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©2010 Bob Foster
City Health Officer Reminds Residents to Beat the Heat with High Temperatures Expected Throughout the Week
Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

With temperatures expected this week in the mid to high 90s, the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related injury and illness.

 

“We are reminding residents to be safe and take precautions to protect themselves, especially while participating in outdoor activities,” said Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer. “When it’s hot outside, prolonged sun exposure can cause health problems such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Infants and very young children, older adults, and people with chronic illness are at an increased risk for these conditions.”

 

Dr. Kushner also notes that schools, day camps, and non-school related sports organizations or athletes should take extra precautions during extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor activities should be scheduled for very early or very late in the day in order to limit the amount of time spent in the sun and heat.

 

Everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat-related illness and injury:

  • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities; avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors; plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat; pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection – chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts
  • Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at libraries, stores, malls, theaters, etc.
  • Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat
  • Move to a cooler location at the first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid
  • It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even with the windows ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels
  • Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink
  • Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa

 

Additionally, it’s important to know the warning signs of heat-related illness, and get medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences any of these signs:

 

Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to losing too much water and salt (through sweat). Those most likely to develop heat exhaustion are elderly people and those working or exercising in a hot environment. Warning signs include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Paleness, tiredness, and dizziness

Heat exhaustion should be treated immediately with rest in a cool area, sipping water or a sports drink, applying cool and wet cloths, and elevating the feet 12 inches. If left untreated, victims may go into heat stroke. Seek medical attention if the person does not respond to the above basic treatment.

 

Heat Stroke: Heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. A person’s temperature rises quickly, but the body is unable to cool down (by sweating). Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not received. Warning signs of heat stroke may include:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103º F)
  • Unconsciousness
  • Dizziness, nausea, and confusion
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • A throbbing headache

 

Heat stroke may lead to brain damage and death. If you believe someone is experience heat stroke:

  • Call 911
  • Move victim to a cool shaded area
  • Fan the body, and spray body with water

 

For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Health Department Offers Health Insurance Enrollment on Nov. 7
Credit Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

The public is invited to attend a free health insurance enrollment event on Thursday, November 7, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave. Certified enrollment counselors will provide enrollment assistance with Medi-Cal and Covered California applications.

 

“Having access to quality care is one of the key ingredients to building a healthy community,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “I encourage individuals to take advantage of this enrollment event.”

 

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is sponsoring the event. No appointment is required but interested individuals must bring the following documents in order to complete a health insurance application:

 

  • Birth certificate, U.S. passport or resident alien card (green card)
  • Proof of income such as recent paychecks and 2012 tax forms
  • Proof of Los Angeles County residency such as driver’s license, utility or phone bills, rental agreement
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the family applying for health insurance.

 

Health Department staff will provide answers to consumer questions about healthcare reform, Medi-Cal and Covered California eligibility, open enrollment periods, and health plan options. Staff will be available to provide language assistance in English, Spanish and Khmer (Cambodian).

 

“The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is a certified enrollment entity and we want our community members to know that we are available to help answer questions they may have about health reform and help them make informed decisions about the health plan options available to them,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of the Long Beach Health Department.

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the number of individuals and families who qualify for Medi-Cal and through Covered California, many more individuals are eligible for tax subsidies to help purchase health insurance.

 

For more information or questions, call 562-570-7979.

 

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Joins Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
Special Olympics

Mayor Foster joined the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics.  Long Beach is this year’s host city.

 

Mayor Foster with Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors chair Tim Redmond.

Mayor Foster with Special Olympics Southern California Board of Directors chair Tim Redmond.

 

Special Olympics

Mayor Foster speaks with Tim Redmond (far right) and Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard (center). Special Olympics Southern California co-founder and Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson (second from left) stands nearby.

 

 

©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
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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©2010 Bob Foster
Largest Development of New Park Space in 60 Years Celebrated with Unveiling of Plaza’s Huge Map

Mayor, Councilmember James Johnson and Supervisor Don Knabe celebrate the grand opening of Willow Springs Park

Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember James Johnson are proud to unveil a 100-feet diameter, 7,850-square-foot map for the grand opening of Willow Springs Park, with views of the Long Beach skyline, the Port of Long Beach, Palos Verdes, Downtown Los Angeles and San Gabriel Mountains. The circular map/plaza is made out of decomposed granite and tumbled glass and details the area’s watersheds and terrain, including prominent peaks and points, within 50 miles of the park. At 47 acres, Willow Springs Park will ultimately constitute the largest development of new park space in the City of Long Beach since 1952.

Councilmember Johnson and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine are inviting the community to a free jazz concert at Willow Springs Park on Thursday, November 1, from 6 to 9 pm to celebrate its grand opening.

 

 

(Left to right) Mayor Foster, Supervisor Don Knabe, David Slater of Signal Hill Petroleum and Councilmember James Johnson place the tile marking Long Beach in the Longview Point Plaza map.

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Parade of Olympians – September 15

©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Re-Opens Colorado Lagoon after $8.5M Restoration Project

The City of Long Beach today re-opened Colorado Lagoon after an $8.5 million restoration project that is restoring the Lagoon’s ecosystem, improving water quality and enhancing its recreation facilities.

 

“Generations of families and visitors have enjoyed the Colorado Lagoon, its natural wildlife, its calm and soothing environment, and its recreational swimming,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “I’m delighted to announce that the Colorado Lagoon is now open for the public to enjoy again.”

 

Construction for this phase of improvements began in January 2012, and involved dredging approximately 63,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the lagoon, which is one of the area’s only coastal salt marsh lagoons. This project was funded by the State Water Board Clean Up and Abatement Account, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Community-based Restoration Program, the State Coastal Conservancy, and the City of Long Beach.

 

“Water quality at the Colorado Lagoon has greatly improved in recent years,” said Councilmember Gary DeLong, who represents the 3rd District. ”This restoration shows what can happen when we all roll up our sleeves and work together.”

 

Colorado Lagoon is historically part of the greater Los Cerritos Wetlands, which once totaled approximately 2,400 acres in east Long Beach.

 

“Colorado Lagoon has been a historical environmental centerpiece in Long Beach that has suffered overuse and neglect – posing a health risk to area residents,” said Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. “I am glad funds directed by the State Water Board have assisted in the necessary rehabilitation of Colorado Lagoon so it may be safely enjoyed by Southern California for decades to come.”

Previous efforts to improve the water quality at Colorado Lagoon include:

  • $4.3 million in Federal Stimulus Funding to clean an underground culvert to improve water circulation with Alamitos Bay; install bioswales to naturally filter out stormwater contaminants; and install trash traps and a low-flow diversion system to divert some of the most heavily contaminated stormwater into the sewage system.
  •  The Los Angeles County Termino Avenue Storm Drain Project included a low-flow diversion system and other water quality improvements that benefit the Colorado Lagoon.

 

Planned improvements, subject to funding, include:

  • Building an open channel between Colorado Lagoon and Marine Stadium to further improve water quality as tidal flow increases.
  • Constructing a walking trail around the Lagoon and the open channel.

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(Left to right) Frank Colonna, chair of Rivers and Mountains Conservancy; Doug Drummond, Port of Long Beach Commissioner; Frances Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board; Dave Pirazzi, president of Friends of Colorado Lagoon; Councilmember Gary DeLong, 3rd District; Mayor Foster; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher; Colonel Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Asks Residents to Help Long Beach Win $5 Million from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Long Beach competing in nationwide Mayors Challenge seeking innovative ideas to urban problems

 

Got a great idea for government innovation? Want to see it put into action?

 

Long Beach is competing for the $5 million grand prize in the nationwide Mayors Challenge organized by New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

 

“Long Beach is filled with thought-leaders,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “The Mayors Challenge is an incredible opportunity to channel that innovation into bold ideas that solve real problems, not just here but in cities across America.”

 

Submissions must address at least one of the following criteria:

  • Serious social or economic problems;
  • Improve customer service for residents or businesses;
  • Enhance accountability to or engagement with the public;
  • And/or create efficiencies that make government work better, faster and cheaper.

 

“Collaboration and scalability are two important facets of any great proposal,” added Foster. “But the prize rules are broad enough that nearly any great idea will have a chance to win.”

 

Long Beach residents should submit their idea online at www.longbeach.gov/mayor/mayorschallenge.  Photos and YouTube videos to supplement applications are accepted, but are not necessary.  Mayor Foster will choose one idea received by 5:00 p.m., August 31, 2012 to forward to the national competition as the Long Beach entry.

 

More than 390 cities nationwide have accepted the Bloomberg Philanthropies challenge. In addition to the grand prize of $5 million, the Mayors Challenge will also award four runner-up cities with $1 million each. All five winners and finalists will have access to experts and resources to transform their idea into reality. For more detailed information, visit www.mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s Budget Recommendations for FY13

August 1, 2012 – Long Beach City Manager Pat West Mayor presented the City’s FY 2013 budget during a press conference and Mayor Bob Foster announced his recommendations at the Miller Family Health Education Center today.

 

Please click on the link below for the Mayor’s FY13 Budget Recommendations.

Mayor Foster’s Budget Recommendations for FY13

 

For other documents related to the budget, including a copy of the City Manager’s Proposed Budget and the Community Budget Book, please visit the City of Long Beach website or click here.

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