Pretty good topic @project11561. Since we all have different opinions on every aspect of this city, what are your top five priorities? Of course I want everybody back in their homes, but I’m concentrating on five that are more city-specific. Here are mine in no particular order. What are yours?
- Beautification. We need trees. Understand the Broken Window Theory, people who pick up dog poop and who don’t litter, better enforcement with garbage overall- with commercial & residents alike.
- Safety & Health. We are not getting the same old hospital back, but we need something that’s 24/7ambulance serving with an emergency room & that is local, so we don’t have to make that drive up to Oceanside. The Firefighter situation needs to be straightened out or explained better. Right now it’s coming across as a fight between paid firefighters and politicians, with use residents stuck in the middle. Because of that, I am very indifferent either way (sorry!). Also, along with health, we can’t ignore parks for our well being.
- Bring Back Transparency. While I wasn’t there, I did watch the last City Council meeting stream and it’s a reason why I’ve been so angry on this blog the past two weeks. I’m just so disappointed in the current Good&Welfare situation where residents can’t have their questions answered. That needs to come back. Kinda ruins the whole transparency moniker this current admin says they have and it could bite them in the butt come next election. Resident frustration should be minimized.
- Smart Growth. It’s the only way Long Beach is going to survive. Let me refer to this article in Newsday from a few weeks back, when developer Scott Rechler said: ‘Long Island’s aging demographic points to a “drain” in the region’s young professional population, and a big problem for the future economy….”some developers who say the only future they will have here is in redevelopment, and a lot of that will revolve around transit-oriented developments.”……..Some young professionals “can’t afford to be in the city, and now they can’t afford to be in Brooklyn and Long Island City,” he said. By offering housing with access to transit while still providing a comparable “urban character,” Rechler says he believes that Long Island can retain a talented young workforce, and even attract one. [LINK]. The Waldbaums shopping center is a complete waste of space sitting next to a train station. AND to add to all that, Long Island in general is becoming a place for the extremely rich and the extremely poor, with middle class getting pushed out. We have an opportunity to prevent that from happening here in LB.
- Infrastructure Improvements. Along the lines of beautification comes street repairs, sidewalk improvements, priority repairs, etc. are so important. Can’t let anything crumble under our feet. Given the season, potholes is a big topic right now. Why do we need blacktop streets in Long Beach? Can’t we go back to concrete?