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The Roundup

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

©2010 Bob Foster
Photos: Follow the Mayor Friday Night 11/5/10

Follow the Mayor around Long Beach…

Mayor Foster went to the Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum to interview director Brenna Barrett for an upcoming Heart of the City.

The Mayor also went to visit Dana Library in the 7th District to read to children during “First Books on First Fridays.”

Did you know that BMX racing started in Long Beach 40 years ago? Mayor Foster presented a certificate to owner Scot Breithaupt in celebration of BMX’s 40th anniversary.

The Mayor ended his evening by stopping by the Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America during their fundraising dinner to benefit Project Angkor. This inaugural mission will send 50 volunteers to provide primary medical care to underserved areas of Cambodia.

This Weekend: 2010 Long Beach Marathon

Oct. 15, 2010 – Don’t forget that this Sunday, Oct. 17,  is the 2010 Long Beach Marathon. Click here to find your spot to cheer 18,000 marathon runners along the 26.2-mile route through Long Beach! Some streets will be closed and expect the freeways to be impacted during the morning hours.

www.runlongbeach.com

©2010 Bob Foster
710 Freeway Closures

For the next seven weeks, Caltrans will be working on the 710 freeway during the weekends starting on August 20 until October 11 (except for Labor Day weekend).  Work will be done in both northbound and southbound directions from just south of Firestone Boulevard to just north of the 105 freeway.

Full freeway closures will occur twice during the weekend:

  • Friday at 11:45 p.m. until Saturday at 6 a.m.
  • Sunday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. 

 

In addition, expect the following connectors to be impacted:

  • CLOSED On-ramps to northbound I-710:  Eastbound & westbound on-ramps from Rosecrans Avenue and Imperial Highway
  • CLOSED On-ramps to southbound I-710: Eastbound & westbound on-ramps from Florence Avenue, Firestone Boulevard and Imperial Hwy
  • CLOSED Freeway Connectors:  Eastbound and westbound I-105 to northbound I-710

 

Motorists should expect delays during this work period.  Click here for more information or visit Caltrans’ website at www.dot.ca.gov.

©2010 Bob Foster
Become a Commissioner

Boards and commissions serve as an opportunity to participate in the City’s decision-making process and to interact creatively with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.  Democracy can be realized when citizens are able to come together across neighborhood and economic lines to assist in making the community decisions that will shape all of their lives.  While commissioners are themselves appointed from within the community, it is important that they in turn ensure that a wide variety of viewpoints from the rest of the community are considered when commissions make recommendations to the City Council.

Exemplifying our City’s diversity on our community boards is important and relevant to the work done by these committees, boards, and commissions. Below is a list of boards with vacancies, if you, or someone you know is interested in serving please contact Carmen Viramontes at 562-570-5229 for more information. You may also visit the Mayor’s Commission home page at: http://www.longbeach.gov/mayor/commission

Why is there traffic on 2nd St.?

This year the City of Long Beach has been fortunate to receive funds from both the federal government (as part of the 2009 Stimulus Act), and the State of California for street repairs. Many residents know this all too well with the recent traffic congestion experienced along Second Street as a result of street improvements in and around Naples. Fortunately, the City is taking a number of steps to ensure that in the remaining weeks of construction traffic will not be as bad as it was last week.

  • Construction will now be extended to 8:00 PM so that the project is completed sooner.
  • After construction has concluded for the day the “No parking” signs along the streets will be removed so residents can park on the streets again.
  • Electronic signage has also been placed at strategic points to redirect traffic away from Belmont Shore/Naples.

Driving the Second Street route every day to and from downtown, I have already seen significant improvement in the traffic flow, and we can probably expect it to get a little better each day until the roadwork is complete.

Food Truck heaven in Long Beach!

Have you been Twittering those gourmet food trucks to make a stop in Long Beach?  Want to have fun this Saturday while supporting Long Beach teachers?  The first annual Long Beach Street Food Fest will be able to satisfy your foodie cravings while fundraising for LBUSD’s Adopt-a-Teacher program and LBCC’s Student Scholarships on Saturday, July 24 at Rainbow Lagoon Park.

The Long Beach Jaycees arranged for 25 of Southern California’s top food trucks to dish out their best.  Come help me convince the Grilled Cheese Truck, Cool-Haus and Don Chow Tacos that they need to visit Long Beach more than once a year!  Visit http://www.lbfoodfest.com for more info on the Long Beach Street Food Fest.

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