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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spirit of '45 Kiss

Iconic Spirit of '45 "Kiss" Statue 
to Appear at Flag Day Ceremony, 
U.S. Capitol Flown Flag to Be Raised

Entertainment by High Tide Quartet, Classic Movie Yankee Doodle Dandy to be Shown

Long Beach will celebrate Flag Day with the placement of new US flags along Clark Avenue between Willow and Carson and with the raising of the Stars and Stripes over the El Dorado Community Center. The flag is special because it was briefly flown over the U.S. Capitol and provide by Congressman Alan Lowenthal. The event is free and open to the public.

At noon, there will be a brief ceremony and music followed by the 1932 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy that featured the tune You're A Grand Ole Flag. Refreshments and small US Flag souvenirs will be provided.
WHERE:  El Dorado Community Center - 2800 Studebaker Rd.
Spirit of '45 Statue 
WHEN:  Friday, June 14th, noon - movie begins at 1:30
FEATURING: The iconic "Kiss" life-sized statue depicting a sailor kissing a woman based on the famous photo taken in Time Square at the end of WWII. The statue will be on hand courtesy of the Spirit of '45 Foundation. 
Special performance by the High Tide Quartet, flag raising by the United States Army National Guard and Boy Scout Troop 205. Following the ceremony, guests will receive souvenir flags and bookmarks, and enjoy refreshments provided by CareMore, followed by a special showing of the movie classic Yankee Doodle Dandy in the Bridge Room from 1:30-3:30 pm.
Information about the history of Flag Day, and how to properly display a flag are posted at: Flag Etiquette.

For more information contact the office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932,

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5th District Streets to Be Repaired or Slurry Sealed

Street to be repaved: Harvey Way

Street to be slurried: Rosina

I am pleased to announce that street repair and slurry sealing is underway on a number of residential streets in the 5th district. This marks the first time since I took office in 2006 that the City has funded slurry sealing of streets.

Slurry sealing is like car wax: it is used to protect streets that are in good condition from deteriorating. The slurry seal which is made from emulsified asphalt (a mixture made from oil and fine sand aggregate) is typically applied to a street once every 7 to 8 years.
The Public Works Department carefully reviewed the streets in the City and recommended that the following streets in the 5th be slurried:

Torin from Claremore to Lama
Claremore from Spring to Cramer
Cramer from Armourdale to Julian
Armourdale from Cramer to Garner
Julian from Garner to Rosina
Rosina from Claremore to Marna
Claremore from Rosina to Wardlow

The following streets because of their serious condition are being repaved:
Centralia from Whitewood to Bellflower
Harvey Way from Faculty to Clark
Faculty from Carson to Harvey
Arbor Road from Lakewood Blvd to Bellflower Blvd.

The total funding for these projects: $1.1 million.

As more funds become available for street repair, more streets will be repaved or slurried in the 5th Council district.

Should you have any questions, as always, feel free to contact me:

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Analysis on Long Beach Airport and Airline Industry Raises Flags...And It Should

Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport (Photo credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop)
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I received the following memo today from the Long Beach Airport Director, Mario Rodriguez. He provides an analysis of the airline industry and the impact of some of the financial situation in the airline industry and how that is impacting Long Beach Airport.

The analysis is interesting and I am glad to receive it. However, I am concerned about the last several paragraphs in the memo that refer to the City's noise ordinance and the resolution restricting flights to forty-one a day. His analysis indicates that this limitation has produced "the unintended effect of restricting entrance to the market." He also states that "reduced flight usage has an effect on the rate base of our airlines and the revenues of our concessionaires and rental care companies -- not to mention our local travel industry partners that depend on this lift."

This part of the memo concerns me greatly. The tone indicates that sometime down the line, the City will need to change the ordinance and resolution to accommodate the changes in the airline industry.

We do not need excuses to either do away with the Noise Compatibility Ordinance or to increase the number of flights per day. The impact of doing either would seriously harm the property values of the homes surrounding the Long Beach Airport who "depend on  a stable, quiet neighborhood" as guaranteed by the Noise Compatibility Ordinance.

I have expressed my concerns to Airport senior management that while this memo is informative that it should not be interpreted in any way that would suggest the City Council wants or will weaken the Noise Compatibility Ordinance which protects our neighborhoods.

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Flag Day in Long Beach

It was reported in 1915 in the Daughters of the American Revolution summary from its Gaviota Chapter (Long Beach) that “there is a United States Flag in every school room in the public schools of Long Beach and the West Point salute is known by every school child and given on ‘Flag Day.’” The local DAR Chapter also reported visiting local businesses with a copy of the California Flag Law.

To many, June 14th has always been more than a day marked on our calendars as “Flag Day.” It has been one of the most important of our patriotic days.  For it is the day that celebrates that on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag.

There are numerous stories about citizens celebrating our nation’s flag and helping turn June14th into a national day of recognition for the Stars and Stripes.

Two teachers are significant in recognizing the “birthday of the Flag.” The first annual recognition of the flag's birthday dates back to 1885, BJ Cigrand, first organized a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 - the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as the Flag's Birthday. Cigrand, now known as the “Father of Flag Day,” continued to publicly advocate the observance of June 14 as the flag's “birthday”, or “Flag Day” for years. Just a few years later the efforts of another school teacher, George Balch, led to the formal observance of “Flag Day” on June 14 by the New York State Board of Education.

Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.

This week Long Beach will celebrate Flag Day with the placement of new US flags along Clark Avenue between Willow and Carson and with the raising of the Stars and Stripes over the El Dorado Community Center. The flag is special because it was briefly flown over the U.S. Capitol and provide by Congressman Alan Lowenthal. At noon, there will be a brief ceremony and music followed by the 1932 musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy” that featured the tune “You’re A Grand Ole Flag.” Refreshments and small US Flags will be provided.

Copies of flag etiquette and the history of the US Flag can be obtained by calling my office at: 562 570-6932 or going on line to:
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