November Events: Two Commissions, a planting day, two meetings, and training!

Here are a few events happening in and around Willmore this month.  We encourage you all to attend the Planning Commission Hearing this Thursday where the Downtown Plan will be discussed.  Additional information below.  Cheers!


Call to Action November 10 – DOWNTOWN PLAN

Dear Willmore Neighbors and Friends,

The Downtown Plan and related Environmental Impact Report go before the Long Beach Planning Commission this Thursday, November 10, at 5:30pm.

For over four years, Downtown residents, city staff and the local business community have worked together to codify our vision for the future of Downtown Long Beach. The resultant Downtown Plan successfully incorporates our mutual interest in; respect for each neighborhood’s unique character, future private development of high quality and relevance to its surrounding neighborhood, reduced and more predictable bureaucratic regulations for new development and the economic impact of new development understood and planned for in a systematic, Downtown-wide manner.

We bring this Planning Commission meeting to your attention to acknowledge the hard work so many of you have done over the years and to ensure that we all understand there is keen, organized and vocal opposition to this plan. This opposition by interest groups, in an attempt to secure affordable housing and employment requirements for future Downtown development, has effectively delayed the implementation of the Downtown Plan. As the Downtown Plan only affects a portion of the city, this plan is not the appropriate vehicle to address these concerns.

The Willmore City Heritage Association Board urges you ensure the Planning Commission understands we, the residents of the Downtown, are profoundly interested in the future growth of our neighborhood. To this end, we request three actions:

  1. Please speak with your neighbors to increase awareness of the Downtown Plan.  Share these two documents:  Downtown Plan Flyer & Talking Points
  2. Attend the Planning Commission this Thursday, November 10 and wear WHITE. The meeting will be held at City Hall from 5:30pm. Free car and bike parking is available.  
  3.  “Like” the Downtown Plan on Facebook ( and submit a form letter of support on the Chamber’s website (  Both sites provide good information on the Plan in case you have questions.

We need at least 30 residents to represent WCHA this Thursday with five willing to speak on our behalf. Please email if you are able to attend and/or speak.


Amy, Kathleen, Patty, Jana, Jim, Michelle, and Emily

Willmore City Heritage Association Board


Planting Day @ Willmore Heritage Garden

Join us this Saturday from 10am – noon to plant the last area of the Willmore Heritage Garden!  This is also a perfect opportunity to check on your previous plantings and see how beautifully everything is growing in.

Bring your gardening tools, hats, and come in comfortable attire.

Sign up to volunteer:

PLACE: Willmore Heritage Garden – 701 Maine Ave. 90813

DATE:  Saturday, November 12, 2011

TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Code Enforcement Meeting

This meeting gives neighbors a platform to report code violations they observe occurring in the Willmore City / Drake Park Historic District and the West End neighborhoods with a City of Long Beach Code Enforcement representative.

PLACE: Drake Park Community Center, 951 Maine Ave. 90813

DATE:  Tuesday, October 15, 2011

TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Monthly Community Meeting: First one at the Drake Park Community Center

This month, Gisele Fong of LB Building Healthy Communities and the Air Quality Work Group member organization will lead a discussion on health impacts on freeway adjacent, port adjacent neighborhoods like Willmore.  She will also share information on the proposed 710 expansion.

Visit for additional information about LB Building Healthy Communities.

PLACE: Drake Park Community Center, 951 Maine Ave. 90813

DATE:  Tuesday, October 15, 2011

TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Parks & Rec’s Commission discusses Willmore Heritage Garden in December

The Willmore Heritage Garden project will go in front of the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Commission on Thursday November 10, 2011 at 9 am at the  El Dorado Park West Community Center in the Senior Library.   Anna Mendiola, Park Development Officer will be presenting on behalf of staff.  If you are available to attend please let us know by emailing: We can use all the neighborhood support!

PLACE: El Dorado Park West – 280o North Studebaker Rd. 90815

Here is a map of the El Dorado Park West

DATE:  To Be Determined

TIME: To Be Determined


Bembridge House Docent Training:  Available Every Tuesday!

Come learn about Long Beach history, the Bembridge House, and be a docent at the Bembridge House Historic Site to share the home’s story.  It takes approximately 2 hours.  Docent training available most Tuesday’s between 1-4pm.  Contact Jill Black at or  562-495-3377  to schedule your class.

953 N Park Circle Drive, Long Beach CA 
In the Drake Park,  Willmore City Historic District of Long Beach California


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