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Long Beach Walk to School Week kicked off on Monday, March 20th with parents organizing walking school buses by picking up kids along the route to school. Mann Elementary parents volunteered to safely cross students at high traffic intersections and were out advocating with student school council for safer, slower streets. The Long Beach Health Department and Long Beach Police Department set up a visitor booth at Mann Elementary giving out safety brochures, coloring books, reflective wrists bands and stickers.

Students at Mann Elementary wrote letters to  city department officials including Vice Mayor Cindy Allen, Paul Van Dyke of Public Works and Mayor Rex Richardson to advocate for a crossing guard, re-painting of deteriorating crosswalks and safer streets!

Walk to School Week culminated with guest speaker and Olympic Road Bike Racer Tony Cruz. Tony talked with kids about bike safety and reviewed the rules of the road. Two bikes were raffled off to the kids along with helmets. Special thanks to Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association for the donation of a bike, Tichenor Clinic for the helmets, and to Tony Cruz!

Mann Elementary Parent volunteers to cross students safety during Walk to School Week March 20 – 24
2nd grade students at Mann Elementary wrote street safety letters to Mayor Rex Richardson
2nd grade students at Mann Elementary wrote street safety letters to Vice Mayor Cindy Allen
Olympic Road Cyclist Tony Cruz spoke to kids at Mann Elementary on Friday, March 24th



The City’s Disaster Preparedness Department is hosting a Tsunami Awareness Panel at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Monday, March 27th. ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

When: Monday, March 27, 2023

Time: Event will start at 6:30 PM

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific

The panel discussion will take place in the Aquarium’s Pacific Visions Theater and the Great Hall exhibits will be open for attendees. Attendance and parking are FREE.

The link to register is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tsunami-awareness-panel-discussion-tickets-586091454317

Reach out to Rebecca Lopez, who is Cc’d in this email if you have any additional questions.

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Community Meeting Wrap Up

It was an evening filled with opportunities to volunteer and learn more about new initiatives happening in Long Beach. Special thanks to The Good Bar Owner Blake Whytock for his terrific hospitality and support of our neighborhood!

What you Missed: Mary Simmons and Ishqa Hillman of Project Dignity are building a sense of community between the housed and unhoused community through food sharing, resources and community conversations. Interested in volunteering? Learn more HERE.

Pictured left to right: Mary Simmons and Ishqa Hillman of Project Dignity
Long Beach Vice Mayor Cindy Allen

Long Beach Vice Mayor Cindy Allen discussed the speed limit reductions being implemented around the city for 107 street segments. Public Works will begin community outreach to notify residents of the changes. Long Beach is creating a Commission on Women and Girls to serve as a space for education, outreach and advocacy with the objective of eliminating gender-based inequities. Finally, Vice Mayor Allen gave a plug to the Metro Micro. Micro is Metro’s new on-demand rideshare service. Learn more HERE.

Dina Berg of Heart of Ida
Richard Nunez of GreenLightLB

Dina Berg, Executive Director of Heart of Ida informed attendees of the volunteer opportunities to connect and assist older adults with the resources they need in Long Beach. Learn more HERE.

Dawn Mendelson of ArtWorksLBC gave a wrap up of previous community projects and upcoming mosaic murals happening in collaboration with students and staff at Burbank Elementary this Spring!

Jose Quintanilla, Rose Park Resident and Rose Park Association Board Member talked about Long Beach Walls, formerly PowWowLongBeach. Long Beach Walls brings community together to celebrate art, culture and Long Beach. More information HERE.

Richard Nunez of Long Beach Health Department’s GreenLightLB program gave some startling statistics on distracted driving in our city. GreenLightLB is looking for volunteers to collect data on distracted drivers with two hour shifts of observation. This data will be shared with local and statewide partners with the goal of raising awareness in our community and make our roads safer for everyone. 

When: Tuesday April 18th, 2023 from 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM OR 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday April 22nd, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: 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 Greenlight@longbeach.gov

Sign up HERE to volunteer.

Sylvia Salcedo, Rose Park Neighborhood Volunteer
Pictured left to right: Cody Lusby of Roses for Rose Park and Eric Copeland, Board Member, We Love Long Beach

Sylvia Salcedo, long-time Rose Park Neighborhood volunteer spoke about her clean up and revitalization efforts with her husband Ed Campbell at 7th and Dawson.

Cody Lusby of Roses for Rose Park talked about engaging local businesses and residents with his mural of roses and seeks volunteers to continue this neighborhood effort!

Eric Copeland discussed Play Streets with We Love Long Beach and connecting neighbors through block parties and get togethers. Interested? Email info@rpna.org.