Morning Coffee - A Caffeinated News Update
August 30, 2012
August 30 Harbor Cruise And Community Forum On Berth 55 - The Long Beach Central Project Area Council, the Westside Project Area Council (WPAC), West Long Beach 90810 and the West Long Beach Association host a community forum on the Port of Long Beach-sanctioned closure of Berth 55 Restaurant, Queens Wharf Restaurant and Long Beach Sportfishing (collectively the SRM Corporation) at 6 p.m. A harbor cruise to show forum participants the logistics of the fire station relocation is being provided by Long Beach Sportfishing. The cruise is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact WPAC Coordinator Lee Adams at 562/754-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4 Budget Oversight Committee - The budget oversight committee of the Long Beach City Council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss: an update on the city’s fiscal year 2012 budget process; an update on the federal fiscal year 2013 budget; an update on the state’s fiscal year 2012-2013 budget; an update on the $18.4 million uplands oil fund infrastructure projects; receive presentations from the harbor department and financial management, as well as one-time fund recommendations; the city manager’s proposed new resources and potential restorations; and an update on any remaining 2012 budget items.
September 4 City Council Meeting - The Long Beach City Council meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall to discuss: a contract for Aardvark for furnishing and delivering less lethal munitions, such as tear gas, sting balls and beanbag rounds, for riot/crowd control situations; a contract amendment for an additional $8-plus million for the Alamitos Bay Marina rebuild project; a request for reimbursement from the state boating and waterways department for part of the Alamitos Bay Marina rebuild project; the annual assessment of the Long Beach Tourism Bixby Knolls business improvement areas; a contract for $1.3 million to upgrade current public safety dispatch systems; approval of the $16.8 million transfer from the harbor revenue fund to the tidelands operating fund; and more. Visit http://longbeach.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.
September 5-6 Third Annual PortTechEXPO - PortTechLA, a coalition that includes the Port of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington chambers of commerce, hosts its 3rd annual PortTechExpo. This two-day event includes a maritime conference and competition of the most innovative environmental, transportation, energy and security technologies. The event “attracts business and community leaders, venture capitalists, maritime industry experts and technology entrepreneurs from around the region,” with an average of 300 attendees and 50 exhibitors annually. Registration for the event is open. For more information, visit http://www.porttechla.org.
September 21 Deadline For Comments On Terminal Project - The Port of Long Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement and report on August 22 about a proposed construction aggregate, sand, gravel and granite import facility on privately owned property in the harbor district. The public is welcome to comment on the proposal in writing through September 21. Send comments to Rick Cameron, director of environmental planning, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, 90802; or e-mail Cameron@polb.com.
Business Meetings And Other Events:
• August 30: Councilmember Suja Lowenthal hosts a 2nd District budget forum from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bixby Park Community Center, 130 Cherry Ave. Guest speakers are Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Chief of Police Jim McDonnell, Financial Management Director John Gross and Parks Director George Chapjian or a department representative. 562/570-6684.
• August 31: Queen Mary hosts The Spark Plug Tournament, a marketing event and elevator pitch competition, from 6:30-8 p.m. Speakers are Dirk Sampselle of B Revolution and Rob Bikel of Pepperdine University. For tickets and details, call 310/308-7204 or e-mail email@example.com.
• September 5: The Long Beach Council of Business Associations meets at 8 a.m. at Simmzy’s, 5271 E. 2nd St. in Belmont Shore. For more information, call Blair Cohn at 562/595-0081.
• September 15: American Gold Star Manor hosts the 1st annual Patriot’s Day Remembrance Fair, a celebration of life and health, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3021 Gold Star Drive. http://goldstarmanor.org.
• September 15: Doma Properties hosts a free, first-time homebuyers seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4913 E. 2nd St. in Belmont Shore. More information at http://longbeachcarealestate.wordpress.com/.
• September 17: Arts Council for Long Beach is seeking candidates for its board of directors. Interested individuals who live and or work in Long Beach are invited to learn more about applying via the Arts Council’s website, http://www.artslb.org. Applications must be received by September 17.
• September 20: East Spring Street Business Alliance holds its Third Thursday meeting at 8 a.m. at Grounds Bakery Café, 6277 E. Spring St. Call 562/596-4466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• September 20: 3rd District Neighborhood Association hosts a meeting at 11:45 a.m. at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 E. Appian Way. Lunch is $15. Guest speaker is Mike Conway, director of public works. Call 562/570-8756 or e-mail email@example.com.
• September 21: The Japanese Garden at CSULB hosts a fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. to benefit K-12 student outreach. This formal event includes live music, a silent auction and an art display. Tickets are $60; $50 for members. http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden.
• September 22: 4th Street Retro Row’s Summer Sidewalk Sale is also a breast cancer awareness benefit, featuring live music, food trucks and bargains. Visit http://www.4thstreetlongbeach.com or http://artfulthinking.org/Special_Events.html.
• September 29: East Spring Street Business Association hosts its Good Neighbor Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 Studebaker Rd. Call 562/596-4466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for booth reservation information.
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