Friends of Belmont Shore
November Newsletter -  2017
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Hear What’s Going on in Long Beach

Dear Neighbors:

     It’s holiday time and we in Belmont Shore and Belmont Park are excited with all that is going on! Tom Modica, Long Beach assistant city manager, will give an update on “What’s Going on in our City.” The proposed pool and the 2nd & PCH Development will be among the updates he will discuss.  Tom will save time for Q & A.  He is back by “popular demand.”  You may recall his presentation last year was thorough, exciting and well received by all in attendance.

     More good news: Our Thursday, January 4, meeting will be dedicated in its entirety to hearing from Mayor Robert Garcia. The Mayor will discuss many items of interest to us, including the latest Land Use Maps.   He wants to  allow a good deal of the evening to your questions.  This will be a great opportunity for us to ask about and talk about items/events that we need more information on.  Don't miss this opportunity!
     Our Sunset at Olympix fund-raising event to support Friends of Belmont Shore was a huge success.   Special thanks to Kurt Schneiter, who owns Olympix and his staff, who did a super job.  The dinner prepared by Gypsy’s Mediterranean Grill was superb, there were plenty of beverages, and dessert from Pietris Bakery was the “icing on the cake.”  Jerrett Tooley, operating partner at Olympix, coordinated a wonderful evening and Eden Paul, the operations director/group fitness coordinator, had the rooftop looking beautiful and ordered perfect views and weather.  Tyler Rodriguez, a certified personal trainer/Yoga instructor, gave us a number of great stretch exercises and some health tips.  Adam Armbrust, director of sales, was on hand to also answer a number of health-related questions.  Thanks to all involved and all those who attend for making this such a memorable occasion.

     Please bring your ideas for future meeting topics, concerns and issues you have about Belmont Shore and Belmont Park.

     We have two vacancies on our board.  If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and helping us keep Friends of Belmont Shore a member-driven organization, please get in touch with Dick: or (562) 618-2113
     We look forward to seeing you 6p.m., Thursday, December 7, at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, 510 East Broadway at Granada Avenue.


Dick Gaylord
Friends of Belmont Shore
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, December 7, at 6 PM

What’s Going on in our City
  • Presented by Tom Modica, Assistant City Manager, City of Long Beach
Long Beach Assistant City Manager Tom Modica serves in an executive management role to assist the City Manager guide and facilitate department projects, lead special initiatives, solve problems, continue the City’s innovation and technology efforts, and maintain Long Beach’s position as a regional leader on municipal issues. Tom is responsible for assisting the City Manager in operating the municipal enterprise, including oversight of City departments and leading special projects required to facilitate citywide priorities, programs and initiatives.  He lives in Long Beach with his family.  
  • Our January 4, guest speaker is Mayor Robert Garcia.
Friends of Belmont Shore meets on the 
first Thursday of each month at
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall.
Enter at 5100 East Broadway at Granada

Friends of Belmont Shore is a membership organization consisting of  individuals - residents, business owners and property owners - who are dedicated to the Quality of Life in this unique Beachside Community.

President:  Dick Gaylord
Vice Presidents:  Kristina Duggan / Kurt Schneiter
Treasurer:  Michael Crosby
Secretary:  Barbara "BJ" Newell

  • Casey Allen
  • Colleen Bentley
  • Bobby Bluehouse
  • Vanessa Liddell
  • William Lorbeer
  • David "Coach" Newell
  • Sandy Riddle

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 Vanessa Liddell at or to become a member go to Friends of Belmont Shore.

         Friends of Belmont Shore will be participating in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 2.  We will be entertaining the children and our neighbors with a horse-drawn carriage.  Please come walk along the carriage with us.  If interested, we will be meeting behind Wells Fargo Bank building at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.  Dress in the Spirit of the Season.  Cheers to all!

2016 Christmas Parade



                Many thanks to Councilwoman Suzie Price for her tireless efforts on behalf of 3rd District Residents.  Friends of Belmont Shore thank you for always being there to talk with us, to answer our questions and for your bold and steady leadership, for the Road Diet that has improved safety on Ocean Boulevard, for the Belmont Shore Median Renovationthat has given 2nd Street a “clean new look,” for the work on the Colorado Lagoon, for the much-needed improvement to the Right a Way west of Park Avenue, for the 3rd District Prosecutor, and for the many other improvements you have made that will benefit our neighborhoods for years to come.  Thank you, Councilwoman Suzie Price.   Our Wish for you and your family is a Wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Continued Success.

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
Baja Fish Tacos

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



            Important Update for Public Safety      


Dear Neighbor,

In continuing my commitment to Public Safety and exploring innovative ways to deal with current public safety challenges, I am very proud to launch a partnership with the City Prosecutor's Office in the creation of a Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor program for the Belmont Shore and Belmont Pier area.

This has been several months in the making as I have been working  with City Prosecutor Doug Haubert to develop this new program. The Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor will work with the Police Department and the community in order to better connect the enforcement efforts with needed services and necessary prosecution. It is expected to improve the enforcement of laws through better communication and coordination between police, community members, and the City Prosecutor's Office.

We are finally able to begin this program by dedicating funds from my council office's 2017 budget year savings. What this means is that prudent spending by CD3 during the 2016-2017 budget year means we can initiate this program now without using additional city funds.

Through this program, one prosecutor will have a percentage of his or her time dedicated to working with the community and the police department to improve enforcement of repeat offenders specifically in the Belmont Shore and Belmont Pier area with a positive effect throughout the district. Chronic offenders who appear to need social services will be actively offered relevant services. Having a specific prosecutor handling the cases from this target area will expedite the connection to services for those persons in need of mental health, substance abuse assistance, and other services. Additionally, if services are repeatedly declined and the individual continues to commit crimes, then the prosecutor would be able to follow the individual case through the process and make recommendation to the judge based on a more complete history of the individual and what approaches will have the best results for the community. Through consistent communications with the police department, the prosecutor would focus efforts in a targeted manner so that individuals are getting the treatment and services they need, either prior to filing criminal charges or as a term of probation, and to ensure that a stay away order is put into place that stops repeat offenders from returning to the same location.  

The Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor will also track progress and evaluate impacts on the quality of life for the residents and visitors to Belmont Shore and surrounding areas, as well as attend regular "working meetings" with interested stakeholders to ensure the designated prosecutor, the police department and the community can each give valuable input. If this program is successful, it could be expanded to other geographic areas of the city.

This additional special focus comes on top of a host to public safety measures that my office has introduced at City Hall focused on public safety, traffic safety and quality of life. 

We have never had a coordinated program like this in the Third District and I am very optimistic about its potential as is the City Prosecutor and the Police Department. You have talked and I have listened. Through this program and other efforts, we continue to address the illegal activities that some residents have witnessed and continue to have concerns over. The Third District is a great place to live and we want to make sure no resident is expressing a reasonable fear to walk at night, let their kids ride their bikes, visit our beach and business corridors, or risk losing their secured property. Together we will have a major impact on reducing quality of life related crimes and stopping repeat offenders from returning to our communities. This renewed partnership starts now. 

Suzie Price
Councilwoman, Third District


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P.O. Box 14553 - Long Beach, CA  90853

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