By Gina Redican
The BHCA has been hard at work these past few months bringing our community together! Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Meeting with Councilperson Suzie Price:
In February we got an update on all things District 3. Suzie Price was our guest speaker and filled us in on what’s happening in Long Beach and answered questions concerning our community. She discussed homeless outreach and the continuation and extension of various programs, the re-closure of Community Hospital and the opening of new playgrounds in the neighborhood.
Local Candidate Meet & Greets:
The BHCA organized two meetings at which our members and neighbors had the chance to get to know candidates for City-wide offices as well as the open District 3 council seat. All candidates were required to answer a written questionnaire which can be found on our website at www.mybelmontheights.org/news. Almost every person running for office was able to attend with the exception of Laura Doud, City Auditor (who did submit her answers), and Doug Haubert, City Prosecutor. It is fun to see yard signs and say, “I know who that is” thanks to the meetings! In March we got to know George Moyer and Nicholas Liddi who are running for City Prosecutor and 3 candidates for Mayor: Franklin Sims, Raul Cedillo and Joshua Rodriguez. April’s meeting included candidate for City Auditor Dan Miles, candidates for City Attorney Dawn McIntosh and Gerrie Schipske, District 3 candidates Deborah Castro, Greg Magnuson, Kailee Caruso, Kristina Duggan, Nima Novin and Mark Guillen, candidates for Mayor Deb Mozer, Rex Richardson and Suzie Price. Each candidate was given 7 minutes to speak and mingled with guests after the meeting adjourned.
I’m so happy to announce that our Drive-Thru-Food-Drive is back and in full swing! You can count on us to be at the Belmont Heights United Methodist Church on the last Saturday of every month from 9-11 am (because of Holidays, dates may change – please check the calendar at mybelmontheight.org.) This is all possible thanks to two wonderful volunteers: Jeff Rabin and Tracy Luu. Jeff and Tracy have graciously stepped into Will Cullen’s role as Food-Drive organizer, and they are doing a wonderful job. In February, we collected items for LBCC’s Viking Vault. Whilst delivering the goods, we had an opportunity to meet some of the team members at Viking Vault. It was inspiring to see their passion for helping fellow students in need. Tracy connected the BHCA with Rising Tides, a local organization that helps keep kids in school, our beneficiary for March and April.
During the March and April drives, we collected items to build personal hygiene kits for a Make A Difference Day (MADD) project that MADD wasn’t able to fund. Thanks to our donors, we collected over $2,000 which allowed us to make a WHOLE LOT of hygiene kits! A special “thank you” to Todd and Cory Buchner for their generous donation.