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CHEERS FOR BIXBY BLUFF GRAND OPENING! Residents, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division all joined me for the grand opening of the new and improved Bixby Park bluff.
What had been a dangerous slope that families took to using in order to reach the beach, is now a smooth path. What had been a slope with weeds and erosion is now a bluff with drought tolerant native plants. The project also includes historic information boards to bring the story of two recently uncovered historic gun pads and their role during WWII to life.
In addition, the lighted staircases and path will enable residents to easily and safely access overnight parking at the Beach Parking Lot through the Community Parking Program, which District 2 established in beach and other public lots for parking impacted neighborhoods. For more information on parking, call the Marine Bureau office at (562) 570-3215. Click here for photos from the event
PROTECTING OUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS!
I'm happy to report I received unanimous support for legislation that makes it mandatory for dog owners to spay or neuter their pet, unless they have a medical, breeder or show dog exemption. The legislation was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo.
This ordinance will give Animal Care Services (ACS) another tool for controlling unplanned litters and backyard breeders using an already effective group of ACS officers who canvass neighborhoods, providing outreach and enforcement. Not only will it help with the problem of strays, it will also keep dogs healthier (particularly females) by reducing their risk of mammary and ovarian cancer, infection and stress. The City Manager and City Attorney will return within 90 days with a draft ordinance for council review. To view the motion, please click here
JOIN ME IN SHOPPING LOCAL
Make it a point to shop local! Supporting our local businesses not only makes good business sense but helps our city. For every dollar spent in Long Beach, we're supporting public safety, libraries, parks, infrastructure improvements and helping to create more local jobs.
I was born in Madras, India and came to the United States with my parents in 1977, at the age of seven. My favorite childhood memory is riding with my father on his bike as he drove me to school. All these years later, biking is still my preferred mode of transportation.
With a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC, I've been able to work on my other passions - water management, urban planning and creating sustainable communities.
Having over 15 years of experience in the water industry, I've served in policy roles at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Some of the work I'm most proud of has come as a result of my being in public office and helping our city become a leader in green technologies.
I was honored to present a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk focused on my urban planning work globally to shape cities for the future as well as my work here in Long Beach. At TEDx Pacific Garbage Patch, I discussed the growing economic costs of collection and disposal of plastic for municipal governments. At the United Nations and World Bank, I spoke on best practices of local governments to implement litter management strategies and associated costs of water pollution.
One of the things I love most about Long Beach is the sense of community. As Vice Mayor, I see it firsthand every day. Over the past decade, we have worked together as neighbors to create a community where we can live, work, shop and even do touristy things without having to get in the car or leave our city. We've made our neighborhoods safer, our schools stronger and our air cleaner while supporting our local, small businesses and advocating for smart, sustainable growth. It's why I'm raising my son in this beautiful city we proudly call home!
GO LONG BEACH APPS
The GO Long Beach app is designed to provide Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors access to City Hall, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere. You can use the app to submit service requests for issues like graffiti, potholes and sign damage. If you're using an iPhone or Android, you'll be able to simply open the App, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit - the App knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to city staff. There's also GO Long Beach apps that connect you with the Police Department, the library system, animal care services, the airport, and the City Clerk (for voting questions). Check them out by clicking here.
CITY COMMISSION OPENINGS! City Commissions, boards and task forces play an important role in improving the quality of life and community for residents, businesses and visitors in Long Beach. District 2 residents have an opportunity to contribute to the city we love by volunteering to be on one of these bodies. Currently, there are openings on the following commissions:
Board of Health and Human Services - Must be a doctor - 1 seat
Commission on Youth and Children - Must be under 19 years old - 1 seat
Senior Citizen Advisory Commission - Must be over 50 - 2 seats
Technology and Innovation Commission - 7 seats
Economic Development Commission - 11 seats
Click here to learn more and fill out an online application
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