This annual summit engages participants by offering a platform to discuss possible solutions to job creation and small business growth. Guest speakers and informative group workshops have been major components of recent job summits. The summit is free of charge and is open to both job seekers and small business owners.
November's 2013 Summit, hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center, was a tremendous success, with over 80 small businesses and 200 job seeker participants. It was sponsored by the Port of Long Beach, The California Endowment, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and Healthy Communities, and the Long Beach Ministerial Alliance.
The new North Neighborhood Library will be a state-of-the-art focal point for the North Village area.
Construction for the new library is slated for Spring of 2014, following the removal of the Atlantic Theater starting January 2014.
Located in the 5800 block of Atlantic Avenue, the 25,000 square foot facility will offer areas for children, teens, and adults, as well as a community center and pedestrian plaza. Completion of this bond-funded project is expected in fall 2015.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that was shared with residents at the February North Long Beach Community Assembly.
The Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach (Coalition) is a community collaborative focused on advocating for the health and wellness of North Long Beach residents throughout the city. The Coalition is open to all residents, City departments and community organizations that have an interest in the well being of the North Long Beach community.
Currently, the main focus of the Coalition is the North Long Beach HEAL Zone Initiative, a multi-year grant funded project of Kaiser Permanente designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities through environmental changes.
Fire Station 12 was opened to great fanfare in September 2013. This addition to community was long overdue and makes an impact not only on the safety and security of the community, but also is an attractive addition to the Artesia corridor.
Located at 1199 East Artesia Boulevard, on the northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue, the new station replaces the existing Fire Station 12, located at 6509 Gundry Avenue in a residential neighborhood. The old station was originally constructed as a single family residence in the 1920’s and has served as a fire station since 1936.
The new station is a one-story, 11,000 square foot building with three apparatus bays, on-site above grade fueling, and a communications tower that greatly enhances portable radio coverage throughout the City. Along with this, the facility includes a 4,600 square foot Emergency Resource Center to store emergency equipment and supplies. The Emergency Resource Center is also used for community emergency response training, first aid training, and as storage space for fire apparatus and a mass casualty rig.
In addition to improving the resources available to the Fire Department and the community, the project is also noteworthy for the use of sustainable building practices. A portion of the buildings were constructed using recycled materials, many of which emit lower levels of environmentally harmful elements. Furthermore, the site incorporates numerous solar panels to optimize energy performance, and the roof and paving are designed to help keep the site cooler, thereby reducing the urban heat- island effect. As a result of these features the project will receive a Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The North Long Beach Liquor Store Modernization Project is an initiative with a mission to improve the health and safety of our community by implementing new performance standards addressing nuisances and criminal activities related to off-sale type 21 Alcohol Outlets.
This on-going project, created in 2012, is making strides in ensuring that store premises are properly maintained so that its operating characteristics are compatible with, and contribute to, the overall livability and development of surrounding neighborhoods.
In 2012, Councilmembers Steven Neal and Al Austin created the Liquor Store Modernization Initiative to address neighborhood concerns related to the impacts of alcohol outlets in the community.
The initiative consisted of a series of surveys and focus groups of local families as well as a comprehensive assessment of the conditions and density of liquor outlets in North Long Beach.
The North Long Beach Business Alliance is a group of property and small business owners that meet once a month to discuss how they can have a positive impact on the economic development in North Long Beach. Recently, the group hired the consultant firm, CIVITAS to help the organization move in the right direction in creating a Property Business Improvement District (PBID). This group is essential to strengthen and revitalize the local economy of Uptown.
Los Angeles River Parkway, Open Space, Habitat, and Recreation Project
The DeForest Wetlands project will open 34 acres of land for public use, by converting large areas of overgrown vegetation with exotic species and other areas of completely denuded land devoid of habitat, into a river parkway with freshwater wetlands, wildlife habitat, recrea- tional trails, native plants, and interpretive signage, while retaining flood control and manage- ment properties. Public use will include passive recreational activities, such as bird watch- ing, walking, horseback riding, and educational tours and programs. The project will also provide water quality benefits. When completed, 800-1,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of neighborhood watershed runoff will be filtered before being pumped into the Los Angeles River. In addition, 15-35 AFY increased stormwater filtration will replace municipal sources to contribute to groundwater supply.
The District Captain Program is a community-building program that provides opportunities to residents to get involved in their community. For experienced community leaders, it creates a platform for support, training and development on work you have already begun, and projects that you may wish to undertake in the future.
In the midst of rising temperatures stemming from global climate change, and reduced amounts of water availability due to drought conditions, the question of whether or not tree plantings can benefit a city is a definite to ask.
The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board has found that the right tree can improve air quality as well as provide other benefits such as shade and beauty. With the help of our City of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability arborists, we can find the perfect tree for your street.
to take the short, 3 question North Long Beach Urban Forest Strategy Survey, which well help us to identify where to plant, and who will help maintain the future green infrastructure that will make its way to uptown.