Black History Month Celebration at Bixby Park, Graffiti Removal, Rose Park Construction Improvements & Tree Maintenance are Underway

Black History Month Celebration at Bixby Park

Join us at Bixby Park on Sunday, February 25th from 1:30-4:30 pm for an enriching Black History Month Celebration. This event will feature representatives from the LB Historical Society, the LGBTQ Center, Board President of the African American Cultural Center, Darick Simpson and special guest Donzaleigh Abernathy.

Come together with the community to honor and learn from the past, present, and future contributions of the Black community. All are encouraged to attend and participate in this meaningful event. All are encouraged to attend.

Free food from Robert Earl’s BBQ and Fluffy’s Sno-Balls while supplies last. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair.

Graffiti Removal

Graffiti at 7th and Dawson along the mosaic flower wall, also known as the “The Friendship Corner”

Residents Ed Campbell, Sylvia Salcedo and Cody Lusby quickly restored the mosaic flower wall known as “The Friendship Corner” on 7th Street and Dawson, after it was tagged with graffiti some time Wednesday morning.

Roses for Rose Park Cody Lusby brought supplies and paint to the site, and with the help of Sylvia and Ed, they worked together to restore the mosaic flower wall back to its original state. We are so grateful to our neighbors!

Ed Campbell (pictured left) and Cody Lusby (pictured right) at the mosaic flower wall on 7th Street and Dawson

Rose Park Neighborhood Association would also like to thank the residents who messaged us on Instagram @roseparklb about the graffiti. Please stay connected and keep us informed, and remember to use the GO Long Beach app to report issues such as graffiti, dumped items, potholes, and more!

Rose Park Construction Improvements & Tree Maintenance

Rose Park Gazebo on 8th and Orizaba Ave.

The gazebo is now temporarily closed to complete construction upgrades to the gazebo. Improvements are underway at Rose Park which include installation of six new lighting fixtures, a new electrical outlet along with two outlet security boxes beneath the gazebo and the four park benches underneath the gazebo will be repainted.

The contractor encourages park patrons to keep children away from the construction areas and activities.

Tree Maintenance is also taking place at Rose Park. Parks Recreation and Marine is currently removing dead or dying trees in City parks that pose a danger to park visitors. Rose Park Neighborhood Association will be reaching out to residents for input while working with city staff to determine what can be planted to restore our trees. For more information, please view the tree inventory report for Rose Park HERE (the red squares on the report identify the damaged areas).

For questions or concerns, please email The Rose Park Neighborhood Association will be offering community input events regarding Rose Park, so please stay tuned for future dates and times coming up!

For updates and contact information visit

Local Election Coming Up! Volunteer for RoadwatchLB 

Council District 2 Neighborhood Candidates Forum at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

More than 100 people attended the Council District 2 Neighborhood Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 15th at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. The incumbent and Council District 2 Vice Mayor Cindy Allen and Friends of Bixby Park President Ketty Citterios were asked 6 pre-determined questions which included topics such as Transportation and Traffic, Public Safety, Housing and the UnHoused, Diversity and Inclusion, Historic Preservation, and Community Health and Wellness. These topics were identified as high priority areas for residents from the city’s budget survey and identified as concerns brought forth from neighborhood associations in Council District 2.

(Pictured on left) Council District 2 Incumbent & Vice Mayor Cindy Allen
(Picture on right) Friends of Bixby Park President Ketty Citterios

The last 20 minutes of the forum included questions from attendees regarding the candidate’s plans for school safety improvement, use of discretionary funds, support for local businesses, labor, trash and waste disposal.

Council District 2 Neighborhood Candidates Forum at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

The forum was a collaborative planning effort implemented by Bluff Park, Bluff Heights and Rose Park Neighborhood Associations.

Thank you to our neighborhood volunteers who helped with the event, to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church for the use of the space and equipment, to the City Clerk’s Office for providing election information, and to the candidates Cindy Allen and Ketty Citterios and to their hardworking teams!

The California Primary Election is on Tuesday, March 4. All registered voters receive mail-in ballots in advance sent to their home address.

Not sure which is your Council District? Check out the Map HERE.

For Election and Voting Information, visit

Learn about and hear from the candidates running for City Council Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8, as well as Long Beach Unified School District Board Areas 2 and 4. This event is hosted by Leadership Long Beach and designed to give you ample time to consider the candidates before casting your vote in person on March 5th or via mail by February 27th.

Register to attend or watch the live streaming if you are unable to attend in person. Follow here …

Email to submit potential questions for candidates. Please note that there is no guarantee that all questions will be asked due to time limitations, but the planning committee will consider all questions submitted via email.

Register Here

Volunteer for RoadwatchLB 

The Long Beach Health Department is conducting the City’s 5th RoadwatchLB to observe drivers at intersections across Long Beach to collect data on distracted driving. The collected data will is shared with local and statewide partners with the goal of raising awareness in our community to  make our roads safer for everyone. Volunteers help City staff collect valuable data that will help develop strategies to prevent the incidence of death and injury caused by distracted driving in Long Beach. 


Saturday April 13th, 2024 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

OR Tuesday April 16th, 2024 from 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Those interested can choose from 5 locations throughout Long Beach to volunteer their time.

Volunteers can register by visiting the website or by emailing the GreenlightLB team at

We hope you can join us!  Click Here to Sign-up