Nigel Lifsey

Nigel Lifsey, 35, is a portfolio accountant and co-founder of the Urban Society Long Beach who has lived in the district for three years. He is a registered Democrat.

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Why are you running for the 2nd District?

Tackling issues such as affordable housing, parking, and homelessness requires new and innovative ideas, and as a long time resident of Long Beach I have several ideas and plans to address those issues.

What do you see as the biggest problem facing the 2nd District, and how do you propose solving it?  

The lack of affordable housing options.  To address this problem, I would like to see more housing development that is marketed and priced toward the moderate income household.  I believe that if the City is able to encourage and incentivize developers to increase the supply of housing for this particular segment of the housing market, that would stabilize housing costs across the board, including for low-income households.

What are your specific plans to address homelessness?

The budget is a reflection of our priorities.  If we are to address the issue of homelessness we must put our money where our mouth is, so to speak, and allocate the proper resources to address it.  Council member Rex Richardson so far has put forth a great effort to increase funding toward addressing housing affordability and homelessness.  However, I would also like to analyze the budget and figure out where we can reallocate some existing funds toward expanding homeless outreach, social services, and homeless shelter facilities.  In addition to increased funding, we should take steps to remove the social stigmas associated with being homeless.

Do you believe there is a parking issue in the district? If so, how would you address it?

Yes I do believe parking is an issue in the district.

To address this issue in the immediate short term, I would create an arrangement between residents and various neighborhood establishments that have their own parking lots (i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, libraries, churches, museums, etc), whereby those lots are able to be used by residents but only outside of that business’ operating hours.  This would serve as a short term solution to alleviate the lack of overnight parking for residents.  In the long term, I want to reduce the overall dependence on cars for daily transportation by attracting more businesses and jobs to Long Beach, and further encouraging those businesses to hire locally.  In addition, I would expand access to safe, efficient transportation options for residents.

What, if anything, is wrong with the Broadway Corridor and how would you fix it?

There has been significant debate about the impact to traffic safety since the Broadway Corridor has been reconfigured.  While the new road configuration has had the overall effect of slowing down cars, which is a positive impact for safety, it feels like the bike lane itself is much more dangerous to travel.  The lane for parking spots has apparently created a blind spot for drivers making a right turn, and they are not able to easily see bikers/scooters travelling in their own dedicated lane.  I would work together with traffic engineering experts, as well as the residents and business owners along Broadway to create additional road configuration options that address the needs of the stakeholders along the Broadway Corridor.