February 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:07 p.m.
Maureen introduced the board members and special guests: 3rd District Council office Chief of Staff Jack Cunningham and Rachael Rifkin, local writer.
Meeting Attendance – approximately 37
Meeting Sponsor
Maureen introduced Corrie Mathews, the manager of the Bixby Knolls location of EJ Malloy’s, and Jose Garcia, the manager of the Broadway location. EJ Malloy’s has been on Broadway for 25 years. Maureen noted that  in the 1920s, the location was a deli called EJ Malloy’s. Thanks to Corrie and Jose for providing delicious snacks!  Check them out!

Special Guest Discussion 

Maureen introduced Rachael Rifkin, a local writer and family genealogist. Rachael also has a keen interest in the history of Long Beach and is a participant in the Human Library, a worldwide movement for social change where real people are on loan to readers.  Rachael presented a detailed history of the Brown’s Court Apartments (BCA), 3615 – 3623 E Colorado St., currently owned by Leslie & Randy Arrington. The Arrington’s bought the property in 2005 and, after extensive restoration, received a Long Beach Preservation Award in 2015.

Rachael covered a wealth of information on the history of the BCA; if you were not able to attend or were at the meeting and would like to review the presentation you can find it here. Please note that the first 9 slides reflect Rachael’s history project of her ancestors. She did a side by side photo exhibit: her ancestor and her, dressed and posed as her ancestor……incredible!

Business Meeting

Jack Cunningham, 3rd District

3rd and Redondo – 7-Eleven
The date for presentation of the project to the Planning Commission has not been set. Residents can provide input into “conditions of use” for this property. Comments should be sent to the 3rd District Council office: [email protected] and [email protected]

LED street lights
Public works is in the process of evaluating less intense lighting in neighborhoods. He reiterated the fact that the lights will improve public safety, use less energy, and reduce light pollution.  Here is the contact for the city staff handing LED lighting: Keith Hoey at 562-570-6586 - [email protected]

Board Elections
Maureen noted that nominations to the Board will close March 1. An electronic vote will be sent to members March 2 - 6 and the new board installed at the March 8 BHCA meeting.

Land Use Element and Urban Design Element
Maureen noted that several Board members attending the presentation of the updated plan to the Planning Commission. The plan does not propose changes to R-1 zoning. The BHCA primarily commented on the transition areas between our neighborhoods and our commercial corridors. A request was also made for the City to do a historic survey of buildings in our neighborhood. You can read the BHCA letter to Development Services here.

Tree Planting
We are planning another tree planting sometime in May……….stay tuned!

WOW – Walking on Wednesday
A group of walkers meets every Wed at 0715 at the Chase bank on 2nd Street. The begin walking at 0730 and finish at 0830. Join in!


Upcoming BHCA Monthly Meetings
March 8
:  Annual BHCA planning meeting.  Help set priorities and form the agenda for the coming year.
April 12:   Synergy Oil
May 10: Congressman Alan Lowenthal will talk about what’s happening in Washington and how it affects us locally (waiting confirmation: check BHCA website calendar)

Other Neighborhood Events
March 19 and April 9
Belmont Heights Book Club Meetings
February 23:  Long Beach Heritage Preservation Awards. 
Award will be given to the Miner Smith Project.  Queen Mary at 6pm.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.lbheritage.org/index.php/awards/preservation-awards
March 26: Make a Difference Day (MADD)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Dianne Sundstrom, Secretary
February 22, 2016

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