Councilmember Richardson invites residents to the 2016 Participatory Budgeting Vote Launch and Project Expo

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Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson invites residents and stakeholders to attend the 2016 Participatory Budgeting Vote Launch and Project Expo on May 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event will serve as the kick-off to District 9’s second annual Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative where residents choose how $250,000 of discretionary funds is spent on community projects to help continue the Uptown Renaissance.

“After gathering ideas for community projects since October 2015, I’m excited that we are presenting 9 projects to the community for consideration,” said Councilmember Richardson. “I encourage every 9th District resident to make their voice heard and vote in Participatory Budgeting. Help us decide which projects best meet the needs of our community.”

The PB expo will take place in the Houghton Park Community Center located at 6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, 90805. The launch will feature displays for the projects, voting in person, music, activities for kids, and free food for those who vote courtesy of Long Beach Fire Fighters Local 372.

Participatory Budgeting is an innovative democratic process that gives residents the opportunity to decide how to spend city discretionary infrastructure funds. Last year, Long Beach was the first Southern California city and one of the few in the nation to implement this program with District 9 leading the way. The votes of the community resulted in a shared digital marquee with Jordan High School, new environmentally friendly lighting at DeForest Park, and security cameras along major corridors.

Since October, residents and stakeholders have come together to brainstorm ideas for community improvement projects and developed these ideas into full proposals. From May 7th – May 14th, all District 9 residents ages 14 and over will directly vote on which projects will be funded and implemented, with a total of $250,000 available for allocation.

Online voting will also be available this year. Please visit to vote online or to find a polling place to vote in person. For more information, go to  or call (562) 570-6137.

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