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We'd like to share some exciting progress on urban agriculture in Long Beach that we have led and collaborated on this year with community advocates, city departments, and community organizations.

Last May at City Council, I asked staff to explore the feasibility of implementing California's Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program in Long Beach. This program would give tax breaks to property owners that allow vacant properties to be used as community gardens or urban farms, as well as enhance Long Beach's emerging local food system. 

That report is in!  In order to create an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program, the City Council must pass a resolution that designates a lead agency to establish a local approval and administrative process. Join us at the April 4th City Council meeting when this full report will be on the agenda and the next steps in implementation will be discussed.


Vice Mayor Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

Dear Friends, 


Friday, March 17th is the last day to share your ideas on how to best honor our local heroes! Submit your ideas on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #LBHonorsVets, or by calling our office at (562) 570-6137 or by emailing

Over the past three weeks we have engaged the community in a process to re-envision this year's Veterans Parade and Festival. On March 8th, we visited the Veterans Affairs Commission and asked our Veteran Commissioners to provide their input. 

On March 15th, we had a thought provoking and informative discussion with various Veterans organizations, including the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, U.S. VETS Long Beach, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Leadership Long Beach and the LBCC Veteran Services Office, on how we can better serve our veterans.

Additionally, on March 20th we will be conducting a focus group with North Long Beach neighborhood association leaders to receive more resident feedback. 

We would also like to thank Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP) for hosting a roundtable discussion on re-envisioning the Parade and Festival which will be shown on PADNET.  This roundtable will include civic engagement experts, veterans, and community partners.  We will share details of that broadcast soon.

And finally, we're happy to announce that the local non-profit City Fabrick has agreed to help facilitate this process to ensure that everyone's voice is heard.  They will help us to take all of your ideas, and incorporate them into a plan for a revitalized and vibrant celebration for our veterans which will be shared in the coming weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Go Uptown!


Vice Mayor Rex Richardson