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Bubble - Local-ActionLOTS OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SECOND DISTRICT! I hope you've had a chance to visit the new and improved Bixby Park bluff.  What had been a dangerous slope that families took to using in order to reach the beach, is now a smooth path. What had been a slope with weeds and erosion is now a bluff with drought tolerant native plants. The project also includes historic information boards to bring the story of two recently uncovered historic gun pads and their role during WWII to life.


The lighted staircases and path will enable residents to easily and safely access overnight parking at the Beach Parking Lot through the Community Parking Program, which District 2 established in beach and other public lots for parking impacted neighborhoods. For more information on parking, call the Marine Bureau office at  (562) 570-3215.


In addition, a new stand alone bathroom facility at Bixby Park will be complete by October.  Storm drain improvements are being completed along Third Street at Cerritos, Orange, Hermosa and Cherry avenues, ending years of street flooding and inconvenience for residents. The beach pedestrian path spanning 3.1 miles of our namesake beach will be finished by May.


Those are just some of the many improvements taking place this year. To view the complete list of accomplishments and goals for 2015, please click here




Make it a point to shop local! Supporting our local businesses not only makes good business sense but helps our city. For every dollar spent in Long Beach, we're supporting public safety, libraries, parks, infrastructure improvements and helping to create more local jobs.



Bubble - My StoryI was born in Madras, India and came to the United States with my parents in 1977, at the age of seven. My favorite childhood memory is riding with my father on his bike as he drove me to school. All these years later, biking is still my preferred mode of transportation.


With a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC, I've been able to work on my other passions - water management, urban planning and creating sustainable communities.


Having over 15 years of experience in the water industry, I've served in policy roles at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Some of the work I'm most proud of has come as a result of my being in public office and helping our city become a leader in green technologies.


I was honored to present a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk focused on my urban planning work globally to shape cities for the future as well as my work here in Long Beach. At TEDx Pacific Garbage Patch, I discussed the growing economic costs of collection and disposal of plastic for municipal governments. At the United Nations and World Bank, I spoke on best practices of local governments to implement litter management strategies and associated costs of water pollution.








Bubble - Community MattersOne of the things I love most about Long Beach is the sense of community. As Vice Mayor, I see it firsthand every day. Over the past decade, we have worked together as neighbors to create a community where we can live, work, shop and even do touristy things without having to get in the car or leave our city. We've made our neighborhoods safer, our schools stronger and our air cleaner while supporting our local, small businesses and advocating for smart, sustainable growth. It's why I'm raising my son in this beautiful city we proudly call home!






lb-logoThe GO Long Beach app is designed to provide Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors access to City Hall, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere. You can use the app to submit service requests for issues like graffiti, potholes and sign damage. If you're using an iPhone or Android, you'll be able to simply open the App, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit - the App knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to city staff. There's also GO Long Beach apps that connect you with the Police Department, the library system, animal care services, the airport, and the City Clerk (for voting questions).  Check them out by clicking here.



CITY COMMISSION OPENINGS! City Commissions, boards and task forces play an important role in improving the quality of life and community for residents, businesses and visitors in Long Beach. District 2 residents have an opportunity to contribute to the city we love by volunteering to be on one of these bodies.  Currently, there are openings on the following commissions:

Board of Health and Human Services - Must be a doctor - 1 seat
Commission on Youth and Children - Must be under 19 years old - 1 seat
Senior Citizen Advisory Commission - Must be over 50 - 2 seats
Technology and Innovation Commission - 7 seats
Economic Development  Commission - 11 seats

Click here to learn more and fill out an online application





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Power outage in downtown LB and beyond. Use caution at uncontrolled intersection - always stop. For updates go to or #lbpwrout
Some drive, some walk in their waste and donations at today's Donation & Recycle Day
Shred, recycle, dump or donate at Goodwill and Vice Mayor Lowenthal's Donation & Recycle Day on Saturday
1-2-3 thanks to Run Racers Jr. Runners for helping us cut the Beach Ped Path ribbon
Hope to see you at the Beach Pedestrian Path grand opening today at 10 am, Marina Green Park & Alamitos Beach.
Inspired by the sights like this one at Pride Parade 2015.
Lovin' Long Beach - happy Pride!
Let's not mince words and stem the healing process..."Genocide" occurred 100 years ago.
Civic Center Jacaranda with our clock tower in the background.
Coin-only meters are being replaced with new, smart meters that accept credit/debit cards in addition to coins.
Beautiful fruits and vegetables at Bixby Park Farmers Market on the first day of Spring.
Mayor Garcia and I just got done announcing that Nike and Forever 21 are joining Restoration Hardware and H&M at the Pike Outlets. Downtown Long Beach is open for, dining, entertainment - you're going to want to make a day of it soon.

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Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal updated her cover photo.Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:38pm
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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalWednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 1:25am
Summer Beach Parties sponsored by the Port of Long Beach.

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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalMonday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:58pm
Vice Mayor Lowenthal has scheduled a Tidelands and Harbor Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:00 pm in Council chambers to hear from port stakeholders about the challenges, successes and trends in the port trucking industry. The committee study session will include presentations from the Port of Long Beach, Harbor Trucking Association and a representative of port truck drivers.
The meeting in Council chambers is open to the public and public testimony is welcomed.

There are nearly 14,000 drivers and 1,000 companies registered in the ports and an estimated 40,000 average daily trips.

Tidelands and Harbor Committee
Tuesday, July 28, 5:00 pm
City Council Chamber
333 West Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Members of the Tidelands and Harbor Committee:
Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal (Chair, District 2), Councilmember Suzie Price (Vice Chair, District 3) Councilmember Lena Gonzalez (Member, District 1)

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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalMonday, July 13th, 2015 at 7:10pm
"...the Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) confirmed it will continue Long Beach’s turf removal program, decreasing residential funding from $3.50 per square foot to $2.50 per square foot for its Lawn-to-Garden (L2G) program, which replaces lawns with drought-friendly landscapes."

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Vice Mayor Suja LowenthalTuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 9:55pm
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA: Today's City Council Meeting Agenda is below, but I wanted to remind that it will begin at 7:00pm tonight, rather than the normal 5:00pm time.

The City Council Meeting Agenda of July 7, 2015 has been revised; Agenda Item No. R-15 has been revised; correspondence pertaining to Agenda Item No. R-17 is now available; and Agenda Item No. NB-20 has been added under New Business. Please refer to the Revised Agenda for the City Council Meeting Agenda of July 7, 2015.

The City Council Special Meeting Agenda (Closed Session) of July 7, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., is now available.

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eComments for City Council Meetings: If you cannot attend a City Council meeting, but would like to comment about an agenda item. Please visit the InSite 2.0 calendar web page. Click on the eComments link for the next upcoming City Council meeting, select the agenda item(s) you are interested in, and submit your comments.

The eComments link is available to accept comments beginning on the Friday (at 4:30 p.m.) preceding the Tuesday City Council meeting and closing an hour (4:00 p.m.) before the City Council meeting start time. City Clerk staff prepares an eComments report that is distributed to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and City Attorney prior to the meeting start time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk Department at (562) 570-6101 or send an email to

Thank you for your civic engagement and your interest in the City of Long Beach.
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LB Public Works director gives Council the good news that street sweeping changes will occur by the end of 2015.

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