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For the fifth consecutive year, the Uptown Jazz Festival is back!

North Long Beach will feature a taste of southern sounds during its 5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, with Goapele and DW3 headlining the show. Goapele, also referred to as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo”, has inspired the world with heartfelt songs like "Closer to my Dreams". DW3 tore down the stage at last year's festival, which we hope to expect this time around as well. Check out a recent live performance of theirs, here.

From 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., come out and music, food, vendor booths, a Kids Zone, and much more at this free community event. The free community concert, hosted by Councilmember Rex Richardson, will take place on Saturday, June 11th at Houghton Park. Save the date and share the news!

RSVP for the 5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival in order to stay in the loop with updates! If you missed out on last years' Festival, check out some great pictures from the day here.

Councilmember Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

The Council received from City staff earlier this month $150 million in proposed infrastructure projects to repair our streets, sidewalks, alleys parks, libraries, community centers and other buildings. The Council also considered investments to enhance the public safety of our city. These repairs and improvements can only be implemented if new revenue comes to the City.

As you may be aware, Measure “A” was placed on the June 7th ballot by the City Council.  The Council also passed a Resolution to express its intent to spend any such sales tax revenue on public safety services, police patrols, emergency 9-1-1 response, fire prevention, paramedic services, repairing streets, sidewalks and alleys, and improving and upgrading the City’s water system for conservation.

The plan prepared by staff also includes improvements to other public infrastructure such as libraries and parks, upgrades to storm water pump stations to prevent flooding during heavy rains, and making needed repairs and upgrades to fire stations, the Police Crime Lab, the Police and Fire Academies, the Public Safety building, the Emergency Operations Center, the Health Department and the Companion Animal Village.

Citywide some of the improvements and repairs will be:

     - More than $100 million for repair and paving of our streets, sidewalks and alleys.

     - More than $18 million for park repairs and upgrades.

     - $3.7 million to repair city libraries and install equipment for use by the hearing impaired.

In the 9th District, some of the improvements the Council included on its priority list are:

     - Major investments to streets, sidewalks, alleys, and courts across the district

     - Improvements and repairs to storm water pump stations to prevent flooding when we experience heavy rains

     - Investments to improve storm drains

     - $4 million to improve the Community Center at Houghton Park

     - Tree trimming in the District

     - Water conservation projects

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (562) 570-6137.


Go Uptown! 



Councilmember Rex Richardson