Deforest Park Neighborhood Association (DPNA)
Monthly Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 7:19 PM by DPNA President Dan Pressburg
No flag salute as meeting started outside as no one from Park and Recreations came to open the doors. DPNA Executive Board members were raising concerns about this for past few months. Parks and Recreation staff member arrived at 7:32PM and opened doors.
Dedication of Veteran’s Plaza and Veterans Day Parade and Festival was a great event
Last month had successful Dine Out at Cajun Crab.
3rd Annual Christmas Lights Display Contest – November 24 through December 31 (all entries can be sent via email@example.com with 1) Name, 2) Address, 3) Phone, and 4) Photo of Decorations Contest entry is December 10th.
Invited to North Long Beach Community Christmas Party on Sunday, December 3rd from 3:00PM-6:00PM at Historic Long Beach and Dairy and Creamery at 167 East South Street
North Station Report:
Long Beach Police Department 9th District provided Officers Frank Pena and Erica Morena
Police passed out Holiday Safety Tips
Crimes – 2 car break ins – 1) no forced entry and owner was not sure if they locked door, 2) window broken in other and insurance care stolen
2 stolen cars – 1 already recovered and other still missing
Over app – selling items – people met at 400 Smith Street and one person pulled a gun and robbed of 2 cell phones and money – avoid meeting at random location and consider going to a specific spot for selling and buying at North Long Beach Division Police Department where there is a recording device
Old Business/New Business Announcements:
7:34PM – Council Office Updates – field representative from Vice Mayor’s Office, Jessica
Urban Agriculture Dinner this Saturday, November 18th at 6:00PM- at field office at 6509 Gundry Ave. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brought new draft maps for District 9 for any new buildings and caps of heights as part of Long Beach General Plan and Land Use Element Misconceptions
RV Parking Ban passed and to go effect soon
7:45 PM – DPNA Announcements
Looking to plan more Dine Out 90805 for next year and doing quarterly. Looking for ideas? One thrown out is Agua’s Way. Will begin in 2018.
We Love Long Beach Breakfast and Clean Up – suggested involvement with Jordan High – tried in past and not successful; new principal now is Ms. Coleman and can try to engage
Jazz Festival – in May or June DPNA does fundraiser and sell food and drinks
Annual Chili Cook-Off – in July; will do a Police vs. Fire competition; will be at Michelle Obama Library
Teen Summit – done a few times a year – focus is to discuss next steps after taking the SAT
October – consider doing Ghost Tour again as Deforest is considered to be very haunted
Also partner with other community neighborhood groups
Amazon Smile can get proceeds donated through purchases to DPNA as we are a not-for-profit
2nd wine tasting and maybe doing two
Additional Comments or Questions?
Graffiti on Laundromat at Linden and South – has been reported many times but not taken care of
Call for motion to adjourn by Dan Pressburg; 1st and 2nd noted
Meeting adjourned 8: 45PM
Reminders and Dates to Remember:
7:00AM Good Neighbors Spires Del Amo and Cherry 2nd Tuesday of the month
7:00PM Starr King 1st Wednesday of the month
7:00PM Grant Meeting, American legion Post 560 59th & Orange 2nd Thursday of the month
7:00PM Coolidge Triangle Neighborhood Association 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:00PM Deforest Neighborhood Association 3rd Thursday of the month
DPNA Board Meeting on Wed. 11/29 at 7:00PM at Historic LB Dairy and Creamery at 167 E. South – Will be planning calendar for next year
Pop Up Uptown Event at Michelle Obama Library – 4th Thursday 5:30PM-8:30PM