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Friends of Belmont Shore
September Newsletter -  2016
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Dear Friend,

           DON’T MISS OUR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 MEETING
    “Are there solutions to the homeless crisis and what are they?”

         At our next meeting, on Thursday, October 6, we will focus on conversations about the Homeless Issues facing our Belmont Shore Community.   We have heard of some solutions to these issues that will be discussed at this meeting.  We encourage you to bring your thoughts and comments!  The entire evening will be one of sharing – we want you to share your ideas and possible solutions. 
       As you know, our meetings are on the first Thursday of every month – same time/same place:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, 5100 East Broadway at Granada Avenue.
       At the meeting you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire sharing your thoughts on future meeting topics, as well as on issues you feel we should be addressing.  “Put your thinking cap on” and bring your suggestions, thoughts and ideas.
       We also need volunteers 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
  • Social Media and Website, Frank Elizondo and Colleen Bentley, Co-Chairs
  • Special Events, Lee Ostendorf, Chair

       If you have not renewed your membership, please go to our web site  www.shorefriends.org and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in our community is very reasonable at $15 per person per year.
       We look forward to seeing you at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall,  5100 East Broadway and Granada Avenue.  Bring your friends and neighbors.

Cordially,


 

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, October 6 – 6 p.m.
“Are there solutions to the homeless crisis
and what are they?”

Let's talk about Homeless Issues facing
our Belmont Shore Community


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

Nearly 200 Attend Meeting About Long Beach Homeless

By Karen Lindell 
Editor

Nearly 200 people filled Fire Station 14 near Colorado Lagoon on Saturday to hear Long Beach officials discuss steps they are taking to address homelessness, from seeking a $7.6 million grant to placing bigger trashcans on Belmont Shore beaches.

Two dispatch calls overheard in the fire station during the two-hour afternoon meeting underscored the city’s homeless problem. Both calls, said Fire Chief Michael DuRee, were in response to the same person: someone who “appeared to be homeless” and was “engaging in illicit drug activity.”

It was actually the third call of the day about the person, DuRee said, adding, “We’re seeing a higher degree of these sort of calls citywide.”


      

 


Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price said she and Long Beach Police East Division Commander Liz Griffin organized the community meeting in response to increased calls, emails and posts on the Nextdoor social network from residents in Belmont Shore and surrounding neighborhoods complaining about homeless people.

During the first half of the meeting, the audience heard short presentations from a panel of city leaders including Price, DuRee, Police Chief Robert Luna, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and Homeless Initiatives Coordinator Shannon Parker and Homeless Services Officer Teresa Chandler, both from the city’s Health Department.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell shared updates about recent state efforts to address homelessness, including a vote by California legislators to allocate $2 billion to city governments for programs to help homeless people.

Panelists talked about Long Beach initiatives that are already in place in the Third District, which includes Belmont Shore, and citywide, such as the Multi-Service Center, a one-stop location in west Long Beach where homeless people can meet with representatives from a variety of social service agencies.

Chandler said the city also has “a multidisciplinary outreach network team canvassing the 52 square miles of Long Beach” on a regular basis.

“Our goal is to be proactive,” she said. “We want to address the issues before they’re actually happening.”

The Health Department applies each year for a federal grant to provide homeless housing and services, Chandler said, and for the 2016 fiscal year the city is asking for $7.6 million. The city received $7.4 million in the 2015 fiscal year, Chandler said.

Panelists also shared recent actions they’ve taken, or plan to take, to address homelessness:

• Police are working with the Belmont Shore Business Association, Griffin said, to put up signs telling people not to give money to the homeless.

• The association, Price said, also is working with the city on a program to place uniformed “ambassadors” on Belmont Shore’s streets to be a second pair of eyes for safety officials.

• Price said she plans to bring to the full City Council agenda items about banning panhandling in business districts and at major intersections, and restricting overnight parking by large vehicles.

• The Fire Department recently implemented a “fast response vehicle” program,” DuRee said, in which firefighters drive “proactively” to areas with high numbers of homeless people “to make contact and try to get them plugged in” to available services.

• Price said she is working to purchase large “Big Belly” trashcans for the beach. The disposal containers, which cost $5,000 each and are already set up on Second Street, she said, are made so that people can’t reach in them to pull out recyclables or other waste.

According to Police Chief Luna, handling homelessness “from a police perspective … is a little bit more complicated than most people think.”

When interacting with homeless people, Luna said, police must respect people’s rights while enforcing the law, and also try to be “as compassionate as possible,” offering services and medical help if needed.

However, “90% of homeless people in the city refuse” such help, he said.

Griffin said residents often get frustrated when police don’t arrest homeless people for being on private property, but trespassing on private property, she said, requires a private person’s arrest, which many people are unwilling to file.

During the second half of the meeting, audience members had an opportunity to express their concerns or offer solutions.

Several advocates for the homeless, including Josh Butler, executive director for Housing Long Beach, said they were concerned about the length of time required to help a homeless person get off the street. According to Chandler, the complex process can take from six to nine months. Some audience members suggested that the city offer transitional housing options, or community-service work programs.

Jenny Pickard, an emergency room nurse at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, said she regularly sees at least 20 homeless people during each of her 12-hour shifts, and nearly all have substance abuse or mental problems.

“Most of them are not high-functioning enough to jump through all the hoops that they have to do to get the services that are out there,” Pickard said.

Alejandra Lopez, who said she lives in downtown Long Beach, asked the police panelists, “Considering all the calls you receive, how many are actually attributed to violent acts … or actual disturbances?” In her neighborhood, she said, homeless people are not violent.

“We answer calls for service, but they’re not necessarily attributed to (people) being homeless,” Griffin said. “We are trying to figure out a way … to track that.”

Others at the meeting suggested that the city should create laws to punish business owners who don’t hire security guards for their stores, or people who give money to panhandlers.

Griffin said that police officers have worked successfully and collaboratively with business owners, and that panhandling is illegal only when it is aggressive.

After the meeting, resident Eileen Cummings said she and her husband Robert originally moved to Belmont Shore two years ago from Phoenix because “we thought it was safe. We don’t feel that way anymore. When we first came, I would walk two blocks on Second Street at night to go home. Now I would not do that.”

But both also said they appreciated the city’s response to questions at the meeting.

“I’m leaving much more confident about what’s being done,” Eileen Cummings said.

“I’m concerned, but hopeful,” Robert Cummings said.

Annie Banks, a Long Beach resident who said she has called police several times in the past year about a homeless man at her apartment complex, expressed the ambivalence felt by other residents who want to show compassion for the homeless, but also to maintain their quality of life.

“I just want the homeless guy to go away,” Banks said. “And to get some help.”

Karen Lindell can be reached at klindell@gazettes.com.


The Belmont Shore Parking Commission and Belmont Shore Business Association have been proactively working on helping to alleviate the issues surrounding panhandling and homeless activity on 2nd Street and along the business corridor.  The Belmont Shore Parking Commission removed all cement trash cans on 2nd street and replaced them with single Big Belly trash stations.  There are now a total of 53 single trash stations and 23 double trash stations of which the double stations include a recycling side.  

To discourage people from giving money to the homeless, the BSBA will be putting a NO panhandling poster on each block on each of the Big Belly trash stations.  All businesses on 2nd Street will have the option to put the sign on their business window.
  The Parking Commission is also removing the single cement ash cans on 2nd Street and replacing them with ash cans where the cigarette butts are not visible.  

In addition, you may have noticed that all businesses have removed any benches in front of their stores.  This is an important step toward eliminating loitering on 2nd Street.
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Agenda Item #15 Regarding Oversized Vehicles
will be MOVED to the October 4th 
City Council Meeting
 
Anyone who drives through Long Beach can see that there are a growing number of oversized and recreational vehicles (RVs) being parked on residential and business corridors. 

I recently submitted an agenda item that would ask the City Attorney to draft a new citywide ordinance to restrict the parking of these vehicles throughout Long Beach. This is a frequent issue that my office receives calls and emails about as these vehicles create unsafe driving conditions on neighborhood streets, and have led to serious health concerns when they are actively lived in while parked on busy streets. 

In light of an increased push from the City to address issues around housing, I will be moving this item to the October 4th City Council Meeting where there will be an opportunity for greater discussion on this important topic. 

I encourage anyone interested or concerned with oversized vehicle and RV parking to attend the Tuesday October 4th Council Meeting at 5:00 PM to provide your public comment on this as well as any other issue that is coming before the City Council. 


 
Study Session on Homelessness
Tuesday October 4th at 5:00

 
Homelessness is a growing problem across the state and country. The passage of Proposition 47, a nationwide epidemic in addiction, changing economics, the housing crisis, and ongoing problems addressing mental health are all contributing to this complex problem. But, I do not need to tell you the residents of the Third District about this, as you are all too well aware of this problem as it is something we see daily on our beaches, in front of our shops, and along our business corridors.   

With the goal of raising the profile of this issue the Mayor has agreed to hold a study session on homelessness Tuesday October 4th at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers. 

I could give you numbers showing the increases in this population, I could explain the programs that are in place here in Long Beach to address the needs of the homeless, I could list departments and individuals doing amazing work everyday to solve this pressing problem, and I could even provide data on how funds are being dedicated to fight against homelessness, but none of that matters if we do not have buy in from the city as a united front to address this problem head on. 

For months I have been working with he community to find ways of addressing the increased numbers of homeless people throughout the Third District. While I am unhappy this problem persists, I am thankful that this continuing issue has led to the focus on a citywide approach on this problem because we cannot hope to solve this if we work alone as individual council districts. 

October 4th's study session will include a review of the progress that has been made over the past ten years, and we will discuss the new challenges we are facing. It will also feature a review of the 2010 "5 Key Community Strategies" to combat homelessness and see how those strategies have been implemented and their current status. Those strategies included increases to affordable housing, promoting economic stability, providing support services to prevent homelessness, expanding participation to all sectors of the community, and utilizing a data driven approach. 
I encourage all residents interested in this growing issue, to attend the study session on Tuesday October 4th. I look forward to making progress on this important topic.
Please feel free to contact my office any time with any questions you may have at (562) 570-6300.  


Sincerely,
Suzie Price
Councilwoman, Third District

An update to The Marina Vista Tennis Courts 
 
 

Have you seen the newly updated Marina Vista Tennis Courts?   They're quite amazing!
 

Third District Sunset Harbor Tour of the Port of Long Beach with Councilwoman Suzie Price

Our Third District Community meeting this month will be a Harbor Tour sponsored by the Port of Long Beach.  

The Harbor Tour is a great way for residents to learn about the Port's environmental, security, infrastructure and community projects. View port operations first-hand and hear interesting facts about the greenest port in the world and largest port complex in the United States.

If you would like to joins us on Thursday, September 29, 6 PM- 8 PM please email the Third District Office, District3@longbeach.gov with SUBJECT LINE: Port Harbor Tour or call our Office at (562) 570-6300. You must reserve your seat since space is limited.

LOGISTICS: 

Tours departs from Dock 2 (adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific) at 6:00 PM, so plan on arriving no later than 5:45 PM. Children are welcome to accompany their parents on the tour. Parking is validated for up to 3 hours for guests parking in the Aquarium parking structure. The Port's vessel is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate all residents. Beverages and light appetizers are provided on-board. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a light jacket.

Learn more about the Port of Long Beach  

--- by Antonella Schaub

3rd District Communications Director


Junior Lifeguard Facility Rebuild

We are excited to announce the City of Long Beach is moving forward with the planning phase of the Junior Lifeguard facility rebuild, as well as the rehabilitation of Lifeguard Headquarters.  We would like to invite all JG families to attend a community open house where you will have the chance to meet the architectural team leading the planning and design process, provide input and see what the team has in store for the JG facility rebuild.   

 

Community Open House Details

Belmont Shore Car Show Shines

Sep 12, 2016
 
Bright skies and brighter cars welcomed a crowd of up to 40,000 Sunday at the annual Belmont Shore Car Show sponsored by the Belmont Shore Business Association. Gazette photos by Damien Barranco.


Roe Restaurant to open (again) in Belmont Shore

Art Gonzalez stands out front of his fish market Roe XPress in Long Beach Thursday.
Art Gonzalez stands out front of his fish market Roe XPress in Long Beach Thursday. Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer

By Andrew Edwards, Press-Telegram

POSTED: 08/28/16, 1:28 PM PDT | UPDATED: 2 WEEKS, 1 DAY AGO

Art Gonzalez places a locally caught halibut fish on ice at his fish market Roe XPress in Long Beach Thursday
Art Gonzalez places a locally caught halibut fish on ice at his fish market Roe XPress in Long Beach Thursday  Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer

Chef Arthur Gonzalez said he is weeks away from realizing his goal of opening a new seafood place, called Roe Restaurant, in Belmont Shore after experiencing so many challenges there that he ended up opening an entirely different restaurant since his first attempt four years ago.

“We’re starting to come down to crunch time,” Gonzalez said.

Late last week, the future home of Roe Restaurant was still a dusty construction site in the space next to its sister enterprise Roe Xpress, a fish market selling dishes prepared from the likes of salmon, mahi mahi, yellowtail and octopus, as well as a place where clam “chowdah” is spelled with Boston accent even though Hatch chiles are part of the recipe.

Gonzalez said he expects Roe Restaurant to be ready for its soft opening in about four weeks.

“I don’t want to be a trendy restaurant. I want to be here for 30 years,” Gonzalez said. “Long Beach is becoming a great culinary city and we want to be at the forefront of that.”

Roe Xpress and the future home of Roe Restaurant can be found on the far side of Belmont Shore, around the crossing of E. Second Street and Bayshore Avenue, near the bridge linking that neighborhood to Naples Island.

Gonzalez and his longtime girlfriend, Vanessa Auclair, opened Roe Xpress’ predecessor in June 2012 as Roe Fish Market & Restaurant in June 2012 and from the beginning, the plan existed to build that business into a full-blown restaurant. That dream, however, was initially stymied by the expensive reality of bringing the restaurant up to code.

Gonzalez said the building needed new grease traps, not to mention plumbing and electrical work.

Roe Fish Market closed its doors in 2013, and Gonzalez ended up selling his wares out of a food truck.

“It was a way to keep the brand alive and find more investment,” he said.

Although his food truck days over, Gonzalez said Roe keeps a presence at farmers markets in Cerritos, Bixby Knolls and near Alamitos Marina.

Gonzalez didn’t find that needed investment until after he and Auclair opened another restaurant Panxa Cocina, in late December 2014 at 3937 E. Broadway in the Belmont Heights neighborhood of Long Beach. Panxa Cocina serves a style of cuisine Gonzalez calls “old Mexico meets New Mexico” and the recipes reflect the lessons he learned working at restaurants in Santa Fe.

Panxa Cocina is also where Gonzalez had a run-in with Rod Frontino, who owns Belmont Shore bar Dogz Bar and Grill. That meeting led to Frontino and other investors putting together enough money for Gonzalez to give Roe a second shot.

Roe Xpress opened in December, and an amount exceeding $1 million has been spent to prepare Roe Restaurant for its opening.

Whereas Panxa Cocina’s menu draws upon the culinary heritages of Latin America and the Southwest, Gonzalez said he often draws upon Asian influences when crafting seafood recipes. And although he’s not prepared to divulge what may become signature dishes at Roe, he said he looks forward to serving seafood cooked on a wood-fired stove.

“We’re really excited about that,” he said. “We’ll have some homemade pasta. All our bread will be made in house.”
 

Disaster Preparedness Checklist –
Best 10 Food Items

Here’s a quick rundown on the top 10 food items

1. Water

disaster-preparedness-checklist-bottled-waterNo surprises here.

The body can go much longer without food than without water.

The US reference daily intake is 3.7 liters which is almost a gallon of water! Plan for no less than two liters per person per day in your emergency preparedness plan. You will need this amount every day, as long as the crisis lasts.

It can add up very quickly.
One week’s supply of water, for a family of four is 2x4x7=56 liters, or 17 gallons. Many of the other items on this list are not absolute necessities, but water is.

Storing enough water for a long term crisis can be challenging. It is important to have a back-up plan. This may involve gathering rainwater, or having an underground water collection system. Water filters and purification systems are  necessary to make use of such water. Bleach may be used in an emergency. See most important non-food items for instructions.

 

2. Pasta

disaster-preparedness-checklist-top-10-food-bag-of-pasta-No2
Pasta has long shelf life. It’s nutritious, and is easy to store. It’s also not too heavy to carry. Best of all it’s inexpensive, and it can be bought in quantity even on a budget. A great addition to your emergency preparedness checklist.

 



3. Rice

Rice, cookedAn other carbohydrate, and the staple food of many nations. Rice is easy to prepare and lasts long if stored properly.

Steamed, boiled, or added to a soup it makes a filling meal or side dish.

Brown rice has more nutrients but white rice keeps longer. I keep both.

 

4. Canned Goods

Canned Soup; Heinz Oxtail SoupCanned soups make a great addition to your disaster preparedness list. They may be warmed on any cooking implement. They have a long shelf life and require little rotation. There’s quite a variety of flavors; you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family.

Canned vegetables are great for cooking and supply vitamins when fresh produce is not available.

Canned meats supply not only protein but fat. The latter is an important consideration when supplies are short. Fats store lots of calories, supply energy for physical labor, and are required for absorbing some vitamins.

For more detail see Canned Food 3-Day Example Checklist.

 

5. Salt

disaster-preparedness-checklist-top-10-food-saltSalt has an extremely long shelf life, and is an important part of cooking and baking. It makes dishes tastier, which improves morale – an important consideration in a disaster scenario.

Further, it has alternative uses that make it an even more valuable part of your disaster preparedness kits. Salt may be used as a preservative, as a cleaner for chopping boards, cast iron items, and others, and even as an absorbent for spills.

 

6. Milk

disaster-preparedness-checklist-top-10-food-milk-powderMilk is a staple for cooking and baking, and you’ll need it if you have cereal in your emergency preparedness storage.

Fresh milk spoils quickly, so you’d want to store powdered or condensed milk.

Powdered milk has the longer shelf life.

Condensed milk, on the other hand, is great for baking and the occasional dessert – comfort foods lift spirits in times of despair.

 

7. Cereal

Disaster preparedness checklist - top 10 food - #7 - cerealCereal is easy to prepare. No heating is required. Kids eat it without a fuss.

For long-term sustenance I recommend nutritious cereals over sugar-loaded ones.

Check the shelf life when buying for your emergency preparedness supplies – most have fairly long ones, but they do vary.

 

8. Beef Jerky

disaster preparedness checklist - food top 10 - #8 Beef JerkyBeef jerky is dehydrated and salted lean meat (and an example of salt being used as a preservative – see #5).

Its traditional method of preparation guarantees an extremely long shelf life. It’s delicious, easy to store and carry. There’s no emergency kit it’s too heavy for.

On the longer term, it’s not too difficult to make when no other methods of meat preservation is available. All that’s required is a low heat source for drying, and salt to prevent bacteria growth during preparation.

 

9. Grains

disaster preparedness checklist - food top 10 - #9 Whole GrainsFlour does not last forever, however grains such as wheat get close.

Wheat and dent corn in whole grain form have decades of shelf life.

Groats, unrefined oats, are also a great choice.

Grains require processing. Make sure you have equipment to mill it into flour when the need arises. There are many hand-crank mills available on the Internet. Whole grains can be used as seed if necessary, and can provide ongoing sustenance in a long term crisis.

 

10. Honey

disaster preparedness checklist - food top 10 - honeyHoney does not require cooling and does not spoil, though its consistency may change with the temperature. It’s nutritious, great for baking and all kinds of sweetening.

Honey sauce, which is 1 part honey and 10 part water, is useful for preserving fruits.

Honey has antimicrobial properties and may be used to treat wounds and burns if no better method is readily available.


Check out Sandor's Disaster Preparedness Checklist 

Long Beach Walk Like MADD 5K  
non-competitive walk


 
Saturday, October 1
Registration:   8AM
walk begins at  9AM
Location: 1 Granada Beach

 
Belmont Shore Art Walk &
Chalk Art Contest
Saturday, October 15
 
FALL FUN FACTS, DID YOU KNOW?

The first day of autumn is known as the autumnal equinox. On this day, the number of hours of daylight and darkness are equal.

Those who live closest to the equator, which is the center of the planet, never experience the season of autumn. Around the equator, the temperature remains consistently warm.

Yellow, orange and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Come autumn, when the sun weakens and days grow shorter, the amount of chlorophyll in leaves diminishes, allowing the other pigments in the leaves to show through.

Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.

During autumn, birds will fly to other areas seeking more hospitable climates. The Arctic tern journeys about 11,000 miles each way for its annual migration. That is like going all the way across the United States about three and a half times.

Contrary to popular belief, squirrels who have spent the entire autumn collecting acorns and other foods do not hibernate for the winter. Rather, they spend the majority of their time in nests they built to shelter them from harsh weather. When squirrels do come out in winter, they are usually tunneling under the snow to find the food they buried during the fall.

You’re bound to see pumpkins as part of autumn decor. The pumpkin was first named by the Greeks. They called this edible orange item “pepon,” which means “large melon.”

We typically think of 'Fall' as the North American version of the word 'Autumn', but it was in fact in widespread usage in England until relatively recently.

Originally a shortening of the phrase fall of the leaf, the phrase was common in England in the 17th century.  The word Autumn entered English from the French automne and didn't become common usage until the 18th century.

There are only two days of the year when you can stand an egg on its end, the autumn and spring equinox. To do this you will need an egg. (It does not have to be hard-boiled.) Place the egg on a hard, flat surface on its largest end. Carefully pull your hands away and it should remain upright.

NASA describes autumn as “aurora season” because of the high number of geomagnetic storms during the season. The storms that cause the aurora borealis happen twice as frequently in the fall than the average throughout the year.
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
 
Adviser:
Douglas Otto

Membership:
Vanessa Liddell

BECOME A MEMBER
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 dickgaylord@earthlink.net 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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