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32nd Annual National Night Out | Tuesday, August 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM
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Our first State of the 9th District event was empowering as the call for renaissance was made.  I am thankful for all of the overwhelming support an am proud to represent the 9th District as council member.  My "Roadmap to the Renaissance" is made up of three main areas of focus:  parks and open space, revitalization of Artesia Boulevard and rethinking Atlantic Avenue.  Around this time next year, we anticipate a completed and approved final design for the Houghton Park Community Center and 

first phase of restoration of the DeForest Wetlands.  With many community residents not living within a half-mile of a park,  I have also called for the development of open and green spaces in neighborhoods north of the 91 freeway.

Another major focus of 11251844_928931900498092_1299358144823808251_n.jpgmy discussion at the State of the 9th District event was attracting new residential, commercial and community service development along Atlantic Avenue, where there are numerous empty and blighted spots.  One major effort to do this recently was our Beach streets 2015 event.  In the near future, I plan to work with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Gateway Council of Governments to reduce congestion along Artesia Boulevard in order to create man Open Streets event, a "mini-Beach Streets" style effort.  Building upon the success of the recent Beach Streets will ultimately enliven the portion of Atlantic Avenue that runs through the 9th District.

Unsafe sidewalks have been replaced in the College Square neighborhood, while crime has seen significant reductions in burglaries and theft.  However, these among other accomplishments are not those I am most proud of.  As I stated at our State of the 9th District Event, the number of potholes you can fill is not a demonstration of leadership.  I believe coordinating efforts between city leadership and community members have played a role in the reduction of crime (41-year low) and the formation of my Ninth District Leadership Council has highlighted the issues and concerns for residents.  Empowering my community is critical in its development, and piloting southern California's first participatory budgeting process in the 9th District was significant.  An estimated 2,700 district residents ages 14 and older voted for a new Marquee at Jordan High, solar powered lighting in DeForest Park, and a number of LBPD security cameras in high-crime zones.  

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for all of the support.  I enjoyed handing out Empower Uptown Awards to local businesses and community leaders for their fabulous work and dedication, and look to hand out more.  If there's going to be a change in North Long Beach, we're going to do it - they're not going to do it without us.

 


Councilmember Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

Our first State of the 9th District event last week was empowering as the call for the continued Uptown Renaissance was made.  I am thankful for all of the overwhelming support and am proud to represent the 9th District as Councilmember.  Hopefully you've had a chance to see some of the great photos from that night.  Click here to check them out.  Once again, I would like to thank everyone for all of your support!

This week, join us for another fun Movie in the Park at Coolidge Park (352 E. Neece St., 90805) to watch Dolphin Tale 2.  Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner, family and friends.  Movie begins at dusk. 

Neighbors who get to know each other & communicate are more likely to look out for one another, notice suspicious persons in the area, and are more apt to call & report suspicious activity and crime. Neighborhood involvement is the main concept of LBPD’s Community Watch Program & several Community Watch groups are already planning coordinated activities including: potlucks, barbecues, and ice cream socials.

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 4th, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police in order to celebrate our 32nd Annual National Night Out. If you’re hosting a National Night Out event for your neighborhood and would like to request that a Police Department representative stop by, please contact our Patrol Division Neighborhood Services Specialist: North Division – Erika Moreno (562) 570-9825.

And lastly, I want to share there are two neighborhood association meetings scheduled for the week:

-  Starr King Neighborhood Association - Wednesday, August 5th, 7:00 p.m. at Greater United Faith Apostolic (6934 Long Beach Blvd.)

-  Houghton Park Neighborhood Association - Thursday, August 6th, 7:00 p.m. at Houghton Park Community Center (6301 Myrtle Ave.)

Go Uptown!

 

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Councilmember Rex Richardson