As First Fridays continues to grow, the opportunity to visit all of the venues is challenging. I tried myself in June, along with the LBTV Channel 8 Heart of the City team, and realized that walking shoes and an early start were necessary.
While I was enjoying a weekday lunch with my dear friend John Morris at Smooth’s, I watched the George’s Greek Cafe trolley go past and knew this was the answer. I phoned Jimmy, the owner of George’s, to discuss the possibility of a First Fridays Trolley and, without hesitation, he agreed. Perhaps that’s because he is about to say “I do,” “I will” and “Yes, dear” as he commits to his marriage with a wonderful woman! Or just because he cares about the successes in all of Long Beach.
I am pleased to sponsor the next four months of the First Fridays Trolley. This will be funded by my Eighth District Office Holder account, which comes from private contributions. During these days of significant potential service and program cuts in the City, I want to make clear that this sponsorship will not be coming from taxpayer funds.
If the trolley proves to be a successful addition to First Fridays, then we will be recruiting monthly sponsorships from local businesses and/or residents themselves. If this is of interest to you, please call my City Hall office at (562) 570-6685 for additional information.
I want to publicly welcome our two newest restaurants, Il Poggio and La Vineria Italiana to our Bixby Knolls neighborhood. I think we are becoming Long Beach’s Little Italy! Each one of our Italian restaurants provides a different regional cuisine, which allows for unlimited quality dining for everyone. Please remember the importance of supporting all of our restaurants large, small, new or older. As they succeed, additional retail seems to follow.
Hope to see you on Atlantic Avenue between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Friday!
On to the City side of life in Long Beach. The following commissions and committees have 8th District vacancies that are waiting patiently to be filled: Public Safety Advisory Commission; Homeless Services Advisory Commission; Senior Citizen Advisory Commission; and the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee.
To be the voice representing your own community is very important and rewarding. If any of these openings sound interesting to you, please submit your application, which can be found online at www.longbeach.gov. You can also find detailed information on the responsibilities and time commitments for each commission and committee.
Housekeeping continues along our Atlantic Avenue corridor. Thanks to the efforts of Craig Beck of Development Services and the Redevelopment Agency, Mike Conway of Public Works and City Light and Power, the street light poles are being repainted.
The Atlantic Avenue repaving will begin soon, followed by engaging the new traffic signals at Marshall and Cartagena. All are part of the revitalizing efforts for Bixby Knolls.
Mark your calendar for Friday, August 8, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., for a special night at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association has partnered with the Petroleum Club and The District Weekly to create “A Midsummer Night’s Swing.” The Petroleum Club is opening its doors to the community for a fun evening for people to meet and greet. It’s another great opportunity for BIA members and residents to get to know each other in the Knolls.
Come hang out in the retro bar, card room, and the famous Red Room as a “date night” for couples or enjoy a drink while listening to Frank, Sammy, Dean, The Velvet Fog, and other greats.
The lights will be low, the Rat Pack music will be turned up, Ocean’s Eleven will be shown on the flat screens (as well as The Olympics opening ceremonies), and there will even be poolside bar and food service. The Petroleum Club is located at 3636 Linden Avenue.
Lots of energy in our part of this great city called Long Beach!