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News Image Picnic in the Park & Health Fair - July 18
Join residents and workers in Downtown Long Beach on Friday, July 18 (12 pm - 1:30 pm) for a Picnic in the Park and Health Fair.  Pick up a lunch at the nearby Farmers Market or any of Downtown's eateries before heading over to Lincoln Park, where tables and chairs, music and games are waiting for you. Learn more.
( Picnic & Health Fair Flyer )
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News Image City Budget Process Gets Underway - Residents Urged to Participate
With the submittal of the City Manager and Mayor's Budget Recommendations, City Council and its Budget Oversight Committee will begin deliberating over the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which goes from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.  Residents and stakeholders are invited to view the recommendations and attend city budget meetings listed on the Budget Calendar.  Whether you attend meetings or not, please feel free to submit comments or suggestions to the entire City Council via the City Clerk at cityclerk@longbeach.gov or to Councilmember Lowenthal at district2@longbeach.gov.  For details, click on "more" below.
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News Image Should There Be a Playground on the Promenade?
Vice Mayor Lowenthal has announced an opportunity for Downtown residents and other interested stakeholders to take an online survey asking whether a small children's playground should be built in Promenade Square Park, located between 1st Street and Broadway.
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News Image 4th Street Visioning Workshop - July 26

What is your vision for 4th Street? How can we make it better?  Vice Mayor Lowenthal invites you to participate in the development of a vision plan for this important corridor. The visioning process will include three community meetings for each corridor held over 4-5 months and produce deliverables for planning and transportation grants. In addition, Lowenthal has set aside $100,000 in one-time infrastructure funding to assist stakeholders in getting started on their vision. The borders for the visioning plan are Alamitos Avenue and Redondo Avenue.  Learn more.
( Click here for 4th Street Workshops Flyer )
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News Image 7th Street Visioning Workshop - July 26

What is your vision for 7th Street? How can we make it better? Vice Mayor Lowenthal invites you to participate in the development of a vision plan for this important corridor. The visioning process will include three community meetings for each corridor held over 4-5 months and produce deliverables for planning and transportation grants. In addition, Vice Mayor Lowenthal has set aside $100,000 in one-time infrastructure funding to assist stakeholders in getting started on their vision. The borders for the visioning plan are Alamitos Avenue and Redondo Avenue. Learn more.

( Click here for a copy of the 7th Street Workshop flyer )
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News Image Long Beach Receives High Marks on Beach Water Report Card
The City of Long Beach received 86 percent "A" and "B" grades for water quality, a 10 percent improvement over the previous year and a 16 percent improvement over the 5-year average, according to the Heal the Bay 2014 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today.

Thirteen of the 15 beaches sampled received "A" or "B" grades during the state-mandated testing period from April through October. Long Beach also received 100 percent "A" and "B" grades during the winter dry months, which is 45 percent higher than the 10-year average in Long Beach.

To see the entire report on Long Beach and learn how we got to this point, please click on "more".

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News Image Be Aware, Be Safe, Be You
The “Be Aware, Be Safe, Be You” public awareness campaign was developed with input from community stakeholders and a Hate Crimes Advisory Group assembled by Councilmember Suja Lowenthal. “ Be Aware, Be Safe, Be You” is intended to inspire awareness in every community, culture and ethnicity in Long Beach about issues of public health and safety such as hate crimes and sexually transmitted diseases.

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News Image Big Saver Foods Grand Opening - May 7
Residents and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal will join Big Saver President & CEO, Uka Solanki, at a social gathering and ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of a much-anticipated grocery store on East Seventh Street.
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Grand Prix Street & Walkway Closures
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach announced the following Long Beach City Council-approved schedule of major street and walkway closures ahead of the running of the 2014 race, April 11-13.
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News Image BIXBY PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal & the City set aside funding for high priority park and playground projects at Bixby Park. Three workshops were held along with on site and online surveys to gain community feedback. Melendrez Landscape Architects is reviewing that feedback and preparing a final set of recommendations to share with city officials and the community.  Once details are available, District 2 will share them.  To view past presentations and documents from the workshops, please click on "more".
( Bixby Park ReImagining Workshop Flyer )
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News Image Bixby Park Workshops
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite you to re-imagine Bixby Park, its community center and playground. Over the course of three workshops starting on March 29, attendees will work with architects and Parks staff to update the existing park master plan, redesign the playground and prioritize one-time funding set aside by the Second Council District and City Manager for high priority park and playground projects. Help us honor the park's history by designing its future!
( Bixby Park Workshop Flyer )
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News Image Redondo Avenue is Being Improved
The City of Long Beach will begin work on a long awaited street improvement project on Redondo Avenue between 2nd Street and Anaheim Street. For details, click on "more" below.
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Suja Kicks Off Pine Avenue Improvement Project Pine Avenue Gets a Refresher Course
Councilmember Lowenthal helped the City of Long Beach kick off the Pine Avenue rehabilitation project in February. For details on the project, click on "more" below.
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Alamitos Branch Library Improvement - Staff Parking Alamitos Branch Library Improvements
Recently, Councilmember Lowenthal asked Library Services staff for a list of improvements to consider with one-time funding from the Second Council District.  Find out what they came back with, by clicking on "more" below.
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Newest Addition to East Seventh Street Over 100 New Trees Planted on East Seventh Street
New trees were planted in the beginning of February - the latest in a series of projects sponsored by Councilmember Lowenthal in partnership with the East 7th Street Collaborative, breathing new life into this historic corridor. For details, click on "more" below.
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Second District eWaste & Recycling Drive - February 1
The Second District eWaste & Recycling Drive is the perfect chance to get rid of all sorts of household items following the holidays in a free, fast and ultra-convenient way. For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree?  Learn more about pick up dates and locations in the Second District and City of Long Beach by clicking on "more" below.
( Free Drop Off Locations Flyer )
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Pajama Party for a Good Cause - Children in Need
We are partnering with Food Finders for a Citywide Pajama Party to help raise awareness for Food Finders with a Pajama-Drive for young in-need residents. For details, please click on "more" below.

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News Image A Bold, Iconic Civic Center that Reflects the Best of Long Beach
Residents and city employees deserve a safe, accessible and functional City Hall, Main Library and Civic Center.  Recently, City Council took an important step in achieving this goal by asking a selected list of world class architects and development teams to design, build, and maintain a Civic Center campus that reflects the very best aspects of Long Beach.  For details about this proposal, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Invitation: Downtown Dining and Entertainment District Task Force

Recently, Council colleagues unanimously approved my request to evaluate existing conditions and discuss the future of our Downtown Dining and Entertainment District with stakeholders.  To assist with this initiative, I asked our City Manager to form a citizens task force to provide input during the study period.  If you would like to be considered for the task force, please click on "more" below.

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News Image Sixth Annual Bicycle Count - Volunteers Needed
Want to help make Long Beach the most bike friendly city in the nation? Here's your chance to get involved by volunteering for the City’s Sixth Annual Bicycle Count on Thursday, October 17, or Sunday, October 20. 

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News Image We've Connected the Go Long Beach App & Facebook
Great news for residents who use the Go Long Beach app and Facebook. We've linked them together! I asked our city technology team to combine the two programs so that residents can inform each other of the issues they're reporting in the neighborhood. Now, Go Long Beach users have the option of letting their Facebook friends know they've submitted a service request through the app or website.

News Image Broadway Visioning Study

Residents and businesses with an interest in the activation, pedestrian safety and planning of Broadway between Alamitos and Redondo Avenue attended the last of three community workshops to hear recommendations from consultants at RSAUSD/UTILE for community consideration.  To view the presentation and other materials, please click on "more" below.
( Broadway Visioning Study #3 Flyer )
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East Seventh Street Call to Artists
Calling all Artists, Designers and Architects! Become an important part of changing the face of Long Beach and enter our juried Re-Envisioning East 7th Street competition today!  For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Long Beach Aids Ride - Register Now

LGBT folks and bike enthusiasts - the Long Beach AIDS Ride will be held on November 30, 2013.  Join our team and ride with me. This is a fundraising event to support The Center and C.A.R.E. programs providing education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses.

Go to www.longbeachaidsride.org, click "Register Here", then "Find A Fundraiser", and search for "City of Long Beach". Let's be part of this historic ride together!  Click on "more" below to visit the page.

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News Image New Traffic Signals on Ocean Blvd Will Improve Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
At their September 10 meeting, City Council approved the receipt of a $1.9 million MTA grant for an Advanced Traffic Control System on Ocean Boulevard from Alamitos Avenue to Belmont Shore.  For details, please click on more below.
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News Image I AM Open Photo Shoot - Help Celebrate Diversity - September 21
Help celebrate LGBT Diversity and National Coming Out Day with getoutlb.com.  Come get your photo taken, bring your friends, show us your personality and uniqueness. For details, please click on "more" below
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News Image Taking the Next Step: Downtown Dining and Entertainment District
On Tuesday, my Council colleagues unanimously approved my request to evaluate existing conditions and discuss the future of our Downtown Dining and Entertainment District with stakeholders.  For details and a copy of the motion, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Community Budget Meeting - August 27
Join Suja Lowenthal at a Community Budget Meeting where our City Management team will present next year's budget and take your questions and comments.
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News Image Mayor and City Council Fiscal Discipline Leads to Budget Surplus
Long Beach was no different than many cities this last decade, experiencing the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. What was different was the resolve of Mayor Foster and a responsible majority of Council Members committed to reaching a structurally balanced budget.   Please click on "here" below to hear more about next year's budget.

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News Image State of the Second District

On Thursday, June 20, I hosted the State of the Second District at the historic Edison Theatre in Downtown Long Beach.  This was the sixth year of my office partnering with neighborhood and business associations and schools to report on our community's accomplishments, challenges and goals.  After the event, we supported local businesses and networked at host restaurants Beachwood BBQ, Michael's Pizzeria and the Stave on the newly completed Promenade.  

 

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News Image Join Suja for the State of the Second District
Join Suja for the State of the Second District at the historic Edison Theatre on Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm.  After the event, enjoy a complimentary appetizer at one of our host restaurants on the Promenade.

RSVP is required, so click on "more" for details.
( State of the Second District Information )
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Councilmember Lowenthal speaking to residents and press at the demonstration Long Beach will Cite Illegal Mufflers
On Thursday, May 23, residents joined Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and Commander Rich Rocchi of the Long Beach Police Department for a demonstration of a prototype mobile electronic signboard with decibel reader that notifies motorcyclists and drivers of vehicles with illegally modified mufflers that they are too loud and will be cited.  For details on the demonstration, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Letter to the Editor: Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Legislation
A recent editorial by State Senator Ricardo Lara titled “Plastic-bag ban would hurt California workers”.  As a member of the Long Beach City Council, I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the choice that Senator Lara is offering us does not protect the environment, nor does it account for the full economic picture of phasing out plastic bags.  To view my letter to the editor in full, please click on "more" below.
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Long Beach Will Not Tolerate Illegal Mufflers
Residents along Ocean Blvd and those with an interest in illegally modified mufflers - please join me and the Long Beach Police Department for a demonstration of a prototype electronic signboard with decibel reader that notifies motorcyclists and drivers of vehicles with illegally modified mufflers that they are too loud and will be cited.


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News Image The Survey Says..."Downtown Long Beach Station"
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal (Second District) announced the results of a one-month survey of residents and businesses to name the Blue Line station on 1st Street between Pine Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Downtown Long Beach.   For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Draft Mobility Element Community Meeting - May 22
You're invited to a community meeting where the city will discuss its plans for transportation infrastructure and multimodal strategies for the movement of people and goods. The plans include all modes of travel such as walking, bicycling, riding transit and driving. In addition, related topics are addressed including parking, transportation demand management, neighborhood enhancements and funding.  For details, please click on more below.


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Be Aware, Be Safe, Be You Promote Your Pride, Protect Your Health - A Community Meeting
At this meeting on Wednesday, May 18, we will discuss what you need to know about your personal health & safety, while having fun at Long Beach Pride 2013. This includes hate crimes, communicable diseases and other LGBTQ topics. It's part of our “Be Aware, Be Safe, Be You” Campaign sponsored by the Second District. For details, please click on "more" below.

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News Image Join Suja at the Pride Parade
Suja is looking for volunteer marchers to join her in the upcoming Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19th. For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Get the Facts About Meningitis ~ Reduce Your Risk
In response to recent reports of cases involving Invasive Meningococcal Disease or Meningitis in New York and West Hollywood, Councilmember Lowenthal worked with our City Health Officer and the Center Long Beach to prepare Fact and FAQ sheets for our community regarding its causes, symptoms and risks.  For details, please click on "more" below.
( Meningococcal Disease or Meningitis Fact Sheet )
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News Image Long Beach Transit Changes During Grand Prix
Due to race course detours and a large influx of tourists and locals downtown for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a few key service adjustments will be made by Long Beach Transit for April 18-21, 2013.  For details, please click on more below.
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News Image Grand Prix-View - Free Pedestrian Access to Race Track
For the first time ever, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach racetrack is being opened up to the public on Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 4 pm. The community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world's best Indy Car drivers scream over 180 mph. No motorized vehicles or animals are allowed.  For additional info, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Increased Funding for Residential Lawn to Garden Projects
Qualified applicants are now eligible to receive $3.00 per square foot of grass removed, or up to $3,000 total per project.  For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Long Beach Celebrates Earth Week 2013
To kick off the 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day, Long Beach is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability and awareness by inviting the community to get involved and celebrate Earth Week 2013 by attending a multitude of events throughout the city, including tree plantings, beach cleanups, nature walks, farmers markets, a day of service, expos and more.  For a calendar of events, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Get to Know Your Neighborhood Bike Tour - April 27
Join Suja for an Earth Day bicycle ride and see how beautiful your Second Council District is by bike! The tour will include stops at notable district businesses and landmarks, bike safety tips from instructors along the way and lots of fun!  To reserve a space on the tour, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Evening Office Hours with Councilmember Lowenthal
Join Councilmember Lowenthal for evening office hours on Tuesday, March 26 at the Stave on the Promenade.  For details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Name that Station Survey
We need your help in naming the Blue Line station on First Street, between Pine and Pacific avenues.  For additional details and to take our quick survey, please click on "more" below.
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News Image New Environmental Collection Center for Long Beach Residents
Area residents now have a convenient, one-stop venue for safely and properly disposing their household hazardous, universal and electronic wastes.  Learn about this one-stop location that is fast and convenient by clicking on "more below.
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News Image FREE SCREENING OF "BULLY" - CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MOVIE
As part of the Season for Nonviolence in Long Beach, we are co-hosting a free screening and panel discussion of the critically acclaimed movie “Bully” with Long Beach Public Library next Saturday, March 2, at 2:00 pm.

For details and a link to an official movie trailer, please click on "more" below.

( To view the event flyer for Bully, please click here. )
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North Block of Promenade Welcome to Your Promenade
I am very pleased to announce the completion of the 3rd and final block of the Promenade in Downtown. And it looks absolutely beautiful.  To view a video and learn more about the Promenade, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Community Tree Planting with Councilmember Suja Lowenthal
Please join me next Saturday, February 9th, as we partner with the East Village Association and Downtown Residential Council to plant 26 trees along our business and residential corridors. With this planting, we are well on our way to our goal of planting more than 300 trees in the Second District. 

Whether you are a resident, a student needing community hours or simply a do-gooder, we could use your help.

( View PDF )
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News Image Season for Nonviolence Begins in Long Beach

Youth, religious and community leaders joined Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, PeaceBuilders, VoiceWaves, Junior League of Long Beach and The Center Long Beach for the official kick-off of the Season for Nonviolence 2013 (SNV13) on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

For details about the Season for Nonviolence, click on "more" below.
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LA Times Photo Lowenthal Gets Council Support for Clean Beaches
On Tuesday, January 8, City Council passed Councilmember Lowenthal's item in support of the County's proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure.  This measure would enable Long Beach and upstream cities to benefit from comprehensive solutions to urban run-off and re-purpose of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers for greater water conservation.  The Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure represents the best opportunity in generations for Long Beach’s shoreline, marine habitat and estuaries to thrive.

To view a copy of the agenda item, please click "more" below.
( Clean Water, Clean Beaches City Manager Memos )
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News Image A Year of Accomplishments in Long Beach
Long Beach accomplished many goals and was recognized for its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in 2012.  To see a list of achievements, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Help Those Most in Need This Season
On any given day, approximately 4,000 people experience homelessness in Long Beach. Of this, 20% are children. Together, we can change this.

The City of Long Beach works in collaboration with its non-profit community partners to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness in our area. The Mayor's Fund for the Homeless is allocated regularly to programs in Long Beach that address significant service delivery gaps in our Continuum of Care. Donations to this fund have supported a variety of critical services, including relocation assistance, job training and placement services, winter shelter programs, food and transportation assistance and move-in assistance.  Click on "more" below to make a contribution.
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Make a Difference - Long Beach Homeless Count
Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the Long Beach Continuum of Care to conduct a citywide homeless count.  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!
Over 300 community volunteers are needed to complete this process and your participation is critical for the success of this effort! You can contribute in a variety of ways.  To learn how, click on "more" below
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News Image Stewards of the Second District Recognized
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal recognized nearly 60 residents, businesses community groups and city staff as “Stewards of the Second District” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater on Monday, December 10, 2012.  To see a list of recipients and information about Stewards, please click on "more" below.
( Stewards PowerPoint Presentation pdf )
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News Image Announcing Long Beach AIDS Ride 2013
(Dec. 1, 2012) During a candlelight World AIDS Day event in Long Beach, Councilmember Lowenthal joined representatives from The Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach (The Center) and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (C.A.R.E.) program at St. Mary Medical Center to announce the kick off of Long Beach AIDS Ride, a new major annual fundraising event to help support the work of these two organizations in the areas of education, prevention, testing and treating of the HIV/AIDS pandemic locally.  For additional info, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Volunteers Needed! Help Us Plant Trees on November 3
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal is partnering with Anderson Real Estate Group & the Rose Park Neighborhood Association to organize a Community Tree Planting as part of her commitment to plant more than 300 trees throughout the Second District in 2012-2013. Help us make a difference by volunteering.  For details, please click on "more" below.
( Tree Planting Flier )
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News Image Dog Friendly Dining in Long Beach
Owners and their four-legged friends are celebrating with a night out on the town. This new policy, which I co-sponsored with Vice Mayor Garcia and Councilmember DeLong in July 2012, allows restaurant owners to offer patio dining experiences for people and their dogs.  For details about the program, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Long Beach Residents and Local Businesses Will Be Seeing Green
Under a new incentive program announced today between the City of Long Beach and Recyclebank®, Long Beach becomes the largest city in California to reward residents for taking everyday green actions, such as recycling, with discounts and deals from local businesses and national brands. To kick off the program, Long Beach residents who register for a free Recyclebank account prior to October 15 will be entered to win an Apple® iPad. For details about the program and contest, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Sunset Tour of the Harbor and Port of Long Beach - September 25
Join me for a beautiful sunset tour of the Port of Long Beach next Tuesday, September 25, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  This is a fun way to learn more about the port’s operations and projects.  Light food and refreshments will be provided, but there’s limited seating available, so please call Heather to RSVP at (562) 570-6684.
( Harbor and Port Sunset Tour Flier )
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News Image Your Budget, Your Government - Help Us Shape it!
With the recent release of budget proposals from the Mayor and City Manager, the City Council will be considering significant changes to the structure of your local government leading up to adoption in mid-September.
That's why we need your input and participation.  For information about upcoming Budget Forums in the Second District , links to the proposals and an new interactive online budget program that you can play, please click on "more" below.
( Second District Budget Forum Flyers )
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News Image SPECIAL ALERT: LBPD Patrols Around Theaters
In light of the multiple victim shooting incident in Colorado and as a precaution, the Long Beach Police Department is in communication with management/security at movie theaters located in the City of Long Beach, and will be providing additional patrols at and around theaters.

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News Image Los Angeles County Specific Needs Disaster Registry
If you (or the person you are registering) live in Los Angeles County and have a condition which might impede with your abilities to evacuate a building, travel to or stay safely in an emergency evacuation center, or to securely shelter in place without assistance, then you may want to consider enrolling in the SNAP Registry.  The registry is a project of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with other cities and agencies in the Los Angeles County disaster response operational area. To learn more or to register, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Sign Up for Reverse 911 and Stay Informed During an Emergency
Long Beach has implemented a Community Emergency Notification System. This system allows the City's 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center to rapidly notify residents and businesses by telephone iIn the event of an emergency.  Phone numbers can be outside of Long Beach and can be cellular service, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or regular telephone service. If your regular telephone service is located inside Long Beach, there is no need to signup.  For more information and to sign up, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Join the Second District Team for the Tour of Long Beach
Join our Second District Team for the Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 5th, as more than 3,000 cyclists ride for a cure and raise funds for Miller Children's Hospital. This will be an incredible opportunity to get a first-hand view of our great city as we ride through parks, scenic neighborhoods, along beaches, inland bays and the downtown waterfront.   To become a member of our team or for details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image ELECTION DAY IS APRIL 10 - MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT
This Tuesday, April 10th is election day in Long Beach. Polls open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm.

Click here for a helpful link to our City Clerk's website to find polling locations.

For absentee ballots: Although it is too late to return absentee ballots by mail, you can DROP THEM OFF at any polling location in Long Beach on April 10th before 8:00pm.

Questions...Contact the Long Beach City Clerk Office for assistance by calling 562-570-6101.
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News Image Grand Prix Press Day & Formula Drift Street Closure Information
Individuals residing or working in Downtown Long Beach should take note of street closures during Grand Prix Press Day on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and the 2012 Formula Drift on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2012. For detailed information, please click on "more" below.
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Suja Lowenthal at TED2012: Full Spectrum March 2012. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Suja Lowenthal Talks About the Future of Cities at TED Conference
Vice Mayor Lowenthal had the distinct honor of being the grand finale speaker at the TED Prize portion of TED Conference in late February, 2012.  She was selected for her urban planning work globally to shape cities for the future as well as her work here in Long Beach.  For more information about City 2.0 TED Prize Wish and the conference, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Vice Mayor Lowenthal Talks Up Long Beach at World Bank Forum
 Long Beach Vice Mayor and Second District representative Suja Lowenthal was invited to participate in a virtual workshop and expert panel in Washington D.C. on best practices of local governments and watershed authorities to implement litter management strategies hosted by The World Bank Latin America & Caribbean Region.  To learn more about the forum and Long Beach efforts to improve water quality, please click on "more" below.
( For a copy of the case study report, please click here. )
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News Image A Shared Vision of Broadway
On Saturday, February 4, business owners and residents got together to discuss a vision for Broadway at a meeting hosted by Vice Mayor Lowenthal at Bixby Park Community Center.  Attendees heard ideas for improving the corridor in areas such as retail, pedestrian safety, traffic calming, zoning, and streetscape.  For more details and to view the PowerPoint presentation from City Staff and On Broadway Merchants Association, please click on "more" below.
( Broadway Visioning Powerpoint Presentation )
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Lola Long Beach’s Very Own Retro Row is Home to the 1st Parklet in Southern California
Residents, merchants and city staff joined owner Luis Navarro and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal on Friday, January 20 for the grand opening of Southern California's very first parklet.  For details about parklets, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Council Supports Federal Legislation Calling for Financial Reform
On December 6, 2011, Vice Mayor and Second District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal asked her Council colleagues to support federal legislation to reenact the Glass-Steagall Act or Banking Act of 1933, to help restore trust and integrity into the nation’s financial system.  The City Council passed Lowenthal's item by a unanimous vote.  For details about the item, please click on "more" below.
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News Image DLBA PBID Plan is Now Available
The Downtown Long Beach Associates' Draft Property Based Improvement District (PBID) Management Plan is now available for review and public comment.  For details and links to the plan, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Vice Mayor Lowenthal Issues Statement About the November 15 Occupy Long Beach Agenda Item
Although Vice Mayor Lowenthal could not attend the November 15 Council meeting due to previous commitments, she issued a statement about the item submitted by Councilmembers Gabelich, Schipske and Neal.  To view the statement, please click on "more" below.    
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News Image Downtown Plan EIR and Updated Draft Available Now
The Downtown Plan sets the City's visioning process into motion by establishing development and design standards aimed at enhancing Downtown Long Beach. The Final Downtown Plan EIR and Updated Draft of the Downtown Plan are now available.  Please click on "more" below to view both documents and learn more about the process of development.
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News Image Fresh Air Dining LB - A Healthier Long Beach
Councilmember Lowenthal joined the Long Beach Health Department in kicking off “Fresh Air Dining LB,” a new program designed to provide smoke-free outdoor dining options for Long Beach residents and visitors in partnership with local business associations, restaurants and community groups.


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News Image Bring the "Community Watch Program" to Your Street
Community Watch is a crime prevention program that involves all aspects of the community working together and assisting law enforcement to discourage crime. A passionate and organized Community Watch Group (CWG) can make a significant difference in the prevention and reduction of crime in their neighborhood. Now, thanks to the Downtown Long Beach Associates, in consultation with the Long Beach Police Department, this Starter Kit makes it as easy as possible to organize a CWG in your neighborhood. Although the contact numbers only apply to residents west of Cherry Avenue (West Division), there is still plenty of useful information and templates for all residents to use and District 2 is happy to provide numbers for East Division contacts. A citywide CWG starter kit will be available soon.  For information on how you can get involved, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Suspect Caught in Murder of 4th Street Store Clerk
One suspect wanted in connection with the January 22, 2011, murder of 53-year-old Sor Phouma, who was killed during a convenience store robbery located in the 1900 block of E. 4th Street, is in-custody and will be charged with the murder.  For details, please click on "more" below.

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News Image Fourth Annual Bicycle Count - Can You Volunteer?
Want to help make Long Beach the most bike friendly city in the nation? Here's your chance to get involved by volunteering for the City's Fourth Annual Bicycle Count on Thursday, October 20, or Sunday, October 23.  For more information, please click on "more" below.

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News Image Long Beach Participates in Break the Silence Day & Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence can destroy the fabric of communities by weakening family structures and passing down from generation to generation, dysfunctional and abusive approaches to relationships. The damage from domestic violence stretches beyond social structure, affecting school attendance and achievement, workforce productivity and sick time, and healthy pregnancies.  To learn more about Long Beach's participation in Break the Silence Day and Domestic Violence Month, please click on "more" below.
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Heal the Bay Logo Improving Our Beach Water Quality
Residents in the Second District have reason to be proud of the ongoing efforts by our City to improve water quality along our beaches, marinas and harbor. The most recent Heal the Bay Report Card (2011) gave every point along our coast an A or B grade.  To learn more about the report and our City's efforts to improve the water quality along our coast, please click on "more" below.
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State of the Second District - September 27
In its fifth year, the purpose of the STATE OF THE SECOND DISTRICT is to report accomplishments, goals and challenges in the community. What makes the STATE OF THE SECOND DISTRICT unique among council districts is the inclusion of neighborhood and business association presentations as a way of sharing ideas and spurring change. We also receive reports from our school principals and police commanders. If you are a Second District resident, this is a must attend event!  For details, please click on "more" below.
( To view the State of the Second District flyer, please click on the link below. )
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News Image PARK(ing) Day Inspires Creativity & Vision - September 16
The City of Long Beach will be hosting its official 2011 PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16, 2011.  Since its inception in 2005, PARK(ing) Day has blossomed into a global experiment in remixing, reclaiming and reprogramming parking spaces for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression.  The Second District Council office encourages neighborhood and business associations, community groups, residents and businesses to participate.
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News Image City Announces Campaign to Discourage Riding on Sidewalks
With more bicyclists than ever sharing the streets in Long Beach, the City is launching a campaign to remind people about bicycle safety, including the importance of walking bikes on the sidewalks in business districts.  For more information about the campaign and to take a five-minute Bike Safety Survey, please click on "more" below.

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News Image 'Laundry to Landscape' Graywater Pilot Program
Today, the City of Long Beach announced a pilot program called the ‘Laundry to Landscape’ Backyard Irrigation Program for single-family homeowners to use “graywater” from their washing machines, bathtubs and sinks in irrigation systems for trees, shrubs and gardens.  For details about the program, please click on "more" below.
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News Image LBPD Information About Hate Crimes, Rally & Fundraiser Info
Over the past 10 days, the Long Beach Police Department has received three separate complaints of assaults that have occurred in a downtown neighborhood, known for its population of gay and lesbian citizens and businesses. For more information about the assualts, community rally and upcoming fundraiser, please click on "more" below.

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News Image New Farmer's Market in Downtown - Tuesday Night Family Festival at the Pike
The Pike is excited to announce a new addition to the center on Tuesday nights, the Family Festival. The Family Festival combines a certified farmer’s market, craft vendors, children’s rides, food, and live entertainment.
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"Cafe Terrace at Night" (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh Downtown Dining & Entertainment District Proposed Conditions
The Downtown Dining and Entertainment District Pilot Program was established in 2005 to develop consistent hours and operating conditions for businesses requiring an entertainment permit.  However, there are challenges now confronting our Downtown Dining and Entertainment District, where in certain cases entertainment impacts residents and adjacent businesses. Therefore, Vice Mayor Lowenthal has proposed changes to the conditions for operating with an Entertainment Permit.  To review the proposed changes or current conditions, please click on "more" below.
( Existing Conditions for the Downtown Dining & Entertainment District )
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Traffic Alert TRAFFIC ALERT: 405 Freeway Closure in West LA - July 16 & 17
Plan Ahead, Avoid The Area, Or Stay Home. That’s the message public safety officials are sending to the public in anticipation of a planned 10-mile, 53-hour closure of the I-405 freeway between the U.S. 101 and I-10 on the weekend of July 16-17, 2011 for planned demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge, part of a major I-405 improvement project.  For more information on the closure, please click on "more" below.
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"Cafe Terrace at Night" (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh Downtown Dining & Entertainment District Meetings & Proposed Conditions
The Downtown Dining and Entertainment District Pilot Program was established in 2005 to develop consistent hours and operating conditions for businesses requiring an entertainment permit.  However, there are challenges now confronting our Downtown Dining and Entertainment District, where in certain cases entertainment impacts residents and adjacent businesses. Therefore, Vice Mayor Lowenthal is hosting two meetings for residents and businesses to review draft legislation involving amplified sound and public safety.  For information about the meetings or to review the proposed updates to the current conditions, please click on "more" below.
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News Image 8/29/11 UPDATE: Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Information
Currently, the Mayor and City Council are holding weekly meetings to discuss the proposed FY 2012 budget for city departments and programs.  Second District residents are strongly encouraged to get involved in the proceedings and make their priorities known to Vice Mayor Lowenthal and the entire City Council.  For details about the budget and the meeting schedule, please click on "more" below.
( To view the FY 2012 budget meeting schedule, please click here. )
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News Image Police Department Information About Auto Burglaries and Street Robberies
Recent increases in auto burglaries and street robberies have prompted the Long Beach Police Department to put out bulletins with information and tips for residents.  To view the bulletins, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Trash Your Friends and Help Our Marine Environment
Help Heal the Bay and my office bring awareness about the harmful effects of plastic bags using this unique and humorous method of "trashing your friends".  For more information, please click on "more" below.
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Illegal Fireworks Have a Safe Fourth of July
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, and dangerous wherever they are ignited. Those are simple facts, yet every year people take needless risks when they celebrate the Fourth of July. Even so-called Safe and Sane fireworks and sparklers can be harmful.

Click on "more" below for some sobering facts about the dangers of fireworks.


( Fireworks Flyer )
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News Image Education and Communities Grants sponsored by Pepsi

This summer, Pepsi is giving qualified organizations $5,000 to benefit Education, $25,000 to benefit Communities and $50,000 for the monthly Pepsi Challenge. This grant is available to individuals, for profit organizations, and non-profit organizations that have a 501(c)(3) official non-taxable designation. Local municipalities and schools may also qualify.  For details, please click on "more" below.


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News Image New Website for Non-Profits Sponsored by We Love Long Beach
We Love Long Beach has launched a new website  that provides community and service groups a free resource to share their passion, promote their efforts and build their support base.  The website aims to be a comprehensive list of groups, volunteers and activities in Long Beach, created solely for non-profit organizations.  For more information about the website, please click on "more" below.
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Team Suja Bicycle Racing Club Logo Join Team Suja for the Tour of Long Beach - May 14
Join Team Suja for the the Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 14th, as more than 3,000 cyclists ride for a cure, with funds being raised for Miller Children's Hospital.  For details and to sign up for the tour, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Wyland's Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
Mayors across Southern California are squaring off to see whose city is greenest, and Mayor Foster needs your help. Make a commitment now on behalf of Long Beach to save water and reduce pollution. You could win family packs to Disneyland, a day at Anaheim Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Angels, and a week of half-off admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The city with the highest percentage of residents that agree to reduce their environmental impact wins.  To take the pledge, click on "more" below
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Statement Regarding Airplane Crash at Long Beach Airport
My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family members and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured in today’s plane crash.  We lost a part of what makes Long Beach such a special place to live, but we are definitely the better for knowing them. 

I had been working with Mark Bixby to ensure bicycle and pedestrian access to the new Gerald Desmond Bridge.  Among his many ideas to improve our community, I know this was very important to him, so I will work tirelessly toward the fulfillment of his vision as a fitting legacy for a person so committed to advocating for cyclists.



HHW Logo Free Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Roundup - March 26
Get rid of your light bulbs, household or car batteries, paint, used motor oil, pesticides, pool chemical and garden herbicides at our annual free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drive & E-Waste Roundup on Saturday, March 26, from 9:00 am  to 3:00 pm.  For details about the event, please click on "more" below.
( Household Hazardous Waste Event Flyer )
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Survey Monkey Logo Downtown Arts Survey - Tell us what you think?
The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), in partnership with Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, the City of Long Beach Department of Special Events and Filming, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), the East Village Association and the Arts Council of Long Beach has developed and released an online survey to help gain a better understanding of how art events and activities in Downtown are utilized and where potential may exist for expansion and growth.   To take the short survey, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Council Adopts New Voluntary Online Bicycle Registration Process
On December 14, 2010, Vice Mayor Lowenthal co-sponsored a motion with Councilmember Robert Garcia and Councilmember Gary DeLong to eliminate mandatory bicycle registration in the City of Long Beach and instead adopt a voluntary online registration system.  Council will vote on the final version of an ordinance on February 15th.  For more details about the motion, ordinance and new online registration, please click on "more" below.
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Season for Nonviolence logo Season for Nonviolence - Daily Commitments

A Season for Nonviolence, January 30 - April 4, is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this campaign honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.  To view this week's Daily Commitments and learn more about the Season for Nonviolence, please click on "more" 
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News Image Go Red for Women Day - February 4
Nationwide, diseases of the heart are the leading cause of death and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death.  Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness about heart disease—the leading cause of death for women—and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.  For details about Go Red for Women Day or to learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease, click on "more" below.
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News Image Introducing Downtown's Separated Bike Lanes
Long Beach will soon become the first Southern California city to have separated bikeways in its downtown area, designed to help cyclists and vehicles share the road more safely.  For details on the project, please click on "more" below.


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News Image Neighborhood Partners Program Matching Grant

The City of Long Beach, Department of Development Services, Neighborhood Services Bureau is offering a Request For Proposals (RFP) for established Long Beach neighborhood and community groups to participate in the Neighborhood Partners Program (NPP). Matching grants of up to $5,000 in goods and/or services are available to support beautification/improvement projects in designated Long Beach neighborhoods.   For details, click on "more" below.


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CONSTRUCTION ALERT CONSTRUCTION ALERT: West Ocean Blvd Road Work - January 8-9
Motorists who use West Ocean Boulevard to travel between downtown Long Beach and San Pedro or Terminal Island may encounter delays as crews work to resurface and restripe the roadway on two weekends this month.  For details, please click on "more" below.

( Ocean Blvd Construction Fact Sheet )
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Happy Holidays from Suja and Staff

Wishing You and Your Family
a Joyous Holiday Season

and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!


Warmly, 

Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal 

and her Second District staff

Broc, Heather and Mark




News Image STORM ALERT - City Preparing for More Storms
With powerful storms bearing down on the region, residents and businesses are urged to prepare themselves for the possibility of significant rainfall.

The City is providing sand and bags for residents to make their own sandbags. The public may pick up sand at four fire stations – Fire Station 7, Fire Station 12, Fire Station 13, and Fire Station 14.


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News Image CONSTRUCTION ALERT - West Ocean Blvd Resurfacing Project
A road resurfacing project on the westbound lanes of West Ocean Boulevard that was set for this weekend has been postponed because of a forecast of inclement weather. The project will be rescheduled sometime after New Year’s Day.  For details about the project, click on more below.
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Introduce mulch to your garden City of Long Beach Offers Mulch Home Delivery Program to Homeowners
Through a new delivery program, the Office of Sustainability is extending the benefits of mulch to residents throughout the City. Mulch from City tree trimming operations is now available by request to Long Beach homeowners.


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News Image Downtown Plan EIR Now Available for Review
The Downtown Plan is the result of a four year effort to update Planning District 30 in the Downtown.  The Plan incorporates zoning, development standards, and design guidelines based on residential and business feedback.  To review the EIR and learn more about the Downtown Plan, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Vice Mayor Lowenthal Proposes Program to Help Schools, NonProfits and Businesses
On November 16, Council passed Vice Mayor Lowenthal's proposal to create a Long Beach City program to help schools, non-profits and businesses exchange unwanted, but reusable items such as office supplies, electronics and furniture.  To learn more about this incredible program, please click on "more" below.
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News Image What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag Ban
 On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that bans the issuance of plastic carry out bags and imposes a ten (10) cent charge on recyclable paper carryout bags at all supermarkets and other grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, convenience stores, foodmarts, and Long Beach farmers markets.  For information about the ordinance and why the City is focusing on plastic bags, please click on "more" below.
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News Image City Water Supply is Safe and Clean
The recent water service disruption at the Port of Long Beach did not affect water supplied to Long Beach residents. All water distributed to Long Beach homes and businesses continues to be clean, safe, and usable for all purposes.  For more details, please click on "more" below.
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News Image New Downtown Bikestation & South Promenade Under Construction
The new Bikestation Long Beach on First Street between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard is under construction. The facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of February 2011.
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News Image Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Docent Program Enrollment
The RLC Teen Docent Program is designed for motivated high school students who want to improve their communication skills, enhance their knowledge of local history, and be introduced to exciting career options in museum education and public history.  For details about the program and enrollment forms, please click on "more" below.
( RLC TDP Enrollment Form )
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News Image Downtown Retail Visioning Report is Now Available!
A community-based plan designed to help recruit new retail businesses to Downtown Long Beach is delivering substantial results just months after its implementation began according to a report released by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA).  To view the report, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Long Beach Water Quality Improves in Heal the Bay Report Card
According to Heal the Bay's End of Summer 2010 Report Card, Long Beach’s water quality has improved the past two summers.  For a summary of our grades or to view the report, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Long Beach Geophysical Survey Comes to the Second District
The Survey will use state of the art technology to image and map the geological strata and potential faults of the Long Beach/Signal Hill area.  For more details about the Survey and what our community can expect in the coming months, please click on "more" below.

( Long Beach Geophysical Brochure )
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Weather Alert: Certain City Facilities to Extend Hours During Heat Wave
The City of Long Beach has extended hours at seven Parks Department facilities to assist residents in getting out of the heat.  For details on the sites in or near the Second District with extended hours, please click on "more" below.
( Yellow Cab Services Information )
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News Image Construction Alert: Pacific Avenue (Ocean Blvd. to 7th Street)
The City’s Contractor, Griffith Construction, is scheduled to begin construction on September 20, 2010, and the project is scheduled for completion, barring weather or other unforeseen delays, by December 2010.  For details, please click on "more" below.
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Port of Long Beach Second District Residents - Free Port of Long Beach Boat Tour - September 28
Here's your chance to take an informative boat tour and learn about the nation's second largest port, its daily routine, environmental programs and more.  Seating will be limited, so an RSVP is required.  For details on the tour and to reserve your seat, please click on "more" below.


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Major Budget Decisions Lay Ahead - How Will You Be Affected?
The Mayor and City Council are deliberating on the budget for Fiscal Year 2011.  Due to several factors related to the economy and state funding, major cuts are being proposed in various departments and services providing assistance to residents and businesses.  Therefore, Vice Mayor Lowenthal encourages careful review of the proposals and participation in the discussions by attending budget meetings, sending emails, letters or calling the Council office.  For details on the budget proposals and meeting dates & times, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Bixby Park Renovation Survey - Tell us what you think.
Whether you are a frequent user of Bixby Park, an occasional user or simply have an opinion about its facilities and how they can be improved, a group of local residents and business owners would like your opinion as they plan its renovation in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Second and Third Council District offices.  For details and a link to the online survey, please click on "more" below.
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News Image Second District Newsletter - 2nd Quarter Edition
In this edition, find out about our Stewards of the Second District, legislation from Vice Mayor Lowenthal, Downtown Dog Park, our Sidewalk Repair Program, Protected Bike Lanes, parking reforms, and ongoing events in the Second District.  To view the Second District Newsletter, please click on "More" below.
( Click here to view the Second District Newsletter )
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News Image Attention California Pet Lovers – Help reduce pet overpopulation with the CA Spay & Neuter License Plate!
The California Spay & Neuter license plate, sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, provides a fun and easy way for pet lovers to help reduce pet overpopulation. Proceeds from the plate provide funding for free or low-cost spay & neuter surgeries across California, and also help to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.  For more details, click on "more" below

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News Image Need Help Stopping Advertising Spam on Your Doorstep?
Check out the Environmental Services Bureau website to download a free "No Advertisements" door hanger or report an advertiser that continually leaves litter (flyers, business cards, menus) on your doorstep.  For more information, please click on "more" below.
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Victim of plastic bag litter Council Passes Lowenthal Motion to Pursue Single Use Bag Ban
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and Councilmember Gary DeLong submitted an item to the Council Agenda for June 15th that supported State legislation to prohibit grocery stores and convenience stores from providing single use carryout bags by 2012 and 2013 respectively.  The motion also called for the City Attorney and City Management to review an LA County Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and proposed ordinances for banning single use bags.  For a copy of the motion and FACT/FAQ sheets from Assemblymember Brownley and Heal the Bay, please click on "more" below.
( Heal the Bay FAQ Sheet on AB 1998 )
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News Image Long Beach Boulevard Construction Notice

Public Works will begin construction on Long Beach Boulevard between Ocean Boulevard and 10th Street, beginning June 7 and lasting until the end of August 2010.  For details, click "more" below.


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News Image Introducing the Downtown Long Beach iPhone App

Have Downtown Long Beach at your fingertips with this interactive guide to the urban metropolis by the sea!

Find your favorite restaurants, get information about transit routes and parking locations, upcoming events and more.

Available FREE now from the iTunes store.  


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Dive Into Day Camp at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Dive into day camp at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Experience the wonder of marine life through hands-on activities, experiments, animal interactions, and more. Whether your child is three-years-old or a teenager, we have a day camp just for them!  For more details, click on "more" below.


( Aquarium Day Camp Flyer )
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News Image City Council Passes Far Reaching Animal Care Policies
On Tuesday, May 4, Long Beach City Council approved a set of recommendations that aim to dramatically reduce the more than 6,000 animals euthanized at the City's Animal Care Shelter every year.  The recommendations came as a result of Councilmember Lowenthal's original motion in October 2009.  For more details about the policies or to view the motions authored by Councilmember Lowenthal concerning animal over-population, please click on "more" below.
( Animal Care Services - City Staff Report )
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District 2 Borders Introducing the Second District Newsletter

Welcome to our Second District newsletter.  This quarterly newsletter has been designed to share with you updates on issues from inside and outside of City Hall.  It is also designed to allow residents to voice their concerns and suggestions.

In this newsletter, you will read about the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF), water conservation, parking, pet over population and what types of things are happening in your neighborhood.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.  I appreciate the opportunity of serving you and all the wonderful things we have done together.  Please always feel free to contact my office if ever there is a district need that arises.

Warmly,

Suja

 


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Long Beach Sets Another Water Conservation Record
The City of Long Beach has set another 10-year record low for water consumption during the month of April. Citywide water demand during the month of April was 17.2 percent below the city's historical 10-year average.
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Queensway Bridge to be Closed on April 29
For more information, please click on "more"
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On Broadway's Day of Design - Saturday March 27
Join interior design experts from Broadway as they share their secrets for making your house more inviting to visitors.  Here's a great way to spend your day and support your local businesses at the same time.  For details, click on "more"
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Help Inform Your Neighbors about Barking Dogs, Defecation and Off-Leash Animals
The City of Long Beach is enlisting residents and neighborhood associations to email, download, print, and distribute information about making their community safer.
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Downtown Broadway Sewer Project
The Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) in an effort to improve the overall reliability and capacity of the sanitary sewer system currently serving the downtown Long Beach region, has retained the Charles King Company as the construction contractor for the "Broadway Trunk Sewer Replacement/Rehabilitation Project, Phase III".  This project is an effort to take a proactive approach for restoration of the sewer system in order to receive continuous and reliable service for years to come.  For details, click on "more" below.
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News Image Breakwater Study Update (as of November 30, 2010)
This morning Mayor Bob Foster and Colonel Mark Toy (Army Corps of Engineers) signed the official agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration (formerly the Long Beach Breakwater Project).  For details about the Reconnaissance Study or the process for reaching final approval, please click on "more" below.

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Cultural Master Plan to be included in the City's General Plan 2030
On Tuesday, March 2, City Council approved a comprehensive package of motions concerning arts and culture in Long Beach.  Councilmember Lowenthal co-sponsored four of the five motions and was a primary sponsor on the item to add the Cultural Master Plan to the General Plan 2030.  For more information and a copy of the motion, please click on "more" 
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Councilmember Lowenthal Introduces Council Item to Assist Victims of Recent Flooding
On February 9, the Council voted to waive City building and utility fees and pursue funding for low interest loans to assist victims of flooding from the recent spat of storms that deluged Long Beach during the week of January 18th.  For more information about the fees and low interest loans, click on "more" below.
( Councilmember Lowenthal's Flood Victim Assistance Motion )
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State of the Second District Invitation Councilmember Suja Lowenthal's State of the Second District
On January 26th, Councilmember Lowenthal hosted the State of the Second District at the historic Art Theatre on 4th Street.  For more information about the event or to see video, text or powerpoint of her speech, please click on "more information" below.
( State of the Second District Text )
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Preparing for the Rain

Preparation for the rain is underway. Sand bags will be available at all fire stations. Sand is currently on-hand at stations 13, 14 and the Public Service Yard on San Francisco Avenue. The remaining stations (5, 7 and 12) will receive sand by 1000 hours.


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News Image Residential Recycling Program Adds Polystyrene Collection

Clean Polystyrene (Styrofoam®) is now recyclable through the Long Beach residential recycling program. You can now place certain types of Styrofoam in your purple recycling cart.  Click on "More" below and learn about these changes. 


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Council Passes Another Parking Reform Ordinance from Councilmember Lowenthal
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, the City Council took the final step in approving an ordinance making it easier for residents in parking impacted areas to park in front of their own driveway.  The ordinance stemmed from a motion sponsored by Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and co-sponsored by Councilmember Gary DeLong in May 2008. 
( Driveway Parking Motion from Councilmember Lowenthal )
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Happy Holidays

Wishing You and Your Family
a Joyous Holiday Season

and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!


Warmly, 

Councilmember Suja Lowenthal 

and her Second District staff

Broc, Heather, Ramon and Barbara



Art Exchange Environmental Impact Report Released
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Art Exchange project located at the Southeast corner of 3 rd  Street and Long Beach Boulevard.   The EIR determines the nature and extent of the proposed project’s impact upon the surrounding environment, and is available for public review and comment.
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Unanimous Support for Lowenthal's Motion to Reduce Storm Water Pollution
On Tuesday, December 8, City Council Members passed a motion put forward by Lowenthal, Garcia, DeLong and O'Donnell to draft a Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance for the public and private sectors that aims to reduce the amount of trash and pollutants reaching our lakes, marinas and harbor through storm drains.  The motion's co-sponsors also asked that the draft ordinance be evaluated by the Planning Commission, Sustainable City Commission and the Environmental Committee for input before returning to the City Council.
( Low Impact Development Motion )
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Red Car in Long Beach Streetcars Returning to Long Beach?

In May 2007, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal authored a motion requesting a study to determine the estimated cost of and funding sources for a streetcar service with linkages from downtown to vital points of interest in Long Beach that may include CSULB, LBCC, East Village Arts District, Bixby Knolls, Belmont Shore, Long Beach Memorial, St. Mary's Hospital and the City’s small business corridors. 

Click on "More" to learn about the motion and view an electronic copy of the Limited Streetcar Feasibility Study.


( Limited Streetcar Feasibility Study )
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Downtown Dog Park is Officially Open
This dog park is intended to meet the increasing need of downtown residents to have places where they can play with their four-legged friends.  It also serves to activate a historic open space in our downtown civic center.  The park features spaces for large and small dogs along with benches for owners. 
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VACANCY: Second District Homeless Services Advisory Commission
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announces vacancy for Second District Homeless Services Advisory Commission
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BREAKING NEWS - Long Beach Hits Record Low Water Use in August; 19% Below 10-Year Average; City is Nearly 10% Below 10-Year Average YTD
The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners have announced that Long Beach water demand for August 2008 has set a new 10-year record low.  It is the 8th record setting month for low water use since the Board of Water Commissioner's declaration of an imminent water supply shortage in September 2007.  August 2008 water demand was 18.9 percent below the 10-year average water demand; it was over 18 percent below July 2007.    Long Beach water demand for fiscal year 2008 is tracking at 9 percent below the 10-year average for annual water use.  Last month, the Board of Water Commissioners announced that Long Beach had set a new record low for July 2008, which was 16 percent below the lowest July on record over the past 10 years.
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Animal Donation Drive: A toy for every animal
A TOY FOR EVERY ANIMAL The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) receives many requests for ways to volunteer to help the animals at our shelter. Currently, Animal Care Services is promoting the slogan "A Toy for Every Animal" to improve health and wellness. Chew toys like the Red Kong toys help keep animals’ minds and bodies engaged, leading to greater health and a higher rate of adoption.
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DOWNTOWN ROBBERY SERIES - SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A series of robberies involving violent assaults on female victims occurred in the downtown Long Beach area from April 25, 2008 - May 2, 2008.  There were five robberies at four businesses and one robbery that occurred on the street. 

On May 14, 2008, Las Vegas Metro Police, in the state of Nevada arrested a suspect, who was later found to be involved in these robberies.  Charles Juan Proctor, a 43-year-old transient of Nevada, came to Long Beach for several months in 2008 during which time he committed these violent crimes before moving back to Nevada.  Proctor was arrested for an attempted robbery he committed while in Nevada, and is still in their custody awaiting adjudication on their local charges.  


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News Image Announcing 2008-09 Arts Grant Programs & Grant Workshops
The Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach offer six grant programs that foster a vibrant arts community that generates jobs or revenue for creative entrepreneurs, interest for tourists, and enjoyment and civic pride for residents.
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Queensway Bay - Los Angeles River Estuary Dredging January to April 2008
Beginning Monday January 28, 2008, the United States Corps of Engineers will be conducting maintenance dredging to clear the navigation channel to the Catalina Express terminal in Queensway Bay.  The dredging will extend from a few hundred yards seaward of the Queensway Bay Bridge to the mouth of the Catalina Express Basin.  The channel was closed for several months after a severe storm in January 2005, and was reopened only at minimal operating width in the spring of 2005.  This maintenance dredging has been planned for some time, but is also timely, as the channel has been closed again due to storms earlier this month.

 


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Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Launches Public Arts Project; Issues Call for Artist Submissions
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) announced today that it will install public arts projects throughout the City’s redevelopment areas, and is inviting artists to participate in the project with a partnership with the Arts Council of Long Beach.
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Water Use Prohibitions - What's a pressurized cleaning device?
As you're aware, washing down any paved surfaces in the City of Long Beach with a typical garden hose is strictly prohibited, unless that garden hose is attached to a pressurized cleaning device or a "pressure washer", as is commonly referred.
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BREAKING NEWS - Declaration of Imminent Water Supply Shortage

Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners activates City's Water Supply Shortage Plan; additional citywide prohibitions on water use

 


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Citywide Immediate and Extraordinary Water Conservation
1. Eliminate overwatering and all water run-off from property

2. Spend less time in the shower and install a low-flow shower head

3. Check your water meter for leaks in and around your home

 


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Budget Workshops, Hearings Offer Residents Opportunity to be Engaged in Process
Second district residents are highly encouraged to be engaged in the budgetary process. A series of workshops and hearings in August and September will provide residents and businesses the opportunity to participate in the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget process.
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Now Accepting Applications for Long Beach Commissions, Committees and Boards
The Mayor’s office is currently accepting applications for City Commissions, Committees and Boards, and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal encourages Second District residents to apply.
( Download Application )
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Domestic Parnership Town Hall

Town Hall for registered domestic parnters and those considering domestic partnership.


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News Image UPDATE: City Council approves Bixby Park Bandshell contractor and restoration budget
Long Beach - On Tuesday, June 5, City Council unanimously approved a contractor and budget for the bandshell's reconstruction after months of preparation including a request for construction proposals and design review and approval with the Historic Preservation Office and Cultural Heritage Commission. Councilmember Lowenthal is pleased to announce that the bandshell is scheduled for completion by late summer.
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Councilmember Suja Lowenthal joins California Coastal Commission
Long Beach - Second District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal will be sworn into the California Coastal Commission as the alternate to Rancho Palos Verdes Councilmember Larry Clark, the Coastal Commission’s South Coast Representative.
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News Image Councilmember Suja Lowenthal secures 766 new parking spaces in Second District
Long Beach – At a press conference in a new parking lot at the corner of Ocean & Alamitos, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announced that residents will now be able to access over 760 new parking spaces and more than 150 currently available but unused parking spaces in the Second District.  The announcement represents the first phase of diverse public/private partnerships and revised City policies that improve quality of life for residents in parking-impacted neighborhoods throughout Long Beach’s Second District. 
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January is "National Stalking Awareness Month"
Stalking affects over 1.4 million victims every year in the United States.  Are you prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones?
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Councilmember Suja Lowenthal invites you to participate in A Season for Nonviolence
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal is asking Long Beach residents to take part in Long Beach's A Season for Nonviolence, a grassroots campaign running from January 30 to April 4 (the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).  Interested residents should call Kimberly Woods at (562) 208-2248.
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News Image Councilmember Suja Lowenthal's E-Waste Drive collects over 18 tons of electronic waste
Long Beach - Councilmember Suja Lowenthal's recent E-Waste Drive kept over 18 tons of electronic waste from ending up in landfills or polluting groundwater.  The electronic waste, which includes televisions and computer monitors, will be recycled by Goodwill Industries.

"E-waste is a significant source of water pollution, so every electronic device we keep out of a landfill is good news for our environment," Councilmember Lowenthal said.


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Our Noise Ordinance
Noise can take many forms, but the effect is the same:  noise pollution can damage our qualify of life.  What exactly does the Noise Ordinance allow?  Click here to read the full Noise Ordinance, and click here to read a Press-Telegram editorial about noise. (Or click "More..." below to see the full text.)
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Now Accepting Applications for Long Beach Commissions, Committees and Boards
The Mayor’s office is currently accepting applications for City Commissions, Committees and Boards, and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal encourages Second District residents to apply.
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No More Junk Mail
Are you tired of your mailbox being stuffed with junk mail?  Do you want to stop the bulk of unsolicited and unaddressed mail from being delivered to you?  You can now substantially reduce your unwanted mail. 
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Long Beach Facts at a Glance Now Available!
This new brochure is full of useful information about Long Beach including helpful contact numbers for City Departments and area elected officials. Download your copy by clicking on the archive link below.
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