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Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal

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Aviles Law Resolution Brings Statewide Awareness to Dangers of Illegal Garage Conversions
Aviles Press Conference

ACR 32 (Lowenthal) was sponsored by the City of Long Beach, authored by Assemblymember Lowenthal, and signed by Governor Brown to urge all local governments in California to recognize building and safety codes that regulate illegal garage conversions as the “Aviles Law.”

“Illegal garage conversions will not be tolerated in the City of Long Beach,” says Mayor Bob Foster.  “This resolution serves as a reminder to all of us, that residential homes and businesses across California must follow established building and safety codes to protect the people who inhabit and work in these buildings.”

Aviles Press Conference

Mayor Foster stands in front of the garage where the Aviles sisters died in a December 2007 fire. The garage is now up to code.

Despite established building and safety codes, the City of Long Beach experienced a tragedy on December 14, 2007 with the loss of Jasmine Aviles, Jocelyn Aviles, and Stephanie Aviles to a fire inside an illegally converted garage.  Since that incident, Long Beach has aggressively pursued and required landlords to abate over 640 illegally converted garages in the City.

In memory of the sisters, and to educate the public and reinforce the dangers of illegal garage conversions, the Long Beach City Council voted to rename the City’s municipal codes relating to the abatement of illegal garage conversion the “Aviles Law” in April 2011.  Compelled to prevent this tragedy from occurring again in any other city, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to sponsor a State resolution to bring awareness to the issue statewide.

“The tragedy of the Aviles sisters occurred in Long Beach, but it could have happened anywhere where there is an illegally converted garage,” said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.  “As a policy maker and as a mother, it was important to me to author this resolution and bring statewide attention to a growing public safety problem.”

ACR 32 supported by the California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs.

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Aviles Press Conference

A photo of the Aviles sisters: Jasmine, Stephanie and Jocelyn.

 

Councilmember Dee Andrews and Mayor Foster unveil the State Resolution of the Aviles Law. Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee, Fire Captain Pat Wills, the Aviles family, Assemblymember Lowenthal and State Senator Ricardo Lara.

©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.

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