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Thursday morning, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson unveiled "UpLink", a smart corridor project.  UpLink expands public Wi-Fi access, with free internet service and security cameras along Atlantic Avenue between Jordan High School and the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library. It is the first step in using technology as an economic development tool to activate a corridor with students, pedestrians, and business patrons, and further strengthens the connection between Jordan High School and the library. 

UpLink is the direct result of the 2015 Participatory Budgeting initiative, which gave 9th District residents the power to decide how to spend a one-time infrastructure funds.

Along the Atlantic Corridor, there are five new Wi-Fi access points, which are capable of supporting up to 200 simultaneous users. Users can connect for up to 60 minutes of the Wi-Fi service, and can continue their usage indie the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library using the Library's Wi-Fi service. 

To access the UpLink Wi-Fi, simply:

  • Activate Wi-Fi on your mobile device
  • Choose "LongBeachParks" from the list of Wi-Fi networks
  • Read and accept the Terms of Use

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

Dear Friends, 

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Last Thursday, more than 200 neighbors, friends, businesses, and partners joined us in celebrating the State of the 9th District! We highlighted all that we have accomplished together in the past year and looked ahead at what's to come. Thank you to our sponsors for the refreshments for the evening, Bionicos Del Chavo & Creative Tax

Special thanks to our hosts of the evening:

- Tasha Hunter, Manage, Uptown Business District
- Pat Dixon, Executive Director, Pools of Hope
- Jarold Kappel, Executive Director, Long Beach Opera
- Darick Simpson, Executive Director, Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP)
- Candace Meehan, Executive Director, 23 Seeds of Greatness 
- Marcus Caswell, Executive Director, Golden State Humane Society

Some exciting highlights from last night are as follows:
  • Exciting new developments to come in 2017 & 2018 including the development of the vacant lots located at Atlantic and 61st Street, Atlantic and Artesia, and the lots surrounding the Michelle Obama Library. The new developments will bring several coffee shops, a neighborhood brewery, sit-down restaurants, and more!
  • Starbucks is coming to the St. Francis neighborhood in early 2017! This will be the first stand-alone coffee shop in the 9th District. 
  • Announced the launch of "UpLINK"- a smart corridor initiative on Atlantic Avenue which includes security cameras and free WiFi access on Atlantic Avenue from Artesia Boulevard to 58th Street. 
  • The Long Beach Public Library Foundation launched their Public Giving Campaign, where we can all make a difference by becoming a founding donor and making a contribution to the Michelle Obama Library Fund. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Called for the creation of "UPLAN"- Uptown Planning Landuse And Neighborhood Strategy- a community-based planning strategy that gives North Long Beach the power to shape the future of our community. Through UPLAN, we will create new zoning ordinances that will address problem land uses like motels and liquor stores, we will spur development, while placing a focus on preserving affordable housing, we will create a new Atlantic Avenue Public Arts District, and much more. Stay tuned to learn more about UPLAN!
Welcome and Congratulations to the UPLAN Task Force Appointees who will craft guiding principles to make sure UPLAN is the strategy and catalyst we need to shape a thriving and successful future.
  • Tom Carpenter, Vice President of Acquisitions, Frontier Real Estate Investments
  • Suny Chang, Executive Vice President, LINC Housing
  • Jenny Cheanng, The California Endowment
  • Tony Cruz, Mobility Ambassador, City of Long Beach
  • Sumi Gant, Board Member, Long Beach Transit
  • Yanki Greenspan, President, Westland Real Estate Group
  • Desiree Gutierrez, Commissioner, City of Long Beach Sustainable City Commission
  • Megan Kerr, School Board Member, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Nick Shultz, Executive Director, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
  • Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) 
  • Brian Ulaszewski, Executive Director, City Fabrick 
Lastly, Congratulations to our Empower Uptown Award Winners!

Missed the excitement? Click here to see pictures from the evening, and be sure to check out these following videos highlighting all the great work we have accomplished together in the past year: Road to the Renaissance HighlightsLeadership & Innovation HighlightsCreative Corridor Project Highlights, and the Long Beach Public Library Foundation Highlights.

Go Uptown!

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Vice Mayor Rex Richardson