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Celebrating Stewards of the Second District 2014
Recently, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal recognized 72 residents, businesses, community groups and city staff as “Stewards of the Second District” because of their leadership and commitment to the community and the City of Long Beach. Among those being recognized were Stewards nominated by neighborhood and business associations in the Second District.  To learn more about each Steward or view pictures from the event, please click on "more" below.

Second District Residents Urged to Apply for Commissions

City Commissions, boards and task forces play an important role in improving the quality of life and community for residents, businesses and visitors in Long Beach. District 2 residents have an opportunity to contribute to the city we love by volunteering to be on one of these bodies. Currently, there are openings on the following commissions:

Board of Health and Human Services - Must be a doctor - 1 seat
Commission on Youth and Children - Must be under 19 years old - 1 seat
Senior Citizen Advisory Commission - Must be over 50 - 2 seats
Technology and Innovation Commission - 7 seats
Economic Development Commission - 11 seats

Learn more and fill out an online application by clicking "more".


Vice Mayor Lowenthal Proposes Spay/Neuter Requirement for Dog Owners
News ImageVice Mayor Lowenthal received unanimous support for legislation that makes it mandatory for dog owners to spay or neuter their pet, unless they have a medical, breeder or show dog exemption. The legislation was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo.

Animal Care Services (ACS) has made significant strides to care for and manage our City's owned and free-roaming animal populations. However, even with the good work of our ACS and community partners, more pro-active measures can and should be taken to reduce pet overpopulation and backyard breeding. To illustrate the problem, ACS impounded approximately 4,440 dogs in 2013, which works out to be 12 dogs per day, seven days per week. Of that total, approximately 1 in 6 were puppies and a vast majority was unaltered.

Suja and her co-sponsors believe the ordinance will give ACS another tool for controlling unplanned litters and backyard breeders using an already effective group of ACS officers who canvass neighborhoods, providing outreach and enforcement.

The City Manager and City Attorney will return within 90 days with a draft ordinance for council review. To view the agenda item and other helpful info, please click on "more" below.

Bixby Park Playground Update
News ImageVice Mayor Lowenthal and Parks, Recreation and Marine invited stakeholders to help design a new and improved Bixby Park playground in workshops and online surveys.  Residents voted for their favorite playground design and equipment.  Now, landscape architects are using all the information collected from residents to develop a final design and layout.  Parks, Recreation and Marine expects to share that design shortly after the new year.  To view design themes and playground equipment considered during public input, please click on "more" below.

Beach Pedestrian Path Information
News ImageConstruction of a new beach pedestrian path began in November, 2014, and is expected to last through the first half of 2015.  For more info about the path and its construction, please click on "more" below.

A Civic Center Connecting People to Their Government
News ImageRecently, City Council took action to move forward with plans and financing for a new Civic Center, complete with new library, park, port administrative building and private development.  Vice Mayor Lowenthal has championed the need for greater connectivity with surrounding streets and neighborhoods, better use of open space for residents to enjoy and resolution of seismic safety issues in our Civic Center.  Learn more about the evaluation and planning process from its inception in 2007 to the most recent selection of a Civic Center Development Team by the Mayor and City Council.

Bring the "Community Watch Program" to Your Street
News ImageCommunity 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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The Polar Express - Movie in East Village Arts Park

Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal is partnering with the East Village Association to sponsor a holiday movie night at the East Village Arts Park (150 Elm Avenue) on Friday, December 19, at 5:30 p.m. Food truck by www.what-the-funnel.com, hot chocolate, and a family friendly movie. Bring a chair and blankets, a smile and your holiday cheer. Due to the park’s size seating is limited, so arrive early and enjoy funnel cake and coco. Arts Park will be open to the public at 5 pm.
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Second District YouTube Page

Check out videos of Suja exploring great events, landmarks and people in the Second District and throughout the City of Long Beach.
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Small Business Assistance

Every business starts with a bright idea. Whether you need help getting your idea off the ground or want to grow your business, SBDC is here for you.
The Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is funded in part by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
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Local Harvest Farmers Market at Bixby Park - Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, residents can expect to see farm fresh fruits, veggies, field cut flowers, gourmet specialty foods, fresh cooked fare, arts & crafts, live music and more. For additional info, please click on "more" below.
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Second District Beach Cleanups - Second Saturdays

Join residents, schools, businesses and community groups making a difference on our local beach and bike path. There are two clean up locations from which to choose. For details about the monthly cleanups, please click on "more" below.


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