Port of Long Beach

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Appoints Lori Ann Farrell to the Harbor Commission
Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau


November 25, 2013


Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Lori Ann Farrell to the City’s Harbor Commission.


“I’m pleased to appoint Lori Ann Farrell to the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “Lori Ann is the ideal candidate who has demonstrated financial discipline while she served as the City of Long Beach Chief Financial Officer. I’m confident that she will serve the Harbor Commission well during a time when the Harbor Department will be going through several new changes.”


Farrell currently serves as the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, and served the City of Long Beach for approximately five years, first as the City Controller, and subsequently as the Chief Financial Officer. The Fifth District resident currently sits as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Long Beach Transit Board, and participated in the Leadership Long Beach class of 2000. Farrell is a recipient of many awards recognizing her financial management skills including the Government Finance Officers’ Association Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City of Long Beach. She received her Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University. She has been a resident of Long Beach for 14 years.


Last week’s resignation of Harbor Commission President Nick Sramek opened one of two vacancies on the Harbor Commission. Mayor Foster continues to search for a candidate to fill the vacancy created with the removal of Thomas Fields from the Harbor Commission.


“I want to thank Nick for his many years of service on the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “I deeply appreciate the time and contributions he’s given to the City and the residents of Long Beach.”


The Mayor’s recommendations for Charter Commissions require review by the Personnel and Civil Service Committee that will meet on December 3, followed by City Council approval.


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Lori Ann Farrell

©2010 Bob Foster
City of Long Beach Announces Completion of Nation’s First 600-Foot-Long ‘Great Wall of Mulch’
Great Wall of Mulch

Today, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember James Johnson, 7th District, topped off the 600-foot-long Great Wall of Mulch, which is believed to be the only Mulch Wall constructed in the United States. The Great Wall of Mulch extends the length of Hudson Park on the West Side, serving as an environmentally friendly buffer to reduce noise and eliminate the visual pollution of trucks along the heavily traveled Terminal Island (103) freeway.


“The Great Wall of Mulch demonstrates how the City of Long Beach continues to strive for more innovative and unique solutions for environmental issues, including reducing the level of noise from the freeway,” said Mayor Bob Foster.


The Great Wall of Mulch is 12 feet high and 3 feet wide, and made completely out of mulch, which is an organic material composed of green waste generated from routine tree trimming of Long Beach’s urban forest.


Great Wall of Mulch

The Great Wall of Mulch is 600 feet long.



“Today, an injustice has ended,” Councilmember Johnson said. “The people of West Long Beach finally have an innovative ‘Green Wall’ along Hudson Park that will block the noise from the freeway, eliminate the visual blight, and improve air quality with trees and other plantings. I look forward to further improvements along the freeway as we protect the students, veterans, and residents who have lived next to this free without protection for far too long.”


In February 2012, the City’s Office of Sustainability constructed a smaller version of the Mulch Wall to demonstrate feasibility, and in February 2013 the Port of Long Beach partnered with the City to fund this larger demonstration project. The total project cost is $150,000, which is proving to be a cost efficient solution to eliminating the sight of trucks along the freeway as well as reducing the noise level of traffic. The funding also includes further exploration on effectiveness of the mulch wall, including whether it can absorb air pollution such as diesel particulates.


In addition to reducing freeway noise and blocking visual pollution, mulch provides multiple environmental benefits.


Great Wall of Mulch

Mayor Foster and Councilmember Johnson drop a ceremonial bucket of mulch to top off the wall.



The City of Long Beach produces about 12,000 tons of mulch from tree trimming each year, and over the last four years has covered dozens of vacant lots with mulch to suppress the growth of weeds and reduce maintenance costs.


In addition, the City’s Green Team performs about 600 free mulch deliveries to residents a year.


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Great Wall of Mulch

©2010 Bob Foster
‘Green Port Gateway’ Rail Project Begins
Green Port Gateway

State, federal funding help fix rail bottleneck, improve operations

Officials on Tuesday formally launched an $84 million Port of Long Beach project to remove a railroad bottleneck and build additional on-dock rail capacity to move cargo more efficiently and sustainably.


The “Green Port Gateway” project, funded in part with state and federal transportation dollars, is realigning a critical rail pathway to the Port’s southeastern terminals and adding a rail support yard for the Port’s new Middle Harbor Terminal, already under construction.


The project will add a third rail line at Ocean Boulevard, helping to remove bottlenecks on the existing mainline track to allow Port terminals to shift cargo from trucks to trains, which decreases local traffic congestion and air pollution. Roadwork will also be needed to reconfigure one Port thoroughfare to make room for the additional rail line. Overall, about 29,000 feet of track is being added.


The Port is funding the project with the help of $27 million from the state’s Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Fund, and another $17 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER III program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). The construction work, awarded to Ames Construction of Corona, is generating about 340 jobs now through scheduled completion of the work in July 2014.


The Green Port Gateway — the first of four rail projects already started or expected to begin in the next year to promote more on-dock rail shipments — is also part of the larger San Pedro Bay Ports Rail Enhancement Program, which involves several projects by the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.


The project is part of about $4.5 billion in capital improvements in progress or planned this decade at the Port of Long Beach.


Green Port Gateway

Left to right: David Matsuda, administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration; Mayor Foster; Congressman Alan Lowenthal; Frank Inman, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission; Susan E. Wise, president, Harbor Commission; and Chris Lytle, executive director, Port of Long Beach.


©2010 Bob Foster
City Officials, Community Volunteers Plant First of 6,000 trees to aid in mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
I Dig Long Beach


LONG BEACH (Feb. 23, 2013) – An ambitious project to plant 6,000 new trees in seven years got under way today as community volunteers joined City officials in planting 50 new trees at Silverado Park and adjacent Muir Elementary School on the Westside.

“These 6,000 new trees will help beautify our city and clean our air by reducing air pollution and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The trees are definitely a welcome addition to our city.”

The project, called “I Dig Long Beach – 6,000 Trees by 2020,” is funded by a $671,000 grant awarded by the Port of Long Beach in August 2012. The grant is part of the $5.4 million awarded to various nonprofit organizations, agencies and port tenants to fund 28 projects that will reduce, avoid or capture emissions of greenhouse gases.

“The Port is pleased to award the City of Long Beach this grant to plant trees,” said Susan E. Anderson Wise, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “This is another example of how mitigation dollars from Port projects can improve our community, capture emissions and promote sustainability.”

The trees will be planted in an area roughly bordered by Walnut Avenue on the east, and Del Amo Boulevard on the north, Ocean Boulevard on the south and the City border on the west. The grant will fund tree plantings in Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8. Tree planting locations were selected due to their proximity to the Port of Long Beach, where they would be most effective at capturing and storing Green House Gas emissions.

In addition to increasing the city’s urban forest, the project is adding much needed trees to underserved areas of the City, resulting in reduction of the urban heat island effect, and a reduction in air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The project will create more inviting pedestrian friendly environments, encourage walking and bicycling, and help to improve watershed conditions by removing sidewalk and creating new tree wells in parkways.

The scope of the project also includes an educational and outreach component to develop public awareness for expanding and managing forest resources involving students and neighborhood residents in the planting of trees and proper methods of care and maintenance.

The award was from the third round from the Port’s Community Mitigation Grant Programs, which are designed to off-set environmental impacts from Port construction projects. For this round, $5 million came from the Middle Harbor redevelopment project and $400,000 from the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project. The projects themselves incorporate best available technologies to cut pollution, but there are residual impacts that the grant programs are designed to address.

For more information on the “I Dig Long Beach – 6,000 Trees by 2020” project, please contact Margaret Madden, Neighborhood Improvement Officer, at Margaret.madden@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6830.

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I Dig Long Beach

(left to right) Mayor Foster, Harbor Commissioner Nick Sramek, Councilmember James Johnson and Harbor Commissioner Susan Wise.



I Dig Long Beach

Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond (far left) helps the Mayor, Commissioner Sramek and Councilmember Johnson with the planting.


I Dig Long Beach

Mayor Foster with members of Campfire Waku Koda and Campfire Flying Banana Bunnies.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster joins the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement ground breaking ceremony


Mayor Foster joined Port of Long Beach officials, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and other representatives from local and federal agencies at the ground breaking ceremony for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.

To find out more information on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, visit the project’s website – www.newgdbridge.com.




©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Announces Appointments to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee

Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Raul A. Añorve and Lillian Kawasaki to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee.


Raul A. Anorve

“Raul and Lillian will both serve the Long Beach community well on the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee,” said Mayor Foster.   “Lillian has more than 30 years of experience with port interests, environmental issues and grant management.  Raul has been working tirelessly in the Long Beach community.” 


Añorve is an active volunteer in Long Beach.  He currently serves on the Human Relations Commission and on the board of directors for the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center.  He is also a graduate of the Leadership Long Beach program.


Kawasaki has an extensive background in sustainability through her 12 years with the Port of Los Angeles, and her own consulting company specializing in environment, energy and green economic issues.  She was elected in 2006 as a board member of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California.  She is an eight-year Long Beach resident.

Lillian Kawasaki


The Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee helps select projects for funding under the Port Grant Program, made possible by the approval of the Middle Harbor redevelopment project.  The committee appointment is a two-year term and does not require City Council or Harbor Commission approval. 


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©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: St. Mary’s New Mobile Medical Care Clinic

St. Mary Medical Center’s  new 38-foot custom Mobile Care Clinic had a “christening” ceremony this morning.  The Mobile Care Clinic vehicle is part of the new St. Mary Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program being launched thanks to an $834,000 grant from the Port of Long Beach. The Clinic will provide asthma outreach and respiratory diagnostic services to individuals of all ages in communities nearest the Port of Long Beach and its transportation corridors.

Senior housing facilities, schools, and community centers will refer potentially high-risk,underserved residents to the Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program. Over the next 12months, the expectation is that St. Mary will provide respiratory services to more than 22,750 individuals.

St. Mary Medical Center and its Foundation, in collaboration with the Port of Long Beach, recognize the need to deliver education about care and prevention of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses; and to provide respiratory and/or cardiopulmonary tests, screening programs, and treatment to individuals of all ages. The specially outfitted Mobile Care Clinic addresses access to care issues by providing onsite screening, diagnosis and care.

The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in reducing air pollution at the source, and this partnership with St. Mary Medical Center further demonstrates its commitment to the health and wellbeing of the surrounding community. The grant is part of the Port Grant Programs, which offer funds for projects in the local area to address the health effects of Port operations and to reduce greenhouse gases. For more information, go to www.polb.com/grants.

A thank you plaque was presented to the Port of Long Beach. (L to R) Susan E. Anderson Wise (Harbor Commission President), George Murchinson (St. Mary Medical Center Foundation) and Mayor Foster.


(L to R) George Murchinson, Sister Gerard Earls, Bishop Oscar Solis, Gail Daily (St. Mary Medical Center CEO), Mayor Foster and Habor Commission President Wise.

©2010 Bob Foster
U.S. Conference of Mayors: National Meeting on Exports and Ports

Mayor Foster is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors National Meeting on Metro Exports and Ports.

Above photo: Mayor Foster spoke about the Port of Long Beach during a morning press conference.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: World’s first plug-in electric/hydrogen truck

Total Transportation Services, Inc. (“TTSI”), in conjunction with Vision Motor Corp., announced the official deployment of the “Tyrano”, the world’s first plug-in electric / hydrogen fuel cell Class “8” truck into drayage service at the Port of Long Beach.  Vision Motors, the manufacturer of the “Tyrano”, is also in the process of securing new manufacturing space in the Long Beach area.

Mayor Foster speaks at the press conference. (Left to right) Vic LaRosa (president of TTSI) and Martin Schuermann (CEO/founder of Vision Technologies) stand near by.

Mayor Foster gets ready to jump into the Tyrano for a test ride.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Appoints Two New Harbor Commissioners


July 19, 2011 – Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the City’s Harbor Commission.

“I’m pleased to appoint Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “Between the two, they have extensive knowledge of both the Port and the City of Long Beach. I’m confident that they will both serve the Harbor Commission well.”

Dines is the President of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), covering California from San Diego to Fresno and is the Council’s representative to FuturePorts. The Third District resident is a board member of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for California State University Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).

Drummond was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the Third District from 1990 to 1998. He served the Long Beach Police Department for more than 29 years. Drummond recently served the on the board of directors for the Long Beach Transportation Company. He has also taught criminology and management classes for 20 years at the University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach and August Vollmer University. He has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 70 years.

The resignations of Mario Cordero and Mike Walter opened two vacancies on the Harbor Commission. Cordero resigned due to his appointment by President Barack Obama to the Federal Maritime Commission. Walter sent his letter of resignation last month.

“I hoped to be in a position through which I could make a major difference. However, this is not the situation, and the probability of that occurring in the near term appears very low. Therefore, I do not wish to be considered for another term on the Board of Harbor Commissioners,” said former Harbor Commissioner Walter.

“I want to thank both Mario and Mike for their many years of service on the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “I deeply appreciate the time and contributions these two men have given to the City and the residents of Long Beach.”

The Mayor’s recommendations for Charter Commissions requires the review by Personnel and Civil Service Committee that will meet on July 26, followed by City Council approval.

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