LB CPAC Host Discussion on City Budget With Council Members
2013-08-30 · By Editor
The Long Beach Central Project Area Council, Inc. (LB CPAC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at St Mary Medical Center. The meeting will be in the Parr Room in the Parr Building. Paid parking in the parking structure or park on the street.
LB CPAC is inviting each of the 9 Council District Councilpersons to their September meeting for a frank and candid discussion on the budget as it affects the City and the Residents of each Council District. We have heard back “YES” from Gerrie Schipske and Steve Neal. We have a tentative confirmation from Robert Garcia but his office has not yet confirmed (as of 8/28). We have heard back “NO” from James Johnson. The Budget is very important and LB CPAC expects to receive each Councilmember’s views of how this budget will affect the City and each district and, also what is most important to them.
LB CPAC believes it is very important that this be done. This is one City and we need to be concerned with all of Long Beach. Hearing from the Council members will better enable the community to understand the issues in the budget. North Long Beach Community Action Group has agreed to be a co-sponsor for this event.
This is an informational, dialogue meeting so the City residents and their leaders can hear important community concerns. No voting will take place. Given that there are so few City Council meetings devoted to this year’s budget, and in light of the action cancelling the Aug. 20th Council meeting, this is an opportunity to frankly discuss the City’s budget and to let the Council members hear what you think.
After we announced our community meeting for September 5, the August 27 “emergency” Council meeting was called and, as expected, was a series of PowerPoint presentations with very little community discussion. Now the agenda for the September 3 (the day after a 3-day holiday) appears to expect that the budget will be approved on September 3 – two days before LB CPAC’s previously announced community meeting. This is obviously continued ram-rodding to preclude any meaningful dialogue with the City residents about the budget. We call upon the Mayor and Council to follow the previous plan wherein the budget was to be approved at the September 10 Council meeting. We call upon all the Council members to fulfill their fiscal responsibility to have significant, meaningful budget discussions with residents. That opportunity has become the LB CPAC September 5 meeting. We also remind the Mayor, Council and Residents that the budget can be changed at ANY Council meeting during the fiscal year and the residents of this City should not tolerate, once again, to have the budget shoved down our throats.
Please RSVP soon so that LB CPAC may prepare for the number of attendees. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. LB CPAC looks forward to seeing a large turnout. RSVP via email to Shorti2448@gmail.com or via telephone at 562-225-9462.
The Long Beach Central Project Area Council (LB CPAC) replaces the Central Project Area Committee for Redevelopment which ceased to exist when the Redevelopment Agencies were eliminated by Governor Brown in 2012.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and the group is actively recruiting new members. There are individual, business and community group categories of membership. For more information about LB CPAC, contact the President, Annie Greenfeld at 562-225-9462.