The Roundup

An insider’s resource on the latest Long Beach news and more - direct from the Mayor’s office.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: David goes to Washington DC

We just wanted to share a special photo from this morning.  David G. from the Mayor’s office is on his second Washington D.C. trip with Best Buddies for Hill Day.  David is with a group of representatives from Best Buddies and Special Olympics to visit members of Congress and the Senate to advocate on legislation, supporting government programs that address the needs of people with intellectual disabilities, and the passing of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act.

David and Nicole, a Special Olympics athlete, stand outside of the U.S. Capitol.

©2010 Bob Foster
Traffic Alert Today: 7th St. Bridge Closes for One Year

Don’t forget that 7th St. bridge from northbound 405 freeway will be closed for one year beginning today.  Visit the Orange County Transportation Authority at www.octa.net/westcounty for more information and updates.  All this work is to link the carpool lanes of the 405, 22 and 605.  Expect delays and find alternative routes

Call 562-570-6331 if you have a suggestion or a problem location with the alternate routes.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Help Your Family Prepare for a Disaster

The devastating earthquake and tsunami are good wake-up calls for Long Beach residents.  Are you prepared in case of a diaster?  Here are a few ways that you can be alerted and informed:

  • The Red Cross – Greater Long Beach Chapter is hosting a free Earthquake/Tsunami Preparedness Presentation on March 17 at 6pm at 3150 E. 29th St. in Long Beach. You will learn on how to make a disaster kit, make a family plan and be informed about disasters. RSVP with Chris Campbell-Jay at 562-595-6341.
  • There is a “Reverse 9-1-1″ notification system in place in Long Beach.  Your landline is automatically registered, but click here to register your cell phone.
  • The Police Department also has the Nixle system that will send you text messages or emails to your smart phone for alerts.  Click here for more information on Nixle and how to sign up.  Please note that standard text message fees apply.  You can also watch the latest Heart of the City episode below where the Mayor spoke to Chief McDonnell about Nixle.

©2010 Bob Foster
Japan’s 8.9 Quake: Reminder to Long Beach to be Prepared

In light of the devastating 8.9 quake in Japan, it’s a great reminder that we live in earthquake country.  Here’s a “Heart of the City” episode that Mayor Foster did with Long Beach Fire Chief Jeff Reeb about what you should do before, during and after an earthquake.  The Mayor also interviewed a few Long Beach volunteers who are part of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

And here’s a preparedness list from Long Beach Fire Department to remind you what you need in your earthquake kit at home, work and in your car.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Swearing-in Ceremony for Senator Lieu

Mayor Foster was the MC at the district swearing-in ceremony of State Senator Ted Lieu this afternoon at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Congratulations to Senator Lieu!

Mayor Foster chats with Greg Saks of CSUDH before State Senator Lieu's swearing-in ceremony.


The Mayor greets California Controller John Chiang in the green room.


The speakers, including Senator Lieu (far left) listen to a quick program review before they take the stage. Some of the speakers included Assemblymember Warren Furutani and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal.

More than 300 people pack the ballroom at CSUDH.

Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton swears in Senator Lieu.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Press Photographers Association Greater Los Angeles

3/1/11 – Mayor Foster attended the Press Photographers Association Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA) chapter’s 75th Anniversary Historical Photo Exhibit at the Queen Mary this morning.

The photo exhibit features Pulitzer and historical photographs of Los Angeles, Southern California and the world taken by members of PPAGLA. The Historical Photo Exhibit runs March 1 – May 31.

(Left to right): Carlos Schiebeck (PPAGLA 2011 Lifetime Achievment Recipient), veteran photographer Garry Watson (with camera),  Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut (Associated Press-Napalm Girl), Bob Riha, Jr. (PPAGLA President), Mayor Foster, and Pulitzer Prize winner and former White House photographer David Hume Kennerly.

©2010 Bob Foster
Naples Bayside Academy Visits Mayor Foster

Mayor Foster got a visit from Naples Bayside Academy’s Student Council this afternoon.  The students took a tour of the Mayor’s office and talked to the Mayor about his love for baseball and the San Francisco Giants.

©2010 Bob Foster
State of the City: Last Planning Meeting

Yesterday morning was the last planning meeting before the 2011 State of the City!

We are very lucky in the Mayor’s office to be able to work with so many great and experienced professionals with the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.  All pending decisions from the Antioch Young Adult Choir’s band placement to how people were going to enter/exit were all hammered out.  This is the second consecutive year we are all working together on the State of the City and it showed in the yesterday’s meeting, which only lasted 30 minutes.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on January 11!

©2010 Bob Foster
No Street Sweeping Tuesday and Wednesday


Street sweeping in Long Beach will be suspended on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 22 due to anticipated heavy rainfall, and will resume on Thursday.

There will be no street sweeping tickets issued on these two days, but all other parking restrictions (meters, and signed time limits) will be enforced!

©2010 Bob Foster
2011 State of the City Facebook page

Want the latest information on the 2011 State of the City?  There’s a Facebook page with photos and video from last year, as well as updates on the State of the City.  Visit Facebook today or click here to go to the State of the City page!

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