Friends of Belmont Shore
July Newsletter -  2016
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Our new meeting day is the 1st Thursday of each month.  Our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 4.

Dear Friend,




            Beginning in August, we will be meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month – same time & same place:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall at 5100 East Broadway at Granada Avenue.
            Our August meeting will complement our June meeting.  The topic:  “CRIME & SAFETY WITH SOLUTIONS.”  Facilitating the discussion will be Councilmember Suzie Price, Commander Elizabeth Griffin and Commander William Le Baron.  Don’t miss it as the evening will be very informative.
            Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members:    Colleen Bentley, Kathy Berry, Andrew Kincaid, Vanessa Liddell, William Lorbeer, David “Coach” Newell, Lee Ostendorf, Sara Schumacher and Sandy Riddle.
            If you have not renewed your membership, go to and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in our community is very reasonable at $15 per person per year.
 Mark your calendar:   We will be sponsoring Elm Street Band along with Councilmember Suzie Price at Marina Stadium from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. 
            I look forward to seeing you at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall at 5100 East Broadway and Granada Avenue.



Mark Your Calendar

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

Thursday, August 4 – 6 p.m.
Councilwoman Suzie Price
Commander Elizabeth Griffin
Commander William Le Baron


Our August meeting will complement our June meeting to include the topic of “CRIME & SAFETY WITH SOLUTIONS.”  Facilitating the discussion will be Councilwoman Suzie Price, Commander Elizabeth Griffin and Commander Paul LeBaron.  Don’t miss it as the meeting will be very informative.   

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2nd

Friends of Belmont Shore, please consider inviting your neighbors to an important and social event so you can get to know each other!  The best way to protect our community is to KNOW EACH OTHER.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community
partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It furthermore provides an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demos, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

Would you like to host an important and fun evening on your front lawn to support National Night Out?   Please join our 3rd District Councilwoman, Suzie Price, and the Long Beach Police Department in Support of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd.

If you decide to host a National Night Out event, a representative from the Long Beach Police Department will stop by your event.   Please contact Ruth Anne Salau at or (562) 570-5808 to schedule a representative.

The goal of National Night Out is to meet and socialize with neighbors in order to protect our best assets - our family and homes.

National Night Out - Host Recommendations

Print out the following flyer to invite your neighbors:

National Night Out - Invitation Flyer

 When Neighbors Connect, Crime is Reduced

Disaster Preparedness- Emergency Supply List

Follow up to our June Friends of Belmont Shore meeting regarding Homelessness in Belmont Shore and throughout our city

Thank you to Teresa Chandler, Homeless Services Officer; Shannon Parker, Chronic Homeless Initiatives Coordinator; Officer Johnny Dodson from the Long Beach Police Department.  They gave an informative presentation and answered questions about the topic of homelessness in Belmont Shore and the city of Long Beach.

Officer Johnny Dodson offered to answer any questions that residents have about homelessness and what the police can and cannot do to help both residents and those who are homeless.  Please remember to call LBPD dispatch at 911 or the non-emergency number at (562) 435-6711 for response from the police department.  Officer Dodson is a resource who will gladly answer your questions but returns calls when he is able based on his field work shifts.

Homeless Services Division offers the Pocket Guide Resource Directory - Department of Health and Human Services.
Guide to charities and making donations
If you would like to help the homeless with food and clothing donations, there are many Long Beach resources.   Please consider giving to an organized charity rather than directly to those asking for donations. 
Community Meeting on Homelessness 
at the Seaport Marina Hotel
Wednesday July 27, at 5:30 PM


Dear Neighbors,

Since homelessness has become an increasingly important topic in Long Beach my next monthly community meeting will focus on this important topic. On Thursday, July 27, at the Seaport Marina Hotel (6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy) at 5:30 p.m. I will host East Division Commander Griffin, LBPD Resource Officer Dodson, Chronic Homeless Initiative Coordinator Shannon Parker, and Homeless Services Coordinator Teresa Chandler to talk about homelessness and answer questions. 
We strongly encourage all residents interested in homelessness to attend this meeting and learn more about what the City is doing to address this complex issue and better understand the causes, effects and potential solutions. We hope you can make it and meet the city staff who are leading the effort to reduce homelessness in Long Beach.    
I look forward to seeing you there for a great meeting.
Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to my office any time at (562) 570-8756 or by email at

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 

Diagonal Parking Shape Of Future On Shore's Ocean Boulevard

By Harry Saltzgaver
Executive Editor

Jul 12, 2016

Emily Thornton

Slowing traffic down on Ocean Boulevard from Livingston Drive to Bayshore Avenue could have a great side benefit — more parking.

Commuters continue to use the four-lane street as an alternative to driving down Second Street in Belmont Shore, particularly when traveling east. That’s despite summer closure of Bayshore and restricting left turns through the neighborhood.

Four lanes — two in each direction — tend to signal faster speeds, as well, according to traffic engineer Paul Van Dyk. That proves problematic to pedestrians crossing Ocean Boulevard from the residential area to the beach.

Those issues prompted Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price to ask for a traffic study shortly after she was elected in 2014. That study was approved in December that year, and data collection took place in the spring and summer of 2015. The count was followed by a community meeting in August.

“The traffic isn’t going to go away,” Price said last week. “We just want to slow it down. What we need is a road diet.”

A similar approach has been used on Broadway east of Termino Avenue, Price said. There now is only one lane of traffic in each direction, with street painting adding turn lanes, bike lanes and a virtual median.

According to last year’s traffic counts, Ocean Boulevard carries about 7,000 vehicles a day. Four-lane arterial streets typically see 25,000 to 30,000 cars a day, Van Dyk said.

“When we talk about it, the most common concern is that we’re going to cause traffic congestion,” city traffic engineer Eric Widstrand said. “That’s what we want to do. It slows the traffic down.”

A community meeting earlier this month unveiled the proposed solution — reducing eastbound Ocean Boulevard to one lane by restriping and adding dedicated left turn lanes onto one-way streets. The bonus — 50 to 150 new diagonal parking spaces on the east side of Ocean.

About 50 parking spaces could be created between 39th Place and Bennett Avenue, Price said. Those spaces could serve the commercial area there, as well as nearby apartment buildings.

Another 100 spaces are being considered from just west of Granada Avenue to 54th Place, with appropriate gaps for parking lot entrances. Both have parallel parking now, but diagonal parking would add the 150 spaces.

“We had a community meeting last week, and the full stretch seems to be favored,” Price said. “That would be a 68% increase in parking there.”

There was some concern about cars backing out of parking spaces into traffic, but Van Dyk said there would be a 6-foot bicycle lane and a 5-foot buffer between parked cars and the traffic lane. Price said they still needed to get a price estimate, but since the only material cost is street paint, it shouldn’t be too expensive.

“We’ll get it lined up, then we’ll wait for fall before we do anything,” Price said. “I think we will likely do the road diet.”

All of the changes will be to the eastbound, or beachside, of Ocean Boulevard. The westbound street will remain two lanes.

A concurrent traffic study has taken place on the Peninsula, from 54th to 72nd Place. Recommendations also contemplate reducing lanes there, but nothing is planned at this time. Price said the Alamitos Beach Preservation Group, the residents’ association on the Peninsula, is almost evenly split over proposed changes.

Harry Saltzgaver can be reached at

Ocean Boulevard Traffic Study

The City of Long Beach Traffic Engineering Department has shared the following two studies that were presented this year.

Concerts in Belmont Shore at Marine Stadium

Thursdays - July 21 & 28 and August 4
Begins at 6:30 p.m. at Marine Stadium
Fundraising and Picnic Basket Information
Sponsored by the Friends of Belmont Shore
& Councilwoman Suzie Price

Thursday, August 11
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium

Rolling Stones Tribute Band

Sponsored by the Alamitos Heights Improvement Association
Thursday, August 18
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium

Friday, August 26
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Marine Stadium
Kid zone opens at 5pm
100 Days of Summer is a partnership between the City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you unprecedented access to all Long Beach has to offer this summer.

Visit the 100 Days of Summer Website for more information, email us at or call (562) 570-3100.

The birthstone for July is the Ruby.
The birth flower for July is the water lily.
The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.
July is National Ice Cream Month. yay!
U.S. postage stamps went on sale for the first time. (1847)
ZIP codes go into use. (1963)
The U.S. State Department issues the first passport. (1796)
Walt Disney's Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Ca. (1955)
In "one small step for man, one giant step for mankind", Astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the 
first person to walk on the moon.  (1969)
Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri fills a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, and the ice cream cone is invented.(1904)
Did you know?

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!’”

Houses had thatched roofs with thick straw-piled high and no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.
When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs.’
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.”

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the term, ‘dirt poor.’
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence, ‘a thresh hold.’”

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, ‘Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.’
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
It was a sign of wealth that a man could ‘bring home the bacon.’ They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would all sit around and ‘chew the fat.’”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.
This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the ‘upper crust.’”

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of holding a ‘wake.’”

In old, small villages, local folks started running out of places to bury people.
So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.
When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside, and they realized they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (‘the graveyard shift’) to listen for the bell.
Thus, someone could be ‘saved by the bell,’ or was considered a ‘dead ringer.’

Now, you know!


BSBA Merchants:  Please watch out for this!

A business in Belmont Shore was scammed last month.  Someone claiming to be with SCE told the store they were going to cut off their power in the next half hour if they did not pay.  The owner was out of town and the employee paid this scammer.  As you can imagine, this employee was trying to do the right thing.  Please remind your employees SCE would never call you and ask for cash or a money order.

This call has been made to many of our business here in the Shore as I'm sure around the business community.  Please know SCE would never call and ask for money or a money order.

Stolen Bikes

Please remind your employees and customers who ride their bikes to use a U-Lock on their bike.  We have had many bikes stolen from our area in broad daylight.  
The wire locks can be cut in a matter of minutes.  


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
Douglas Otto

Vanessa Liddell

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 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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