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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sidewalks and Verizon

The story begins three years ago when Verizon tore up hundreds of sidewalks in El Dorado Park Estates so it could install its fios systems underground.

All went well with most of the sidewalks but many didn't set well.

I have been out walking that area for the past couple of months and have inventoried many, many sidewalks with Verizon tags that are trip hazards. Anything raised over 1/4 inches is considered a hazard. So after several emails and meetings and on site inspections -- including today at 10 am -- Verizon and the City are working out how to get the sidewalks fixed.

This coming Monday morning, the City and Verizon will start removing sidewalk panels to figure out what caused the problem...and I will keep walking and making my inventory of sidewalks and streets that need to be fixed.

Planning a Wedding

Not ready to give up politics and for a wedding planning career -- but it has been fun and exhausting to help my daughter, Kerrie get ready for her upcoming wedding. From putting together jordan almond packets to stringing flowers to hang on the gazebo and a last minute dash to the bridal gown center because the gown didn't fit.

It will be a sweet wedding and small. Thinking good thoughts that it won't rain on Saturday so we can have an outdoor wedding.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year --Things I am Doing This Week

  • I am out walking the district -- both to talk with constituents and to inventory sidewalks and streets-- and to remind people about the tree recycling program.
  • Saw a young couple decorate the gazebo at Good Neighbor Park for their wedding later in the day. That gazebo and lights in the trees have made a big difference in the park.
  • Getting ready for my daughter's wedding this coming Saturday. Wow. I still can't believe that I am going to be a mother-in-law.
  • Working with Historical Society of Long Beach on bringing a Smithsonian exhibit here in January.
  • Writing more grants for funding Rosie the Riveter Parka and Interpretive Center.
  • Trying to get organized for the coming year.
  • Seeing lots of movies. So far my favorite is "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep.
  • Finishing my video presentation: Early Aviation in Long Beach -- so I can show it when I do book signings.
  • Watching the squirrel who has taken up residence in the tree outside my office window. He is so busy out there. (No, that isn't a photo of my squirrel -- but I thought it was funny...)
  • Being thankful for another wonderful year of life with my family and friends!

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