Monthly Meeting Minutes – February, 2019

Deforest Park Neighborhood Association (DPNA)

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Date: 02/21/2019

Meeting called to order at 7:04 PM by DPNA President Dan Pressburg

No Flag Salute today

North Station Report – The Beat Goes On

7: 05PM

Long Beach Police Department 9th District provided by Neighborhood Services Specialist, Erica Moreno (562-570-9825; [email protected]) as well as bike officers Romo and Ollque

3 cars recovered in the area – one car stolen from Pico Rivera, another stolen from LA, another from Buena Park, CA

3 arrests – 1 public intoxication, 1 for narcotics, and 1 for disorderly conduct

Q – Nextdoor app seems to have a lot of battery cars stolen A – none this month reported; communicating on Nextdoor but not reporting to police

Comment – be attentive as to what is going on in your neighborhood; if you have concerns report to police to do a drive by of area

Comment – A resident noted concerns about package thieves who follow delivery trucks

Comment – Consider a Ring since they are now relatively inexpensive and can view and also connect to neighborhood; Some Ring thefts have occurred in are and Ring will replace the device; newer models have brackets that are harder to remove

Comment – Deforest Park clean -up group noted concerns that someone is trying to build a pond near the river Police – Quality of Life Officer is exclusively working that area; clean-up scheduled March 11-March 15; some concerns with post clean -up they return as they vacant temporarily; Resident noted that he has an individual experiencing homeless has been helping Deforest Park clean-up group meets third Saturday at 9:00AM

Comment – Use Go Long Beach app to report different issues

Resident note concern about requesting refuse special collection that was not picked up, tried to call office with no answer and ultimately use Long Beach Go app for illegal dumping which resolved issue but noted their needs to be more up front scheduling and accountability

Please join Commander Steve Lauricella for a Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 13th at North Division Station at 4891 Atlantic from 6:00PM-7:00PM  – 1st meeting of year; usually have 3-4 meetings (provided flier at meeting)

Opportunity to meet Quality of Life Officer Trujillo

Internal Affairs staff will explain the department’s procedures for investigation of complaints

7:29 PM

Council Office Updates/ 9th District Report from Brent McCloud

Don’t forget to sign-up for Inside District 9 Deforest Park (Facebook) – North Long Beach News (sign-in sheet passed)

If there is issue with a special refuse pick up and they did not come, suggestion was to call District Office

Provided door hanger on street sweeping “good practices”  – Comment from resident that some street sweepers go too fast

Pop Up Town is back – Pop Up Yard Show from 5:30PM-8:00PM on 4th Thursday of the month (2/28 this month)

Farmer’s Market will no longer be at Houghton Park, will be moved to Michelle Obama Library in near future

Black History events – flier passed out – remaining events – 2/26 EPIC After Hours: A Conversation on Cultivating Black Leadership from 6:30PM-9:00PM at 2201 Cherry Ave; 2/28 Uptown Yard Show: Celebrating Black Greek-Letter Organizations at Michelle Obama Library

Deforest Park Fitness Equipment should be in by end of April 2019

Provided Whose Job is It? in LB flier for resource reference

Important Numbers:

Broken/Inoperable Traffic Light – 562-570-2766

Broken Street Light – 562-983-2000

Abandoned Shopping Cart – 562-252-4613

Gas Emergency – 562-570-2140

Leaking Fire Hydrant – 562-570-2390

Illegal Dumping – 562-570-3867

Trash in Street – 562-570-2890

Graffiti – 562-570-2733

Damaged Mailbox – 562-628-1303

Damaged Sewer and Storm Drains – 562-570-2390

Broken Parking Meter – 562-570-2741

Overflowing Sidewalk Trash Can – 562-570-2878

Damaged or Missing Tree Grate – 562-570-2784

Damaged Trees – 562-570- 2784

(Q) Resident expressed concern about number of children walking to and from school on their own and concerns re: safety especially in context of issues with homeless population (Comment) – Consideration of bringing back Safe Passage

Year round homeless shelter in North Long Beach with wrap around services at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave


7:45 PM Speakers –  Meet the Press Panel

Neena Strichart – Editor Signal Tribune

Publisher and Owner of Signal Tribune. Coverage area is from PCH to Del Amo from the 710 to Redondo. This week will be 19th anniversary. Noted that she is focused on print. Paper is free. Noted that the business is serious and costs money. She provided example of a press release form to attendees to make process easier as they get many requests. Cover the Signal Hill City Council.


Harry Saltzgaver – Executive Editor Gazette Newspapers; Grunion Gazette

He has been in Long Beach 27 years. He is Executive Editor for Gazette and in business for 40 years, with 27 years as Executive Editor for Grunion. He lives in North Long Beach near Houghton Park for past 19 years. For long time published 3 papers- the (Grunion, Downtown, and Uptown Gazettes – folded Downtown and Uptown Gazettes into the Grunion Gazette. Only having one is a plus as the Uptown was a condensed version. Try to target a wide audience. Staff has diminished in last 5-6 years but more writers in recent years, including freelancers. They try to be a preceding paper.  They do a lot of City Council reporting. Have some small columns and focus on not-for-profits specially in the For a Good Cause section. Have website as well as print.  Noted that they like to write about people and good stories; so if someone has one to share to contact him. Have major presence on social media.

Stephanie Rivera – Long Beach Post – covers Diversity

Was a team of four people in the past and have expanded to 12 now. Online only. Also have a strong social media presence with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Cover a variety of topics, including Arts & Culture. All of her journalism has been online and has never worked in print. Bring a story to them but give them time as opposed to just a day before. Key is about the people.

Q&A –

(Q) For press release, how far in advance?

(A) 10 days is usually good. If longer than that they may get lost. Should people follow-up? Squeaky wheel gets grease but don’t be annoying.

(Q) Can you show me how to expand read more function on cell phone?

(A) Need to have a browser. Agreed to demo and noted following on Facebook

(Q) How can we get you to cover Camp Fire at Deforest? Will it be one story of more than one stories? (A) It can be multiple stories. Need to know it is happening. Provide bullet points. Consider anniversary dates as they are significant.

(Q) How do you cover tax issues?

(A) Depends on how much it impacts Long Beach as they are local news mostly. Less focus on state or federal taxes but on increases in issues impacting the city.

Press – Discussion of not being hyper local enough. One publicist for the whole city. Lots of great stories to tell but now in  shadow of LA.  Comment by resident – new radio station in downtown Long Beach and Port area that is looking for content – reach out to them

(Q) Favorite story in last year

Stephanie – Write about Cambodian Community growth and emerging political power

Harry – two young girls who started own non-profit for awareness of African girls having to stay home from school if they started their period – collected money for this group of individuals to promote access to education

Neenah -Long Beach beekeepers story



DPNA Holiday Light Decoration Winners

1st – 150 E. Hullett St.

2nd – 410 E. Hullett St.

3rd – 5959 Jaymills Ave

Old Business/New Business Announcements:

Neighborhood Clean-Up at 8:00AM-Noon on Saturday, February 23rd at East South Street and Jaymills. We will also be hosting a FREE community breakfast. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and share information. Feel free to bring something to share (drink or food).

Dine Out 90805 will take place on Monday, February 25th from 6:30PM-8:00PM at Cheko El Rey located at 343 E. Market. Please join us for a chance to get to meet your neighbors, enjoying good food, and supporting a local community business.

Candidate Brunch (for Ricardo Lara’s vacant State Senate seat) took place on 2/16/2019 9:30AM-1:00PM at 167 E. South and was a success

Q & A

8:34PM – DPNA Announcements

Additional Comments or Questions?

Call for motion to adjourn by Joni Ricks-Oddie; 1st  and  2nd noted

Meeting adjourned  8:55PM

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

Pop Up Uptown Event at Michelle Obama Library – 4th Thursday 5:30PM-8:30PM

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