Dear Lakewood Village Residents, as we navigate through these difficult times of uncertainty, we are proud of our community for respecting the guidelines of our city, state, and nation and for asking “How can we help our neighbors in need?”
While we “self-isolate” at home for the next few weeks, we may have more opportunities to talk to neighbors as they walk their dogs, take a stroll, or care for their yards. We can use this time to support our community by getting to know our neighbors and reaching out to anyone that might need additional assistance, especially the elderly.
Here is a template to share with our neighbors in the Lakewood Village:
The Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association thanks you for caring for your community and for your neighbors, and we wish you health and wellness.
Sir Robert Peele wrote his nine Principles of Law Enforcement in 1829. To me, none of the nine ring more true than number seven:
The police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbenton every citizen in the intent of the community welfare.
Since taking over as East Division Commander a few months ago, I have been so impressed by the level of community engagement throughout the division, from the council district offices, to the community watch groups, business associations and neighborhood associations, I feel a real sense of connectedness.
Our four council district offices, led by Councilwoman Pearce in District 2, Councilwoman Price in District 3, Councilman Supernaw in District 4, and Councilwoman Mungo in District 5, have welcomed me and wasted no time getting me up to speed on the pertinent issues facing their communities. I work with them on a regular basis and find they are very effective in communicating the needs of their constituents directly to the police department. The council offices’ direct connection with the other departments within the city puts them in a unique position to obtain quick results. I encourage residents who are not involved with their council offices to make that valuable connection. You can find your council district office on the City of Long Beach website (www.longbeach.gov) under the City Officials tab.
Another valuable connection I encourage residents to make is with one of their local community groups. There are dozens of community groups located in East Long Beach. Whether it is a neighborhood association, business association, community watch group or neighborhood coalition, getting involved and getting to know your neighbors is always productive and rewarding. I have attended numerous meetings and events hosted by these the East Long Beach groups. I have made new friends and formed relationships that help me better understand the needs of the community. Feel free to email the Long Beach Police Department’s East Patrol Division at LBPDEast@longbeach.gov to learn more about groups in your area.
East Long Beach’s collection of neighborhood groups focus on a variety of issues. One common issue is the challenge of how to relate to individuals who are experiencing homelessness. East Long Beach is filled with compassionate people who want to help others while also keeping their families safe and neighborhoods clean. During this holiday season of giving, please think about giving a “hand up” instead of a “hand out.” Our city has an interdepartmental team that is recognized as being on the cutting edge for finding long-term solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness. Please consider donating to one of several worthwhile organizations who are working to help the homeless as opposed to handing out money to individuals on the street. One such organization is the Long Beach Police Foundation’s Quality-of-Life Program, which can be found at https://lbpolicefoundation.org/quality-of-life/. Your donation will be directed toward finding lasting solutions as opposed to prolonging an individual’s ability to live on the street without accepting the assistance offered by local shelters.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in East Division a happy holiday and to thank all of you who are involved in your neighborhoods for your efforts. I truly believe the way to maintain a successful police department is through the support and involvement of the community and East Long Beach should be proud of their very active and connected community. Thank you for your warm welcome and have a happy and safe holiday.
Commander Patrick O’Dowd
Long Beach Police Department, East Division
Please take a look at the city’s plan to regulate “Short Term Rentals” better known as Airb&b. We have a poll bellow to gather the residents of Lakewood Village opinion on the matter. The council will meet Tuesday December 4th at 5pm at City Hall to discuss options. Click bellow to review. Please feel free to put your own comments. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our poll.
“The debate, at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23, will be broadcast live on Facebook and Twitter. After the forum, four curated videos of the discussion of each amendment to be posted on all social channels—including Instagram.”
Mayor Robert Garcia and Auditor Laura Doud, arguing in favor of the charter amendments
Former Councilwoman Rae Gabelich and activist Corliss Lee, who will arguing against the amendments
LB Post write “We welcome and encourage your participation in this hour-long event, as we will be taking live questions from our virtual audience. We also invite your comments and feedback before, during and after the debate.”
The board of LVNA is not taking a position on any of the measures but we encourage all residents to tune in and participate in live questions. We will stream it on our facebook page Click Here If you do not have a computer or do not know how to tune in email LVNAonline@gmail.com for step by step directions and or alternatives to receiving the information.
Council Woman Mungo’s office is still on the lookout for additional Parks Ambassadors for Pan Am and Lilly Park. If there is anyone that you would like to recommend for involvement, please feel free to forward this email so that they can complete our Parks Ambassador Interest Form. For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact my office team at 562-570-5555 or email District5@longbeach.gov.
Here is the agenda and information for the meetings:
Please save the date for Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Holiday Inn at 2640 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815 to discuss our community parks and how you can help guide enhancements, improvements and safety measures in the cherished green spaces you care about most. There are only 6 spots available for this workshop so RSVP as soon as you can.
Welcome & Introduction
The Full Scope of our Citywide Greenspaces:
Parks Overview & Statistics
Parks Budget & 2019 Updates
Parks, Recreation & Marine Strategic Planning
Technology & Innovation:
Now: Go Long Beach & GIS Mapping
Future: Smart Parking & Reservation Systems
Friends of Parks Groups:
Purpose & Goals
Group Facilitation & Formation
Partners of Parks:
Non-profit Mission & Partnership Opportunity
Tools & Benefits
Sowing the Seeds of Summer | Sept. 29th 5:30-7:30 PM
Call to Action & Next Steps
Final Comments & Questions
If you want to be a Park Ambassador for Pan Am Park please email or call Council Woman Mungo office at 562-570-5555 or email District5@longbeach.gov.
It would be great to see our neighbors step up and volunteer.