Councilmember Dee Andrews

©2010 Bob Foster
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.


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
Mayor, Councilman Andrews celebrate McBride Park renovation by Clippers

Mayor Foster and Councilmember Dee Andrews celebrated the newly renovated McBride Park – complete with new playground equipment and resurfaced basketball court.  All of the renovations were done by the Clippers FIT Campus Playground and Court Refurbishment Program, a partnership bewteen the Los Angeles Clippers, the California Endowment and KIA Motors.


McBride Park was one of three parks in the Los Angeles County selected for the renovation.  The refurbishment of the playground would include replacement of the existing playground equipment, resurfacing the playground area by removing the sand and placing a wood fiber and rubber surface per city guidelines and resurfacing the basketball court and replacing the poles and backboards.


Today’s special opening ceremony included members of the Clippers team and coaching staff, who host a FIT clinic for a select group of Long Beach children.


Above photo: Councilmember Dee Andrews (second from right), Blake Griffin (third from the right), Mayor Foster (center), and Ryan Hollins (far left)

Mayor Foster visited with some of the Long Beach youth participating in the FIT clinic before the opening ceremony.




©2010 Bob Foster
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Donates $1 Million for Chittick Field Improvements
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Chittick Field

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced today that Occidental Petroleum Corporation has donated $1 million to help fund improvements to Chittick Field. The 19-acre site near Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut Avenue is being revitalized with the construction of a new sports park with soccer fields, a football field, a track, restrooms and parking.


“Occidental Petroleum’s act of great corporate citizenship will benefit families in our community for years to come,” Mayor Foster said. “This generous donation will help improve an area of the City that is severely lacking in open space and recreational opportunities for youth.”

Chittick Field was developed more than 60 years ago with baseball and soccer fields, but has since fallen into disarray, which has led to the discontinuation of City sports league play. However, Chittick Field remains very popular with the community, and the improvements at the site constitute one of the largest park projects in Long Beach in several years.

“Oxy is proud to be a part of the Long Beach community,” said Stephen I. Chazen, President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation. “Our contribution to Partners of Parks for revitalizing Chittick Field is a reflection of our successful partnership with the City of Long Beach and our commitment to our neighbors in Long Beach.”

When this phase of improvements is complete, Chittick Field will feature two youth soccer fields, one adult soccer field, one regulation football field surrounded by a 400-meter all weather track-and-field track, a parking lot for approximately 136 vehicles, and a bike path connecting the area to the Pacific Electric Right of Way Bike Path.

“Occidental Petroleum’s generous donation will go a long way toward revitalizing Chittick Field, and the community as well,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews, who represents the 6th District. “Chittick Field will soon be thriving with adults and children enjoying themselves, playing sports and leading happier, healthier lives, thanks to these 19 acres that are for all of Long Beach to enjoy.”

The funds were accepted on behalf of the City of Long Beach by the non-profit Partners of Parks organization. Other funding sources include the County of Los Angeles, Park and Open Space District, and City of Long Beach Open Space Bonds.

“The mission of Partners of Parks is to support public parks, recreation and marine programs and facilities in the City of Long Beach. The board of Partners of Parks is proud to dedicate 100 percent of these funds from Occidental Petroleum to a project that will have so much impact on the community,” said Partners of Parks Executive Director Drew Satariano.

Chittick Field is also an active stormwater management facility. Construction on the first phase of improvements will begin in mid-April, and also include a low-flow drainage system, a pump station, and various storm water treatment devices to meet current trash and bacteria reduction regulations.

Future plans for the site include bleachers, lighting and a concession stand.

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Above photo (left to right): Drew Satariano, director of Partners of Parks; Mayor Foster; Stephen Chazen, president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Councilmember Dee Andrews; and Geoffrey King, Partners of Parks Board President.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Councilmember Andrews’ “Serving With a Thankful Heart” luncheon

Mayor Foster joined Councilmember Dee Andrews’ 4th Annual “Serving with a Thankful Heart” luncheon at McBride Park.

Last year Thanksgiving community meal served more than 1,400 people.  The many meals were generously sponsored by the Hilton Long Beach, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Hotel Maya, Yellow Cab and Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Several volunteers from the City of Long Beach, Long Beach community and sponsors helped serve up the food.

Mayor Foster with Councilmember Dee Andrews at the 4th Annual "Serving with a Thankful Heart" luncheon.

Hundreds of people attended the luncheon portion of the annual "Serving with a Thankful Heart" event.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster dedicates Habitat for Humanity’s Mayor’s Build home with a community celebration


Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) dedicated the Mayor’s Build House today. The Lopez family, the recipients of the Mayor’s Build, will move into the home in time for the holidays.

“After many months of construction, I’m delighted that we are finally handing the keys to the Mayor’s Build House to the Lopez family,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I want to thank the many volunteers and sponsors for all of their help. We not only built a home, but also built a stronger community by bringing in people like the Lopez family to set roots in this neighborhood.”

The Lopez family are long-time residents of Long Beach. Enrique Lopez works for St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach and his wife Sonia works for the Long Beach Unified School District. They have three children – Angel, Anthony, and Adan.

“Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the leadership of Mayor Bob Foster. He has owned this project from the beginning. He helped us raise funds to purchase the materials, brought new community partners to the table and even put in some volunteer hours himself. We dedicate this home today in honor of his leadership,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO HFH GLA.

More than 450 volunteers from the Long Beach community and corporate sponsors donated more than 6,000 hours during the eight months of construction. The Mayor recalled his trade skills by installing the carpet for the entire second floor of the house as well as hanging drywall.

The Lopez family found out they were the recipients of the Mayor’s Build during a surprise visit to their one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in July 2010. The wall-raising ceremony for their new four-bedroom, two-story house took place in March 2011.

The Lopez family qualified for homeownership by meeting income guidelines, demonstrating need and agreeing to give 500 hours of “sweat equity,” which will include building their home and volunteering at other Habitat for Humanity locations. Mayor Foster led the fundraising efforts and also help build the house alongside volunteers from the community and corporate sponsors, which includes: Southern California Edison; Union Bank; Oxy Long Beach, Inc.; AECOM; BNSF Railways; Jet Blue; and Meridiam Infrastructure.

Councilmember Dee Andrews also attended the celebration.

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Mayor Foster with LBUSD'S ACE Academy students who volunteered during the house dedication celebration.

Mayor Foster speaks to Erin Rank (HFH GLA president, far left) and the Lopez family before the formal program begins.

Mayor Foster and the Lopez family are joined by the Mayor's Build corporate sponsors, and HFH GLA staff and board members for the ribbon cutting.

Mayor Foster officially hands the keys to the Mayor's Build house to Enrique and Sonia Lopez.

HFH GLA president and CEO Erin Rank presents Mayor Foste with a token of appreciation.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Sept. 17

NBC4 held their annual "4 Your Health" fair in Long Beach for the first time. Mayor Foster was on hand at the ribbon cutting at the Convention Center.

Mayor Foster and Councilmember Andrews at the Horn Auto Body grand opening celebration.

Horn Auto Body Co-owner Patrick Horn with Mayor Foster.

Mayor Foster with his new friend Eddie at the California Coastal Cleanup.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Chittick Field/California Gardens press conference

This morning, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Dee Andrews and Councilmember James Johnson announced a creative partnership for two major park projects that will significantly increase active and passive recreation opportunities in Central Long Beach.

Funding has been secured to revitalize 19-acre Chittick Field with a brand new sports complex, including three soccer fields, a football field and an all-weather running track at one of the busiest parks in Long Beach. Additionally, funding has been identified to begin developing California Gardens with a 3-acre park and trail featuring sweeping panoramic views, and will serve as an anchor for future improvements that are proposed for 48-acre California Gardens.

Mayor Foster says hello to a group of Long Beach youth who were practicing soccer at Chittick Field.

The group gets ready to throw out/kick the ceremonial footballs and soccer balls. (Left to right) Councilmember Johnson, Parks and Recreation Commission President Brett Waterfield, Councilmember Andrews, Mayor Foster, former NFL player Willie McGinest, and Connie Sziebel (Supervisor Knabe's office).

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster visits the 6th District Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

Mayor Foster joined Councilmember Dee Andrews at his annual 6th District Thanksgiving luncheon on November 22 at McBride Park.

Councilmember Andrews and Mayor Foster pose for a photo.

Mayor Foster says hello to City Manager/Thanksgiving lunch volunteer Pat West.

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