NPNA ELECTIONS & Public Safety Discussion
October 19 - 6:30 pm
Exhibit [A] Gallery
555 Pine Ave
Downtown Long Beach
Meet the Candidates!
Loara Cadavona currently serves as the Vice President of Communications of the NPNA. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Downtown Residential Council (DRC). Loara was co-chair of the Pacific Avenue Task Force and secured a grant to revitalize the community garden on Pacific Avenue and 6th. Loara is a seven-year resident of Downtown and works in healthcare. She hopes to remain on the NPNA board to support the organization’s continued efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
Pedro C. Costa has over 40 years of national and international experience in architecture, regional and urban planning, economic development, real estate development and construction, preparation of development packages, property acquisition, property management and public relations.
Pedro C. Costa has been associated with world-recognized consultants such as Professor R. Buckminster Fuller (Philadelphia), Professor Patrick Horsburgh (Notre Dame University) and institutions such as the Ford Foundation (Educational Facilities Laboratories).
* Resident of North Pine and business located on North Pine
* President of the Board of the North Pine Neighborhood Alliance
* Co-founder of: HOPA (Historic Old Pine Business Alliance) and the “Twilight Walk”.
* Member of the Steering and Working Committee for Pine Avenue Streetscape Improvements, City of Long Beach.
* Member of the DLBA (Downtown Long Beach Associates) Board of Directors, Representing Downtown Residents from the First District
* Member on the DLBA (Downtown Long Beach Associates) Capital Improvement Projects Task Force representing the DRC.
* Member of the Board of the DRC (Downtown Residential Council).
I’m Elsa Diaz a wife, partner and friend to Pedro Costa. I moved into Long Beach in 1993 and bought into Pine Plaza Condominiums, a new development at 8thST and Pine Ave Downtown at the time. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived from West Hollywood to Venice Beach, yes I’ve been around.
I’ve always been attracted to the arts and in particular Fashion Industry and pursued a degree in Fashion Design at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in the late 70’s. I was awarded 1st place in Boutique Category in Graduation Fashion Show and worked in the Industry for 25 years in design, merchandising, patternmaking and management. The last 2 companies St John Knits and BCBG I specialized in fit and production in the design room.
The last 10 years married to an Architect I concentrated on Interior Design and Office Management for Pedro C Costa Architects Inc. Went to Santa Monica City College and pursued my passion for fashion in Jewelry Design; opened Venice Dreams Boutique in 2009 to present.
I am an active board member of North Pine Neighborhood Alliance, founder and participant in Twilight Walk and North Pine Business Association; Historic Old Pine Ave (HOPA).
Michael Herrera is a 29 year-old small business owner who lives in the Kress Building with his fiancée. Born and raised in central-California, Michael discovered Long Beach in 2007 when he started contracting with the Port of Long Beach to engineer and install many of their modern security platforms.
Jennifer Kennedy moved to Long Beach in 2002. She is a board member of the North Pine Neighborhood Alliance. She volunteers regularly in the Long Beach community. Recently, Jennifer graduated from CSULB with a M.A. in Education. While at CSULB, she was a founding officer of the Graduate Student Association. She has been an educator for eight years, teaching in Compton, West Africa, and Inglewood. In 2010, she received the Teacher of the Year award. She is an alumni of Teach For America and a current and active member of Toastmasters International. Currently, she is a project manager of an educational software company.
Gina Krueger was born and raised in Long Beach. After graduating from Wilson High School, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and later a Master of Public Administration from CSULB. She was an officer in the United States Coast Guard for four years and is currently an Analyst at the Port of Long Beach. Her interest in the NPNA is rooted in her strong belief in community involvement and a long-standing commitment to public service. She lives in the Kress Building and loves being able to walk everywhere!
About being a board member
- Board members must be a resident from the NPNA community (boundaries: Pacific Avenue to Long Beach Boulevard, 3rd Street to Anaheim Boulevard)
- Board members will serve for a 1 year term
- NPNA board meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month; membership meets quarterly on the 4th Wednesday of the given month
- Regular attendance at board and membership meetings is needed
- For more information on the NPNA’s board of directors, please see NPNA Bylaws Executive Committee.
- Voting will occur at the membership meeting
- Floor Nominations/Write in candidates will also be accepted
PUBLIC SAFETY ON THE AGENDA
After the election, the remaining meeting will focus on identifying and addressing key public safety issues in the North Pine area.
Commander Benedetti of the Long Beach Police Department will join us for the public safety discussion.
SUPPORT DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
You can support the continuing progress of Downtown Long Beach and help achieve our vision of vibrant Downtown neighborhoods by supporting the proposed Downtown Plan as drafted. Please visit http://www.supportdowntownlb.com/ to find out more information on the plan and to voice your support.
Twilight Walk – October 21
3rd Friday of every month – 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Pine Avenue (3rd to 8th)
Come out and support your local businesses – Music, Art, Food, Wine and great neighbors.
Click here for more info. Brought to you by HOPA.
Zombies Are Coming to North Pine! Oct 29th!
Yep, you heard it correctly! Click here for more! Thank Long Beach Cinematheque for bringing this great event to Downtown by making a donation or becoming a sponsor; contact email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.