News from Councilman DeLong's July 21 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting
Councilman DeLong and City staff provided updates and information on a number of issues.
Lane Changes at the 2nd and PCH Intersection:
Work is continuing from 10 pm to 5 am to add a second left turn lane and a dedicated right turn lane on southbound PCH at 2nd street. About 3 more weeks are left to finish moving utilities and other infrastructure lines/pipes. After that, the 3rd lane that is currently closed will be reopened and it should take approximately 3 months to finish the entire project.
Update from Commander Lopez, East Division PD
Overall, crime stats in the East Division are relatively flat. Residents should take the usual precautions of closing windows when away and at night; not leaving articles visible in cars, and reporting suspicious activity to the PD at 911 or the non-emergency number @ 562-435-6711. Since electronic devices are frequent targets in thefts, everyone is encouraged to record serial numbers of devices --it's the only way items can be traced. The department can be reached by email @ LBPDEAST@longbeach.gov
The Department's We Want You! volunteer program is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Police Partners. If you are interested please call the Program Coordinator, Sheila Cannan at 562-570-5299.
The Department officially unveiled Nixle, a system that communicates time-sensitive information via texting or email. You can activate the system at www.nixle.com
The Long Beach Police Department is partnering with the Emfinders organization to provide free tracking bracelets to the families of Long Beach residents with cognitive disorders who subscribe to a monthly monitoring service. These rechargeable bracelets, when activated, transmit a cellular signal that can be tracked by local law enforcement to identify the location of the missing person. Through this partnership, the Police Department will be able to more quickly locate these individuals if they wander away from their homes and become lost and/or disoriented. In addition, this will greatly reduce the amount of patrol and investigative resources utilized during these situations. See if you qualify for the program, contact the Missing Persons Detail at (562) 570-1436. More information can be found at the PD website by clicking on the link Safe Reunion --
Finally, the Department is promoting a community camera program that links into individual home camera security systems. For more information, call the PD.
Update from Kevin Wattier, General Manager, LB Water Department
Mr. Wattier's primary message was that although drought conditions have abated, water conservation is still an important issue. The Department's target of 100 gal/resident/day has not yet been achieved -- current usage is approximately 108 gal/resident/day. For those interested, money for converting lawns to native vegetation is still available. Information and applications can be found at the following website:
The Department has also donated $1.5M to the City to replace grass in public areas with drought tolerant landscapes.