By Rae Gabelich, Long Beach 8th District Council Member
Welcome to 2008. I hope that you were blessed with a safe and healthy holiday season filled with family, friendships and lots of love.
For our celebration, nothing seemed to follow my mental plan, but it did all flow perfectly. Perhaps that has something to do with reaching a point in life when it’s easier to recognize what is truly important. I am thankful for that piece of peace.
As for New Year’s resolutions, according to Webster, one definition of a resolution is the act of resolving or determining a course of action.
As your councilmember, I’d like to determine the future course of action for the 8th Council District, with your assistance. In the first quarter, we will be organizing the 8th District Vision Coalition. I believe it is in our best interest to begin with a visual plan that identifies growth and development opportunities within the boundaries of our district.
It is important to recognize that we are a diverse council district. The 8th district begins at Wardlow Road to the south and extends to South Street to the north. It includes the industrial area west of the 710 and crosses to Paramount Boulevard to the east. We are a microcosm of our city, with significant wealth, and yet there are so many families with great challenges and needs. It is about the balance and that is one of my personal goals for 2008—balance.
If you are interested in taking an active role in this group, please contact our office at (562) 570-6685 to add your name to the invitation list. It will be a commitment of time, but, I hope, worth the effort.
For another opportunity to participate in a new vision for Bixby Knolls, attend the meeting to discuss plans for a new Scherer Park Community Center, which will take place at the Fairfield Family YMCA at 4949 Atlantic Avenue on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
This planning process began a year ago. The reason for the year-long delay was the need to identify the financing for the initial development plans.
This is a very exciting project that will provide our area with a location for Parks & Recreation programs for our children, a senior center, an exercise gym and a community room for private and public events. Included in the design are a dog park and an exercise path that flows throughout Scherer Park.
Mark your calendars and come to share your input to make this a significant addition to the 8th district.
And I will close in thanking the Redevelopment Agency for their financial support in the repaving of Long Beach Boulevard and California Avenue. Without the financing provided by the Redevelopment Agency, we would not see the many improvements along our corridors.
Keep your eyes open in 2008 as we improve our local neighborhoods and as we connect the dots to provide for many lifestyles within the 8th District of Long Beach.
Happy New Year and Stay Involved!