Letters, emails and website comments | April 21

How convenient!
One of the issues that has frustrated me most since becoming mayor is the inconvenient “convenience fee” the City charges customers to pay utilities online. If we want to be green and encourage residents to pay online, we shouldn’t charge you more. It’s been a complex system to fix due to prior vendor agreements and cost. The good news is we are finally working to eliminate the fee.
We are still a few months away from full implementation, but our city staff feels confident we can finally do it.
A huge thank-you to city employees who have been working diligently on this, including the amazing teams at our Water Department and our Gas & Oil Department. We look forward to finding more ways to make our city services more efficient.

Robert Garcia
Mayor
Long Beach

Taking it to the streets
Thanks to Measure A funds, there are 12 areas in the 1st District that have received street improvements: West Gaylord Street from the westernmost cul-de-sac east to Hayes Avenue; Seabright Avenue from PCH south to West Anaheim Street; Cota Avenue from PCH south to West Anaheim Street; Gale Avenue from West 20th Street south to West 19th Street; Also, Gale Avenue from West Gaylord Street south to West 15th Street; West 12th Street from De Forest Avenue east to Oregon Avenue; De Forest Avenue’s lower quarter south to West Chester Place; Golden Avenue from West 6th Street south to West 3rd Street; Maine Avenue from West 10th street south to West 7th Street; West 14th Street from Henderson Avenue east to Pacific Avenue; East 14th Street from Pine Avenue east to Atlantic Avenue; Elm Avenue from East 6th Street south to East 4th Street; and Olive Avenue from East 10th Street south to East 7th Street.
Know a street that you think could benefit from street improvements? Have a concern you would like to share?
Please feel free to contact my office any time. We can be reached at (562) 570-6919 or district1@longbeach.gov.

Lena Gonzalez
Long Beach Councilmember
First District

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