BHCA March 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:00 p.m.

Attendance

Maureen introduced the board members who were present and special guests including: Shannon Parker, Homeless Services Officer; Elizabeth Griffin, East Division Commander LBPD;  Johnny Dodson, Homeless Outreach Officer; Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Field Office;  Anthony Doan, International Council of Fraternities, and Davina Keiser, LBCC Trustee Candidate

Meeting Sponsor

Maureen introduced Tracy Ames, owner of The Red Leprechaun, located at 4000 E Anaheim (corner of Termino and Anaheim), and thanked her for sponsoring our meeting. Tracy reminded everyone of the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12.

Greek Life

Anthony Doan announced a fundraiser for foster children to be held at the California Pizza Kitchen on March 18.

LBCC Trustee Election

Davina Keiser introduced herself and briefly provided an overview of why she was running for a trustee position on the LBCC Board.

Maureen introduced the first guest speaker: Shannon Parker, Homeless Services, Long Beach Health Department and John Dodson, police officer who works with the homeless.

Shannon reviewed some guiding principles in dealing with the homeless:

  • “no wrong door” approach for people experiencing homelessness
  • People are provided services that lead to a permanent home
  • People receives services in a coordinated system of care
  • A safety net of services is available to people experiencing homelessness

Funding for services comes from”

  • 6+ million from HUD (Dept of Housing and Urban Development)
  • City of Long Beach
  • County funds for veterans
  • Private Foundations

Outreach for homeless is:

  • Proactive and coordinated
  • A team approach
  • Includes other departments
  • Covers the entire city

Information for the community and residents:

  • The goal is to move people into a clean, safe and healthy living situation
  • The process can be lengthy
  • The person must choose to accept services; services cannot be forces unto anyone
  • The outreach team cannot remove anyone from an area
  • Residents are encouraged to call or email information regarding homeless situations

Maureen introduced Commander Griffin and Linda provided an overview of some current crime stats in Belmont Heights.

Crime Stats for 2015 in BH:

Number
Percent (as % of  City wide totals)
Category
55
8%
Bike Theft
92
4%
Residential Burglary
71
4%
Auto Burglary
111
3%
Petty Theft
63
2%
Auto Theft

Number of incidents by category: link to larger copy

Commander Griffin

Property crimes are major types of crime in Belmont Heights including: residential burglary, auto theft and bike theft. She reminded residents to report bike theft, engrave their CA driver’s license on the bike, use a U lock, and take a photo of the bike registration number as well as a photo of the bike.

In order to most effectively tackle crime, residents must be willing to file a crime report and assist in prosecuting criminals.

Prevention of property crimes includes: locking your home including windows and doors; locking cars; not leaving valuables visible in cars, installing security lighting; being aware of your surroundings and not walking alone when possible.

Business Meeting

Maureen reviewed the following items/events:

Board Elections: The following is the slate of candidates:

Maureen Neeley                     President

Linda Pemberton                    Vice-President

Dianne Sundstrom                  Secretary

Sydney Simon                          Treasurer

Neal Vincent                           Member at Large

Bill Davis                                 Member at Large

Doug Forasté                           Member at Large

An e-ballot will be sent out to current members next week asking them to vote.

Spring Newsletter: Deadline for submission of articles is March 29; distribution scheduled for May 1.

MADD – Belmont Heights’ Make a Difference Day took place on March 6 and was again a very successful event.

Belmont Heights Book Club: Britton Weber reminded everyone that the Book Club meets the 3rd Sunday of each month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The following books are scheduled:

Mar 20 – The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Apr 17 – Circling the Sun by Paula McClain

Please contact Britton if you have questions -- [email protected]

Beach Streets Downtown: March 19 10 – 5: An event being held on Broadway from Pine to Euclid; the BHCA is participating and looking for volunteers. Diane Paull is heading up a team that will provide crosswalk guards at Redondo and Broadway. Please contact Diane to volunteer or send an email to [email protected] More information on the event can be found at this link.

Ed and Mary Lou Sheridan Tribute Tree Planting – March 12. Contact Maureen if you would like to volunteer.

Miner Smith Project and Exhibit: An excellent project – thanks to all the volunteers!

Leaf Blower Initiative: Several options are being considered. Let Councilwoman Price know how you feel about a blower ban by emailing [email protected]

420 Grand: The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO) has been used to repurpose the building allowing up to 17 individual small offices without upgrading parking. A meeting was held on February 23rd with 15+ residents to review plans. Maureen is in the process of scheduling a meeting with both the developer and the Director of Development Services.  

SEADIP/ SEASP: Everyone is encouraged to attend the Open House to review updated plans for the area on Saturday, March 26th, 1 am – 3 pm

Long Beach Elections: Don’t forget to vote on April 12.

Upcoming BHCA Meetings

March 19        Beach Streets Downtown (& Broadway!)

April 13 -         BHCA monthly meeting: brainstorming issues/plans for our community

Other Meetings – check out our event calendar

Mar 16    5:30-7 pm: Colorado Lagoon phase 2 - Rogers Middle School

Mar 23 3:00 pm   Wed - Pop Up Council at Farmers Market 

Mar 24   6:00 pm  Thur - Monthly Community Meeting, AQMD and LB Oil and Gas; Gaslamp

June 26  5:oo pm    Sat, State of the Third District, Long Beach Art Museum

The meeting was adjourned at 9 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Dianne Sundstrom, Secretary, from notes by Betty Leiter – thank you Betty!
April 8, 2016

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