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Dear Readers,

As part of my advocacy of involving the residents of the Fifth Council District, I want to remind you of the availability of Nextdoor (, a secure social network for neighborhoods to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication.

Introducing Nextdoor
Introducing Nextdoor

Residents within the Fifth Council District can use Nextdoor to create websites for their specific neighborhoods. Enrollment enables individual residents to form relationships with their neighbors by asking questions and exchanging local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, babysitter recommendations, plumbing advice, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales, or even lost pets.

I believe that when neighborhoods are more engaged, the city is stronger. I discovered Nextdoor when searching for a way to help connect the 11.5 square miles that comprise the Fifth Council District.

Nextdoor will help create a tighter bond between the resident and the neighborhood in which he or she resides.  We will be able to utilize this network to make residents more aware of their neighborhood -- which is especially important should be ever face a disaster such as an earthquake.

I am particularly pleased to see the developers of Nextdoor interested in the very same things as I am:

We are for neighbors.
For neighborhood barbecues. For multi-family garage sales. For trick-or-treating.
We're for slowing down, children at play.
We're for sharing a common hedge and an awesome babysitter.
We're for neighborhood watch. Emergency response. And for just keeping an eye out for a lost cat.
We believe waving hello to the new neighbor says, "Welcome" better than any doormat.
We believe technology is a powerful tool for making neighborhoods stronger, safer places to call home.
We're all about online chats that lead to more clothesline chats.
We believe fences are sometimes necessary, but online privacy is always necessary.
We believe strong neighborhoods not only improve our property value, they improve each one of our lives.
We believe that amazing things can happen by just talking with the people next door.
We are Nextdoor. We are simply you and your neighbors, together.

Nextdoor has specific features which enable neighbors to communicate information with one another. All members must verify their address within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood. Information entered will not show up on Google or any other search engine. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third party. Unlike an email listserv or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

Any resident of the Fifth Council District interested in joining their Nextdoor's neighborhood website can visit and enter their address. You don't have to be an organized neighborhood to set up a neighborhood website on Nextdoor.

If Nextdoor is available in a specific area of the Fifth Council District, you can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.





Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
City of Long Beach
562 570-6932