• 03/27/2014
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March 29
Workshops Announced For Bixby Park
Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine announced dates and times for three workshops where participants will re-imagine Bixby Park, its community center and playground.
Starting at 9 a.m. March 29, at the Bixby Park Community Center, attendees will work with architects and parks staff to update the existing park master plan, redesign the playground and prioritize more than $1.2 million in one-time funding set aside for high priority park and playground projects.
After generating ideas at the first workshop, participants will develop those ideas further in the second and third workshops.
Whether residents attend or not, they can lend their voice by taking the park survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BixbyParkUpdate.
Funding for the master plan update, playground design and priority capital improvements is coming from one-time Uplands Oil funds that the Long Beach City Council and Management for Fiscal Year 2014 set aside. One million dollars was set aside for Bixby Park and $230,000 was set aside for playground improvements in each council district.
Melendrez Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design will be facilitating the workshops with support from Parks, Recreation & Marine, Public Works and the Second Council District.
The first workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. March 29.
The second workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. April 12.
The third workshop is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3.
All workshops will take place at the Bixby Park Community Center.
A park master plan for Bixby Park was developed in 1991 and updated in 1998. The playground was renovated around 1996 with new equipment that meets federal Americans with Disabilities Act changed requirements for accessibility, and playground safety. In 1998 the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1992 funded a shade shelter.
Details: www.surveymonkey.com/s/BixbyParkUpdate
Venue: Bixby Park Community Center
Location: 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
March 29
Cesar E. Chavez Day of Service
Celebrate the birth of Cesar E. Chavez through a day of service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29, at Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach
The event includes a citizenship application workshop and Covered California enrollment, as well as a health exposition.
Other activities include Aztec and folklorico dancers, zumba aerobics, a play area for children, food and drinks, employment and college access booths, and health and social service information booths.
Citizenship Application N-400 Completion Workshop from 9am-1PM 
Free of Charge Assistance with Naturalization application including:

  • Application Assistance
  • Application review by an immigration attorney
  • Passport Photos
  • Step-by-Step review of naturalization process
  • Application & documentation packaging

(Fee Waiver Application Assistance Available Please Call Lupe at (562) 570-4722)
Click Here to View Document Checklist in English & Spanish

Covered California Enrollment 11AM -2PM

You/Your Family may qualify for free or low cost health insurance!

Enroll on the spot! We have courteous & patient certified enrollment counselors to assist you. Please bring the following:

  • Birth Certificates, US passports or resident alien cards (green card)
  • Proof of income: recent paychecks or most recent filed income taxes
  • Proof of Los Angeles residency: driver’s license, utility bill or phone bill
  • Social Security Cards for everyone applying
  • If family members currently have insurance through an employer, bring that information with you

*Enrollment Assistance Provided in English and Spanish
Details: (562) 570-4722
Venue: Cesar Chavez Park
Location: 401 E. Golden Ave., Long Beach
March 31
Long Beach Harbor Commission Meeting
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners scheduled its next meeting at 6 p.m. March 31, at the Miller Family Health Education Center.
The meeting will be open to the public and will also be available online via live and archived webcast at www.polb.com/webcast. The meeting agenda is available at the same webpage.
The Long Beach Harbor Department recently moved its headquarters from its previous administration building in the Port of Long Beach to Interim Administrative Offices near Long Beach Airport. A board meeting room is being prepared at the Interim Administrative Offices, but is not yet ready for use.
Details: www.polb.com/webcast
Venue: Miller Family Health Education Center
Location: 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach

April 1
LB City Council Considers Revenue Refunding Bonds
The Long Beach City Council will consider a resolution to approve the issuance of Harbor revenue refunding bonds, during its 5 p.m. April 1 meeting, at Long Beach City Hall.
The bonds, which would the Board of Harbor Commissioners would issue on behalf of the Long Beach, would be in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $90 million and Harbor revenue short-term notes, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $350 million, which would be secured by Harbor Department revenues for District 2.
Details: http://longbeach.legistar.com
Venue: Long Beach City Hall
Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
April 2
Ending Homlessness
The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, in partnership with Marymount California University and the Grand Vision Foundation, is hosting a quality of life forum: Ending Homelessness: Mission Not Impossible, starting at 6 p.m. April 2, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
Learn how chronic homelessness is being addressed on local and national policy levels, and discuss potential solutions for our community. The event is free. Light refreshments will follow the panel discussion.
Details: http://sanpedrocity.org
Venue: Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
April 2
Save Our Streets LA
At 6 p.m. April 2, a public briefing on the joint report on the Save Our Streets LA proposal will take place in the Public Works Board Room at Los Angeles City Hall. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
The chief legislative analyst and city administrative officer recently released the detailed joint report, as requested by the Los Angeles City Council in August 2013.
The report responds to 24 specific instructions from the Council for additional information on the scope of the project, funding options and ways to increase efficiency and ensure accountability on what would be the largest local street and sidewalk improvement program in the country.
Everyone is encouraged to read the report at www.SOSLA.org.
Details: www.SOSLA.org
Venue: Los Angeles City Hall
Location: 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles
April 2
Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast 2014
Supply chain experts give their predictions for what’s in store for the 2014 peak shipping season, from 7 to 10 a.m. April 2, at the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center.
Speakers present the views of an economist, importer, exporter, ocean carrier, trucking, railroad and more. A complimentary breakfast will be served and free parking is available.
This year’s trade flows are complicated by good economic news one day and bad the next. This year, the outlook is complicated by the upcoming coast-wide labor negotiations.
Details: (562) 283-7755; www.polb.com/pulsersvp
Venue: Long Beach Convention Center
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

April 5
Youth Employment Preparation Fair
Pathways to Employment will take place, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. April 8, at San Pedro High School’s John & Muriel Olguin Campus.
The event is designed to help any young person between the ages of 16 and 24 gain an advantage in their job search.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend three different workshops, visit with employers and training providers and participate in a practice interview.
Workshops include: communications, interviewing, marketing oneself, obtaining work experience, apprentice programs, and more. Representatives from the entertainment industry, restaurant industry, civil service, retail, financial services, and many others will be on hand to provide information about their application process and what they look for in applicants. Some companies will be hiring.
This event is free to all youth in the Harbor Area ages 16 to 24, with lunch being provided at the event.
Details: www.nwsanpedro.org/pathways-to-employment
Venue: John & Muriel Olguin Campus
Location: 3210 S. Alma St., San Pedro

April 5
Boy Scout Troop 212 Annual Rummage Sale
Boy Scout Troop 212  is hosting their annual enormous parking lot “Rummage Sale and FREE Electronic Waste Drop-off fundraiser,” from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5, at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.
All electronic waste (TV, computers or monitors, electrical cords, etc. are accepted and re-chargeable batteries only OK. No light bulbs accepted.
Details: (562) 799-4009
Venue: Grace First Presbyterian Church
Location: 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach

April 5
Rancho Adobe Museum Volunteer Open House

Make your spring commitment to volunteer, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5, at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
The volunteer open house will offer you a chance to learn about the adobe. You and your family will be able to tour the museum and get involved in one of the activities.
Details: (310) 603-0088; www.dominguezrancho.org
Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Compton

April 11
POLB Wants to Hear from You

In an effort to provide relevant and timely international trade information and education, the Port of Long Beach is asking for input on topics most relevant to your business and the export community as a whole.
Please take a few minutes to complete this very brief survey by April 11 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5F8DX5X.
Details: joel.perler@polb.com

Partnership to Expand Export Financing for Small and Medium Businesses
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Export-Import Bank of the United States Chairman Fred P. Hochberg have announced a new partnership help Los Angeles-based small- and medium-sized export businesses get loans so they can have greater access to foreign markets.
Interested businesses should call (213) 978-1533 or email ron.lowe@lacity.org.
Mayor Garcetti’s Minority Business Development Agency can now process loan applications for Los Angeles businesses for financing through the Export-Import Bank’s Global Credit Express program, designed to help those small businesses which might be locked out of conventional financing markets or need liquidity to finance exports.
Through this new partnership, Los Angeles-based small- and medium-sized export businesses may be eligible for a 6- or 12-month revolving line of credit of up to $500,000 through the Ex-Im Bank’s Global Credit Express program.
The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center – Los Angeles, is operated by the University of Southern California in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Details: (213) 978-1533; ron.lowe@lacity.org

Battleship Iowa Offers Fundraising Program to Nonprofits
The Pacific Battleship Center has launched a community program aimed at helping other nonprofit groups raise money by creating a customized online ticket program.
The program aligns with Battleship IOWA’s mission to catalyze community and economic development, with strong focus on the Los Angeles Waterfront region.  Similar efforts include a cooperating marketing agreement with other arts and cultural groups along the Waterfront, discounted event fees for veteran and community groups, and programming that serves public school students.
Subscribers will create a unique “Partner Account” with Battleship IOWA’s sales office, and visitors who buy tickets through that link will automatically make a donation to the nonprofit subscriber.
Details: (877) 446-9261 ext. 706; groupsales@labattleship.com

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