June 2017 BHCA Monthly Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm.

Maureen introduced our sponsor, Grain Café, and welcomed Mayra, manager of the Long Beach location. She also introduced guest speaker, Diko Melkonian, Manager, Public Works - Environmental Services

Talking Trash: Diko Melkonian

Diko is responsible for refuse collection and recycling collection and several other functions including hazardous waste, street sweeping, and LB-Exchange.

Refuse done in-house
Recycling done under contract with Waste ManagementService
123K customers per week
Fleet: three types of vehicles of different sizes          
2010 recognized as best solid waste collection in country
74% of waste diverted out of waste stream
Curbside recycling small part of that
Different types of items picked up by different trucks
Street sweeping collects 11,000 tons per year

Current initiatives

Diko took over 1 year ago and converted a management position to new Waste Reduction position
City Council asked for report on ban on Styrofoam (polystyrene)
Council interest in zero waste plan—not easy & probably not possible
Two special pick-ups a year. Possible increase to three or four. Call 562-570-2876. E-waste and toxins? Call number.
Paint, toxins, special place to take it.
Two crews target litter: Created Long Beach Clean Team—focus on litter and illegal dumping
Cigarette butts—largest part of litter stream—focus on recycling butts
Collection of illegally dumped items important issue—collect 50 mattresses/day

Questions from audience:

Q. Stealing from purple bins & profitability?
A. Profit sharing with Waste Management. Money given to PD for scavenging enforcement

Q. What happens to trash?
A. City co-owns SERRF on Terminal Island—where trash burnt. Three tons of refuse makes 1 ton of ash and energy recovered to generate electricity. Virtually no pollution. Metals get extracted. Ash mixed into roadway pavement. We try not to use landfills. See Video Here: Where Does Our Trash Go?

Q. Why not separate container for lawn clippings (green waste)?
A.2008 study indicated trucks, petroleum, parking worse by capturing green waste and rates go up. Smaller carbon footprint now with SERRF than collecting green waste. See Video Here: Why Don’t We Collect Green Waste?

Q. Who takes our recycling?
A. Potential Industries, which offers tours. See Video Here: Where Does our Recycling Go?

Q. Can we get quieter trucks?
A. Trucks focused on alternative fuels, but won’t be any quieter, unfortunately.

Q. How do we get rid of palm fronds?
A. Palm fronds from storms responsibility of owner, but collected eventually by city trucks

City Council issued five-year notice to Waste Management to study imitating LA on a bid to reduce number of private collection companies traveling LB streets for customers.

BHCA Updates on Neighborhood and City Projects

Nina Moussavi—3rd Council District Office Director

6th Street Bike Boulevard: no schedule yet; expected in next couple of weeks; 90 working days to complete project. Residents will be notified with flyers and door hangers that will include spec sheet and on-line links

RV & Oversize Vehicle Parking: City has ordinance that requires posting no parking signs for oversized vehicles
New ordinance: will have signs at entrances to City that prohibits RV and oversized vehicle parking; case-by-case exceptions to 72 hour; boats & trailers included; 20 permits at one time
City Council passed it unanimously

3rd & Redondo Strip Mall: Proposed 7-11 & laundromat is within the owners rights; hoping for some voluntary
restriction on liquor sales; proposed upgrades to façade

General Plan: Study session last night; next will go to Planning Commission and then Coastal Commission; Redondo cap increased from two to three or four stories past 7th Street

Bike Registration: Suzie is exploring access to private server in our own city

BHCA Board and Committee Reports

Sydney presented financial report: $15,115 balance

BHCA Outing: June 28th 6 PM Biking the Boulevards – see the calendar below.

Maureen talked about Starling Diner parklet: decision made to have NO parklet, but there is a design for outside tables and waiting areas. Sending out new plan to residents who attended meeting; BHCA board approves proposed plan.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): Since 1997 we have been zoned R-1 (Doug Drummond councilperson at time) — one house per lot, though two houses on a lot was grandfathered in.
January 2017 - Governor Brown enacted state law that every city has to allow ADUs
Local municipalities can tweak it, but R-1 zoning may no longer be available for lots over 4,800’ sq. (Nina noted that the Senate Bill trumps local prohibition of ADUs)
The City needs to have something on the books to regulate ADUs, otherwise state law is in effect. Currently considering that owner must live on property. City draft of the LB ordinance seeks to allow up to 1,200’ square ADU units, with no additional parking required. BHCA Board will be sending out our recommendations for a reduced square footage maximum, more open space, and a discussion of how deed restrictions will be enforced.

Pacific Electric Right of Way: Construction begins Fall 2017; Contract goes to City Council for approval in July 

DEIR published for 2nd & PCH: Comment period closed

SEASP: Planning Commission approved 2,584 housing units (instead of previously proposed 5,600)—but will probably not build to maximum; New impact fee for Wetlands restoration; To City Council September 19th for approval; Restricted to five stories instead of seven (Only a hotel could seek 7 seven stories)

Synergy website on BHCA website. Detailed Q&A also available on website.

Will Cullen talked about tree planting—looking for tree stewards (for watering)

Sydney reported on new Ts and hats. Only 5 tote bags left.

Noise Committee: 1,200 noise complaints in May for helicopters, a huge increase for our two zip codes. Remember to call 424 348-4354 or download the app at: http://heli-noise-la.com/webtrak/

Doug & Kathleen reported on crime. Kathleen noted that the Commander mentioned they had made arrests on the two most recent street robberies. She also demonstrated how statistics can be misleading. Doug showed the attached crime statistics report for the Belmont Heights reporting districts. Also, residents can see statistics via www.crimereports.com.

LBPD Crime Stats Jan-Apr 2017 and 2017
Reporting Districts 531, 532, 533, 534, 543, 544 (532, 533 include parts of Belmont Shore)

 

2017

Jan

 

Feb

 

Mar

 

Apr

2017

AVG

2016

AVG

2016

Jan

 

Feb

 

Mar

 

Apr

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rape

0

0

0

0

0

.5

1

0

0

1

Robbery

0

2

2

0

1

1

1

1

2

0

Aggravated
Assault

0

0

2

1

.75

1.25

1

2

1

1

Residential
Burglary

4

9

8

7

7

9

8

6

15

7

Commercial
Burglary

0

1

1

0

.5

2

0

1

6

1

Auto
Burglary

6

3

0

5

3.5

3.75

3

2

7

3

Grand Theft

3

3

0

1

1.75

4.5

5

2

4

7

Petty Theft

10

5

8

9

8

8

7

6

8

12

Bike Theft

1

2

3

2

2

4

1

5

7

2

Auto Theft

1

2

2

6

2.75

5

4

7

0

9

Arson

0

0

1

0

.25

0

0

0

0

0

 

Sydney reported on the Belmont Heights Artists’ Association art show in October at Viento y Agua. Opening reception is Oct 6th. Received a $500 grant from the Long Beach Port. She is requesting an additional grant from the LB Arts Council

CALENDAR: Upcoming Events / Meetings

BHCA Night Out @ Musical Theater West presenting the play “In the Heights.” Look for an October date for this neighborhood outing.

June 28, 6 PM—Bike the Boulevard. Meet at Farmers Market at Marine Stadium, west end, to bike Vista and 6th Street loop. About 4 miles, in 75 minutes. Led by Allan Crawford.
July 6 – Planning Commission on Accessory Dwelling Units
July 12 BHCA monthly meeting: Commander Griffin, LBPD
August 9 BHCA meeting: Congressman Lowenthal

Respectfully submitted
Doug Foraste, Secretary

 

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