Friends of Belmont Shore
December Newsletter -  2016
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Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!  
Plan to join us for our special guest speaker at our January 5 meeting - Mayor Robert Garcia will be giving an update on Long
Beach and Belmont Shore.
Dear Neighbor,

     Don’t miss our Thursday, January 5 meeting! Mayor Robert Garcia will give us an up-date on what is planned for Long Beach and Belmont Shore in 2017.  
        At each meeting we are hope to feature a Belmont Shore business.    Tavern on 2 will be our guest at on January 5.       
      Think about programs/speakers you would like us to consider for future meetings.  We will ask for your thoughts at our January meeting.
      We need enthusiastic volunteers to add their expertise to our committees, listed below. We look forward to some of you volunteering for Friends of Belmont Shore committees:
  • Community Service, Andy Kincaid, Chair
  • Fundraising, Bill Lorbeer, Chair
  • Membership, Vanessa Liddell, Chair
  • Social Media and Website, Colleen Bentley, Chair
  • Special Events, Lee Ostendorf, Chair
     If you have not, please renew your membership: go to and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in Friends of Belmont Shore, a membership organization, is only $15 per person per year.  With your membership card you will be eligible for discounts at specified Belmont Shore businesses.
     We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5 at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall at 5100 East Broadway and Granada Avenue.  Bring your friends and neighbors to hear from Mayor Robert Garcia!!
      Wishing all the Best to you and yours during the Holidays in the New Year.

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, January 5 – 6 p.m.

Mayor Robert Garcia
Update on Long Beach and Belmont Shore

First Thursday of Each Month
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall
Enter at 5100 East Broadway at Granada


Dear Long Beach Resident,

2016 was a great year for Long Beach!

Our city team has done an incredible job responding to the varied needs of those who live, work and play in Long Beach. Thanks to their efforts in delivering on priorities set by the City Council, we continue to experience impressive economic growth.

Long Beach's unemployment rate reached a nine-year low in March 2016 and remains lower than in 2015. We issued building permits valued at more than $421 million, the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments responded to more than 280,000 calls for service, helping Long Beachers during some of their toughest moments. And many other departments provided life-enhancing support to those in need. We helped more than 6,400 low-income families stay in their homes with $59 million in rental assistance and we increased our funding for homeless services. 

This commitment to our residents is also clearly on display with all the projects implemented to repair our streets and beautify our parks.

We filled 32,369 potholes, rehabilitated 57.5 lane miles of streets, replaced 14.2 miles of sidewalk, and trimmed 20, 529 trees. And we are pleased to be recognized for all this work with 93% of the City’s beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades for water quality from the Heal the Bay Summer Report Card and an award for Top 25 “Best Park Systems” in the USA by the Trust for Public Lands 2016 ParkScore Index.

Please take a moment to review our many accomplishments in the 2016 Year in Review.

Below is a just snapshot. We should all be proud of this year's accomplishments and I want to thank all our staff for their hard work.

  • Unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a nine-year low in March 2016.
  • Launched BizPort, the City’s first online business portal for entrepreneurs to plan, launch and grow their businesses in Long Beach.
  • 93% of the City’s beaches received “A” and “B” grades for water quality from the Heal the Bay Summer Report Card.
  • Preserved and enhanced public safety and improved the City’s infrastructure with new funding resulting from the passage of Measure A.
  • Initiated the Street Sweeping Optimization Study and changed routes in parking impacted neighborhoods in order to reduce sweeping time frames from four hours to two hours.
  • Reinstated the South Division of the Police Department.
  • Restored Fire Engine 8 into service in the Fire Department.
  • Average response time to police priority calls is 4.8 minutes, one of the fastest for any large city in the country.
  • 9,581 inspections of multi-family properties conducted through the City’s Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) ensuring livability standards for residents.
  • Issued building permits valued at more than $421 million with 30% residential construction and 70% nonresidential construction.
  • Construction completed for 476 residential units, with another 10 residential/commercial projects under construction and 11 residential/commercial projects receiving approval.
  • Spent $88 million with Long Beach-based businesses for goods and services.
  • Completed construction and opened the Michelle Obama Library in North Long Beach, a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Completed at least 17 parks projects around the City with another 10 projects under construction or in development.
  • Awarded Top 25 “Best Park Systems” in the USA by the Trust for Public Lands 2016 ParkScore Index.
  • 30 new Long Beach businesses received grants to help defray start-up costs.
  • Provided more than $59 million in rental assistance to more than 6,400 low-income families.
  • Received more than $183 million in grant revenues from federal, state, regional and non-governmental resources.
  • 32,369 potholes filled.
  • 57.5 lane miles of streets rehabilitated.
  • 20,529 trees trimmed.
  • 14.2 miles of sidewalk replaced.
  • 1,220,000 square feet of graffiti abated.
  • 186,500 tons of trash collected.
  • 104,000 service orders completed by the Gas & Oil Department.
  • 59,400 customers served at the Development Services Permit Center.
  • 60,000 building inspections completed.
  • 209,000 calls for service responded to by the Police Department.
  • 71,000 calls for service responded to by the Fire Department.
  • Top 10 “Digital City” for the sixth consecutive year, for the City’s outstanding efforts in using technology to serve its residents.
  • Achieved a perfect score plus 8 bonus points, on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy.
  • Received funding for 705 vouchers to house homeless veterans in the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program, more than 500 families received assistance through this program.
  • Served 72,000 meals at 32 sites through the 10-week Summer Food Program for children.
  • 10,900 patient visits provided by the Health and Human Services Department.
  • Secured $7.5 million in HUD funding and another $3.4 million from other sources to support homeless services, including outreach, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services.
  • Approximately 80,000 people participated in the City’s Open Streets events, Beach Streets Downtown and Midtown, which promote the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.

I look forward to taking on an equally ambitious set of priorities in the coming year to keep Long Beach diverse, economically strong and innovative. 

Go Long Beach!

Mayor Robert Garcia


Beach Lots Available for Resident
Parking During Road Diet project

Dear Neighbor,
As I am sure you have heard the Ocean Boulevard Road Diet will begin being implemented on the Eastbound traffic lanes starting Monday December 19th concluding Friday December 23rd.
Although the road will remain open throughout implementation, I understand residents may have some concerns about parking availability during the project. In order to reduce any inconvenience, I have worked with Parking Enforcement to ensure that they will not be ticketing any vehicles parked in the beach lots beginning Monday December 19th until Friday December 23rd.
For more information regarding the project, please also take a look at the document below that includes some additional information on the project:
Ocean Boulevard Road Diet Plan
If you have any questions on this please feel free to contact the City Engineer at (562)570-6695, or my District Office Director Nina Moussavi at (562)570-8756 and
Suzie Price
Councilwoman, Third District

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Third District Council Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 14th Floor
Long Beach, CA  90802
(562) 570-6300 
2017 is just around the corner...Happy New Year!
  • The Ball that drops in New York City's Times Square each year weighs nearly 12,000 pounds. It's covered in about 2,700 crystal triangles.
  • This version of the Ball is the seventh since the tradition started in 1907. The first Ball weighed only 700 pounds.
  • The Ball has dropped every year since 1907 except for two: 1942 and 1943, during World War II.
  • About 1 million people are expected to turn out in Times Square for the celebration.
  • Afterward, more than 50 dedicated sanitation workers will clean up the area for the next morning.
  • Only about 8 percent of people keep their resolutions all year long
  • The Japanese host bōnenkai, or parties where they forget the year, in December.
  • In Lebanon, Pennsylvania, residents drop bologna at midnight.  
  • In Mount Olive, North Carolina, they drop a pickle. 
  • In Folly Beach, South Carolina, they drop a pair of flip flops.
  • In Spain, locals eat 12 grapes in the 12 seconds right before midnight for good luck. 
  • In Chile, they eat lentils. On New Year's Day in Ireland, residents hit loaves of bread against the walls of their homes in order to scare away any bad spirits. Some people in Latin America believe it's good luck to wear red underwear on New Year's Eve. Yellow works, too.
  • In Germany, revelers pour hot metal into bowls of cold water. The shape it forms dictates the kind of year they're going to have.
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
Kathy Berry
Colleen Bentley
Andrew Kincaid
William Lorbeer
David (Coach) Newell
Lee Ostendorf
Sandy Riddle
Sara Schumacher
Douglas Otto

Vanessa Liddell

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.

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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