The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:05 p.m.
Maureen introduced the board members and special guests: Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Field Office; Jody Wynn, CSULB Women’s Basketball coach; Phyllis O’Connor & Nicole Bennett, League of Women Voters.
Meeting Attendance – 72
Sign-in rosters – 49 members and 19 guests
Maureen introduced Alex & Matt Maltezos, Long Beach residents and owners of Mattalou Shoe Boutique located on Ximeno just south of 4th St. Alex encouraged everyone to visit noting that she carries shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and affordable. In addition, she supports local jewelry and other craft artists. Thank you to Alex and Matt for sponsoring our meeting! Drop in for their Halloween bash on October 23! Check out their website
Special Guests: CSULB Women’s Basketball Team Staff
Jody Wynn, the coach of the team, introduced her assistant as well as the team’s marketing staff. The team opens this year’s season with a home game on November 18 playing the University of Houston. She encouraged our community to get involved by attending games and supporting the team in other ways, i.e. mentoring team members. The season extends November through March. On 11/25, they are playing Duke, a prominent women’s basketball team. Season tickets can be purchased for $50/seat. For information contact Benny Garcia at [email protected] or call the ticket office at 562-985-4949. For more info visit www.longbeachstate.com
Benny and the team raffled off 4 t-shirts and a pair of courtside tickets and 2 t-shirts to lucky attendees.
3rd District Council Office Update
Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Council Office, reviewed the following:
Comment from Audience
Please consider a sign on Ximeno and Park as cars are approaching Vista announcing that one is approaching a bike blvd. Jack will f/u and report back to Maureen.
Guest Speakers: League of Women Voters, Phyllis O’Connor and Nicole Bennett
Phyllis spoke briefly about the long history of the League’s LB Chapter. The League focuses on education and advocacy.
The speakers reviewed 10 of the initiatives on the November ballot. The information was quite detailed and covered a lot of facts. So as not to misquote, information summarizing the initiatives as well as the League’s recommendations, can be found at the California website: www.lwvc.org
Long Beach website: www.lba.ca.lwvnet.org
Information can also be found at:
CA Legislative Analyst website: www.lao.ca.gov
Ballotpedia – www.ballotpedia.org
CA Voter Foundation: www.calvoter.org
Plus many others…………….
Budget – Treasurer’s Report
In Sydney Simon’s absence, Maureen reported that we have a bank balance of approximately $16,500. Some of those monies are planned to be spent on the Pacific Electric right-of-way project.
Linda Pemberton reported that we have 170 active, dues paying members, the highest ever!
Linda and Dianne reported that the task force is close to having a new website up and running. Anticipate date of activation is approximately 6 weeks.
Bill Davis reported that the fall issue will be delivered the beginning of November. Articles for the winter issue are due by December 30.
Pacific Electric right-of-way
If all goes well, construction should begin in the Spring of 2017.
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]org
BHA2 Art Exhibit
Maureen congratulated Sydney Simon and Ellen Butler for coordinating a really great exhibit and opening October 1 at Viento y Agua. Over 100 people attended and 6 pieces of art were sold on opening night. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
This year’s event is scheduled for November 12 on Anaheim St. Visit www.beachstreets.com for information.
Belmont Heights Book Club
Book club meeting dates can be found on our calendar/events page. www.mybelmontheights.org
Updates from Task Force teams tackling problems in the neighborhood:
Maureen mentioned that the team is focusing on how to support change to the helicopter noise issue.
Parking - Bill Marshall
Bill reviewed a “Parking Brochure” the team has prepared to distribute to residents – good job to Bill and his Team. The brochure will be posted to the website for easy access.
Maureen reported that Doug Forasté, a board member, was attending a meeting of the PD and local leaders. Doug will report back on any items or actions of interest
Upcoming BHCA Monthly Meetings
Nov 9th LB Geological Past
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!
Don’t forget the general election on November 8 – VOTE!!
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.Respectfully submitted,Dianne Sundstrom, SecretaryOctober 18, 2016