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©2010 Bob Foster
Big 10 statement on State Legislature’s budget vote

Joint statement from the mayors of California’s 10 largest cities, including Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, on the Legislature’s budget vote that took place yesterday:

Leaders in Sacramento yesterday took a backhand to the residents of California by failing to craft a legal and sustainable budget. Instead of seeking to protect our communities and the hard-working people of this state, legislators relied on gimmicks in order to protect their own paychecks.

Their so-called remedy for the State’s deficit is an illegal and indefensible shakedown of our cities. Over the past several months, we have pro-actively worked with State leaders to create sound alternatives that keep redevelopment alive and solve the state’s budget problems. But rather than create sensible, long-term solutions for California’s dismal financial problems, they sought to recklessly raid local tax dollars and kill redevelopment—our strongest, local tool to revitalize the economy and create jobs now.

As Mayors of the 10 largest cities in the State, we condemn these short sighted actions. Despite Sacramento’s failure, we will continue to fight to save quality job training, urban revitalization, job opportunities, and affordable housing for residents across California.

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©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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Mayor Foster’s Statement on the Possible Federal Government Shutdown

“Elected officials have the responsibility to their constituents to make every effort to work through differences and swiftly find solutions.  When you encounter a problem, it does you no good to put it off for another day.”

©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
Mayor Foster attends PD Press Conference Announcing 11 Arrests

This afternoon Mayor Foster joined Chief McDonnell and the Long Beach Police Department for a press conference announcing that the LBPD conducted an early morning operation today that resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals and the recovery of 6 handguns and 1 rifle.

“Gang Enforcement detectives have been investigating a series of shootings that have occurred since December 2010.

During the course of these investigations, detectives developed information that led them to believe that the shootings were related by suspects or the weapons involved.

Detectives began to focus on one of the oldest Hispanic gangs in Long Beach who claim territory in this particular area of Central Long Beach, the East Side Longo Gang.

I would personally like to thank the Long Beach Police Department for their commitment to combating gang crime and ensuring a safer Long Beach. I would also like to thank the assisting local and federal agencies for their contributions to this investigation.” – Mayor Bob Foster.

©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
City of Long Beach, Army Corps of Engineers Sign Official East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study Agreement

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and the City of Long Beach today celebrated the signing of an agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration (formerly the Long Beach Breakwater Project).

Both the City of Long Beach and the Army Corps are awaiting federal funds to begin the study; however, the signing of the cost-sharing agreement is a significant milestone in the process.

“This signing ceremony is a significant step in bringing back clean recreational water quality to the East San Pedro Bay,” Mayor Bob Foster said.  This is a project that has been years in the making and will likely take several years to complete, but it could change the face of Long Beach.  I’d like to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for their readiness to work with Long Beach as we strive to restore our beaches to the thriving recreational oases that they were before.”

The feasibility study will be guided by three planning objectives:  restoration of the ecosystem in the East San Pedro Bay; improvements to recreational water quality; and increased recreational activity along the shoreline.  Only options that meet these objectives while protecting existing infrastructure, homes and operations will be considered viable.

“While this study is technical in terms of responsibilities, funding, schedules and other characteristics, its has as its basis our shared desire to take care of the people of the City of Long Beach,” said Colonel Mark Toy, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District.  “The Feasibility Study will seek to protect the homes of those who reside along its shore.  It will strive to allow the City’s great maritime industry to continue to function profitability.  It will look to provide a shoreline where residents and visitors alike can relax by and in the water.  And it seeks to do all this by restoring much of the natural environment that existed in previous years.”

Colonel Toy and Mayor Foster speak before the signing ceremony.

The feasibility study is one of the stages in a multi-year, multi-million dollar process that could potentially lead to changes as part of the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration. In June of this year, a Reconnaissance Study concluded that there is federal interest in proceeding to a Feasibility Study, which will take a minimum of four years and $8.3 million to complete. 

During the feasibility phase, not a single modification to the study area will occur.  Rather, teams of scientists will evaluate opportunities to improve the ecosystem in the East San Pedro Bay as well as recreational water quality and recreational activity.  Further, subject matter experts and engineers will use the latest technology to look at wave activity in the area as part of their search for a responsible opportunity to bring waves to Long Beach beaches while maintaining protections for all existing infrastructure.

For more information on the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project, please visit http://www.longbeach.gov/citymanager/san_pedro_bay_ecosystem_study/

“Go Long Beach” Smartphone App Launched

The City of Long Beach today launched the “Go Long Beach” Smartphone App, becoming the largest city in Southern California to offer a citywide Smartphone App.

With literally just a few clicks on a Smartphone, the community now has an innovative way to report potholes, graffiti, sidewalk damage, and other service needs to the City. The service requests will be forwarded to work crews, who will respond to them faster than requests made by telephone or e-mail.

The initial service categories are graffiti, graffiti in parks, broken water fountains in parks, potholes, illegally dumped items, missing street signs, sidewalk damage, and overgrown weeds on private property. More categories will be added based on the need and requests.

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.


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