Friends of Belmont Shore
February Newsletter -  2017
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Dear Neighbors,

       You won’t want to miss our Thursday, March 2, meeting – we have two very exciting presentations to share with members and friends.

 First, a presentation by Ajay Kolluri, Assistant to the City Manager and Marijuana Regulatory Officer, sharing details about the Medical Marijuana Shop "possibly" occupying the former-Second Street Post Office.  He will discuss the process, where it stands now and take a few questions from our neighbors and friends.

        Second, a presentation that our members have been asking to see:  the fascinating “History of Belmont Shore” shared by noted Long Beach historian Stan Poe.  For those of you new to Belmont Shore and those of you who have been here for many years, it will be fun to experience what we were and what we looked like 50 or 100 years ago!  Stan will also take questions!

        In June, when FRIENDS OF BELMONT SHORE turns 2-years-old, we will be electing 5 members to serve on our Board of Directors.  To qualify you must be a FoBS member in good standing, which means your 2017 dues are paid.  You have to have been a member for a year;  if you joined in 2016 and renewed your membership in 2017, you are eligible.  We are anxious to have members on the Board who are enthusiastic about working, volunteering and those who love our unique Belmont Shore and Belmont Park communities.  Details on the election (Applications, etc.) will be available at our Thursday, March 2, meeting.

     What programs/speakers would you like us to consider for future meetings?  We appreciate you giving us ideas and suggestions on our Meeting Idea Survey.  We save time at the end of each meetings for Members' Input.  Bring your thoughts/suggestions/questions!  Many of you are active in the Belmont Shore and Belmont Park neighborhoods.  If you hear about a neighborhood issue or event that we should be aware of please let us know.  You can always feel free to email me at

     If you have not renewed your membership, go to and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in our unique community is  reasonable at $15 per person per year, and your membership card provides discounts at various Belmont Shore businesses.

     We look forward to seeing you at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall at 5100 East Broadway and Granada Avenue.   Guests will be welcomed at this meeting so feel free to bring your friends and neighbors.

Dick Gaylord 
Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, March 2 – 6 p.m.

Ajay Kolluri, Assistant to the City Manager and Marijuana Regulatory Officer
A marijuana shop on 2nd Street?

Stanley Poe 
Long Beach Resident and Historian

History of Belmont Shore
What we were and what we looked like
50 and 100 years ago. 

Proposed March Meeting Agenda

First Thursday of Each Month
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall
Enter at 5100 East Broadway at Granada
Special Guest Speaker Stanley Poe
Long Beach Resident and Historian
For more than 40 years Stanley Poe has held a California teaching Credential and has taught architectural history, architectural drawing and cultural history in conjunction with the curriculum.  Stan has a degree from San Diego State University in Specialist of Fine Arts and Humanities with an emphasis on Architectural History.  He was honored as Preservationist of the Year on February 19, 2004, which is the highest honor given by Long Beach Heritage and recognizes an individual who has shown indefatigable energy in pursuing historic integrity in Long Beach’s buildings and neighborhoods.  
Mr. Poe authored Naples, A History in Words and Pictures, 1784-1984 which was published in 1987 and Naples, The City of Red Tiled Roofs, The First 100 Years.  From the Huntington Library of San Marino, CA Stanley Poe was granted Scholar Privileges while researching his latest book on 100 years of history in Naples Island, Long Beach and Alamitos bay. 

Stan and Maureen Poe - 2012            

He served eight years as a Cultural Heritage Commission for the City of Long Beach and continued his service as an ex-officio member of the commission with an appointment from former Mayor Beverly O’Neill.  Serving as a president of Long Beach Heritage, he had the responsibility for providing historic programs, coordinating activities that revolved around historic sites such as the Bembridge House as well as advocating for preservation.  He is considered a historian extraordinaire whose extensive knowledge of Long Beach history and built-environment have inspired many contributions to historic preservation and the work of the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission.  His areas of expertise include Long Beach and Los Angeles history and preservation, and he lectures to community groups on those topics in a professional capacity.


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
Members - Remember to pick up your Friends of Belmont Shore membership card

Members enjoy a 10% discount at the following locations:

Tavern on 2
George's Greek Cafe

Just present your Friends of Belmont Shore membership card to your server at any 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.  

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



GoLongBeach apps are designed to provide Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors the opportunity to access City Hall, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere. You will be able to quickly submit service requests for issues such as graffiti, potholes and sign damage. iPhone and Android device users can simply open the App, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit - the App knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to city staff. You will also be able to track the status of your requests through your mobile device. 

With all of the elements affecting our city, remember to use the GoLongBeach smartphone app or website to report problems including:

  • Barking Dog
  • Beach Trash/Clean-up
  • Curb Repair
  • Dead Animal Pick-up
  • Dog off-leash
  • Graffiti
  • Graffiti in a marina
  • Graffiti in a park
  • Illegally dumped item
  • News racks
  • Park - Damaged Drinking Fountain
  • Park - Running Water
  • Pothole
  • Shoes on utility wire
  • Sidewalk damage
  • Street Light
  • Street Sign
  • Street Tree Trimming
  • Traffic Signal
In addition to the original GoLongBeach app to report infrastructure problems, here are the following apps:

The City of Long Beach Introduces
Online Police Reporting Service

The public now has the ability to file police reports online for specific types of crimes that have occurred in the City of Long Beach, through Coplogic, an innovative web-based program.

"We believe Coplogic will be a valuable tool for the community and will assist with the Police Department's continued efforts toward 21st Century Policing, which helps communities and law enforcement agencies across the country strengthen trust, improve collaboration, and work together to reduce crime," said Mayor Robert Garcia. 

Victims of particular property crimes will have the ability to file a report for free from any computer or mobile device equipped with Internet service; however, the user must have an email address. 

“We are excited to join other law enforcement agencies around the nation in offering this service to the public,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. “This technology will enable the community to file reports at their convenience, while freeing up police resources to focus on the community’s needs and increase the Police Department’s overall efficiency.”  

The types of police reports that can be filed online include:

  • annoying/harassing phone calls
  • thefts and attempt thefts
  • non-injury hit and run traffic collisions (parked vehicles with no witnesses)
  • lost property
  • vandalism/graffiti

Crimes with suspect information, involving firearms, or theft of medication, passports, and license plate registration tags are not eligible for online reporting.

To file a report, access Coplogic by visiting the Long Beach Police Department’s website at and clicking on the Coplogic icon, or through the recently updated free “GO LBPD” mobile app available for download at the Apple App Store and at the Google Play Marketplace.  

City of Long Beach Press release continued.

Colorado Lagoon Update 
The Colorado Lagoon Phase 2B project continues and is expected to be completed in early March. This project creates new ecological habitat for sea life by planting eel grass which is important for many species. It also includes creating a walking path along the north shore of the lagoon, with benches and bike racks, as well as a bioswale to help naturally clean run-off water before it enters the lagoon. Much of the work that has been most visible up to now has involved the dredging of the lagoon and gentle grading to better support the salt marsh habitat that is being further developed, and the native species of plants and trees to be planted. We certainly look forward to the blue tarps coming down and the grand opening so we can celebrate the renovations to this beautiful gem of the Third District.
--by Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff

CD3 Walks The Walk - February 26
CD Walks the Walk is a group of engaged citizens that adheres to the purpose of don't just talk about it, do it!  Councilwoman Price and 3rd District resident Lori Barber have partnered to organize this walking group in hopes of combining community, exercise and clean up to get things done in our district.  Since we were forced to postpone our January event due to rain, we will be following that allocated route within the peninsula for February.  We will meet at the Claremont/54 Place parking lot at 8 am and pick up trash on Ocean Blvd to Alamitos Park near 72nd Place.  A coffee and donut break will follow and then we'll walk back to the Claremont lot on the bay side of Ocean Blvd.
Who:     Councilwoman Price & 3rd District resident Lori Barber
What:   CD3 Walks the Walk
When:  Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8 am
Where: Claremont/54 Place Parking Lot
Why:     Making a Difference in the 3rd District

--- by Lisa West
Business Relations Liaison

Councilwoman Suzie Price receives the
Citizen of the Year Award

In case you missed it, our very own Councilwoman Price was honored last month at the Aquatic Capital of America's eighth annual awards banquet.

Councilwoman Price with    
Rich Foster and John Callos


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Third District Council Office

333 W. Ocean Blvd., 14th Floor

Long Beach, CA  90802

(562) 570-6300 

What a great community we live in!

Belmont Shore and Belmont Park Neighbors
Sand-bag filling at the entrance to Marine Stadium

I love our community and was so happy to experience our down-to-earth neighbors helping each other.  My daughter Shannon, 12, and I needed to get a few sandbags filled for one of our leaky door jambs during the last rain storm.  Station 14 had sandbags available and an easily accessible low-boy (big bin you can see in the picture) that was filled with sand near the entrance to Marine Stadium.    By the time we arrived with our shovel and sandbags, we found that there was only a little bit of sand left.  Belmont Shore residents were climbing into the low-boy scraping and filling, scraping and filling.  It was an enjoyable few moments of camaraderie with us all working.  One gentleman had finished filling the bags he needed and started filling others bags with what he could scrape up.  Shannon took up the cause and helped hold open bags and scrape up sand from the corners.  One woman forgot that she needed a shovel...Shannon gladly lent her ours while we loaded up our car and one gentleman passed along a filled bag to another resident when all the sand was gone.  This is a reminder of the wonderful nature of our neighbors helping each other.  
Kristina and Shannon Duggan
Did you know...?

March was actually named for the Latin Martius—aka Mars (not the candy bar), the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people via his wolf-suckling sons, Romulus and Remus. With the winter frosts melting and the ground becoming fertile for harvest again in the Northern hemisphere, March was historically the perfect month for both farmers to resume farming, and warriors to resume warring.
Beware The Ides of March unless you’re a cat
We’ve all heard it uttered, but what does “beware the Ides of March” actually mean? On the Roman calendar, the midpoint of every month was know as the Ides. The Ides of March fell on March 15th. This day was supposed to correlate with the first full moon of the year (remember, winter didn’t count then) and marked by religious ceremonies, but thanks to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar we know it for another reason. Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey, and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary.
An old proverb says, “March comes in a like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” which is reference to winter ending and spring beginning. Another popular saying is "March is mad as a hare," which is a reference to the animals fighting each other.

Interesting and real dates in March:
March 1 - National Horse Protection Day and National Pig Day
March 2 - National Banana Cream Pie Day
March 3 - I Want You To Be Happy Day
March 4 - Hug a GI Day and National Pound Cake Day
March 9 - Panic Day
March 13 -  Daylight Savings Time begins, freeing American city-dwellers from the constant refrain of “it’s dark before I even leave work” and it is earmuff day
March 17 - St Patrick's Day and the Chicago river turns green
March 18 - Kick Butts Day
March 23 - National Puppy Day
March 27: Easter Sunday
March 28: Gorge Yourself on Discount Easter Candy Monday
March 29 - Smoke and Mirrors Day


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

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