By Suzie Price, Third District Councilwoman
Is there any better time than Spring in Long Beach? Everyone is out enjoying our wonderful weather in the great parks, at the beach, and in our fantastic business districts. Spring is a great time of year for many reasons, but one of the reasons I love it the most are the annual concerts in the park hosted by my office. The past few years have been difficult, with many experiencing uncertainty, anxiety, frustration and anger; but I believe in the power of community to make the world a better place. Our neighborhoods and our City are stronger when residents and neighbors spend time together. This is why I am such an advocate for community concerts. Bringing people together in a fun, positive way where families, friends, and neighbors can share an evening makes us all more connected with one another and gives us a greater sense of being a part of the community. Fostering those relationships are more important than ever, especially after the past few years where isolation had been so common.
However, that is certainly not all that my office and I have been working on. Specific to Belmont Heights, I am so glad to see the new playground at the Colorado Lagoon. As we continue to see the lagoon bring people out to swim and enjoy the beach, picnic, and walk the paths, the upgraded playground equipment offers another way for residents of every age to have a great time at the Colorado Lagoon. Investing in parks and our open spaces is always important and this is a great project to see completed.
Public safety, infrastructure, small businesses, and community are always top priorities for me and my entire staff. This means working closely with our Police Department to address issues of traffic enforcement and crime. As a prosecutor for over 20 years, public safety is always important to me. Also important is investing in our community and City infrastructure, which I work to highlight every day in our district and throughout the City as the Chair of the Infrastructure and Transportation Committee. Additionally, supporting our local small businesses is essential as we all make our way through the pandemic and the ongoing changes to the way we shop. My husband and I have seen this firsthand as small business owners in Belmont Shore.
Although we continue to see concerns and impacts from COVID-19, there are reasons for optimism. To date, 357,981 Long Beach residents have been vaccinated. That number comprises 88.8% of our 18-year-old and older residents and is 76.7% of our total population.
As always, these are only a few of the important updates I can provide to you as my staff and I work together with neighbors to make our City its best. Please feel free to reach out to my office any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (562) 570-6300.