Friends of Belmont Shore February 2019 Newsletter

Next meeting: March 7th at 6:30pm

Letter from Board President

Dear Friends,

Thanks for joining us on February 7th for our monthly meeting featuring presentations from 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price and LBPD East Division Commander Patrick O'Dowd. Click here for info from LBPD including crime stats, and click here to sign up for Suzie Price's newsletter, which is always chock full of helpful info and updates. A huge thanks to The Pie Hole for providing delicious treats and coffee at our February meeting, and to everyone who brought socks for Justin Rudd's Sock It To 'Em sock drive for the homeless!

You won't want to miss our next meeting on Thursday, March 7th featuring Long Beach Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. We'll also have a presentation from Adam Klempke of the Long Beach Water Department. Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. As you may know, we are now offering childcare at our meetings - please email in advance to confirm that enough caretakers are available (

Mark your calendar for upcoming meetings: April 4th with Mayor Robert Garcia, May 2nd with Eric Zahn and Elizabeth Lambe, and June 6th with Jane Close Conoley. And don't forget to check out our full calendar to see what other fun events are happening near you.

Your support is crucial to our ability to continue working on behalf of the community. Please click HERE to join or renew your membership. 

Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day!

Bitta Jansma Sharma
Friends of Belmont Shore

Please renew your Friends of Belmont Shore membership for 2019. Thanks for your support!
Please join us on March 7th for a special evening with Kelly Colopy, Director of the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department.

The City of Long Beach announced an acquisition agreement made with a North Long Beach property owner. The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 5, to move forward with the $9.6 million purchase of more than two acres of property for a year-round homeless shelter that will set the stage for a village-style campus of supportive services for people experiencing homelessness.

Last month Councilwoman Suzie Price held a community meeting to provide an update to residents on the city's efforts to focus on climate change, which will likely impact major areas of Long Beach and the Third District in particular. Click here for the presentation. Long Beach is currently developing its first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), and resident input is essential future policy recommendations and planning. To ensure that Third District residents have an opportunity to make our voices heard on this important topic, please take a moment to take this survey.

Support these local Belmont Shore restaurants during Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0, from February 24th through March 2nd! 
-Buona Gente
-Lasher’s Kitchen
-Open Sesame
-Rance’s Chicago Pizza
-Salud Juice
-Belmont Brewing Company
The FREE Chefs’ Cooking + Tasting kickoff at Friedmans Home Experience on 2/15 from 12-4pm features local chefs doing cooking demos, The Ordinarie doing cocktail demos, beer tasting from Stella Artois, wine tasting and more! Questions? Contact Elizabeth Borsting at (562) 856-9292 or

More rain this week! Be prepared by picking up sandbags from the following locations: For more information about sandbags, call 562-570-2525 or email
ShakeAlertLA is now available to City of Long Beach residents! Download the ShakeAlertLA application to your smart device and get early warning push alerts seconds before an earthquake hits Los Angeles County. Alerts will be sent for 5.0 magnitude earthquakes or higher and the application does not need to be open for users to receive the alert. For more information from the official press release, Click Here
Street improvements are coming to 2nd Street between Marina Drive & the Long Beach city limit. Expect some delays while crews perform sidewalk, curb, and paving work beginning mid-February. For more information on this project, please call (562) 222-4495.

LB Sustainability is able to offer this program thanks to grant funding from CalFIRE. Applications for fruit trees will be prioritized in neighborhoods with high pollution levels. All Long Beach residents are encouraged to apply, those not in priority neighborhoods will be put on the wait list. View the Priority Neighborhoods Map.

Learn how to compost food scraps and yard waste and turn it into valuable soil for your garden or landscaping. Our workshops also teach about vermicomposting which could be done indoors! Come join us and learn how to recycle naturally. The workshop takes place on 3/16/19. Sign up here or call (562) 570-4676.

Just a reminder to download all the great Long Beach apps. From reporting a pothole to adopting a pet, it's all a fingertip away! Click here to download.

For those interested in volunteer opportunities in our community, HERE's a great resource. It feels good to give back!
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