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JOIN ME IN BIXBY PARK! I'm hosting “Council in the Park” on Tuesday, September 30, asking residents to stop for a chat while they are shopping at the Bixby Park Farmers Market. Council in the Park gives residents a chance to visit with me and my staff outside of normal business hours and promotes activities in the park such as the farmers market.
I'll be giving out household battery recycling bags for residents to collect used batteries before dropping them off at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
What: Council in the Park with Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal
When: Tuesday, September 30th 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Bixby Park Farmers Market (Second District Booth – next to the market’s info booth)
We're also excited to announce that funding has been set aside by Council District 2 and the City of Long Beach to design and build a new and improved playground at Bixby Park. Residents are encouraged and invited to vote for the types of play equipment and themes they would like to see in the new Bixby Park playground, which is being discussed this month and next in a series of three workshops.
Click here to see the Facebook Invite: “Bixby Park Playground Workshops”
The three workshops will be held at the Bixby Park Community Center (130 Cherry Avenue) from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings: September 25th, October 9th and October 23rd.
The whole family is encouraged to attend the playground workshops. A staff supervised crafts & games area will be available for parents to drop off their children, ages 5 and older, during the workshops.
Feedback from Bixby Park’s recent master plan workshops and Friends of Bixby Park will also be incorporated into the design.
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.
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