en colegio comunitario de Long Beach (LBCC)
Registración estara abierta hasta el 19 de febrero

Para mas información llame al (562) 938-3037.

Bicycle Infrastructure: Repair Stations 2/17/2016

In the City's ongoing efforts in the city livability arena — to continue to keep Long Beach as a great place to live, work and play — Long Beach will be installing both "fix it" stations and "hydration" stations (or, when combined, "recharging stations") throughout the city!

These will be placed around the city where bicyclists and walkers/joggers are known to congregate. Once they are in, the City can assess how well they were accepted and consider installing more in other areas. Initial installations will be completed by the end of this month.

Presidents Day City Closures 2016 2/12/2016

On Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2016, the following City facilities will be closed:

  • City Hall
  • Animal Care Services and spcaLA 
  • Career Transition Center
  • Center for Working Families
  • Citizen Police Complaint Commission
  • Code Enforcement services
  • Fire Headquarters, Support Services (ECOC), Fire Prevention, & Operations, including Marine Safety Administration
  • Gas Services (Emergencies: 570-2140)
  • Health Department and Health facilities
  • Libraries, Park offices, City pools, Senior Center (4th and Orange), El Dorado Nature Center
  • Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Police Administration
  • Water Department (Emergencies: 570-2390)
Also, street sweeping and parking enforcement will not occur on February 15th. Street sweeping will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, February 16th.
LED Streetlight Conversion Update 2/9/2016 The City of Long Beach Public Works Department continues to make progress on the conversion of the City's more than 25,000 streetlights from high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures to light emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

The conversion of the City's cobra-head fixtures is divided into two phases. The first phase, funded by a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Grant from the Port of Long Beach, converts approximately 1,750 streetlights that illuminate the City's traffic intersections (also known as traffic safety lights). The second phase includes the remainder of cobra-head streetlights Citywide, totaling approximately 23,320.
Construction Alert: Bicycle System Gap Closure to Affect Pacific Avenue 2/8/2016

Construction crews are currently busy throughout the Wrigley, Los Cerritos and Bixby Knolls Areas working on a crucial bicycle infrastructure project.

Pacific Avenue will be affected by the Bicycle System Gap Closure & Improved L.A. River Bike Path Access project. This infrastructure project will improve roads in council districts 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Looking to improve an 8.5-mile bike corridor through the City of Long Beach, the project will improve safety, visibility, and access to existing bike paths and will create new linkages for increased fluidity.

Farm Lot 59 Becomes "Certified Naturally Grown" 2/7/2016

Farm Lot 59 recently became "Certified Naturally Grown." This new program audits farmers who don't use synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or GMOs. Certified Naturally Grown is a non-profit not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic program, but is based on the Participatory Guarantee Systems model, using peer reviews and inspections by other farmers. It is a great way to promote farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing and support while creating more transparency about how our food is grown.

Port of Long Beach Summer High School Internship 2/1/2016 The 2016 Summer High School Internship program starts June 27 and ends August 19. Students must have reliable transportation to and from the internship and be available the entire eight weeks to participate. Interns earn $10.10 an hour and work up to 30 hours per week. The curriculum is designed to help youth gain the skills needed to successfully enter the workforce.

Applications are open to current sophomores, juniors or seniors in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher) attending a high school in the Long Beach Unified School District service area. To be considered, applications must be submitted in person before 6 p.m. on March 1, 2016 to Pacific Gateway.

The Port will be hosting an Open House and Q & A Session. Come out and hear more about this extraordinary opportunity. You will get a chance to see our offices, meet former high school interns, port mentors and ask questions.
SCE Crews Continue to Restore Power After Heavy Rains and Winds 2/1/2016 "After Sunday’s storm, Southern California Edison crews were making good progress to safely restore power to areas affected by weather-related outages that impacted the SCE service territory.

"As of 11:45 a.m. Monday, crews were working diligently to restore power to approximately 28,000 customers who are experiencing service impacts resulting from the heavy rain and high winds storms that swept through the area.

"SCE crews are prioritizing restoration to customers who have experienced the longest outages and are working non-stop to restore power to customers experiencing an electric service interruption."
SCE Status Update and Important Safety Information for Strong Winds 2/1/2016 Southern California Edison (SCE) crews are working safely and quickly to restore power to areas affected by weather-related outages. Due to the severity of the storms, estimated restoration times are not currently available. SCE is bringing in approximately 200 crews to identify and repair the damage caused by the rain and wind storms.

SCE reminds customers that severe weather could result in service interruptions overnight and that they should take steps now in their homes and businesses to be prepared.

If you see a downed power line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — don’t touch or approach it or anything that is in contact with it and call 911 immediately.

SCE encourages customers to get ready for potential outages by taking some measures.
FREE Rainwater Harvesting Class & Truckload Sale 1/29/2016 With all the rain expected as part of the El Niño storms this year, purchasing a rain barrel (or two) is a smart idea to save money!

The Hughes Green Team is working with the City to host a Rain Barrel Sale and Rain Harvesting Workshop on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
Long Beach Health Coverage Prospects Garner Presidential Attention 1/28/2016 Let's make sure we continue to enroll every man, woman, and child for health insurance and maybe, just maybe, Long Beach can celebrate our enrollment successes with President Obama!

Evidently, the President really wants to come to Long Beach City,

"Whichever city in the country signs up the most people who are eligible for coverage, I'm going to come and visit and I would love to go to Long Beach, particularly, if it's during the winter."
Help Long Beach Win the CoolCalifornia Challenge & $3,000 for a Local Nonprofit or School! 1/28/2016 Can you help Long Beach make a big, final push to win the 2015-2016 Energy Upgrade California CoolCalifornia Challenge, an online competition to reduce carbon footprints throughout the state? Residents are encouraged to participate and earn up to $3,000 for their local non-profit or school of choice. Now that's a win-win!

Long Beach is currently in second place with 257,659 points; behind the City of Claremont with 591,126, but ahead of its next closest competitor, the City of Burlingame with 205,545 points. Nineteen other cities are participating.
Evaluación Integral de las Necesidades de Parques y Recreación en Long Beach 1/25/2016 ¡CREE EL FUTURO DE SUS PARQUES!

¿Su familia juega al básquet o al fútbol? ¿Les gusta nadar? ¿Alguno juega tenis? ¿O simplemente quieren hacer una caminata? Los parques son fundamentales para que las comunidades se mantengan saludables y florecientes.

Hemos hecho un balance de lo que tenemos: parques, instalaciones recreativas y espacios abiertos existentes, y el estado en que se encuentran. Ahora necesitamos saber lo que usted quiere.
FINAL Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment Community Meeting 1/25/2016 CREATE THE FUTURE OF OUR PARKS!

Does your family play basketball or soccer? Like to swim? Tennis anyone? Or just want to take a hike? Parks are critical for healthy, thriving communities.

We’ve taken stock of what we have—the existing parks, recreation facilities and open space—and what kind of shape they’re in. Now we need to know what you want.
Inscripción Abierta Con La Clinica de Los Niños 2016 1/21/2016 Como parte de los esfuerzos de inscripción de Covered California, La Clínica de los Niños está ayudando a las familias de Long Beach a inscribirse para cobertura medica durante sus horas extendidas!

The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” es un sistema de centros de salud comunitarios con licencia, dedicado a proveer servicios de salud integral, promoción de salud y prevención de enfermedades. Para citas llame al: (844) 822 4646. www.thechildrensclinic.org
The Children's Clinic Open Enrollment 2016 1/21/2016 As part of Covered California enrollment efforts, The Children's Clinic is helping Long Beach families enroll for health insurance by extending their hours!

The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” is a system of licensed community health centers dedicated to providing comprehensive health care, health promotion and disease prevention. Appointments: (844) 822-4646. www.thechildrensclinic.org
City Council Moves Forward with Airport FIS Facility with 6-3 Vote 1/20/2016 On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Long Beach City Council moved forward with conducting a feasibility study for a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at Long Beach Airport with a 6-3 vote.

In a year that included a healthy conversation on the City's Noise Ordinance and the number of flight allotments at LGB, residents of neighborhoods adjacent to the airport have become increasingly concerned, vocal, and active. As a representative of several of these neighborhoods - Bixby Highlands, Bixby Terrace, and California Heights - and as someone who disagrees with the need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to study additions that our residents do not want and our city does not need, I joined my colleagues councilmembers Al Austin and Daryl Supernaw in voting "no" on the proposal before us.

Moving forward, the city will contract with Jacobs Engineering and pay an estimated $350,000 for the study.
Long Beach Enters Agreement with Army Corps of Engineers to Begin Breakwater Study 1/20/2016 "With the calm waters off the coast of Alamitos Beach serving as the backdrop, Mayor Robert Garcia and other elected officials convened on the sands of Long Beach to sign a historic agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers that will launch a study to look at the feasibility of potential alterations to the city’s breakwater.

"The San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study was inked into action this afternoon, kickstarting a three-year study by the Army Corp that will assess how much, if any, of the breakwater off the coast of the city can be altered or removed entirely in an effort to increase water circulation in the bay."
Residential Fire in Long Beach Leaves One Dead 1/14/2016 At approximately 9:19 PM, Long Beach Fire units responded to reports of a structure fire on the 2300 block of Daisy Avenue. At 9:23 PM, Engine 13 arrived on scene and reported smoke and fire showing from the front of a single story, single family residence. Fire units initiated an aggressive fire attack and confined the majority of the fire to the front living room. Knockdown of the fire occurred at 9:27 PM.
Arts Council Encourages Local Teachers to Apply for Arts Education Enrichment Grant 1/12/2016 The Arts Council is pleased to offer a second round of funding for the visual arts category of the Arts Education Enrichment Grant. If you missed the last round of funding you will have a second opportunity to apply for the grant. Teachers are encouraged to apply and submit their application by February 8, 2016.
Long Beach Projects Make Finalists List in Knight Cities Challenge 1/12/2016 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the 158 finalists for the Knight Cities Challenge. Five of those nationwide projects are here in Long Beach, CA!

"Civic innovators from across the country submitted more than 4,500 ideas to this year’s Knight Cities Challenge. That’s a lot of ideas. More importantly, that’s a lot of people who care enough about their city to sit down and write about what they want to do to make it more successful. Picking a set of finalists from that field is a daunting and difficult task.

"After two months of reading and deliberating and receiving invaluable advice and support from more than 40 grantees and experts who we called reviewers, today we’re announcing 158 finalists in this year’s challenge.

"The finalists have until the end of January to submit full applications."
Free Kindergarten Festivals 1/8/2016

The festival is for incoming 2016-2017 kindergartners in the Long Beach Unified School District and will offer:

  • A free book
  • Free beautiful backpack with school supplies
  • Free arts & crafts room
  • Free dental screening (form available - satisfies school enrollment requirement)

No pre-registration required. On-site registration begins at 8:45 AM. Space is limited, so arrive early!

Current Beach Conditions 1/7/2016 After any significant rainfall (0.10" or more) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enter our ocean. It is recommended to avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.
Weather Storm System Update #2 1/6/2016 Latest Update from Gonzalo Medina, Marine Safety Captain with the Long Beach Fire Department:

"Based on the anticipated precipitation over the next 24 hours of 1.5 - 2 inches of rain, the LBFD will continue to operate at a Level II Swiftwater deployment.

"Teams are currently patrolling the LA & San Gabriel Rivers and monitoring for any possible flooding in the City. Homeless encampments continue to be escorted out of the river bed by Swiftwater teams.

"We can expect the weather system to continue on and off for the next 24 hours. In the Peninsula, berms have been built out by Park Rec and Marine crews, and holding firm against the small swell rolling in with the weather system. The Health Department has issued advisories for the Alamitos Bay and Ocean Front beaches. The Rainbow Harbor debris boom is being staffed 24/7 to minimize the material flowing out of the LA River.

"Public works continues to replenish sand at the various Fire Stations due to the heavy demand from residents. Swiftwater Teams will continue to operate into the afternoon and though the night."
Farm Lot 59 Looking for Community's Input 1/6/2016 Seventh District's own Farm Lot 59 is looking for your input in developing their goals for 2016! Please take a minute to participate in their online poll. Thank you!
LA County Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment Community Meeting #1 1/5/2016 The City of Long Beach is participating in a comprehensive parks and recreation needs assessment being conducted by the County of Los Angeles. The public is encouraged to participate in a community meeting in Long Beach to ensure that the voices of the community are heard regarding priorities for future park development and rehabilitation.

Access to well-maintained parks increases physical activity among children and adults, which is key to good health. Teens who live near parks are 30 percent more likely to get recommended amounts of physical exercise. Physical activity improves general health, prevents obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of hypertension, reduces the levels of attention deficit in children, improves cognitive ability, and reduces aggressive behavior.
Sandbag Saturdays 1/4/2016 As part of the Long Beach City El Niño Preparedness efforts, Long Beach CERT will be hosting SANDBAG SATURDAYS in the coming weeks!

Come and fill your own sand bags with assistance from CERT & Search and Rescue personnel. Both sand and sandbags will be available FREE on site.
Weather Storm System Update 1/3/2016 A series of storms will bring periods of rain to Long Beach starting early Monday morning and continuing off and on through Friday. We can expect light rain through Tuesday, at which time a strong slow moving front is expected to bring the heaviest rainfall of the week at 1.23 inches. The Wednesday 24 hour period will bring another strong faster moving front that will produce heavy rain with a total of up to 0.5 inches.

Swiftwater Teams are expected to begin preliminary patrols of the LA & San Gabriel rivers beginning Monday 1/4, and making advisories to the homeless community along the river banks about potentially dangerous and rapidly rising waters. Swiftwater Teams will be up and running through Wednesday and potentially longer.
Happy New Year, Long Beach! 12/31/2015 The year is quickly coming to an end and, quite honestly, as I reflect on the multitude of community events, city council meetings, informal chats, and citywide issues tackled by my colleagues and I, I cannot help but swell up with pride at the thought of what our great city and its residents have achieved!

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with City departments, our business community, neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations, and most importantly, community members such as yourself, we have been able to accomplish much this year and we are looking forward to a very promising 2016!
Public Safety Announcement: Celebratory Gunfire is Illegal 12/31/2015 Long Beach Police will be out in force on New Year's Eve and reminds residents that “celebratory” gunfire is illegal and dangerous, and could result in injury or death to those struck and jail time for offenders.

Discharging a firearm into the air has resulted in injuries and deaths across the country. In most instances when a falling bullet strikes a person, it does so in the head or upper body and is likely to cause serious injury or death. 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 arrested for murder.
City of Long Beach to Hold Public Input Meetings for County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment 12/30/2015 The City of Long Beach is participating in a comprehensive parks and recreation needs assessment being conducted by the County of Los Angeles. The public is encouraged to participate in a community meeting in Long Beach to ensure that the voices of the community are heard regarding priorities for future park development and rehabilitation.

Access to well-maintained parks increases physical activity among children and adults, which is key to good health. Teens who live near parks are 30 percent more likely to get recommended amounts of physical exercise. Physical activity improves general health, prevents obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of hypertension, reduces the levels of attention deficit in children, improves cognitive ability, and reduces aggressive behavior.
Willow Springs Park Receives Upgrades Ahead of New Year 12/29/2015 A local Seventh District park will not have to wait until the new year to receive a fresh start!

Located atop the highest hill of Willow Springs Park, Longview Point recently received a significant face lift as a walking labyrinth, two vista seating areas, and a resurfacing of the watershed map were completed. These new amenities used mostly material reclaimed from the property, reusing dumped cement and other stone pieces. Additionally, approximately 250 new native, drought tolerant plants were added, and drip irrigation was augmented to support the establishment of these plants, and several invasive trees were removed.
Treecycle 2015: Tree Recycling Program 12/25/2015 The City’s annual holiday “Treecycling” Tree Recycling program gives residents a chance to dispose of trees free of charge while keeping the trees out of the trash after the holidays.

From Dec. 26, 2015 through Jan. 8, 2016 residents can drop off trees at several locations throughout the City. Residents with City refuse service can leave their trees out where trash is normally collected by 7:00 AM on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.
City of Long Beach Holiday Closures 2015 12/23/2015

City of Long Beach ‪Christmas‬ 2015 and ‪New Year's Day‬ 2016 Holiday Closures

  • Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, and on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Refuse and Recycling will not be collected on Friday, Dec. 25, and on Friday, Jan. 1. Collection will be delayed by one day, occurring Saturday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 2.
  • Street Sweeping and associated parking control will not occur on Dec. 25 or on Jan. 1. Street Sweeping will occur on its regular schedule before and after the holidays with no delays or make-ups, including on Dec. 24 and on Dec. 31.
  • And more...
LBPD Hoping to Reach Family of Fallen Officer for Memorial Ceremony 12/21/2015 Earlier this year, Long Beach Patrolman William Homer Waggoner was enrolled in the Los Angeles County Peace Officers’ Memorial, after historical research deemed appropriate. Officer Waggoner passed away in 1954 as a result of injuries sustained in a gun battle nearly 24 years earlier. In anticipation of his 2016 enrollment in the Long Beach Police & Fire Memorial, the California Peace Officer’s Memorial, and National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial, Long Beach Police are requesting the public’s help in locating his relatives.
El Niño is Here—Are you prepared? 12/17/2015 The weather has become winter-like and the El Niño storm fronts will soon be here. With the City of Long Beach in full preparation mode, city officials want to know one thing, "Are YOU ready?"
Holiday Shopping Tips 12/14/2015 The holiday season is approaching and the Long Beach Police Department would like everyone to take extra precautions while out shopping, and also around your home during this festive time of year. Suspicious activity should always be reported immediately, whether you are at home or away.
El Niño Community Presentation 12/10/2015

Be Prepared, Stay Informed!

Weather experts predict that strong El Niño conditions exist and these conditions will influence Southern California's winter storm patterns. Long Beach should be prepared for frequent and powerful storms from December through March.

In an effort to better prepare our community, the City of Long Beach is hosting a community presentation with an NOAA representative, the Long Beach Fire Department, as well as our Marine Safety Division, and information about our CERT program.

Wrigley Clean Team Daisy Lane Parade Cleanups 12/9/2015 Join the Wrigley Clean Team as they ensure that Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane is as beautiful as can be for the 62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade & Entertainment Nights!
Alert Long Beach: New Citywide Alert Notification System 12/8/2015 Receiving emergency alert notifications is easier now than ever before with the recently launched AlertLongBeach notification system.

AlertLongBeach is a free mass notification system designed to keep those who live or work in Long Beach informed of important information before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.

During emergencies, alerts will be sent to registrants to inform them what has happened, what first responders are doing and what actions people should take to protect themselves and preserve their property.
Safe Driving Tips for This Holiday Season 12/8/2015
 With the holiday season in full swing, the Long Beach Police Department encourages everyone to follow all traffic laws, always pay attention whether you are a motorist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian, and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Officers will be looking for impaired driving throughout the holiday season and several DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols are planned. Additionally, vehicles that have been involved in DUI crashes are displayed throughout Long Beach with signage that reminds drivers of the consequences of choosing to drive while impaired.
 
In anticipation of increased travel and predicted wet winter, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is sharing this important message with travelers: Drive safely and be prepared for inclement weather at all times. The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year with the likelihood of an increased number of vehicle crashes due, in part, to the influx of drivers on the roads. With a bit of foresight and some careful planning, you can help eliminate the stress of typical holiday travel and enjoy this time of year as planned.
Daisy Avenue Holiday Events 2015 12/4/2015

We hope that you'll join us on the Christmas Tree Lane this Holiday Season!

We will have something for everyone!

Event Line Up:

  • 62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade
  • Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Entertainment Nights
  • Inaugural Posada Navideña
Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Community Work Day 2015 12/4/2015 The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance needs your help to put the final touches on the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane decorations for this Holiday Season!

The Community Work Day is this Saturday, December 5, 2015. Beginning at 10:00 AM, volunteers will assist with various tasks until we are done!

Bring work clothes, comfortable shoes, and a neighborly spirit!
Message from Chief of Police: Mass Shooting Incident 12/3/2015
Many regional resources are committed to investigating the mass shooting incident in San Bernardino. Authorities have announced that they have not yet determined a motive for the attack and have not ruled out an act of terrorism.
 
Although no threat to Long Beach has been identified, the Police Department remains in close communication with our regional law enforcement partners to make ongoing assessments as the investigation progresses. Our response includes a focused police presence at various critical locations as well as outreach to community stakeholders.
 
One of the most important roles that community members serve is that of reporting suspicious activity - "if you see something, say something." Call the Police Department at (562) 435-6711 to report.
Protect Yourself From Fraud This Holiday Season 12/3/2015 The Long Beach Police Department would like to again remind consumers to take precautions to avoid becoming a fraud statistic this holiday season.

During this time of the year, credit and debit cards are certain to be one of the most commonly used forms of payment. With the surge of reported domestic and international fraud schemes, including unsolicited, pervasive telephone calls and scams that have flourished throughout the Southern California region, consumers are urged to take extra precautions to secure their personal information.
Marketing Internship Opportunity at the Arts Council for Long Beach 11/18/2015 The Arts Council for Long Beach is now accepting applications from upper division and graduate level California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) College of the Arts students for the position of Marketing Intern for the 2016 spring semester. The intern will work as an integral part of the organization’s marketing team as the Arts Council seeks to build its marketing capacity for the whole arts and cultural community of Long Beach.
Last Chance to Apply for the Arts Council's Risk and Innovation Grant 11/18/2015 The Arts Council for Long Beach recently added an exciting new opportunity to its roster of grant-giving: the Risk and Innovation Grant. The $5,000 grant provides an opportunity to bring innovation to our communities through arts-based problem solving. It also offers support to artists for experimental, career-advancing growth. Long Beach-based artists using any medium — whether it’s music, sound, visual arts, dance or another expression — are eligible to apply.
Operation Cerberus: Citywide Bioterror Preparedness Drill 11/17/2015 Volunteers are needed for Operation Cerberus, a four day full scale exercise that will provide the City of Long Beach with an opportunity to practice citywide response to a simulated biological incident.

Actors/Volunteers: Your role is only on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from around 9 AM to Noon at Veterans Park. Free breakfast and an opportunity to win prizes will be provided!
Mayor's Roundtable: Minimum Wage 11/16/2015 The community review process for the Long Beach Minimum Wage Study conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) comes to West Long Beach!
Strong Wind Advisory 11/16/2015

Long Beach Public Works has deployed crews across the city to remove fallen trees. Reports from residents further help the City better address these public safety hazards. To report a downed tree, please call my office at (562) 570-7777. For after hours, please contact Long Beach Police Department (CA) non-emergency number: (562) 435-6711.

During periods of high winds, please drive, walk, bike, and move throughout the city with caution. When you spot a downed tree or damaged branch, please be cognizant of other potential hazards, including downed electrical wires. In these instances, please do not approach the area. Move to a safe place and call 9-1-1 to report.

Long Beach Transit Can Now text You Bus Times! 11/9/2015 Long Beach Transit (LBT) announced the launch of its new texting feature. The technology greatly enhances the customer experience by giving them the ability to receive next bus times right away.

In a world of smartphones and mobile applications, this simple texting feature is more relevant, because it also makes a positive impact on the people in our community that rely on a basic cellphone. The customer just needs the ability to text in order to receive next bus times.
F-18 Activity This Veterans Day 11/9/2015 On Tuesday, November 10, six U.S. Marine Corps F-18 aircraft will be arriving at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The aircraft are scheduled to arrive in the afternoon and conduct daily operations throughout the week. They are scheduled to depart on Thursday, November 12, midday. All times are tentative and subject to change.
62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade Application Released 11/3/2015 The Office of Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga has made available participant applications for the 62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade, which will be taking place on Saturday, December 12, 2015. This unique community event is a collaborative effort between the City of Long Beach and local neighborhood groups, the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance and Wrigley Association, that sees community members come together to enjoy a parade and entertainment nights during the holiday season.
Citywide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program Will Save $1 Million Annually, Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions 10/29/2015 The City of Long Beach today launched a citywide LED (light-emitting diode) streetlight retrofit program expected to annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,297 tons and save $1 million in energy and maintenance costs.

The first phase of the project will replace 1,750 intersection lights in Long Beach and is funded by a $659,000 Port of Long Beach Community Mitigation Grant. Work will take about two months to complete.
Long Beach DMV Field Office Closing for Renovations 10/23/2015 The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting customers that the Long Beach DMV field office at 3700 Willow Street is closing on October 30, 2015, at noon for renovations.

The renovation project includes reconfiguration and new installation of office furniture, new flooring, and fresh paint. The office will also receive updated restrooms to meet ADA standards.
LBPD West Division Leadership Forum 10/16/2015 West Division Leadership Forum is moving to a new location!

Please join Commander Robert Smith and his staff for this informative meeting that will feature a presentation on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation and an overview on Code Enforcement.

For further information please contact, Neighborhood Services Specialist Jose Vazquez, at 562-570-3461 or via email LBPDwest@longbeach.gov

Spanish translation will be available.
Field Good Tuesdays: West Long Beach 10/15/2015

 

Join Councilmember Uranga as he tours the 7th District as part of the Field Good Tuesdays series—an informal gathering at a local business where residents will have the opportunity to learn more about what’s going on in their neighborhood!

This month's community gathering will take place in West Long Beach on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Silverado Park Social Hall (1545 W. 31st Street) from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Light refreshments and appetizers from 5000 Pies will be served!

15th California Heights Home & Garden Tour 10/4/2015

Join the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) for the Fifteenth California Heights Home and Garden Tour!

This years’ tour features several beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style homes that dominate the Cal Heights landscape as well as a stately Colonial Revival home, which are far and few between in our neighborhood. The homes have both original architectural features as well as stylish and appropriate additions. In addition, we have two charming and recently re-landscaped gardens that are so inviting you may want to relax and hang out for awhile.

Guest speaker Carole Coates, author of Catalina Island Pottery and Tile 1927-1937, will speak on the topic of historic art tile and vintage California furnishings in two sessions, 10-11 am and 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Seating is limited.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2015 9/30/2015 Join Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, and Councilmember Roberto Uranga as the City of Long Beach celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! The festivities will begin outside at Centennial Plaza, adjacent to City Hall, and transition into the Council Chamber as the City Council hears a very special presentation on the contributions of Latinos in Long Beach and the surrounding region from Dr. José F. Moreno and a performance by Mariachi Imperial de Mexico!
7th District Aquarium Night 2015 9/17/2015 Councilmember Roberto Uranga invites the 7th District Community to a night at the aquarium!

7TH DISTRICT AQUARIUM NIGHT
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Admission is FREE for all ages. Please RSVP with Michael Varela at (562) 570-7777 or email michael.varela@longbeach.gov.
Mariachi Under the Stars 7/17/2015 Art in Communities and Schools presents
MARIACHI UNDER THE STARS
A presentation by Gregorio Luke

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Los Cerritos Park
3750 Del Mar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

World renowned lecturer Gregorio Luke, director of Art in Communities and Schools, will present his popular Mariachi Under the Stars multimedia lecture in Long Beach this month.

Luke’s lecture will be discussing the origins of the Mexican musical genre, Mariachi, by highlighting the works of artists including Lucha Reyes, Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and more.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE community event!
Green Ti Community Workshop #3 7/16/2015 This workshop will build on earlier outreach efforts, focusing on the community's vision for converting the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway into a local-serving road with an associated greenbelt. The workshop will also discuss design, access, and land use concepts that will have a major impact on enhancing the quality of life of surrounding neighborhoods in West Long Beach.

THE CITY OF LONG BEACH,
PORT OF LONG BEACH & CALTRANS HOST THE
GREEN TI COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #3
July 18, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Silverado Park Social Hall
1545 W. 31st Street, Long Beach, CA 90810

For more information on the project, including summaries of the previous community workshops, visit www.lbds.info/green_ti.
Councilmember Roberto Uranga Appointed to the California Coastal Commission 3/19/2015 The State Senate Rules Committee today announced the appointment of Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga to the California Coastal Commission, as a voting member.
Livable West Long Beach Community Workshop Summary Released 1/11/2015 The Long Beach Development Services has released a summary of last December's Livable West Long Beach + Green TI Community Workshop!
Martin Luther King, Jr Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration 1/10/2015 Free Open Air Festival featuring: Main Stage featuring A Tribute to Soul Music, International Food & Merchandise Vendors and more!
The Flu Peak is Approaching, City Health Officer Urges Flu Vaccination 1/8/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is reporting an increase in flu activity in Long Beach, and urges residents to get their flu shot. It is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu!
2015 Everyone Counts! 1/7/2015 Get involved! Learn about homelessness; survey individuals on the street; meet new people and learn about the resources in your community. You can make a difference!
Candlelight Peace March 1/6/2015 Walk with us to show our city that we stand united. Walk with us to represent peace, love, and understanding - the true essence of community. Walk with us!
2015 Neighborhood Leadership Program 1/6/2015 Applications for the Neighborhood Leadership Program are being accepted until January 20th at 4:30 PM!
Holiday Bike Donation 12/18/2014 Help give the homeless the freedom of transportation with Mental Health America's Citywide Holiday Bike Donation. Donate your old bikes at any of our four drop-off locations between 11am-3pm on December 21st!
Filipino Migrant Center's Community Forum on the New Executive Action on Immigration 12/13/2014 Come and learn about President Obama's new Executive Order on immigration regarding the expansion of Deferred Action and the granting of work permits for undocumented parents or spouses of US citizens and legal permanent residents.
Joy to the World: FREE Christmas Concert 12/13/2014 Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) invite the public to a free, 90-minute "Joy to the World" Christmas concert at 5 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 14 at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore.
California Heights Neighborhood Cleanup & Block Party 12/12/2014 California Heights residents are invited to a neighborhood cleanup and block party on the morning of Saturday, December 13th!
Spend the Weekend at the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane! 12/12/2014 Join Wrigley area residents and the at-large Long Beach community as we kickoff the holiday season in the Seventh District! The festivities begin this weekend!
Be Prepared for the Powerful Pacific Storm! 12/11/2014 A powerful Pacific storm is bearing down on Southern California this week, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts.
Senator Lara's Long Beach Field Office Open House 12/11/2014 You are invited to join Senator Ricardo Lara at the Grand Opening of his Long Beach Field Office.
100 Black Men of Long Beach: A Time of Giving 12/10/2014 Please join 100 Black Men of Long Beach as we celebrate our 6th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive. A night of fun, giving, music, food, and networking for a good cause!
5th Annual LBPD West Division Holiday Mixer 12/10/2014 Join the Long Beach Police Department, West Division for a great opportunity for community and business leaders to become engaged with members of the Long Beach Police Department
Community Outreach Efforts Begin for Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan 12/2/2014 The public is invited to attend the first community workshop to discuss the Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan on Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 am at Silverado Park, located at 1545 W. 31st St.
Long Beach Community Forum on AB60 & SB1273 12/1/2014 Join Senator Ricardo Lara for an education forum to learn how undocumented residents may obtain a driver's license and low cost insurance. Learn about the process, receive resources and answers to your questions.
NEW Chief of Police Swearing In Ceremony 11/20/2014 On Saturday November 22, 2014, Robert G. Luna will be sworn in as the 26th Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach. Members of the public are invited to attend the free ceremony, which will begin at 12:00 pm in the Long Beach Arena Lobby. The celebration will mark the promotion of a Long Beach Police Department veteran and the City's first Latino Chief of Police.
One Day Christmas Store 11/18/2014 Better Balance for Long Beach announces the 8th Annual One Day Christmas Store - Shoppring with Dignity for Families Who Need Help with Their Christmas Gifts
SCAQMD Town Hall Meeting on Air Quality 11/18/2014 The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will host a town hall meeting to provide an update on air quality issues related to recent odor complaints in the coastal areas of Long Beach and neighboring communities.
Adopt-a-Child this Holiday! 11/18/2014 Every year the Century Villages at Cabrillo's, Oasis Community Center runs an Adopt-a-Child program for the less fortunate kids and teens that live at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach.
4th Annual HUD-VASH Landlord/Owner Orientation 11/12/2014 Working to meet the national initiative "Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness," the Long Beach Housing Authority and the VA Long Beach Healthcare System will host the 4th Annual Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) owner orientation program.
WE Connect Health Care Enrollment & Resource Fair 11/12/2014 Part of the "Get Covered, Get Care, Get Renewed" campaign to continue to raise awareness about the importance of enrolling into, using and renewing health care coverage, with a special focus on the health and well-being of California's young adults.
Long Beach Airport Annual Fly-In 11/12/2014 This public event takes place on the airfield and gives residents the opportunity to meet with Airport tenants, fixed-base operators, pilot shops, and flying schools.
Civic Center Study Session 11/10/2014 Tuesday, November 11th's City Council meeting will be taking place in North Long Beach as Houghton Park plays host to the next instalment of the Civic Center Study Session.
First Fridays 8th Anniversary! 11/6/2014 First Fridays is turning 8 years old and we want you to help us celebrate! No anniversary would be complete without fire dancers, marching funk bands, and stilt walking drum majors. Get down with us up in Bixby Knolls!
Semillas de Esperanza Host AB60 Workshop 11/1/2014 Community meeting to discuss implementation of new driver's license law (AB60).

Reunión comunitaria sobre la nueva ley de licencias para conducir, AB60.
Orange Avenue Construction Community Meeting 10/31/2014 In a continuing effort to provide Seventh District residents an input in determining infrastructure improvement in their own neighborhoods, my office is collaborating with the City of Long Beach, Department of Public Works to organize a community briefing on proposed street improvement for Orange Avenue on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
Community Invited to Open Houses Study Session on Long Beach Civic Center 10/29/2014 In an effort to embrace a greater level of transparency and provide additional opportunities for public education and input, a number of City Council study sessions on the Civic Center proposals are being scheduled. The first is in the Seventh District at Admiral Kidd Park this coming Saturday, November 1st!
DUE FRIDAY: 2014 Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade Applications 10/24/2014 The 61st Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade, a unique community event sponsored by the City of Long Beach and numerous local partners, will be taking place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Community organizations and business are encouraged to participate!
The 3rd Annual Diabetes Walkathon Health & Information Fair 10/23/2014 Lace up your shoes, bring your friends, and join us for the third annual Diabetes Walkathon Health & Information Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Cabrillo High School.
Bike Route Open House - October 23rd 10/22/2014 The City of Long Beach Public Works Department staff will host an open house to review final construction plans for a federally funded bicycle project - the "Bicycle System Gap Closure and Improved Los Angeles River Bike Path Access Project."
LBPD West Division Leadership Forum 10/21/2014 The Long Beach Police Department West Division invites community members to join Commander Rocchi for an opportunity to engage with members of the police department.
2014 READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo 10/2/2014 Don't be caught off guard! Make sure you're prepared for any emergency! Learn how this Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Northgate Gonzalez Market Hiring Fair 9/23/2014 7th District job openings available at the NEW Northgate Gonzalez Market location opening in our district soon! To apply for full- and part-time positions ranging from cashier to store manager, please attend Northgate Market's job fair tomorrow, September 24th from 9am-1pm at 4700 Cherry Avenue.
15th Annual Long Beach Unity Festival 9/8/2014 Councilmember Roberto Uranga invites Long Beach residents to join him at the 15th Annual Long Beach Unity Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, September 13th at Admiral Kidd Park!
Seventh District Community Budget Workshop 9/4/2014 Councilmember Uranga invites you to join Long Beach City Manager Pat West and the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia to discuss how the recently adopted Fiscal Year 2015 budget will affect our Seventh District neighborhoods
Low-Cost Cat and Dog Vaccination Clinics 1/2/2014 The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services will be providing Low-Cost Cat and Dog Vaccination Clinics in the coming months.