Friends of Belmont Shore
May Newsletter -  2016
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Join us in welcoming Mayor Robert Garcia and City Staff at
our May 26th Meeting

Dear Neighbor,
            Don’t miss our meeting on May 26th at 6:00 p.m.  Mayor Robert Garcia will be our special guest speaker.  He will be discussing Long Beach successes over the past year and will also be addressing the challenges that Long Beach faces.  Mayor Garcia will discuss the Proposed Sales Tax Increase and how it can help with those challenges as well as answer questions.  Joining the Mayor will be City Manager Pat West, Deputy Chief of Police Michael Beckman, Fire Chief Michael DuRee and Long Beach City College Trustee and Former Vice Mayor and 8th District Councilman Jeff Kellogg
.  Don’t miss the meeting – 6:00 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Meeting Hall on East Broadway at Granada.
            We will be holding an election for Board positions at our June 30th meeting.  The Nominating Committee has recommended the following individuals for the nine vacancies:   Colleen Bentley, Kathy Berry, Andrew Kincaid, Vanessa Liddell, William Lorbeer, David “Coach” Newell, Lee Ostendorf, Sara Schumacher and Sandy Riddle.  Other individuals who wish to be on the ballot must have been a member for six months (since December 28th) and present a petition with 15 members names and signatures by May 28th.
            Please mark your calendars for our Annual Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Chase Bank on East 2nd Street between Corona and Nieto.
            Also, we will be sponsoring Elm Street Band along with Councilwoman Suzie Price at Marine Stadium on Thursday, August 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
            I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Meeting Hall on the corner of East Broadway and Granada.



Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, May 26  – 6:00 p.m.
Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach  
“Proposed Sales Tax Increase”
Questions and Answers

Joining Mayor Garcia will be:
City Manager Pat West
Fire Chief Michael DuRee
Deputy Chief of Police Michael Beckman

Thursday, June 30 – 6 p.m.
Friends of Belmont Shore 1st Anniversary

The Friends of Belmont Shore meet on
the last Thursday of each month at
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall
Enter at: 5100 East Broadway at Granada


Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker:  Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach
“Proposed Sales Tax Increase”
Questions and Answers

Joining Mayor Garcia will be:
City Manager Pat West
Fire Chief Michael DuRee

Deputy Chief of Police Michael Beckman
Polly's Gourmet Coffee
A HUGE thank you to Polly's for donating coffee for the Friends of Belmont Shore's 1st Pancake Breakfast this Saturday morning, May 21st at Chase Bank.

Polly's Gourmet Coffee is one of Southern California's oldest and most complete gourmet coffee stores. Founded in 1976 with the express purpose of providing only the best coffees and teas, Polly's has evolved into a complete coffee house with an espresso bar, in-house bakery, patio dining, whole bean coffees, fine teas and a nationwide clientele of discriminating and enthusiastic patrons.

Long Beach's Favorite Community Website

Frontier Communications Answers City Council Complaints For Long Beach Service Issues

Frontier Communications was called on the carpet Tuesday by the Long Beach City Council for ongoing issues during its takeover of Verizon’s land line system, including Fios television and internet service.

Eighth District Councilman Al Austin requested the report from staff. Frontier responded by sending its Western Region president, Melinda White, and several other representatives, including service agents to help customers at the council meeting.

Bryan Sastokas, director of the city’s Technology and Innovation Department, said that his office began fielding complaints on April 8. By April 13, the volume had increased to the point he informed the California Public Utilities Commission of the situation.

Frontier was asked to, and did, create a new local point of contact for customers as a result of that call. The CPUC also will have representatives at a town hall Saturday organized by state Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell. That meeting is at 11 a.m. at the Expo Building in Bixby Knolls.

California, Texas and Florida Verizon systems were turned over to Frontier on April 1. White said that it was discovered the system was primarily software based, and required software solutions.

“In the larger context, the disruption was minimal — less than 1% (of customers) experienced any disruption,” White said. “This is our largest market, and it is very important to us. We are working diligently to resolve these issues.”

White said she had set up a specific email address,, for customers to contact management directly.

Most of the council members said they were pleased with Frontier’s presence at the council meeting and willingness to work with the city to resolve issues. However, Seventh District Councilman Roberto Uranga instead called for an investigation by the CPUC.

“We’ve been here before,” Uranga said. “We had Southern California Edison last year, and we had to go to the CPUC to find out what really happened. That’s where we’re at here. I would request that we ask the CPUC to conduct a full investigation… We need to have the town hall, sure, but we also need the CPUC to look at the transition.”

Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson said he wanted to acknowledge that Frontier was one of the first corporate partners for the My Brother’s Keeper program, and said he expected the company to be a good corporate partner. He also said, though, that he was concerned with reports of people without land line service who couldn’t call 9-1-1 in an emergency and of overbilling.

Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price said she had a hard time understanding the claim of less than 1% of customers had been negatively impacted when several City Council members had personally experienced problems. She asked White why people were being told they had to pay bills for services they hadn’t received.

“If a customer is out of service for any time, we will be crediting their account,” White said. “We’ll be doing that proactively.”

In response to complaints about the operators answering calls, White said Frontier had been using an outsourced call center while training employees for a California-based call center. “It’s the same center that Verizon used for years, by the way,” she added.

Austin asked whether the city had been adversely impacted by the change in provider. Sastokas said there had been some glitches with online bill payment, but otherwise there were no problems.

White said that she would bring service representatives to Saturday’s meeting at the Expo Building to help clients with any concerns. The Expo Building is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.

“We’re all rooting for you to get this corrected,” Austin concluded, “but if these issues are not corrected, I think we all know the market will make the necessary corrections.”

Harry Saltzgaver can be reached at


Frontier Contact Number:   (800) 921-8101




Wednesdays in our community...

Have you been to Belmont Shore's 
Marine Stadium Farmer's Market?


At Local Harvest Certified Farmers' Markets,  we believe in bringing an assortment of quality, farm fresh California grown fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to local communties. We also offer multiple fresh cooked fare vendors, packaged gourmet specialty foods and treats, along with local arts, crafts and jewelry. We also exhibit a variety of live music performances by local area musicians. We invite you to bring the whole family for a day of fun, music, food and shopping.                                                                                   Lee Ostendorf, Director

Visit the Marine Stadium Farmer's Market every Wednesday
at Marina Vista Park & Marine Stadium:

       Summer hours: 3-8 pm

       Winter hours: 3-7 pm

For more information, please visit Local Harvest Certified Farmers' Markets Website or call (866) 466-3834.

Coming this summer to our community...

Concerts in Belmont Shore at Marine Stadium

Friday, May 27
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium
Kid zone opens at 5pm

Thursdays on June 30, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 and August 4
Begins at 6:30 p.m. at Marine Stadium

Sponsored by the Friends of Belmont Shore
& Councilwoman Suzie Price

Thursday, August 11
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium

Rolling Stones Tribute Band

Sponsored by the Alamitos Heights Improvement Association
Thursday, August 18
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium

Friday, August 26
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium
Kid zone opens at 5pm
100 Days of Summer is a partnership between the City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you unprecedented access to all Long Beach has to offer this summer.

Visit the 100 Days of Summer Website for more information, email us at or call (562) 570-3100.

May 25 - Third District Community Meeting

Councilwoman Suzie Price will be holding her next Third District Community meeting on Wednesday, May 25th at the Long Beach Yacht Club (6201 East Appian Way) at 12:00 PM. 

Her office will be taking reservations for lunch for $17 -- cash only please -- at the door or you are welcome to enjoy the meeting without lunch. A vegetarian meal option is available upon request. Please call 562-570-8756 or e-mail your reservation to by Monday, May 23rd. 

The meeting will feature updates from the new Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Maria Knight, East Division Police Commander Elizabeth Griffin, and Katie Allen, who is the Executive Director of Algalita, a world renowned organization dedicated to reducing plastic pollution in our ocean.
Congratulations Graduates!

Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for the new graduate."        Catherine Pulsifer

The Friends of Belmont Shore would like to help acknowledge this year's graduates in our community.  Send us your name as well as your graduate's name, where they graduated from and their age along with a congratulation message (30 words or less please).  We will publish your message in our June Newsletter.   Please email it to Kristina Duggan at
Voter registration deadline is Monday, May 23rd for California's June 7, 2016 Primary Election

Registering to vote has never been easier as you are able to register online through the link below:

Online Voter Registration Form

Did you know these facts about the month of May?

According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month. Later, the ancient Romans used January as the first month and therefore, became the fifth month and it always had 31 days. 

May was first named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth.

The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents success or love.

The birth flower for May is the Lily of the Valley, told to be a lucky charm.
Friends of Belmont Shore

Friends of Belmont Shore is an Organization made of  individuals - residents, business owners and property owners - who are dedicated to the Quality of Life in this unique Beachside Community.

Board of Directors:
Richard F. (Dick) Gaylord, President
Jann Kronick-Gath, Vice President
B.J. Newell, Secretary
Frank Elizondo, Treasurer
Casey Allen
Kathy Berry
Colleen Bentley
David (Coach) Newell
Alexis Rabenn
Sandy Riddle
Jack Rosenberg
Sara Schumacher
Douglas Otto

Membership is $15 per person per year.  Become a member by sending a check to:

Friends of Belmont Shore
P.O. Box 14553,
Long Beach, CA 90803-4553.

Bring your check or cash to any of our monthly meetings or sign up through our website at Friends of Belmont Shore.
The Friends of Belmont Shore want to represent you.  We need your input and your neighbors to become members! Concerns specific to the Belmont Park area may include criminal activity, special events, school related questions or even traffic and parking concerns.   Please consider the importance of having a voice through the Friends of Belmont Shore.  

For more information, contact Dick Gaylord at or (562) 618-2113 or to become a member go to Friends of Belmont Shore.

Friends of Belmont Shore
P.O. Box 14553 - Long Beach, CA  90853

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