PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/17/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 051619-2
Subject:
Long Beach Property Owners to Receive Mailed Ballot for Vector Control in Late May
Contact:
Nelson Kerr
Environmental Health Bureau Manager
562.570.4170
Nelson.Kerr@longbeach.gov




The need for mosquito, vector (i.e., a disease-carrying insect or animal) and disease control services has increased in recent years as new mosquito species have appeared locally, resulting in associated emerging mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, the costs of controlling West Nile Virus and other new vectors and diseases has also increased. An assessment district is being proposed to address the demand for increased services.

Today, May 17, 2019, ballots will be mailed to allow property owners to decide if these public health services should be provided by the Vector Control Program (VCP) in the area of the city defined in outlined area of the map (attached). These ballots will only be sent to property owners with parcels in the unassessed area, as indicated by the map’s shaded areas.

The proposed assessment rate for most single-family homes would be $8.21 per year. Residential property types that are not single-family homes will be assessed according to the number of units and parcel size. Commercial, industrial and agricultural properties will be assessed by the parcel size and property type. The proposed assessment would raise approximately $753,474 for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be used exclusively for VCP activities. 

The following services would be supported by the proposed assessment district:

  • Control of mosquitoes and other disease-carrying vectors.
  • Control of emerging invasive species, such as Aedes Aegypti (Yellow Fever mosquito) and Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquito) that can carry West Nile virus, Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.
  • Surveillance of rodents, fleas, Africanized Honey Bees and other vectors and the diseases they carry.
  • Year-round testing and early detection of emerging diseases, such as West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Malaria, Hantavirus, Typhus or Plague.
  • Response to any disease outbreaks from mosquitoes, rodents and fleas.

Property owners in the areas indicated should watch for their Mailed Ballots in late May 2019. All ballots must be received by the City Clerk by the end of the public hearing scheduled for July 2, 2019 at the Long Beach City Council meeting.

Property owners seeking additional information on the Mosquito, Vector and Disease Control Measure, and anyone who thinks they should have received a ballot but did not, can contact the Long Beach Health Department’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program at (562) 570-4129 or at http://www.longbeach.gov/health.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

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