By Mike Noll
Signal Hill Mayor
Signal Hill is completing a survey of park and recreation needs of our community. WE NEED YOUR INPUT!! Over 300 random phone calls were made to residents during the month of May, and the City received valuable information. There is still time for seniors, families, and youth to provide input via the City Web site (www.cityofsignalhill.org). Let us hear from you so we know what your priorities are for programs and facilities in Signal Hill.
The survey asks questions like: What makes Signal Hill a desirable place to live; and what changes or improvements would residents like to see in Signal Hill? The City is also asking for your input on the preferred use of the North Slope area behind Costco and Home Depot. If you would like to respond on these topics please fill out the survey. The City Council is specifically interested in your ideas for Signal Hill Park, once the new police station is completed.
The last resident survey was completed in 1999-2000. This assessment resulted in the construction of new parks and the Panorama Promenade. Public involvement through such assessments and discussions brings new voices to the community decision-making process. The results are more fully informed public decisions, policies, and a better community-wide understanding of, and confidence in, local government and the direction the city is taking. A full report on the findings of the assessment will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission in October with further discussions with the City Council in November.
One of our most popular programs is the Summer Concerts in Signal Hill Park. It’s a great opportunity for adults and families to gather and enjoy a warm summer evening of music. The Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts does a fantastic job of fundraising and selecting the bands each year, and this year is going to be another outstanding series. Concerts are held on Wednesdays with the first note being struck at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 and the series continues through August 13. Bands will pay tribute to the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, plus bang out tunes from the disco era, classic rock songs, and the ever popular surfin’ music. For specific band dates please check the City Web site, the Cityviews newsletter, or advertisements in the Signal Tribune.
For more information about the needs assessment, the concert series or summer programs provided by our Community Services Program please call (562) 989-7330.
Opt Out to Help Reduce Junk Mail
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act legislated a way for people to be able to reduce unwanted advertising mail. Simply call a hotline number or a website linked to the three major credit bureaus to have your name and address removed from the data base used by credit card companies and lenders who send unsolicited mail.
Request to have your name permanently removed from the credit bureaus’ mailing list or ask to be excluded for a period of five years by calling the Opt Out line at 1-888-5Opt-Out (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.OptOutPrescreen.com. Follow the prompts and be prepared to provide your social security number and mailing address.
You will continue to receive unsolicited mail from the companies who compile their mailing lists from sources other than credit bureaus. To stop this kind of junk mail, cut out the mailing label from unwanted solicitations, attach the label to an index card with a note asking that your name and address be removed from the firm’s mailing list and mail the card back to the solicitor. You can also look for a phone number printed on the ad and call the company and ask that you no longer receive their solicitations.