BPNA Fall Classic Block Party

Come out and socialize with your neighbors and celebrate all things of the season Saturday October 10th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1st Street, Between Paloma & Orizaba . Fun for all ages! Activities will include:

  • Long Beach Fire Fighters Cook Out
  • Chili Cook‐Off: Share your best dish!
  • Wonderful entertainment & games
  •  Delicious Food at our Autumn Potluck & Free Drinks

Please note that the potluck is based on the first letter of your last name, please bring one of the follow items:

(A‐G) Salads & Side Dishes;

(H‐M) Entrees/Casseroles;

(N‐T) Bottled Water, Juices,Soda

(U‐Z) Desserts

Everyone welcome to this free to attend event! To volunteer time or money, contact Stacy Kelso, sskelso [at] verizon [dot] net or Scott Johnson, BPNAscott [at] gmail [dot]com.

Download Bluff Park Block Party Flyer

BPNA celebrates Historic District’s 33rd Anniversary

On Sunday, July 26, 2015, Bluff Park residents joined together to celebrate the Historic District’s 33rd anniversary at the Wine Crush located at 3131 East Broadway.

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All ages came to participate. Joining the festivities was Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price. BPNA recognized the individuals in Bluff Park who made it happen will along with celebrating what it means to chat with the neighbors today.

A little background information:

There are several stories about the history of Bluff Park, including the original Native Americans who lived in the area known as the Bay of the Smokes, the occupation of Spain in the late 1700s, when the land was divided between two landowners and named Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos, and the story of William Wilmore, who in 1882, built 12 houses and founded Wilmore City.

In 1886, John Bixby subdivided a portion of his land and called it Alamitos Beach. The area was annexed to Long Beach in 1905. Houses were built in a variety of architectural styles running the gamut of Victorian, Colonial Revival, Old English, Craftsman, and Spanish Colonial Revival.

Each reflected the period of principal development which was from 1903 to 1949. The State Historic Resources inventory identified 65 houses as highly significant examples of their architectural styles with 109 homes contributing to the historic character of the district named Bluff Park.

Neighborhood preservation began in 1961, when a small group of neighbors banded together to contest a proposed high-rise tower. In 1972, the neighborhood organized itself into an incorporated group known as “Beach Area Concerned Citizens” under the leadership of Admiral Ruff to advocate for rezoning Ocean Boulevard. Peter Devereaux and Sharon Shen, along with others, convinced the State Coastal Commission that coastal historic neighborhoods were valuable State assets with Bluff Park being a prime example. Luanne Pryor, Marian Seratan and Admiral Lawrence Ruff members of the Beach Area Concerned Citizens and Peter Devereaux, Stan Poe, Bill Montgomery, Bob Bailey and Harriet Williams involved with Willmore City Heritage worked with Council members Renee Simon and Tom Clark to adopt the Cultural Heritage Ordinance in November 1977. Leaders from these two organizations, including Doug Otto, encouraged and helped incorporated “A Preservation Non-Profit Foundation” to publicly advocate for preservation in the city. These efforts resulted in neighborhoods having the opportunity to work hard and achieve their Historic District designation. It was July 1982 and Bluff Park became a Historic District. The community had labored long and hard to achieve this historic designation after being inventoried and surveyed for the historic significance in 1980.

Over the years, numerous Bluff Park residents have worked to preserve the historic integrity and increase community fellowship. So many individuals have participated including Helena and Elbert Segelhorst, John Parkin, Larry and Juvie Borges, the Dunns, Sasha Witte and Wendy Harn, Tim and Elizabeth O’Shea, Ken Marks, the Ridgeways, Elizabeth Kuehne and John Romunstad, Linda Renner, Isaac Waksul, Rolando Cruz, Mike Hernandez, Ray VanNatta, and Claudia Schou.


A Meet & Greet Thats Twice As Sweet

BPNA’s Sweet Meet and Greet (SMG2)
DATE: August 21, 2015
TIME: 6:00pm-7:30pm

We had such a positive response from our first SMG, we were asked to have another!

The Bluff Park Neighborhood Association is hosting another Neighborhood Dessert Tour and would love for you to be a part of it. The dessert tour will be on Friday, August 21st from 6-7:30. This is a great way to get to know your Bluff Park neighbors.

Stop by any of these great neighbors front yards for some sweet conversation and a taste of some of their favorite desserts. We look forward to seeing you there!!

3329 E Ocean Blvd
2225 E 2nd Street
2434 E 2nd Street
2525 E 1st Street
3063 E 1st Street
2324 E 2nd Street


City Council reinstates Long Beach Mills Act Tax Incentive Program

The Long Beach City Council has reinstated the Long Beach Mills Act Tax Incentive Program at the January 6, 2015 City Council meeting but with some differences to the program from the past.  Previously, contributing properties in a Historic District were eligible to apply for the Mills Act.  Under the new program, properties will need to qualify for Historic landmark status.

The Grunion Gazette article from Thursday, January 9, 2015 posting gives a more in depth review of the new Mills Act.

“After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the Mills Act, a tax incentive program for historic properties, was reinstated Tuesday evening by the Long Beach City Council.

Properties entering into a Mills Act contract receive the benefit of a property tax reassessment. It’s a complicated formula based on income capitalization, risk factors and the expected life of the property — basically, it boils down to a 30% to 50% reduction in property tax. The contract is passed on to subsequent property owners and renews itself automatically after a period of 10 years.

Owners of historic properties benefit from property tax relief under the Mills Act as compensation for the additional costs they assume in restoring and maintaining the architectural heritage of the community, according to staff reports. Historians and preservationists have been advocating for the reinstatement of the Mills Act for some time now.” (Read More)

A reevaluation of the Mills Act program is set to take place in 2019, to assess the program’s effectiveness and measure the fiscal impact on the city’s property tax revenue.

Bluff Park Receives Two Long Beach Heritage Awards

Long Beach Heritage is a nonprofit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historical and architectural resources, neighborhoods, and the cultural heritage of Long Beach. Each year, this organization presents nine awards to projects around the city to recognize the growing strength and diversity of historic preservation in Long Beach.

This year, two award recipients are from Bluff Park:

  • A Streamline Modern apartment house from 1938 on East First Street will receive a restoration award. Owner Marsha rescued this building from slow decline and misguided “updates.” Certain original details were lost to remodeling in the 1970s, including a stucco exterior that was glaringly incorrect in texture. The façade of the building now has an appropriate finish, which complements the curving corners and streamlined details. The bathrooms and kitchens have period appropriate fixtures and doors, floors, and moldings throughout the structure are now characteristic of the late thirties. This rehabilitated apartment home has become a shining contributor to the Bluff Park Historic District.


  • The Paloma Avenue neighborhood will receive an interpretive exhibit awardfor the hundredth birthday celebration of their three block area, which was held on November 3, 2013. Most of the houses were built in the teens and twenties and many retain their original details. Each homeowner researched his/her own residence, uncovering physical changes and finding former owners and tenants. Organizers Jeff, Marco, and Michele collected all of the data into an illustrated pamphlet and Maureen Neeley gave a lecture and led a tour of about 100 people through the various homes. At a potluck dinner afterward, current and former residents swapped remembrances and photographs. It was a memorable day for the neighborhood. Neighbors included Gabe, Karen, Dan, Jane, Kathleen, Roger, John, Thor, James, Vincent, Doug, Cheri, Joanne, Kevin, Richard, Laurie, Larry, Rhiannon, and Jacquelyn.