Long Beach events

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Bob Bikes to Work

Long Beach Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz and others ride with the Mayor to promote the May 14 Tour of Long Beach.

City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/U.S. Olympian Tony Cruz, Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin and others joined Mayor Bob Foster in a “Bike to Work” ride this morning to promote the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

“We’re celebrating May as ‘National Bike Month’ and our upcoming Tour of Long Beach by biking to work today,” said Mayor Foster. “The Tour is going to be a great event that takes riders through our best bike routes along the beach, parks and the two rivers. I encourage people to join me on the May 14 ride that is not only fun, but it’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The Tour of Long Beach invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

“It was last year’s event that made me into a cycling enthusiast,” said Mayor Foster. “I bought my bike for the first Tour of Long Beach and since then, I’ve made it a point to ride at least 100 miles every week.”

This year, Mayor Foster will be riding the Tour of Long Beach course twice as part of the Metric Century Ride. The Mayor also has a team for any riders to join called the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Invites Community to Long Beach Japanese Diaster Relief Fundraiser


Mayor Foster will be joining Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara, Ken Nakagawa (Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center), and other special guests on Sunday, March 27 at 6pm at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens for a fundraiser for the Japanese Diaster Relief Project.

The Long Beach community will gather in solidarity to hold a candlelight vigil to remember the victims and raise funds for the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

The candlelight vigil will include:

  • Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute)
  • An incense offering
  • Presentation of 1,001 origami cranes symbolizing peace and healing
  • Taiko drums representing a united call to action


The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the U.S./Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund, where 100% of the proceeds will be directed to relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.

Click here to view the event flyer and CSULB map or visit the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Facebook page.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor and Habitat for Humanity Raised First Walls of the New Lopez Family Home

March 3, 2011 – Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) raised the first walls on the Mayor’s Build House for the Lopez family today. The construction of the house should be completed by the end of the year.

“Today is a great day to help a well-deserving family set new roots in Long Beach,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I’m delighted to be part of today’s celebration and I’m looking forward to help build a new home for the Lopez family.”

Mayor Foster speaks to Enrique and his son Adan before the wall-raising ceremony.

The recipients of the Mayor’s Build are the Lopez family who 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. Their children, Angel (15) and Anthony (8), are currently students in the Long Beach Unified School District and their youngest son, Adan, is one-year old.

“We can’t thank Mayor Foster and his staff enough for their dedication in helping us transform the lives of our partner families and revitalize neighborhoods in Long Beach,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO of HFH GLA. “Mayor Foster was with us to notify The Lopez family of their selection and will be with us to build alongside the family throughout the entire process.”

Mayor Foster with Sonia Lopez.

Several Mayor’s Build sponsors were present to help raise the walls, including the Gold Hammer Sponsor Southern California Edison.

“Our company is proud to play a role in this worthy home building project,” said Ronald Litzinger, President, Southern California Edison. “This extraordinary effort is another example of how strongly we value our commitment to the customers and communities we serve.”

Ron Litzinger (Southern California Edison President), Mayor Foster, Veronica Gutierrez (Southern California Edison Vice President Corporate Communications) and Les Starck (Southern California Edison Vice President Local Public Affairs). Southern California Edison is the Gold Hammer Sponsor for the Mayor’s Build.

Also on hand were students from the Long Beach Unified School District’s Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Academy. More than 100 ACE students will be working on the Mayor’s Build to apply their school training in this real-life construction project including reading the building plans, pouring foundation, installing electrical work and painting.

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 will 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 Airways; Meridiam Infrastructure; SA Recycling; and Keesal, Young & Logan. In addition to Mayor Bob Foster and HFH GLA staff, Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC) Commissioner Stacy McDaniel, City of Long Beach staff and LBHDC staff also attended the wall-raising celebration.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent, affordable and sustainable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated over 630 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner. For more information, please visit http://habitatla.orgor call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Press Photographers Association Greater Los Angeles

3/1/11 – Mayor Foster attended the Press Photographers Association Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA) chapter’s 75th Anniversary Historical Photo Exhibit at the Queen Mary this morning.

The photo exhibit features Pulitzer and historical photographs of Los Angeles, Southern California and the world taken by members of PPAGLA. The Historical Photo Exhibit runs March 1 – May 31.

(Left to right): Carlos Schiebeck (PPAGLA 2011 Lifetime Achievment Recipient), veteran photographer Garry Watson (with camera),  Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut (Associated Press-Napalm Girl), Bob Riha, Jr. (PPAGLA President), Mayor Foster, and Pulitzer Prize winner and former White House photographer David Hume Kennerly.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Attends CCEJ 20th Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast

Mayor Foster joined CCEJ‘s 20th Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast at the Convention Center this morning. 

Above (left to right): Event co-chair Milia Islam-Majeed (South Coast Interfaith Council executive director); keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle (Homeboys Industries founder); event co-chair Chief Jim McDonnell (Long Beach Police Department); and Mayor Foster.

Mayor Foster presented a proclaimation and a key to the City to Father Greg Boyle.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Celebrates Two Long Beach Parks

Mayor Foster helped celebrate two parks on Saturday, February 12.

The Mayor’s first stop was at the new Seaside Park in District 1. Seaside Park is located at 14th St. and Chestnut and is the former site of Seaside Hospital.

Mayor Foster then went to District 7 to thank hundreds of volunteers from the Long Beach community who put together a playground in one day. Thanks to a grant from KaBOOM!, the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance was able to put together a new playground for the Wrigley Pocket Park.

Above (left to right): Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Supervisor Don Knabe, Mayor Foster, Councilmember Robert Garcia and former Mayor Beverly O’Neil kick soccer balls to officially open Seaside Park. 

Above (foreground): Supervisor Don Knabe chats with Mayor Foster at Seaside Park.

©2010 Bob Foster
State of the City: Last Planning Meeting

Yesterday morning was the last planning meeting before the 2011 State of the City!

We are very lucky in the Mayor’s office to be able to work with so many great and experienced professionals with the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.  All pending decisions from the Antioch Young Adult Choir’s band placement to how people were going to enter/exit were all hammered out.  This is the second consecutive year we are all working together on the State of the City and it showed in the yesterday’s meeting, which only lasted 30 minutes.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on January 11!

©2010 Bob Foster
2011 State of the City Streamed Live on the Web


State of the City attendees are encouraged to bring a canned or packaged food item for Long Beach Community Food Drive.

January 7, 2011 – Although all 825 tickets have been distributed for the 2011 State of the City, Long Beach community members will be able to watch the event live over the internet.

People who were unable to attain tickets for the 2011 State of the City can visit www.longbeach.gov or www.MayorBobFoster.com on January 11 at 7:00 pm to watch the live webcast of the event.

LBTV, (Charter channel 3, Verizon FiOs channel 21) will be re-broadcasting the State of the City on the following dates and times:

· Tuesday, January 11 at 10:00 pm

· Wednesday, January 12 at 12:00 pm

· Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 am and 12:00 pm

· Friday, January 14 at 12:00 pm and 10:00 pm

· Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 9:30 pm

· Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Playback of the event will also be available on www.MayorBobFoster.com or www.longbeach.gov.

State of the City ticket holders are encouraged to help the Long Beach Community Food Drive by bringing a canned or packaged food item to the event. Food Drive bins will be located in the plaza area of Center Theater. Food Finders will be distributing the donated food to more than 100 organizations in Long Beach help out needy families. The Long Beach Community Food Drive’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food, which would provide three meals a day to approximately 2,547 families for a week.

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©2010 Bob Foster
2011 State of the City Facebook page

Want the latest information on the 2011 State of the City?  There’s a Facebook page with photos and video from last year, as well as updates on the State of the City.  Visit Facebook today or click here to go to the State of the City page!

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Will Deliver 2011 State of the City at Center Theater on January 11


Mayor Bob Foster will deliver the 2011 State of the City on January 11 at the Center Theater/ Long Beach Performing Arts Center. All Long Beach residents are invited to attend for free, but you must reserve a ticket for admission. Tickets are expected to go quickly as this year’s venue is smaller than previous years.

“I’m delighted to invite the Long Beach community to the 2011 State of the City at the Center Theater,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “The State of the City has been an opportunity for our City’s residents and community leaders to join together to reflect on the past and look forward to the future of Long Beach.”

This will be the Mayor’s fifth State of the City.

Attendees can reserve their tickets by calling 562-570-5089 or through www.MayorBobFoster.com. Residents are encouraged to reserve their tickets as soon as possible as there are a limited number of seats in the Center Theater. The Center Theater’s capacity is smaller than the last year’s venue, Terrace Theater. The State of the City was moved to Center Theater due to construction at Terrace. Two tickets may be reserved per address.


7:00 p.m. – State of the City

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Center Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center

300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

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