This Tuesday, the property that will become Long Beach's biggest park since 1952 took another major step forward. The City Council approved the Master Plan for Willow Springs, which includes wetlands restoration, water quality improvements, and passive and active recreational opportunities in the heart of Long Beach.
This Master Plan comes after we opened the first phase of the park, Longview Point at Willow Springs, 130 years after the land was purchased by the city. I want to thank my Council colleagues, city staff, Signal Hill Petroleum, Supervisor Knabe, the City of Signal Hill, and the many residents who came together and created this plan that will benefit Long Beach for generations.Also, the City of Long Beach was recently determined to be the best of area cities in facilitating solar power improvements. By lowering permit costs and streamlining red tape, Long Beach will be encouraging cleaner power that will improve our environment while saving residents on their utility bills.Finally, I will be co-hosting a free event to help income-qualified residents file their taxes. If your household income is less than $51K, you can have your taxes prepared for free and access to many other services. This event will be at CSULB on February 9th, 2013.
James Johnson | Long Beach City Council, 7th District