Pressburg Parkway (South St @ Jaymills ) Is Dedicated With Current/Former Community Advocates + Reps Of Current Congressional, Assembly, Council Electeds Attending To Honor Decades Of Volunteer Works By Dan Pressburg
(Sept. 25, 2021, 5:55 p.m..) -- Current and former community advocates, joined by Vice Mayor/CD9 Councilman Rex Richardson, former Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Val Lerch, plus representatives of Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, Assemblyman Mike Gipson and CD7 Councilman Roberto Uranga, gathered at South St./Jaymills Ave. to formally dedicate the Pressburg Parkway, previously a weed strewn city owned lot transformed into community friendly green space by Mr. Pressburg. Mr. Pressburg lives in the historic LB Dairy and Creamery building next door.)
Among grassroots advocates attending were veteran NLB community advocates Laurie Angel, Wrigley area advocate Colleen McDonald and former NLB community advocate/now-Oregon transplant Linda Sausen Ivers.
LBREPORT.com livestreamed the dedication ceremony, now embedded below on demand:
Parks, Rec and Marine Dir. Brent Dennis conducted the dedication ceremony, joined by Vice Mayor/CD Councilman Rex Richardson, whose June 1, 2021 Council agenda item approved naming the parcel to honor Mr. Pressburg. At the dedication ceremony, Vice Mayor Richardson delivered extemporaneous remarks commending Mr. Pressburg for his multiple grassroots volunteer community involvements and saying the Pressburg Parkway is example of ho volunteer work and City Hall projects both aim to uplift NLB.
Mr. Pressburg now publishes North Long Beach News on Facebook, which has gained a sizable readership.
In December 2020 and June 1, 2021, Vice Mayor Richardson agendized City Council items to formally recognize Mr. Pressburg for his years of volunteer work on activities. They include hours of time helping facilitate the LB Veterans Parade and (a project of Better Balance for Long Beach) One-Day Christmas Store/Shopping With Dignity, with the latter winning national first place honors in its category as Best Neighborhood Program AND Neighborhood of the Year in May 2011 from Neighborhoods USA
Richardson's first agendized item drew Council squabbling, which Richardson (aided by Uranga) overcame on a June 1, 2021 item approving the naming (carried 8-0, Austin absent, LBREPORT.com coverage here.),
Mr.Pressburg also spoken his mind to the annoyance of City Hall on matters he viewed as deserving attention. In 2004, Mr. Pressburg joined grassroots advocates from across the city (including Annie Greenfeld-Wisner, Jane Kelleher, Paul de Jung) who organized Better Balance for Long Beach to prod City Hall officialdom to clean up a drug-dealer/transient occupied street median residents called "14th St. Park." They held a community picnic (attended by then CD9 Councilman Lerch) to voice solidarity with CD 1 neighborhood residents and prod City Hall to clean up the area. Then CD1 Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal got the message...and pressed city agencies to clean the area up and add genuine park-like improvements to the street median.
In 2016, as President of the DeForest neighborhood group, Mr. Pressburg insisted on allowing both sides -- City Hall officialdom including Mayor Garcia as well as opponents -- to speak on the Measure A sales tax increase. (Others groups let Mayor Garcia speak on the measure without opposition.)
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