The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:05 p.m.
Introductions and Attendance
Maureen introduced the board members and special guests: Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Field Office; Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, City of Long Beach.
Meeting Attendance – 43
Sign-in rosters – 29 members and 14 guests
Maureen introduced Jerry Andis, a local resident and realtor with Main Street Realtors. Jerry worked for 34 years as an environmental engineer before becoming a realtor in 2004. Jerry outlined a special offer to BHCA neighbors for listing your home (provided you’re in the market to sell!) – Total commission of 4% with 2.5% to buyer’s agent; on closing he will donate 0.25% of his commission to a charity of your choice in your name; if you select an environmental charity he will add an additional $250.00. The offer is good through December, 2017. Jerry can be reached at 562-895-0675 or at [email protected]
Thank you to Jerry for sponsoring our meeting!
Special Guest: Larry Rich, Office of Sustainability
Larry has been with the Office of Sustainability since 1991. He oversees environmental programs for the City, one of which is bee keeping (who knew the City was in the bee business!) He also does computer mapping and cartography using GIS software. He was responsible for mapping archaeological resources at the Los Altos Shopping Center. Twenty-three burial sites were discovered and rescued through an archeological dig. There are also many archeological sites around Rancho Los Alamitos once inhabited by the Tongva people.
One of his passions, mapping the City of Long Beach, led to a project of layering progressive images of the City from the late 1800’s through today. If you missed this meeting, you missed a very interesting presentation. It was primarily visual so summarizing it in text leaves much to be desired. However, we plan to have another presentation scheduled sometime in the future so stay tuned!
A few highlights:
After almost an hour, the presentation came to a close with much still left to discuss.
3rd District Council Office Update
Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Council Office, reviewed the following:
Comments from Audience
Budget – Treasurer’s Report
Sydney very briefly reviewed the financial statement. Our account balance is $17,602. A question was asked about donating to the Lagoon trees this year: Because of the restoration project, the trees will not be in the lagoon this year.
Elections will take place in the first quarter of 2017. Let us know if you have an interest in serving on the Board. Contact Maureen at [email protected]
3rd and Redondo development: Maureen noted that a 7-11 and Laundromat will occupy the space.
Belmont Heights Book Club
Book club meeting dates can be found on our calendar/events page. www.mybelmontheights.org
Belmont Heights Parking Study
Maureen noted that the BH study team will be holding a strategy meeting with City staff on December 7. Please send ideas to [email protected]
Winter articles are due December 30.
Matalou Shoe Store & Belmont Burger Burglary
Maureen reported that the PD does not have a lead on this unusual crime. They tunneled from the shoe store into Belmont Burger; a fair amount of jewelry and cash were taken from the businesses.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BHCA PRODUCTS ARE ON SALE: 25% OFF!! T-SHIRTS, SWEATSHIRTS, AND TOTES……
Updates from Task Force teams tackling problems in the neighborhood:
Maureen reported that Doug Forasté, a board member, will attend the next meeting of the PD and local leaders on Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm. If anyone is interested in going please let her know.
Upcoming BHCA Monthly Meetings
November 28 Special Meeting: Mayor Robert Garcia
Dec 14 No meeting – Holiday Party
January 11 Councilwoman Suzie Price
Maureen paid special mention of the Nov 28 meeting with the Mayor. She attended a meeting where he talked about housing, growth, traffic and jobs and the future of Southern CA and CA itself. She and the board thought it was a topic of interest to our community and worked with the Mayor’s office to arrange the meeting. Everyone is invited!
Regarding the Holiday Party it has become so popular that space is an issue. With this in mind, we have decided that the holiday party is a perk of being a member!! So join and get invited! Of course, those who may not be members but have been attending the party will be invited. As usual, it will be a potluck. Look for information on the event soon!
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted,Dianne Sundstrom, SecretaryNovember 17, 2016