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Bicycles should arrive soon.

Tuesday night, the Long Beach City Council approved spending nearly $2 million for the equipment to operate a bikeshare program in the city. That contract with CycleHop, LLC, of Santa Monica, is for the bicycles, computer hardware and software, sharing stations and installation of the equipment.

What it doesn’t include is the operation of the program. According to the staff report, the firm the city had contracted to operate the program, Next Bike, LLC, has withdrawn and will no longer be part of the bikeshare.

The staff report, signed by Public Works Director Ara Maloyan, says there will be another RFP process for an operator. In the interim, the report says, the city will try to launch a pilot program.

This program is being paid for with a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a $556,000 match from the city. That match comes from state air quality improvement grants.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a resolution supporting Meatless Mondays.

• Requested a report on the possibility of preparing both a one-time survey for prioritization of city services and the potential for ongoing surveys of both customer satisfaction and resident priorities.

• Recommended that the city manager partner with the Downtown Long Beach Associates to activate the corners of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard and Pine and Seaside Way.

• Adopted contract specifications for a total of $1.7 million to operate Pacific Gateway Youth Academy projects with four groups.

Next Week

Approval of a new diversion program for young adults will be requested at the council’s June 9 meeting by City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson, along with three cosponsors.

Called PATH (Promising Adults, Tomorrow’s Hope), the program would operate through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. It would offer some first-time offenders in the 16-24 age group the opportunity to avoid prosecution by participating in the program. Components would include occupational training, life skills, mentoring, job placement and possibly post-secondary education.

Richardson said the city should identify funding sources as it prepares the Fiscal 2016 budget, as well as apply for appropriate federal, state and philanthropic grants. He also wants to create and fund a PATH Young Adult Diversion Coordinator in the city prosecutor’s office.

In other business next week, the council is scheduled to:

• Renew an agreement with Southern California Edison for continued use of its right-of-way at the El Dorado Nature Center.

• Support issuance of $80 million in Community Development Authority bonds in support of restoration of Springdale West Apartments, a 410-unit affordable housing project. The city is not liable for repayment of the bonds.

• Approve the annual application for the Continuum of Care for Homeless Assistance Program from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• Adopt specifications for the $4.7 million contract with HDR Engineering, Inc., for engineering and design services to replace the Shoemaker Bridge.

Harry Saltzgaver can be reached at hsalt@gazettes.com.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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