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©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.

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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.

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Grand Opening of Fire Station 12
Fire Station 12

Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Steven Neal, Long Beach Development Services, and the Long Beach Fire Department hosted the Grand Opening and Dedication of newly constructed Fire Station 12 today.

 

“The opening of Fire Station 12 demonstrates the City’s commitment to improving public safety for Long Beach residents and businesses,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This new state-of-the-art facility also showcases our commitment to find a way to overcome challenging economical times and continue to improve our communities – creating a more healthier, stable environment where families can thrive.”

 

Funded by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), new Fire Station 12 and the Emergency Resource Center is located at 1199 E. Artesia Blvd., on a 1.2 acre site covering the entire northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue.

 

“I am proud to unveil our new Fire Station 12; the first new residential fire station in Long Beach in decades,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District.

 

“In addition to servicing the North Long Beach area in cases of emergencies, this cornerstone facility will also serve residents as a new venue to hold community meetings. This is but one of many exciting projects to move forward as part of the ‘Uptown Renaissance.’ Investments like this bring vitality to the neighborhood, synergy to the Artesia corridor, and renewed civic pride in our community.”

 

The 11,296 square-foot Fire Station has gender-neutral dorms and a 100-foot-tall communication tower that will greatly enhance radio coverage throughout the city. The Station has been built on a highly visible major traffic corridor; which provides noise and traffic-safety benefits. The current Station 12 is much smaller, and is located in a nearby residential neighborhood at 6509 Gundry Ave. The building was built in 1929, and converted into a fire station nine years later.

 

“Since 1938, the Long Beach Fire Department has provided excellent service to the residents, businesses and visitors of North Long Beach,” Fire Chief Michael DuRee said. “With the completion of new Fire Station 12, our ability to respond to the needs of the community will be greatly enhanced. Not only does this new facility provide a much better working environment for the Firefighters that will call it home, but it does so in a very economical and efficient way. This new facility will greatly enhance our ability to respond, at a moments notice, to incidents throughout the City and provide a number of enhancements that the community will benefit from.”

 

The project will receive a minimum of a Gold rating from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as it was built with several green technology elements, including:

  •  Rain water retention system
  • Designated parking for Low Emissions Vehicles
  • 90 percent of the fire station has natural light and operable windows
  • Materials used in the buildings were regionally sourced and from recycled products
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products promote healthy air
  • High efficiency mechanical systems lower energy usage
  • Water saving plumbing fixtures include dual flush toilet fixtures
  • 15 percent of the project’s energy usage is fueled by solar power
  • The landscape design uses native vegetation with water-saving irrigation systems
  • 90 percent of construction debris was diverted from landfills and recycled

 

In addition, the facility will also serve as home to a 5,294 square-foot Emergency Resource Center (ERC) that will serve as an important supply and distribution facility in North Long Beach. With the ERC in place, Station 12 will allow the City to create a regional disaster supply depot with enough materials to handle the northern half of the City in case of a major disaster.

 

The project cost for Station 12 was $10,033,000.

 

 

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Fire Station 12

 

Mayor Foster with Councilmember Al Austin (left) and Councilmember Neal (right).

Mayor Foster with Councilmember Al Austin (left) and Councilmember Neal (right).

 

Fire Station 12

 

Chief Mike Duree, Mayor, Councilmember Neal and Fire Station 12 crew get ready to push the rig into the new station.

Chief Mike Duree, Mayor, Councilmember Neal and Fire Station 12 crew get ready to push the rig into the new station.

 

It's a tradition to dedicate a new fire by backing in a fire engine truck into the station.

It’s a tradition to dedicate a new fire by backing in a fire engine truck into the station.

Chief Duree, Mayor and Deputy Chief Rich Brandt in front of Fire Station 12.

Chief Duree, Mayor and Deputy Chief Rich Brandt in front of Fire Station 12.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor, LBFD and LBPD remember 9/11
9/11

Mayor Foster joined Long Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Duree, Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Luna, and members of LBPD and LBFD for a ceremony at the Civic Center Police/Fire Memorial to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and honored those who lost their lives that day.

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Attends the Police & Fire Memorial Service

Mayor Foster attended the annual Long Beach Police & Fire Memorial Service this morning to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City and residents of Long Beach.

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s Statement on Chief Patalano’s Retirement

March 22, 2012 – Statement from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster regarding yesterday’s announcement of Fire Chief Patalano’s retirement.

 

“Chief Patalano has given many years of great leadership and service to our Fire Department.  I wish him well in his retirement.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Foster’s statement on Federal Building incident

February 17, 2012 – Mayor Bob Foster’s statement on last night’s shooting incident at the Federal Building in Long Beach: 

Last night’s shooting was a tragic event that has shocked the greater Long Beach community.

I know the thoughts of this City are with the families and our partner law enforcement agencies who have been touched by this event. This morning, my office has been in contact with the Secretary Napolitano’s Office to convey our condolences and offer support to the affected employees and families in any way we can. Not least of which, LBPD will continue to provide the lead federal agencies with assistance as needed.

I want to thank the businesses, employees and residents of downtown Long Beach for your continued patience and cooperation as this investigation continues. All streets are open and we don’t anticipate additional closures.

In closing, I want to give special thanks to LBFD and LBPD for their professionalism in response to last night’s call in what was initially an uncertain and fluid situation. We are also very lucky to have first-rate medical facilities here in Long Beach, namely St. Mary Medical Center. The emergency staff team who treated yesterday’s victim is to be commended.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Remembering 9/11 this Sunday

This Sunday, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Please take a moment to remember the victims and the first responders who lost their lives that day. Some of the many events that are taking place on Sunday in Long Beach are listed below:

  • City of Long Beach Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony: The annual ceremony will take place at the Police and Fire Memorial next to City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza at 9:30 a.m. Bells and sirens will ring at 10 a.m. for one minute as part of the National Moment of Remembrance.
  • 2011 Belmont Shore Car Show: This year’s annual car show will pay tribute to the police and firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Long Beach Fire Department and Long Beach Police Department vehicles will participate in a ceremony at 9:11 a.m. for a moment of silence. For more information visit www.belmontshore.org.
  • Kelly’s of Naples 9/11 Memorial BBQ: This fundraiser will benefit the Long Beach Fire Orphans and Widows Memorial Fund. The Memorial BBQ will take place from 12 p.m. –6 p.m. and features live entertainment. Call 562-433-4983 for more information. www.kellysrestaurantinc.com
  • Remember 9/11: This event will begin with a motorcycle ride in Orange County at 2:15 p.m. and will end at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay with a memorial ceremony, tribute concert and firework show. For more information visit www.remember911ride.com.
  • Healing with Hope: 9/11 Interfaith Remembrance: The South Coast Interfaith Council will hold an interfaith gathering at First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave. at 4 p.m.  For more information call 562-983-1665 or email southcoastinterfaith@gmail.com.
  • Ground Zero in Long Beach: A 9/11 Memorial Art exhibit by Long Beach artist Ron Yates will be on display from Friday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 624 Pacific Ave.  For more information call Ron Yates at 310-686-7928.
  • 9/11 Candlelight Vigil, Walk & Remembrance Ceremony: Organized by Long Beach community member Justin Rudd, the candlelight walk will begin at Bixby Park at 7 p.m. and will end in front of the World Trade Center in downtown Long Beach.  For more information email Justin@JustinRudd.com.
©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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