Bixby Knolls

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Pride Parade, Dirtbags and Kidical Mass







Mayor Foster with Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, one of this year’s “Morris Knight” Political Grand Marshal.





Mayor with Interval House staff and Ron Sylvester, this year’s male Community Grand Marshal.



Mayor and Nancy Foster with Angel Mancias (center).

Mayor Foster speaks to one of the Long Beach State baseball players before he throws out the first pitch.



The Mayor gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Dirtbags game hosted by the Steel Magnolias.















Mayor Foster joined the Knolls Ranger at Los Cerritos Park for Kidical Mass.



Mayor Foster lead the way for the inagural Kidical Mass through Bixby Knolls.

©2010 Bob Foster
LACMA Rock Levitates in Long Beach

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art‘s 340-ton boulder entitled “Levitated Mass” arrived in Bixby Knolls early this morning. It will be parked all day Wednesday, March 7 on Atlantic Ave., between 36th St. and 37th St.

In honor of the LACMA rock, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and Councilmember James Johnson will be throwing the “I Want to Rock with You” party today from noon to 7pm. The party for this spectacle will feature music (a DJ will play songs that feature “rock” in the title), food, live artists, the Knolls Ranger, river rock decorating, photo ops with the rock, and more.  Visit the Bixby Knolls BIA website www.bixbyknollsinfo.com for more info on the rock party.

If you miss seeing the LACMA rock today, there’s still an opportunity to see it roll through Long Beach tonight. The transporting of the boulder will take place from 11pm-5am. It will travel south on Atlantic, then west on Ocean, north on Magnolia and then west on Pacific Coast Highway. See the route map here.

The boulder, which is part of an upcoming sculpture installation at LACMA, is being transported on a specially built trailer that is approximately 200 feet long, 25-30 feet wide with 196 wheels, and travels at a brisk 8 miles per hour.

Please note: Atlantic Avenue will experience some traffic delays as there will be only one lane of traffic open on either side of the parked trailer during the day.

Mayor Foster spoke to a few local TV stations early in the morning to talk about the LACMA rock and the "I Want to Rock with You" party in Bixby Knolls.

The Mayor returned to Bixby Knolls later in the day to attend the “I Want to Rock with You” party.

Mayor Foster with Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls BIA.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Helps to Open Bike-Friendly Business Districts

The nation’s first Bike-Friendly Business Districts were launched Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Long Beach, to encourage merchants and customers to benefit from choosing bikes, not cars, for short trips.

The Bike-Friendly Business Districts operate under the premise that businesses are looking for ways to reach and retain customers, and customers are looking for ways to shop, dine, and run errands as conveniently and pleasurably as possible.

“Bike-Friendly Business Districts are a win-win for the whole city,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Bike-Friendly Business Districts encourage merchants to use bicycles for their deliveries and errands, and encourage residents to ride their bikes to shop and dine locally. They promote personal health for residents, and financial health for businesses as they attract more customers, and more sales.”

A grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is providing funding for merchant bicycles, other equipment and promotional events in Bixby Knolls, 4th Street/”Retro Row”, East Village Arts District and Cambodia Town (pending). Beginning Saturday, June 4, participating merchants in the Bike-Friendly Business Districts will offer weekly “Bike Saturday” discounts and incentives for patrons who bike to shop or dine at their businesses.

“Bicycling within our communities is indeed an integral part of local economic development,” said Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, who represents the 8th District. “Bicycling encourages us to shop and dine locally, minimizes traffic and parking issues, reduces pollution, is often faster, always cheaper, and certainly less of a hassle than driving, and is healthy and fun.”

“Long Beach’s Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts aim to increase bicycle and pedestrian trips, and will help local businesses thrive,” said Paul Simon, MD, MPH, Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “This helps increase physical activity while enhancing the livability of the neighborhood.”

Bike-Friendly Business Districts are funded through the LA County Department of Public Health’s RENEW (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness) initiative, which seeks to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity in LA County. RENEW LA County is made possible by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. Other RENEW bike projects include the Countywide Cycling Collaborative’s “Bike Wrangler,” working to collect abandoned and donated used bikes and provide them to residents who need them most for a primary means of transportation. Additionally, the upcoming County of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan – which will add nearly 700 miles of new bikeways throughout the county – is helping to make the streets friendlier for bicyclists of all skill levels.

For more information, visit http://bikelongbeach.org or http://choosehealthla.com

Mayor Foster shows off one of the merchant cargo bikes.

(left to right) Charles Gandy (Long Beach Mobility Coordinator), Blair Cohn (Bixby Knolls Business Improvement District), Mayor Foster, Councilmember Gabelich, Kerstin Kansteiner (Portfolio Coffeehouse) and Rand Foster (Fingerprints).

©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.

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