Tuesday, May 22nd starting at 12:00 PM and ending at 2:00 PM PDT.
By Karen Robes Meeks, Staff Writerpresstelegram.com
05/21/2012 08:08:56 PM PDT
LONG BEACH -- City Councilman Gary DeLong and Don Caldwell, development project manager of Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, will be guest speakers for today's meeting with the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance.
Admission is $12 and includes a buffet lunch prepared by Moon Dance Catering of Long Beach.
For news and updates, go to www.easba.com.
- Karen Robes Meeks
Working to create a business improvement district in Cambodia Town
By Greg Mellen Staff Writerpresstelegram.com
April 26, 2012 3:15 AM
LONG BEACH - Richer San walks to a file cabinet and pulls open a file drawer overstuffed with reports, surveys and studies that represent years spent working to create Cambodia Town in Long Beach and, more important, set up a business improvement district along Anaheim Street.
In July, Cambodia Town Inc., will celebrate its fifth anniversary, but San and his volunteer group are only about halfway through their efforts to get 235 of 470 businesses along the busy commercial corridor to commit to the business improvement district, or BID.
The formation of BIDs and property-based improvement districts, or PBIDs, was the topic of discussion at a Town Hall presented by the 6th Council District Office on Tuesday at McBride Park in the Central Area.
The districts provide a way for businesses and/or property owners to collaborate to fund business and neighborhood improvement and activities. A nonprofit board of directors levies a fee on properties and pays for those projects. The city must approve the districts, but is not involved in operations and doesn't receive money.
The districts have been successful in areas of Long Beach such as downtown, Bixby Knolls and Belmont Shore, officials say.
"We would like to see something in our district like we see in downtown," said Councilman Dee Andrews at the meeting.
John Edmond, chief of staff for Andrews, said he can envision a number of BIDs and PBIDs that could form and eventually transform the Central Area.
It was standing room only at the EASBA (East Anaheim Street Business Alliance) monthly luncheon meeting on March 27th at the Long Beach Playhouse. Local business owners and history buffs alike were given an in-depth presentation on Zaferia - a little-known corner of East Long Beach.
After months of research, Maureen Neely, local historian and owner of HouStories, gave those in attendance a fascinating peek into the rich history of a community (almost incorporated city) known as Zaferia. Dating back to the turn of the 19th century, Zaferia was settled by independent farmers and ranchers who were not interested in the "big city" life of Long Beach proper.
The name "Zaferia" has been credited as a Spanish word meaning "little village," but no dictionary supports that theory.
Many factors went into the formation of Zaferia, including rugged individuals with a strong desire to prosper and a well-established transportation system (Pacific Electric Red Cars).
"Maureen took us on a fascinating historical tour of an area I have lived and worked in for decades, but I had no idea of the extent of what came before", stated EASBA Boardmember Jan Ward. "The dedication and exhaustive research Maureen put into this project was evident in her outstanding presentation. She knocked it out of the park!", she added.
From its humble beginnings as vast rancho lands to the thriving economic and residential center of today, the Zaferia area of Long Beach will always be a big part of the history of Southern California. The EASBA Board of Directors would like to thank Maureen for her expertise and hard work in helping us tell our story. The story of Zaferia.
To learn more about the Zaferia story, go to www.zaferia.com.