Shaping Up the Fifth – Take a Walk With Gerrie

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

You can take an invigorating morning walk and help make your neighborhood a better place July 30th, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. when Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske brings her ”Shaping Up the Fifth “ to the area east of Studebaker Road and north of Wardlow Road.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to help identify items that need to be fixed so that the 5th Council District can continue to be the best place to live in Long Beach, “ said Schipske. “The only limit to how many infrastructure problems and other issues we can spot, and service requests we can make, is the number of residents who get out and walk with me and my staff,” she added.

All residents are invited to wear their comfortable shoes, hats and sun block, bring water and meet in front of Keller Elementary School, 7020 Brittain Street at 8 a.m.

Schipske and her staff are working through 133 service requests generated when residents took a walk around the Rancho Estates area on June 25th . Many simple matters are already resolved.

The most common problems noted were raised sidewalks, cracked curbs, “alligatored” (multiple cracks and cratering) streets, faded street signs and trashcans left out after pick-up day. Some street signs were missing altogether. Some homes had dry and overgrown foliage, which presents a fire hazard.

”The service requests are sorted out and forwarded to the city Public Works Department or whichever department applies and we’ll keep tabs on them to see that some action is taken. Many repairs made now will save the city a lot of money in the future,” Schipske said.

Residents can keep tabs themselves by going to the 5th district website, and clicking on the maps, which are updated every two weeks.

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