What does it mean to live in a historic district?
Living in a historic district requires that all exterior changes including but not limited to additions, window replacement, fences, walkways and driveways undergo a design review by the Cultural Heritage Commission. The historic guidelines are not meant to restrict homeowners but rather to protect and preserve the architectural style of each individual home as well as maintain the integrity of the neighborhood as a whole.
Why is preservation important?
Historic preservation safeguards a community's heritage, making it available to future generations for civic enjoyment and educational activities. Preservation stabilizes property values and strengthens local economies. In addition, the conservation and maintenance of historic resources and scenic areas fosters civic beauty and bolsters community pride.
What are the perservation goals of the California Heights Neighborhood Association?
The California Heights Neighborhood Association is not a regulatory body. We are a volunteer organization whose goal is to promote public knowledge and preservation of historic and architectural resources in the California Heights Historic District.
How does the California Heights Neighborhood Association go about this?
The CHNA is one of the most active neighborhood associations in the City of Long Beach and has a variety of on-going projects promoting the preservation and awareness of the historic district. Current projects include historic street signage, welcome mural, tree plantings, Annual Home and Garden Tour, historic home plaque program and lamppost restoration.
Does the organization have regular meetings?
Neighborhood meetings are held every other month at 7:00 p.m. Check the calendar pages for ongoing meeting schedule and topics. Please join us!
Does the organization have a newsletter?
Yes. The California Heights Neighborhood Association publishes and distributes "The Heights" a bi-monthly newsletter. Newsletters are distributed to every home in the historic district by neighborhood volunteers. Newsletters are now available on-line.