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Bubble - Local-ActionLOTS OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SECOND DISTRICT! I hope you've had a chance to visit 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.


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.


In addition, a new stand alone bathroom facility at Bixby Park will be complete by October.  Storm drain improvements are being completed along Third Street at Cerritos, Orange, Hermosa and Cherry avenues, ending years of street flooding and inconvenience for residents. The beach pedestrian path spanning 3.1 miles of our namesake beach will be finished by May.


Those are just some of the many improvements taking place this year. To view the complete list of accomplishments and goals for 2015, please click here




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.



Bubble - My StoryI 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.








Bubble - Community MattersOne 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!






lb-logoThe 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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Some drive, some walk in their waste and donations at today's Donation & Recycle Day
Shred, recycle, dump or donate at Goodwill and Vice Mayor Lowenthal's Donation & Recycle Day on Saturday
1-2-3 thanks to Run Racers Jr. Runners for helping us cut the Beach Ped Path ribbon
Hope to see you at the Beach Pedestrian Path grand opening today at 10 am, Marina Green Park & Alamitos Beach.
Inspired by the sights like this one at Pride Parade 2015.
Lovin' Long Beach - happy Pride!
Let's not mince words and stem the healing process..."Genocide" occurred 100 years ago.
Civic Center Jacaranda with our clock tower in the background.
Coin-only meters are being replaced with new, smart meters that accept credit/debit cards in addition to coins.
Beautiful fruits and vegetables at Bixby Park Farmers Market on the first day of Spring.
Mayor Garcia and I just got done announcing that Nike and Forever 21 are joining Restoration Hardware and H&M at the Pike Outlets. Downtown Long Beach is open for, dining, entertainment - you're going to want to make a day of it soon.
Pink Trumpet Tree on Broadway and Pine in full bloom. Just beautiful.

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Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal updated her cover photo.Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 12:50am
The Long Beach Police and Fire Departments encourage responsible parenting and request that parents closely supervise their children, set expectations for proper behavior, and monitor their activities. If you See Something, Say Something! Call Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities. Together, we can enjoy a safe holiday.
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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalMonday, June 29th, 2015 at 9:55pm
I hope to see you tomorrow evening at our summer evening reception on the rooftop of Bo-Beau's in downtown. Please RSVP to Melahat at 562-491-1318 or

Come hear about all the exciting things we've been working on in the Second District, and meet and mingle with friends and neighbors.

If you can't join us tomorrow evening, but still want to support our efforts, please click here to contribute securely now.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalSunday, June 28th, 2015 at 2:28am
Today it was an honor to be the keynote speaker at the UN Women's Conference. Thank you to the amazing women who do such wonderful work.

I want to thank the U.S. National Committee for selecting our beautiful city to host this inspiring conference. Anytime a group of women gather to improve just our corner of the world or the entire world, we are only the better for it.

The conference was a reminder of our shared story…

No matter what corner of the world we come from, we have a shared story.

Our challenges, struggles and ultimately successes have a common thread that stitches together our journey.

And so, I decided to share them them my own unlikely journey from India to the United States. Mine is not a unique story at all. I don’t tell it because it is special. I tell it because the narrative is quite a common one where gender, race, poverty could have converged to ensure that I would have never stood before you today; one that we know threads through the stories of the nearly 70% of the world’s impoverished today – they happen to be women.

I encourage you to learn more
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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalFriday, June 26th, 2015 at 2:12pm
My State of the Second District video is finally up - give it a like and share it.
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Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal shared Moonlight Movies on the Beach's event.Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 4:58pm
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