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Councilmember Suja Lowenthal

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Motorsports Walk of Fame & Grand Prix-View
Grand Prix View

 

Mayor Foster helped to induct drivers Paul Tracy and Adrian Fernandez into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

 

Paul Tracy notched his first open-wheel race victory in Long Beach in 1990 when he won the Firestone Indy Lights support race. Three years later, he won the 1993 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, then went on to take the checkered flag three more times, in 2000, 2003 and 2004, tying him with Mario Andretti for second in all-time Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach wins behind Al Unser Jr.’s six.  During his illustrious career, the talented Canadian scored 31 race victories and 25 pole positions in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Champ Car series and, in 1993, won seven races en route to the Champ Car series championship.

 

Paul Tracy (right) waits for Mayor Foster to present his Walk of Fame plaque.

Paul Tracy (right) waits for Mayor Foster to present his Walk of Fame plaque.

Adrian Fernandez, one of the most popular athletes ever to hail from Mexico, made his open-wheel debut in 1993 in Long Beach and, in 11 appearances, had a career best-finish second place (2003) at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Fernandez’ career resume includes 11 open-wheel race victories in both the Champ Car and IZOD IndyCar ranks, including three victories in 2004. He has continued that open-wheel racing success into the sports car racing ranks. In 2009, Fernandez teamed with Luis Diaz to win the LMP2 Class in the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach, the duo going on to win seven more races and the ALMS LMP2-class championship.

 

Councilmember Suja Lowenthal served as mistress of ceremonies at the Walk of Fame event.

Mayor Foster presents Adrian Fernandez a plaque for the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

Mayor Foster presents Adrian Fernandez a plaque for the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

 

Later in the day, Mayor Foster kicked off the Grand Prix View. For the first time ever, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach opened up its track to the public on Thursday, April 18. The community walked, biked, roller skated and even pushed a stroller along the course where the world’s best Indy Car drivers scream over 180 mph.

Grand Prix View

Vice Mayor Garcia hopped on a bicycle to ride around the Gran Prix track.

 

 

 

Grand Prix View

 

Grand Prix View

 

Grand Prix View

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor joins The Promenade Ribbon Cutting celebration
The Promenade

The Promenade Transformation Complete

A Wonderful New Way to Enjoy all Downtown Has to Offer

 

Today, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District, celebrated the completion of The Promenade, whose pedestrian-oriented transformation connects the Downtown waterfront to three blocks of vastly improved residential, commercial, retail and restaurant venues.

 

“We are extremely proud of our work here on The Promenade,” Mayor Foster said. “These improvements are a great example of wonderful work of the former Redevelopment Agency that residents, businesses and visitors alike are still benefiting from.”

 

The Promenade features a beautifully landscaped walkway linking retail centers, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pine Avenue dining and entertainment district and the East Village Arts District. It now features three mixed-use developments, landscape and streetscape improvements, seating, public art plazas, Promenade Square, and a new and expanded Bikestation Long Beach that breathe life into the area.

 

“The Promenade is now an incredibly inviting public space where we can gather and connect with each other as a community,” Councilmember Lowenthal said. “By encouraging residents and visitors alike to meet, shop, eat, and stroll, we are enhancing the vibrancy of our wonderful Downtown.”

The third and final phase of The Promenade transformation, which was recently completed, includes upgraded storm drains, new hardscape, landscape, pedestrian and special lighting, new traffic signals, gateway signage, community chess tables, a dog rest area and site furnishings. Eight additional bike racks have been added to the nine originally planned for a total of 17 bike racks.

 

The public is invited to celebrate the newly completed Promenade during a free community mixer on Thursday, February 7, from 5 to 9 pm. The event coincides with the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) annual Celebrate Downtown event, which features the Spirit of Downtown Award; live entertainment; tastings from Promenade restaurants; a pet-friendly environment and free two-hour parking at the CityPlace parking structure. To RSVP please call 562.436.4259. For more information, visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.

 

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