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Coolidge Park Transformation
Coolidge Park has undergone a real transformation, including new basketball courts, a playground, exercise equipment and now a new dog park. This transformation is made possible by innovative partnerships with the Los Angeles Clippers and Kaiser Permanente, both of whom are dedicated to partnering with area communities and supporting an active and healthy lifestyle.   


News Image $61,500 Grant From U.S. Soccer Foundation Goes to DeForest Park
The Ninth District has been awarded a $61,500 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to convert two tennis courts to two futsal courts at DeForest Park, 6255 De Forest Ave. Futsal is a fast-growing, fast-paced variant of soccer.  

News Image North Long Beach Community Assembly Recap
More than 80 residents attended last weekend's North Long Beach Community Assembly, where they were presented in information on the new North Branch Library. LPA, the architects of the library spoke in detail of what to expect of this state of the art community building.


News Image Ninth District Street Improvements
Councilmember Neal and the Department of Public Works have just taken major steps to improve the condition of our local infrastructure. Just recently, we completed our annual street and sidewalk program. 

News Image Inside District 9 Newsletter - Jan. 14, 2013
Welcome to this week's issue of "Inside District 9;" your weekly newsletter. 

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News Image Inside District 9 Newsletter - November 5, 2012

Welcome to this week's issue of "Inside District 9;" your weekly newsletter.


On November 10, the 9th District kicks off the Vets Fest 2012. I'm inviting families and friends to celebrate the services of our United States veterans. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Click here to read more.

News Image Vets Fest 2012
Mark your calendars for the 2012 Vets Fest on November 10, 2012 on the corner of Atlantic & Harding.

The Veterans Festival follows the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade & Veterans Classic 1-mile run.
  • Veteran Classic Run starts at 7:30 a.m.  
  • Veterans Day Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Veterans Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. 

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I-710 Corridor Project Environmental Impact Report Draft Letter
On July 9th and August 18, 2012, Councilmember Neal hosted two community meetings to discuss the impacts of the proposed I-710 Corridor project. 
( City of Long Beach I-710 EIR Draft Letter )

News Image Inside District 9: New Police Academy, Important Neighborhood Meetings and Farmer's Market 9/17/12

Welcome to this week's issue of "Inside District 9;" your weekly newsletter.

Now that the FY13 budget has passed, the Long Beach Police Department is now recruiting for the upcoming police academy. 

Click here to read more.

News Image Inside District 9: Community Meetings & Farmer's Market - 9/10/12
 I hope everyone is getting settled down since is school back in session and looking forward to another great school year.

This Fall, there are many opportunities to get involved in our neighborhood.

Click here to read more.

News Image Inside District 9 Newsletter: Happy Labor Day & Ramona Park Basketball Court Update!

Welcome to this week's issue of "Inside District 9;" your weekly newsletter.


 I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Labor Day holiday. After last week's budget meetings and community events, I'm sure we can all use a holiday...Click here to read more.

News Image Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Has Passed!
After much deliberation, the City Council has passed a Fiscal Year '13 balanced budget. Although all of the cuts to services have not been restored, the community should be proud of the job it has done to influence the decision makers to fund the services that families depend on. 

Click here to read more.

News Image Inside District 9 Weekly Newsletter - July 9, 2012
This past weekend the North Long Beach Business Alliance (NLBBA) held its first community clean up, where more than 60 volunteers participated in cleaning up our business corridors.  Republic Services donated trash cans to markets and restaurants located in North Long Beach. I would like to thank everybody who helped make this event a huge success. Be on the look out for future events from the NLBBA....

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BBND Outreach Day Flyer Building A Better 9th District Community Outreach Day
Residents are invited to participate in the Building A Better 9th District
Outreach Day. Join us as we reach out to residents throughout the district
and share the importance of getting involved in the community.

Residents will also take this opportunity to spread the word about the upcoming North Long Beach Community Assembly. Lunch will be provided to those who participate courtesy of Long Beach Firefighters Association, Local 372.

News Image Councilmember Neal's Weekly Message - 6/18/12

Welcome to this week's issue of the Inside District 9 weekly newsletter.
 I hope everyone enjoyed a great Father's Day this past weekend.
Over the weekend, 9th District residents came out to the North Atlantic Place Ribbon Cutting to welcome the new improvements to the area. I would like to thank the Public Works staff for helping to makethe completion of the project move along timely and smoothly.
A big thank you to community residents, Bishop William Todd Erving and Hamilton Neighborhood Association member Twon Moultry, for speaking on the impact this project has on the community. With these upgrades, Atlantic Place can now be used as a safe and desired route of travel.
This week features two neighborhood association meetings:

  • Coolidge Triangle - Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Coolidge Park located at 352 E. Neece Street.
  • DeForest Park  - Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at DeForest Park located at 6255 DeForest Avenue.

Please invite a neighbor to attend and to receive the latest community news and updates.

In closing, please remember to RSVP for our 9th District Captain Training: Health, Safety and Equity on Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The training will take place at the North Long Beach Community Center located at 2311 E. South Street. You do not want to miss this important event. To RSVP call Kari Faithful at 562-570-6137.

News Image Inside District 9 Newsletter - Issue #96 June 18, 2012

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News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Update - April 30, 2012

This week, we kick off "Ninth District Spring Cleaning" in the month of May!

 Now that the April Showers are over, we want to clean up our district in preparation for May flowers. During the month of May, we are inviting ALL Ninth District residents to participate in cleaning up our community. This means reporting all instances of potholes, graffiti, dumped items, and damaged street signs to our office in order to keep our district tidy.

 We are also hosting numerous neighborhood clean-up events in the month of May, where residents can volunteer and clean up our community! So pitch in for "Ninth District Spring Cleaning!" For more information on how to get involved, see the flyer below.

 On another note, I would like to extend congratulations to my Chief of Staff, Rex Richardson on his recent engagement to Ms. Nina Nieves. Rex is a Ninth District resident in the Coolidge Triangle neighborhood. Congratulations and best wishes to them both.

 I also want to recognize our District Communications Organizer, Floyd Hampton Livingston, and Chief of Staff Rex Richardson on their recent recognition at Long Beach Post's "40 Under 40" Awards, recognizing a generation of young leaders making change in the City of Long Beach. We are fortunate to have such a young and dynamic staff here in the Ninth District!

Thank you and let's get to work!

Steven Neal,
Long Beach City Councilmember, 9th District 

News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Update - April 23, 2012

Welcome to this week's Inside District 9 newsletter.

This week, we have a few important community and business meetings in the Ninth District.

On Wednesday at 8:30AM, join me and some North Long Beach business operators for the first North Long Beach Business Alliance "Walk and Talk." We will meet on Atlantic Ave and Harding St and canvass our local businesses. Community members are welcomed to join us.

Secondly, this Thursday at 9AM, join us for a "Ninth District Employment and Resource Fair" at the North Long Beach Community Center.

 Also, on Thursday, the Uptown Partners will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 at the Police Department North Division station at Sherer Park.

Have a great week!

Steven Neal,
Long Beach City Councilmember, 9th District

News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Update - April 16, 2012

Please mark your calendars for the Ninth District Employment and Resource Fair on April 26 at 9AM at the North Long Beach Community Center. This purpose of this fair is to help residents locate employment and to offer resources and information to help residents avoid foreclosure. For more information, please see the flyer below.

Secondly, there is good news at Coolidge Park. Many of the residents have complained about the windows being broken at the Coolidge Park clubhouse due to soccer balls hitting the glass. Last week, we replaced the windows with upgraded plexiglass to prevent the windows from breaking. Special thanks to Ramon Arevalo, Director of Maintenance in the Department of Parks, Recreations and Marine for responding to the needs of our parks.

Lastly, last week, the City of Long Beach held elections in the even-numbered council district. Here in North Long Beach, we share great deal of the North Long Beach community with the 8th Council District. I would like to offer congratulations to the new 8th District Councilmember-elect, Al Austin. I look forward to working with Al to continue the great work of "Building a Better North Long Beach."

9th District Employment & Resource Fair

News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Update - April 9, 2012

Welcome to another issue of the Inside District 9 weekly newsletter.
Please mark your calendars for the "9th District Employment and Resource Fair" on April 26 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the North Long Beach Community Center located at 2311 E. South St. This is a great opportunity for residents to come and receive important information regarding employment and financial awareness.

I want to recognize the work between the Long Beach Neighborhood Store Partnership and several neighborhood corner store. Their efforts were featured in a recent Gazette's newspaper article. Be sure to read all about it in the rest of the newsletter.

As a reminder, here are the neighborhood meetings for this week: Ramona Park Neighborhood Association meeting, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th Street), Hamilton Neighborhood Association meeting April 11 at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Middle School (1060 E. 70th Street), and the Grant Neighborhood Association meeting April 12 at 7 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church (6380 Orange Avenue). Please attend and invite a neighbor to the meetings to receive important community news and updates.

As always, thank you for your continued support and civic engagement.
Steven Neal
Long Beach City Councilmember, Ninth District

Inside District 9 Newsletter - Save The Date: April 26 - Employment & Resource Fair


News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Update - March 19,2012

Welcome to another issue of the Inside District 9 weekly newsletter.

As most of you know, 9th District small business owners have met the past three months to work on ways to help businesses thrive in the community.

 The North Long Beach Business Alliance was recently featured in the latest Gazette's Newspaper. Members Bali Kaler and Ken Osborn, explained the group's effort to strive toward creating a Business Improvement District. Although that's the long term goal, I'm looking forward to building a better 9th District and making great progress with our business leaders.


Scheduled Shutdown Of Water Service - Inside District 9 Newsletter


News Image Councilmember Neal's Weekly Message - March 5, 2012
Last week, we held our third North Long Beach Small Business meeting at Jordan High School. More than 15 9th District small business owners attended and discussed the next steps to forming a business improvement district.
By the end of the meeting, owners agreed to call themselves the "North Long Beach Business Alliance." Expect this group to play a major role in making the 9th District a better place for families and businesses to thrive.


$1 Million Kaiser HEAL Zone Grant Awarded To North Long Beach


News Image Councilmember Neal's Weekly Update

Dear Neighbors

Last Friday, my wife and I hosted the District Captains and neighborhood association presidents for a Holiday Celebration at my home. This was the second year we hosted this party, and it is turning out to be a nice tradition for our district. Thanks to every one who came out.

Secondly, congratulations to the graduates of the Andy Street Culinary Art Class. Twelve graduates participated in their ceremony on Thursday.

Also, congratulations to Better Balance Long Beach, Dan Pressburg and Jack Smith, on another successful "One Day Christmas Store." Over 650 families and 3000 Long Beach residents participated in this years program. Congratulations on a job well done.

In the weeks to come, please look out for our end of the year, Building a Better Ninth District, Phase II Recap.

Lastly, to all Ninth District residents, however you celebrate your holidays, on behalf of the Ninth District team, we wish you a Happy Holiday season and Merry Christmas. 
Steven Neal

Long Beach City Councilmember, Ninth District


News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Message (12/12/11)

Last week, we brought together small business owners and operators along the North Atlantic Ave. and Artesia Blvd. corridors to discuss ways to work together and organize to build a better small business community here in North Long Beach. I was very pleased that more than 20 small businesses joined the conversation and pledged their support for working together to create a new business association, here in North Long Beach. This was a very promising first meeting, and in 2012, we plan to keep the dialogue going, while expanding to our other corridors, such as Long Beach Blvd and Cherry Ave.

Secondly, this past Saturday, the Daisy Lane parade was a tremendous success. I was joined by my staff and numerous Ninth District residents on our fire truck. Congratulations to Councilmember James Johnson and those Seventh District residents who worked hard to put this tremendous event together.....


News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Message

This Thanksgiving weekend was bittersweet for North Long Beach communities. Despite a year of historically low crime levels, North Long Beach neighborhoods were tragically faced with multiple shooting incidents, throughout the Ninth and Eighth council districts. Two young men, an African American and Pacific Islander, lost their lives to gun violence.

I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those young men, and the communities that are shaken by these events....


News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Message

This week, we give thanks for all of the things that we are most gracious for.

This year, I am thankful for family, friends, and the amazing residents of the Ninth District, who have come together through another economically challenging year. Although we have hit some rough spots, I'm encouraged by the way we have collectively responded. I look forward to the opportunities that await us in 2012, and continuing to represent this amazing community.

Next, on December 9, at 9AM at Jordan High School, I am hosting a breakfast with small businesses along the North Atlantic Avenue corridor, to provide resources and support for our small business community in the Ninth District. If you are a small business operator along the North Atlantic Ave corridor, please be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to Kari Faithful at (562) 570-6137.

Lastly, congratulations to the Andy Street Multi-Family Improvement District on a very successful Turkey and Gift Basket Giveaway. Over 90 people attended, and a total of 65 Turkeys were handed out. Special thanks to Paramount Petroleum and Assemblymember Isadore Hall on donating the Turkay and Gift Baskets.

Lastly, as we are beginning our rainy season, please be sure to report all instances of potholes, fallen tree branches etc. If we all help out, we can ensure that out neighborhoods remain clean and intact. Click here to report these items.


Enjoy your holiday week!


News Image Second North Long Beach Community Assembly
Join Councilmember Steven Neal and Councilwoman Rae Gabelich on October 22, for the second "North Long Beach Communit Assembly" held at Dooley Elementary School (5075 Long Beach Blvd.). Come and hear the latest news and updates on your city and community.

News Image Councilmember Steven Neal's Weekly Message - 10/17/11
 This Saturday, join myself and Councilmember Rae Gabelich for a very important North Long Beach Community Assembly. This is a meeting of North Long Beach residents to receive updates from city departments, hear neighborhood updates and accomplishments, and get to know new  neighbors. The assembly will be held at Dooley Elementary School. For more information, please see the flyer below.

Flyer for Summit Getting Back To Work: Summit On Job Creation in Long Beach
It has been just over a year since I joined the Long Beach City Council. In that year, I have gained a better understanding on the problems that impact the lives of Long Beach residents.

With an unemployment rate in Long Beach upwards of 14% and uncertainty looming from the private sector and all levels of governments, it is clear that Long Beach residents need their leaders to continue to push hard until we find solutions. Therefore, it's time that we, as leaders, work together to create a shared plan of action to put Long Beach residents to work.


News Image Councilmember Steven Neal Weekly Message

Last Thursday, we had an amazing turnout at the Annual "Night at the Aquarium with Councilmember Neal." Over 2000 people attended, tripled last year's turnout.

I believe the reason so many people showed up and participated is due to the work that Ninth District residents have done in the past year in community building, talking to their neighbors and spreading the word about how to get involved in the community.  We had a great time, and we look forward to next year's event.

Secondly, be sure to bring any of your sensitive documents or electronic waste to the Ninth District E-Waste and Shred Fest at DeForest Park. The event will take place October 8, from 9AM until noon in the DeForest Park parking lot, 6255 DeForest Ave.

Also, mark your calendars for the 2nd Quarterly North Long Beach Community Assembly, hosted by Councilmember Rae Gabelich and myself. This is the second quarterly meeting, where North Long Beach Neighborhood Associations get together and discuss the progress and challenges of North Long Beach. 

This meeting will take place on Saturday, October 22, at 10:00AM at Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd. Be sure to attend and represent your neighborhood. We will discuss Public Safety, Gang Enforcement, Animal Care, Redevelopment, Health Initiatives, as well as numerous other local neighborhood issues and concerns.


I hope you have a great week.

News Image Night at The Aquarium Recap

On September 29, Councilmember Neal held a free night at the Aquarium of the Pacific for the community to enjoy. The event featured booths from community organizations, great music, and wonderful exhibits. More than 2,000 people attended this fun event. We look forward to this event getting better every year.

Click here to photos and click here to watch the video.

News Image Night At The Aquarium with Councilmember Steven Neal

Councilmember Steven Neal Invites Long Beach families to the “Night at The Aquarium of the Pacific with Councilmember Neal” on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free for all who attend. Parking is available at a $8 fee.

This free event is open to the public and a great opportunity for families to come out and explore the worldclass exhibits including the new Arctic Fox pups, Ocean Science Center, Shark Lagoon, and more.

This year’s night at the aquarium will feature more than 15 informational booths that include Long Beach non-profits such as Long Beach Time Exchange, Go Catalyst, and more.


News Image Ninth District 2012 Budget Town Hall
Councilmember Steven Neal Invites you to the "9th District 2012 Budget Town Hall" on August 24 at the North Long Beach Community Center located at 2311 E. South St. This important discussion will be from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This discussion will provide detailed information on the 9th District's 2012 budget situation and what changes residents can expect in the next fiscal year. Let your voice be heard by attending and inviting a neighbor to learn how the upcoming challenges will affect you..........


News Image Councilmember Neal's Weekly Message
As most of you already know, last Monday, we broke ground on the Paramount Blvd. street reconstruction. According to the Director of Public Works, Mike Conway, the work should take approximately 60 working days to complete. During that time, we plan to post periodic updates on our website,


News Image Artesia & Atlantic Restaurant Project Community Planning Meeting

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News Image North Village Branch Library Planning Session

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North Village Design Town Hall Image Inside District 9 Newsletter - (10/8/10)
Last week's North Village Design Town Hall was a huge success and I would like to thank you for participating in that important discussion with me. The amount of people who showed up and expressed their opinions and concerns truly reflected a shared vision in Imagining a better Ninth District.

This issue of Inside District 9 is filled with important information and a couple of great announcements. First, I introduce to you the Sidewalks, Trees, Alleys, and Roads Task Force also known as the STAR Task Force. The STAR Task Force will be made up of fellow Ninth District residents who are dedicated to having an active role in their community by helping resolve issues in any of those categories. This is a great step forward to getting the community Involved in creating a better Ninth District...


News Image District 9 in the News - Uptown Gazette, Neal Says: "I'm a regular guy"

Steve Neal attended last Saturday’s visioning session for the North Village Center in a T-shirt, shorts and a visor.

 “It was Saturday,” the Ninth District City Councilman said.

 “I welcomed everyone, then I was just a resident participating like everyone else. Do I have to wear a suit every day? I don’t think so. I’m just a regular guy.”


News Image Grant Neighborhood Association
Meetings held 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Community Presbyterian Church at the corner of 64th Street and Orange Avenue.

News Image Community Workshop on the Design of the North Village Center Project!
Please join Councilmember Steven Neal, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, and Long Beach Development Services Staff for a community workshop on the design project of the North Village Center Project!

Saturday October 2, 2010
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jordan High cafeteria
6500 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805

This is your opportunity to let the voices in the Ninth District be heard. We encourage our friends in the Ninth District to be apart of this IMPORTANT event!

Contact: Tony Foster @ 562.570.6393

News Image Join Councilmember Steven Neal on a Harbor Cruise
 Join Councilmember Steven Neal For a Harbor Cruise!
Sept. 22, 2010
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Space is LIMITED! Please RSVP to Kari Faithful at 562.570.6137.
Parking is $8. A light dinner and refreshments will be served. Prizes will be awarded!

News Image Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal in Long Beach
Professional fireworks displays are the safe and LEGAL way to watch fireworks!  Please be safe this year!

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.  Click here for more information!


Vice Mayor Lerch speaks at Grand Opening of LNG fueling station. New LNG Fueling Station
April 9, 2010 - Consolidated Disposal Service unvieled its new liquified natural gas (LNG) fueling station in a grand opening ceremony today.

News Image Fire Station 12 Groundbreaking
Saturday, March 6, 2010, was a rainy morning, but the turnout at the Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ninth District Fire Station had standing room only! 
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News Image Reducing Trash in the Los Angeles River
Vice Mayor Val Lerch, with Mayor Bob Foster, speaking to a group of people attending a ground breaking ceremony for the installation of a Vortex Separation System and two Pollution Trap Nets that will help reduce the amount of trash that enters the Los Angeles River. 

News Image New Grocery Store Opens in North Long Beach
11/19/09 - Big Saver Foods, at 1313 E. Artesia Boulevard, the first completely full service large grocery store to open in the 9th District in nearly two decades, had their Grand Opening today!

News Image Veterans Day Parade
The 13th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade was Saturday, November 7, 2009, along Atlantic Avenue from Harding Street to 56th Street.  A Freedom Walk in support of our troops followed the parade to Houghton Park for a ceremony honoring our veterans.

News Image Starr-King Elementary School Walking Group
Vice Mayor Val Lerch and friends participated in the kick-off of the Starr-King walking group from their Healthy Eating, Active Living program, presented by the Long Beach Health Department.  The group meets each Friday at 8:15 a.m. at 145 Artesia Blvd. for a brisk walk to start the day!

News Image Free Neighborhood Shuttle Serves North Long Beach Residents
Sept. 8, 2009 - The Molina Medical Group launched a free 15-stop neighborhood shuttle today, serving the residents of North Long Beach.
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Animal Care Services Introduces New Website
September 3, 2009 - Long Beach residents now have access to more information online about keeping their pets and their neighborhoods safe.

Val Lerch, Jeff Reeb, Sandra Holden at Deconstruction for Davenport Park Expansion Davenport Park Expansion
July 28, 2009 - Vice Mayor Val Lerch is interviewed as the Redevelopment Agency begins deconstruction of an existing warehouse west  of Davenport Park, making room to expand the park to Paramount Boulevard.

Keeping up Appearances
The Ninth District Council office takes a pro-active role in keeping the district looking good...
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SCE Offers Energy Assistance
Southern California Edison's 2009 Energy Assistance Funds (EAF) are available.
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Hamilton Middle School Teacher Wins National Award
Hamilton Middle School teacher Racquel Welch-Kitchen, is one of only 25 teachers to win the 2009 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award for her leadership helping her students increase their involvement in the community.  Read about it here:

Keep our Stormdrains Clear

Help keep our stormdrains clear of debris and our beaches clean by reporting Illegal dumping and other stormdrain problems to 562-570-DUMP (3867) or 562-570-2726. AFTER HOURS/WEEKENDS: 562-435-6711

Scam Alert Regarding Property Tax Assessment
The Los Angeles County office of the Assessor advises property owners be aware of a scam in which private companies charge to file for a reduction in value on behalf of the property owner. Read more here.

Jordan Panthers Beat Poly Jackrabbits
BOYS BASKETBALL: Panthers beat Poly.  Read the Press-Telegram Story here.  Also check out the video on the LBPost.

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Legendary music and legendary performances are what you can expect from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra's 2008-2009 Classics season.  Visit for more information.

Long Beach 2030 General Plan Update Meeting
Houghton Park is the location for a presentation on the LB2030 General Plan Update project and  your input is needed.  Come on February 2, 2009 at 7 p.m. and join in the discussion!

News from North Long Beach
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News Image Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls-North Long Beach Honor Volunteers
On Saturday December 6, 2008, the Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach sponsored a dedication ceremony for long time North Long Beach community activist Martha "Mike" Croft, who passed away last year. 

NLB Panthers are Jr. Pee Wee Division II Champions!
The North Long Beach Panthers Jr. Pee Wee Division II football team won the national championship! Read the whole story from the Long Beach Press-Telegram's December 12, 2008 Sport's Page here...

News Image Pride of North Long Beach: The Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
On November 8, 2008 Vice Mayor Val Lerch, Councilman for the 9th District in North Long Beach, was proud to have his district host the twelfth annual Veterans Day Parade.  See what the Long Beach Report said about it.  (go to

News Image On-demand Crosswalk Debuts
August 29, 2008 was the debut of the new Atlantic Avenue  "on demand" lighted crosswalk in front of Jordan High School. Vice Mayor Val Lerch, Councilmember, 9th District, leads the first group of pedestrians safely across the street as vehicles stop for the light.

News Image Jordan High School Pool Opens To Public Summer 2008
Councilman Lerch and friends on Wednesday, July 9, at the Grand Opening of the Jordan High School Pool for the use of residents in North Long Beach, Summer of 2008. 

News Image Pool Photo

News Image All Fireworks - Illegal in the City of Long Beach
See the reminderfrom the Long Beach Police Department:

New North Long Beach Community Website Debuts is an online extension of the North Long Beach community and a resource for all residents, business people and other with an interest in the life and times of North Long Beach to learn what is happening in the community.

Spotlight on Ninth District Elementary and Middle Schools
Posted May 30, 2008 - See which students were chosen as the Most Inspiring Student from Elementary and Middle Schools in the 9th District:

Spotlight on Jordan High School

Posted May 30, 2008 - The Long Beach Unified School District honored ninety-one students Thursday, May 29, for earning Most Inspiring Student.  The awards are given annually to students who overcome challenges and demonstrate excellence. Jordan's selection:


Ninth District: Looking Good!
At the February 19, 2008 City Council meeting, Councilman Lerch presented an positive and informative slide show, highlighting many great things going on at "The Top of the Town". View the slide show:

News Image Redevelopment Begins with Demolition

North Long Beach is showing improvements as redevelopment continues to progress.  The first visible step in the process is demolition of old buildings to make way for new ones. Councilman Lerch is shown here taking part in the action on the northeast corner of Artesia and Atlantic, on February 12, 2008.


North Long Beach Team Wins Pop Warner Super Bowl
Congratulations to the North Long Beach Pop Warner Junior Midget team, the Black Panthers, winners of the Pop Warner Super Bowl! 

The team won the title against the Immokalee Seminoles at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida on December 4, 2007.  Find out more about the NLB Pop Warner League.

LONG BEACH, CA - The Long Beach Water Department is urging all residents and businesses to immediately shut off their irrigation systems for the rest of the week due to heavy rainfall expected in the area. 

Free Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are available for free for those who can't afford them at Fire Stations throughout the City of Long Beach.

Read the Press-Telegram story here: 

Residents Return to Paradise Garden
Paradise Garden Apartments, which experienced a devastating fire December 8, 2006, welcomes the first family to return to the damaged wing. 

After nearly a year of renovations, the complex reopened the first 18 units just before Thanksgiving, said owner Dan Wayne. The total renovations cost more than $4.5 million.

Read the Press-Telegram story.

News Image Tire Amnesty Day
The Environmental Services Bureau (ESB) invites you to recycle your used tires. 


8:00 am - 12:00 pm

News Image Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
The 11th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 10:00 A.M. on Atlantic Avenue between Harding Street and 56th Street.

Water Conservation
After a season of very little rainfall, and during the hotter months of the year it is urgent that everyone conserve our water resources. 

LBPD Offers Crime Prevention Tips
In recent months, an increased number of residential burglaries have been reported in areas of North Long Beach. This advisory is being disseminated to warn the public and provide tips to avoid becoming the victim of a burglary.

Commercial Burglary Alert
With the increase of commercial burglaries over the past two months, the Long Beach Police Department offers the following tips to help protect your business:
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News Image All Fireworks Illegal in Long Beach

Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, and dangerous wherever they are ignited. Even so-called Safe and Sane fireworks and sparklers can be harmful. Remember half of all fireworks injuries happened to children under 15. Stay safe on the Fourth of July. The best way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional fireworks show.

New Target Store to Open in North Long Beach

The City of Long Beach Planning Commission has approved the construction of a 127,246 square foot Target store at 6750 Cherry Avenue, north of the 91 Freeway, in North Long Beach, a location that has been empty for 10 years since a Home Base store closed on the site. Target is expected to begin construction in the fall of 2007.


News Image North Long Beach - The New Frontier
January, 2007 - In this article, published in the Long Beach Business Journal, Councilmember Lerch talks about how the downtown area of Long Beach underwent a transformation and the City is recognized across the country for these positive changes.  He argues it is now time to do the same for North Long Beach.

Councilman Lerch Inspires Neighborhood Leadership Program Graduates

On Saturday, May 19, 2006, the Neighborhood Leadership Program's Class of 2007 participated in the ninth annual Day of Discovery tour of Long Beach. Councilmember Val Lerch -- a graduate of the Class of 1998 -- provided inspirational remarks to Class of 2007 participants in the morning before they boarded the tour bus.


News Image Bike to Work Week
Hurray for Long Beach City employees (shown left to right) Broc Coward, 2nd District Council office; Jonda Matrone, 9th District; Heather Burke, 2nd District; Bridget Sramek, 4th District, as they arrive at City Hall on their bicycles on May 17th!

Everyone Counts
Volunteers will be busy January 25 (and are still needed) to help make the 2007 Homeless count project a success!

News Image Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
An estimated 4,500 people attended the 10th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11.  This year's parade drew more people than ever, who came to express their appreciation and support for those who have served our country in the military service. 

News Image Dedication of Veterans Mural
The Veterans mural in North Long Beach, at the southeast corner of Harding Street and Atlantic Avenue, was dedicated on November 11, 2006, following the 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade. More photos of the mural can be found at:

News Image Long Beach Veterans Mural
Muralist Art Mortimer is producing a work that will be unveiled on November 11, 2006 at the annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade.  The mural, honoring veterans, is at the southeast corner of Harding Street and Atlantic Boulevard.

News Image North Long Beach Redevelopment Action
Redevelopment in North Long Beach is beginning to show results.  On August 8, 2006, Councilman Lerch and North Division Commander Scott Robertson take part in a ceremonial demolition of the Atlantic Motel. For more information about the North Redevelopment plans, contact Lee Mayfield, at 570-6172.

Edward "Pops" Davenport Park Opens
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, at 11 a.m. date set for opening of the newest park in Long Beach, at 55th Way and Paramount Boulevard.

4th of July Refuse and Street Sweeping Schedule
City provided refuse and recycling collection will continue on its regular schedule the week of July 3 through July 7, including the regularly scheduled collection on Tuesday, July 4th.  Street sweeping and street sweeping related parking enforcement WILL NOT occur on Tuesday, July 4.

Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach
Remember that ALL fireworks are illegal in Long Beach.
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News Image Suspect Wanted In Attempted Kidnappings
LBPD is seeking the public's help in locating a male suspect who allegedly tried to kidnap young women in the NLB area in two recent incidents.

News Image Little League in North Long Beach
March 9 was opening day for Little League in North Long Beach.  Now known as Bixby North Little League, the teams will play home games at Ramona Park and anticipate a great season of fun and fitness in 2006. 

Shown here are members of the White Sox Junior team.

Park Rangers Patrol Our Parks
In addition to dialing 911 to summon the Long Beach Police Department (on cell phones, call 435-6711), you can call the Park Rangers for service while in one of our City Parks by calling 570-1765.

Mural Dedication North Long Beach Mural Dedication
Redevelopment of North Long Beach includes bringing pride to the community by creating art on either end of a formerly stark pedestrian tunnel at 67th  and Orizaba Avenue.

Area Code Overlay for Parts of North Long Beach
Reminder!  Current users of the 310 Area Code, which includes parts of North Long Beach, will need to make a change in the way they dial their phones.

Long Beach Gas Bills Lower Than Area Average
While winter is bringing higher natural gas prices, Long Beach residents benefit from lower than area average gas bills.  Although this winter's natural gas bills are about a third higher than last winter's, Long Beach residential natural gas bills are currently about 10% lower than the average of the other gas utilities in Southern California. 

Avoid the Winter Rush - Get Your Pilots Lit
Long Beach Energy is asking customers to schedule furnace pilot relighting appointments now. 

News Image Val Lerch Attends Presentation by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
In an effort to ensure the environmental viability of road improvement projects in California, Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez presented $480,000 to the City of Long Beach, which she secured in the $286 million federal transportation bill, TEA-LU, which was signed into law on August 10, 2005.

Lerch, O'Donnell, Lowenthal Call for Plan to Fight Crystal Meth

August 10, 2005 -- Councilmembers Val Lerch, Patrick O’Donnell, and Bonnie Lowenthal announced today that they are calling on the Public Safety Advisory Commission ("PSAC") to develop a plan to fight the increasing problem of methamphetamine use in Long Beach.

Voice Your Choice
August 10, 2005  -- The City of Long Beach would like to invite the community to participate in the development of the City's Fiscal Year 2006 (FY 06) Budget. The City is holding a series of public meetings to present the proposed FY 06 budget and to obtain feedback from the community regarding the proposed changes.

Coolidge Neighborhood Association Kids at Cleanup North Long Beach Youth - Making A Difference
Many of the youth of North Long Beach are busy making a positive impact on their schools and community.  Check this site out to see the good things our kids are up to!  Updates will be made periodically.

Jordan High School Golf Clubhouse News
Long Beach Jordan High School golfers Aurelio Quinlan and David Faran teamed to win the Low Net title at the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California's Baja (Mexico) Open.

airport wings Honesty And The Airport

We would like to thank the Long Beach Press-Telegram for the following excerpts from their February 10, 2005 editorial page.  

Two honest statements crept into the three hours of wrangling that split the Long Beach City Council, 5 to 4, Tuesday on what to do about the city's badly overcrowded airport. The rest was politicking.

Home Improvement Assistance
Beginning February 1, 2005 and until August 1, 2005, eligible property owners in the Jordan High School Redevelopment Neighborhood Enhancement Area can apply for several home improvement assistance programs.

News Image Ninth District-Level Youth Council
The 9th District-level Youth Council is one of several district-level Youth Councils that make up the City-wide Youth Council.  Began in 2003 as a way to involve young people in the process of advising City officials of youth and teen needs, the progam is showing itself to be very successful.