Friends of Belmont Shore
April Newsletter -  2016
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Plan to attend the April meeting to hear what’s going on at the Aquarium of the Pacific and all about the expansion

Dear Friend,
     I had the opportunity on Saturday, April 9, to attend the community meeting on the Design of the Proposed Belmont Pool.  The design is very exciting, and both Mayor Robert Garcia and Council Member Suzie Price spoke about the City Council's support of the project and its value to the neighborhood and city.  Check it out at Also, you can submit comments on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) until June 15.
     Don’t miss our Thursday, April 28, meeting!  We will be hearing from Commander W. Paul LeBaron, who heads the Investigation Bureau – Detective Division of the Long Beach Police Department; Suzie Price on the proposed Belmont Pool; and Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific.  Dr. Schubel’s topic will be: “The Role of the Aquarium in the Future of Long Beach.”  With the proposed expansion of the Aquarium this should be a very informational presentation with a Question & Answer session following.
     I look forward to seeing you at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at St. Bartholomew’s Church Meeting Hall on the corner of East Broadway and Granada.
     Mark your calendar for our May 26 meeting.  Mayor Robert Garcia will be with us to discuss the proposed sales tax increase.
     In the meantime, feel free to write or call me: or (562) 618-2113.



Mark Your Calendar

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

Thursday, April 28 – 6 p.m.
Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO
Aquarium of the Pacific 
“The Role of the Aquarium
in the Future of Long Beach”
Thursday, May 26 – 6 p.m.
Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach  
“Proposed Sales Tax Increase”
Questions and Answers

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


FRIENDS OF BELMONT SHORE – April 28 – 6 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO

Aquarium of the Pacific 
“The Role of the Aquarium
in the Future of Long Beach”


Dr. Jerry R. Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the

Pacific since 2002.  He is president and CEO Emeritus of the New England

Aquarium, and from 1974-1994 was Dean of Stony Brook University’s

Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the

university’s provost and is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior

to 1974, Dr. Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and

associate director of the Johns Hopkins University’s Chesapeake Bay

Institute. Dr. Schubel holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins

University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts

Maritime Academy in 1998.


He has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science-

management-policy on issues dealing with the ocean with an emphasis on

the coastal ocean. Dr. Schubel has published more than 225 scientific

papers and has written extensively for general audiences.  He is a member

of NOAA Science Advisory Board and the Science Advisory Panel for

California’s Ocean Protection Council.  He chaired the National Sea Grant

Review Panel; the NRC’s Marine Board; and the Ocean Research and

Resources Advisory Panel. He is a former member of EPA’s Science Advisory

Board, the Census of Marine Life U.S. National Committee and the National

Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Advisory



At the Aquarium of the Pacific, he created the Aquatic Forum that brings

together scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders to explore alternative

ways of dealing with important environmental issues facing the nation. He

also directs the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Research Institute.

Key Stakeholder Workshop For San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Study in Long Beach

On April 18, 2016, the City of Long Beach and the Army Corps of Engineers will host a participatory Key Stakeholder Workshop. The target audience is a balanced mixture of key stakeholders including marine biologists, ports/navigation interests, residents from various neighborhoods, recreational interests, as well as business interests along the shoreline. We planned this charrette-style workshop to be highly participatory, and will have facilitated break-out groups made up of a mixture of stakeholder interests.

WORKSHOP:  Monday, April 18, 2016, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM; Seaport Marina Hotel, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

RSVP by April 13 to:  Eileen Takata, Lead Planner, (include: name, organization/affiliation & contact information)

FOR INDIVIDUAL COMMENTS: If any were unable to attend the community meetings on April 7th, but would still like to submit individual comments, please do so to the name and address below.  The deadline is May 7, 2016.  If comments were already made in person at the April 7th meeting, there is no need to resubmit comments; a court reporter was present to record all public comments made at the 2 PM and 6 PM public meetings on April 7th

Send written public comments to:

Mr. Naeem Siddiqui
Planning Division
US Army Corps of Engineers
915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 930

Los Angeles, CA 90017-3401

Business License Taxes in Comparable Cities
The City Manager's office recently performed a comparison of our fees to those of other area cities in response to comments that indicate there is a perception that Long Beach's business license taxes are higher than other comparable cities. Presented below is a summary of the fees in four major categories: Retail Store, Manufacturing, Restaurant, and Commercial Building. As you'll see, Long Beach is either the lowest or second lowest in each category. One of Councilwoman Price's goals is to continue the need for transparency and to empower business owners by creating a positive, business-friendly customer service culture at City Hall. "We want to create this type of environment to not only benefit the business community, but the long-term health of the City," said Councilwoman Price. "In addition to cutting red tape and streamlining city services, I want to provide immediate and complete access to city programs and services for small businesses." We hope to remain competitive in these areas in order to support businesses in Long Beach while enhancing services to the business community.

Long Beach is second most diverse city
in U.S., report finds

By Eric Bradley, Press-Telegram
POSTED: 05/13/15, 10:11 AM PDT | UPDATED: ON 05/14/2015


A study released this week found Long Beach is the second most diverse in the United States.   WalletHub, a personal finance social network site, examined the demographic profiles of the 230 most populated U.S. cities, analyzing four major categories: economic class diversity, ethno-racial and linguistic diversity, economic diversity and household diversity.

The top 10 cities in the study are:

1. Los Angeles

2. Long Beach

3. (tied) San Diego and Anaheim

5. Sacramento

6. Renton, Washington

7. (tied) Houston, Texas and Kent, Washington

9. Bakersfield

10. Federal Way, Washington

The report can be viewed at

April 24 - Spring into Summer Concert
Councilwoman Suzie Price has scheduled her 2nd Annual Spring into Summer Concert for Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Marine Stadium Park from 4:30-7:30 p.m.!  
Join Councilwoman Price for this free family-friendly event featuring the band, Dustbowl Revival. There will be food trucks, a bounce house and a balloon artist for the kids.  

Should you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to my office at (562) 570-6300 or email .

April 23 - FIX Long Beach
FIX Long Beach is a low-cost Spay/Neuter program to assist with the overpopulation of dogs in our shelters.  This year Councilwoman Price is partnering with the 2nd District in bringing the program to Bixby Park on Saturday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, go to Fix Long Beach.

April 26 - Third District Community Meeting
Join Councilwoman Price for the Third District Community meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Fire Station 14 (5200 Eliot Street) and will feature Mayor Robert Garcia as the guest speaker. The mayor will provide a general overview of topical issues facing Long Beach.  In addition to our guest speaker the meeting will also feature brief reports from our Police and Fire Chiefs. We hope you will be available to join us for this important community dialogue.

Should you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to my office any time at (562) 570-8756 or email

May 1 - Long Beach Touch-A-Truck 2016 
Councilwoman Price will be hosting the 2nd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck event in partnership with Justin Rudd's Community Action Team on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Granada Avenue (Beach) Parking Lot. The Long Beach Touch-A-Truck is a car show for kids that is free for all. This popular event allows kids to have fun kicking the tires, seeing vehicles up close, and even climbing into the driver's seat of their favorite trucks and construction vehicles.
Admission is free for all ages, and a waiver and release must be signed upon arrival. We look forward to having you join us at this fun, family-friendly event.

For information, call (562) 570-6300 or email
To pre-register for the event:

The Long Beach Firefighters Association will be grilling hot dogs too!  
Bowling for Books   

The Forty-Niner Shops at Cal State Long Beach fundraiser to assist CSULB Students purchase textbooks and course material contact:

April showers bring...

When April arrives our hearts are usually
full of thoughts of renewal and fresh beginnings. These are the days when the sun is shining… it may bring us April showers but the warm showers are refreshing and invigorating because we know the sunshine will return soon.

April is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

The name for the month of April originally came for Aprilis which means to open.  The name Aprilis is very appropriate because in so many places the trees and flowers begin to bloom and go on to flower during the month of April.

The birthstone for April is the diamond.

The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy

How the origins of April Fools’ Day are uncertain, but many agree that it may have started in 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian calendar and moved New Year’s Day from March 25 back to January 1. Prior to this change, the New Year’s celebration had begun on March 25 and ended on April 1. Those who were unaware of the change were called April fools.
Did you know?

For fluffy, Mile-High pancakes, let your batter sit for 10-15 minutes to “rise.” This will make your flat pancakes an inch higher or better.

When wearing a tie on a windy day, slip a coin down the inside of the hem to keep the tie from blowing all around.

When reheating pizza, use a frying pan. It is quick and the pizza won’t get soggy like in the microwave. It takes less than a minute and the pizza will be crispy.
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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