Friends of Belmont Shore
January Newsletter -  2017
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Dear Neighbor,

     The Long Beach Chief of Police will be the speaker at our Thursday, February 2, meeting.  Chief Robert Luna will provide us with a great overview on police activity, crime statistics, and some crime prevention suggestions.   Chief Luna will follow his remarks with an opportunity for “Questions & Answers” session from our members.  
     We appreciate your ideas about programs/speakers you would like Friends of Belmont Shore to consider for future meetings.  We will be asking for your ideas at our meeting.
     At the conclusion of our meetings we always save time for members’ input.  Bring your thoughts/suggestions/questions/ideas.

Please get involved and volunteer for our committees.  If interested, please contact me.  Here are the committees:
  • Community Service, Andy Kincaid, Chair
  • Fundraising, Bill Lorbeer, Chair
  • Membership, Vanessa Liddell, Chair
  • Newsletter, Kristina Duggan, Chair
  • Social Media and Website, Colleen Bentley
  • Special Events, Lee Ostendorf, Chair
     If you have not renewed your membership, please go to and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in Friends of Belmont Shore is very reasonable at $15 per person per year.  Receive your membership card and get discounts at various Belmont Shore businesses.
     We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, 5100 East Broadway at Granada Avenue.  Bring your friends and neighbors.  A non-member may attend one meeting before joining,  as mentioned earlier; after that membership is only $15 per year.

Dick Gaylord 
Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, February 2 – 6 p.m.

Chief Robert Luna
Update on police activity, crime statistics and
crime prevention suggestions

Question and Answer Session

Proposed February Meeting Agenda

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

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

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  to become a member go to Friends of Belmont Shore.

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
New Membership Benefit from Friends of Belmont Shore

Attention Friends of Belmont Shore members!  You can now enjoy a 10% discount at Legends and Tavern on 2.  Just present your Friends of Belmont Shore membership card to your server at either of these great 2nd Street restaurants and receive a 10% discount.  Pick up your membership card at the membership desk at any of the monthly meetings.  

Look for monthly updates of additional 2nd Street restaurants and businesses who are participating.

If you are a business owner and would like to provide this member benefit at your restaurant or place of business, please contact Vanessa Liddell at


                              Powerful Storms Coming

Dear Neighbor,

A series of powerful storm systems are bearing down on Southern California, and are expected to bring several inches of rain, gale force winds and higher sea levels through Monday.

City crews are preparing for the storms with a coordinated, multi-department response by clearing thousands of catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations; fortifying sand berms on the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintaining storm run-off culverts on the beaches; installing plugs in the Naples sea wall to prevent flooding, as appropriate; deploying additional staff, including Swiftwater rescue teams, and equipment; and closely monitoring the situation.

Boat owners are advised to secure their vessels in City marinas.

Sand and Sandbags

Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. Sand and sand bags are available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations: 

  • Station 7, 2295 Elm Street
  • Station 12, 1199 Artesia Boulevard
  • Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Avenue
  • Station 14, 5200 Eliot Street

Bags for sand but not sand are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, and the Lifeguard Station at 72nd Place.

Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand.

During periods of significant rainfall, avoid swimming in coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm.

Residents are also advised to: 

  • Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road, or walk across a flowing stream of water.
  • Slow down at intersections, especially those with non-working signal lights, and treat them as stop signs. Be cautious while driving, especially at night.
  • Take appropriate steps to be prepared by securing personal property and vehicles in areas that are prone to flooding.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing. Advise others of your destination and estimated arrival time.
  • Be aware of utility workers working in or near the road.
  • Stay off sand berms and stay away from City vehicles and machinery operating along the coastline.
  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm.
  • Place refuse and recycling carts on the parkway or driveway apron.
  • Report street flooding or downed trees by calling 562.570.2700.

More information, including a guide to severe weather, is available at

If you have any questions or issues please feel free to contact my District Office Director Nina Moussavi at (562)570-8756 and


Suzie Price

Councilwoman, Third District

Westbound Ocean Boulevard Road Diet

January 23 - 25

Dear Neighbor,

I would like to announce the installation of the second phase of the Ocean Boulevard Road Diet project as the westbound side of the street will be under construction Monday January 23 through Wednesday January 25. 

In order for the full safety benefits of the road diet to be felt both sides of the street are being restriped to become one lane in each direction. This results in reducing traffic speeds which have been an ongoing concern to residents for years, by making the road feel more like the residential street it is rather than the wide open highway it has been treated like for years. The road diet also reduce the number of lanes pedestrians cross going to and from the beach making it safer for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike. Additionally, it encourages drivers to be more attentive while driving by narrowing the width of the travel lane. 


In the time that the eastbound Ocean Boulevard Road Diet has been in effect I have asked the Traffic Engineering Department to provide information on the impact it is having on traffic so far. The effects of the project will certainly be evaluated further once there has been an adjustment period for residents to get used to the new road configuration, but from the Traffic Engineering Department's studies the average increase in travel times from comparing the former eastbound two lanes to current eastbound the one lane during the peak traffic hours of evening commuters is an increased travel time of 14 seconds. This assumes in both cases drivers are driving the speed limit throughout this section of Ocean Boulevard. 


Both eastbound and westbound lanes are important to improving the safety throughout this section of the Ocean Boulevard corridor, however there are some differences between the two sides. Both will have one lane but due to resident concerns of headlights shining into home windows, the westbound side will not have diagonal parking along the curb as is the case on the eastbound side. If in the future residents were interested, it would be possible to include diagonal parking on the westbound side of the street, but it is not included as part of this project out of respect for the wishes of residents. The City always wants to take into account the concerns expressed by residents and this was the case here when it was decided to keep the parallel curb parking on the westbound side of the street.

For additional information on this project please see the attached images and study:

Westbound Road Diet Image

Ocean Boulevard Traffic Study

If you have any questions please feel free to contact 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 


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Emergency Preparedness for your Pet

Your Plan Should Include All Family Members    

The best way to protect your household from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home. 

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. If it's not safe for you to stay behind then it's not safe to leave pets behind either. Take action now so you know how to best care for your furry friends when the unexpected occurs.

Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pets

  • Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)
  • Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask if "no pet" policies can be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies.
  • Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals.
  • Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
  • Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster.

Assemble a Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit

Keep your pet’s essential supplies in sturdy containers that can be easily accessed and carried (a duffle bag or covered trash containers, for example). Your pet emergency preparedness kit should include:
  • Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)
  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a First Aid kit.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape.
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Food, drinkable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and manual can opener.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
  • Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.

Help Emergency Workers Help Your Pets

The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes the types and number of pets in your household and your veterinarian's phone number.

If you must evacuate with your pets (and if time allows) write "EVACUATED" across the stickers so rescue workers don’t waste time looking for them.

This information has been provided by the Red Cross.

Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist

January - 2017
January was named after the Roman god Janus.Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year. 
The original Roman calendar only had 10 months. January and February were not included, but were added later. 
On average, it is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. 
Sometimes the Saxons called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would come into their towns searching for food this time of year.

Weird January Holidays!
Sunday, January 1 Celebrate those whose last names begin with Z
Monday, January 2 National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
Tuesday, January 3 Festival of Sleep Day
Wednesday, January 4          Trivia Day
Thursday, January 5 Bird Day
Friday, January 6 Bean Day
Sunday, January 8 Bubble Bath Day
Tuesday, January 10 Peculiar People Day
Saturday, January 14 National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Monday, January 16 National Nothing Day
Tuesday, January 17 National Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day
Thursday, January 19 National Popcorn Day
Tuesday, January 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day


The most popular theory about Valentine's Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn't want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor's daughter signing it "from your Valentine”.

Based on retail statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year

Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future spouse.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.

Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.

73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S.

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

Every Valentine's Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.January was named after the Roman god Janus.Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year. 
The original Roman calendar only had 10 months. January and February were not included, but were added later. 
On average, it is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. 
Sometimes the Saxons called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would come into their towns searching for food this time of year.

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

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