Communiqué From Rae : News from the 8th District

Rae Gabelich
It’s spring again! Time to come outdoors and fully participate in life and our community.

That’s what many of our retail neighbors in Bixby Knolls are hoping. Several of our entrepreneurs along the Atlantic corridor are working hard to give us a more complete experience within our own neighborhoods.

It’s called “First Fridays” and is the brainchild of Krista Leaders, the proprietor and artist extraordinaire of Chroma Glass and Peter Dopulos, one of our own local artists, who specializes in incredible sculpture. Their idea is to liven up Atlantic Avenue, to give the residents an opportunity to socialize, experience our local artistry and ultimately to support our local retailers.

The “First Friday” of every month, new artists are introduced at a wine tasting event at Chroma Glass from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and their work is then displayed for a full month. This event is growing each month and now also includes the Four Olives Restaurant, Thor Antiques and The Mirage Cafe.

This is the beginning of what we have asked for in Bixby Knolls for years. A revitalization, a new energy and, of course, new opportunities to shop along our retail corridor. There is more on the horizon, but it is vitally important that we support each and every one of them if we are to continue growing.

On Monday, April 23, we will host a community meeting to hear from the owner/developer of the southeast corner of Carson Street and Atlantic Avenue. It will be at Hughes Middle School in the auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please be there to communicate your vision and comments on what is being proposed for this vital corner of Bixby Knolls.

Two additional city meetings that are critical to attend are Tuesday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 24, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The April 17 meeting at 6 p.m. is the final study session on the proposed sizing and possible environmental mitigation measures for the Long Beach Airport project.

For the past six months, city staff, the architectural firm and a representative group of the appellants have been meeting to attempt to build consensus and find common ground on the airport development plans.
Now it is your turn, once again, to support all of the hard work, time and effort that have been invested in this process. Speak your mind to help the policymakers, your councilmembers, better understand your issues, concerns and vision related to the Long Beach Airport.

The following week, on Tuesday, April 24, the Council is scheduled to make a final determination for the approved sizing and mitigation measures for the Long Beach Airport.

This has been a long road for many of us. This is a project that will impact our citizens and our city for decades to come. It is critical that everyone understands both the positive and negative potential for each decision that is made. Please take the time to participate as we move forward with this project.

And finally, a warm welcome to Marie and Grover Deary and their Bookstore 2000+ at 4270 Atlantic Avenue.
Bookstore 2000+ brings us not only a bookstore, but also a gathering place for young and old alike and another opportunity to shop for a variety of art objects, cards and gifts. We have been anxiously awaiting your arrival in Bixby Knolls! Welcome to the neighborhood!

A lot is happening this spring. Please choose to participate.

Stay Involved!
Rae Gabelich

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