Deforest Park Neighborhood Association
Meeting minutes 5/18/16
Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Dan Pressburg President
Christian from Rex Richardson’s office made announcements:
Jazz festival 6/11/16 12-8 p.m. at Houghton Park
Reported on progress of murals next one will be at 1639 Artesia Blvd.
Q: Dan asked about a mural for our area A: during phase 2 of the project
$1 million grant from Kaiser for the Hill zone update
Update on plan to improve liquor stores
Update on planned opening of north library for 9/6
Tom Modica Deputy City manager presented information about the city budget
(slides available at www.longbeach.gov)
$212.4 million shortage per year for infrastructure
Police Chief Robert Luna addressed police issues
Following 2008 cuts there was an increase in crimes and traffic fatalities
Recent legislative changes (prison releases) have resulted in an increase in crime
Fire Chief Mike Duree discussed budget affects to fire services
Since 2004 lost 5 engine companies, 1 truck, 1 paramedic unit, and 84 positions
Tom Modica shared what measure A&B would accomplish
The restoration of a south division police department
Fire station in Belmont Shores
Question and Answers
Q Does the measure legally bound the city to pay for the items discussed?
A The citizen Advisory committee will hold the council accountable
Q Doesn’t the measure also ensure raises for the same groups funding the measure?
- part of the infrastructure is staffing
- Are curbs included in the sidewalk budget?
- Is the money raised by the measure funding the new civic center?
- shouldn’t the budget money be spent on public safety first rather than consultants?
- Will the measure also be funding pension liability?
- that is up to the council
Dr. Gerrie Schipske presented information in opposition of the Measures
The budget provided is the same projected information every year, no change
The council wants the voters to trust them with no guarantee as it’s not legally binding
The measures can result in increases in salaries and pensions
The measures are not specific and do not legally bind them to use the money as promised
The rainy day fund does not specify what defines a rainy day and can be used for anything
The council has the right to give back the sales tax collected to businesses
The made it a general tax which only needs a majority rather than a specific tax than needs 2/3
There are no performance measures
None of the elected officials came to present the information or answer questions.
Comments from the audience
The agreement is not transferrable should there be changes in the council during the life of the measure
Previous consultant (management partners) released money saving ideas that were never implemented
- What percentage of the city employees who can profit from the measure live in Long Beach and will pay the taxes?
Rex Richardson spoke in support of the measures
Announcement was made about the next “Dine Out 90805”
5/23 6:30-8:30 at Uptown bar and Grill 2421 Artesia Blvd.
Meeting was adjourned