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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s statement on the Supreme Court decision on RDA

December 29, 2011 – Statement from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foser on today’s California Supreme Court ruling on redevelopment:

“Regrettably, no one ‘wins’ with today’s decision. Eliminating the economic benefits of redevelopment is neither good for cities, nor the long-term fiscal health of the State. It is the worst possible time to eliminate investments in communities that create opportunities for job growth and increase the state’s tax base for the future.

Closer to home, we are going to take things one step at a time with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. It will take some time to assess some of the provisions within the ruling and how each will impact the City and our local RDA team. We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions to the public and continue our work on moving this City forward.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Big 10 statement on State Legislature’s budget vote

Joint statement from the mayors of California’s 10 largest cities, including Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, on the Legislature’s budget vote that took place yesterday:

Leaders in Sacramento yesterday took a backhand to the residents of California by failing to craft a legal and sustainable budget. Instead of seeking to protect our communities and the hard-working people of this state, legislators relied on gimmicks in order to protect their own paychecks.

Their so-called remedy for the State’s deficit is an illegal and indefensible shakedown of our cities. Over the past several months, we have pro-actively worked with State leaders to create sound alternatives that keep redevelopment alive and solve the state’s budget problems. But rather than create sensible, long-term solutions for California’s dismal financial problems, they sought to recklessly raid local tax dollars and kill redevelopment—our strongest, local tool to revitalize the economy and create jobs now.

As Mayors of the 10 largest cities in the State, we condemn these short sighted actions. Despite Sacramento’s failure, we will continue to fight to save quality job training, urban revitalization, job opportunities, and affordable housing for residents across California.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s statement on the passing of RDA Chairman Bill Baker

“I’m deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Bill Baker.  Bill had great love for Long Beach and its residents. He will be remembered for his hard work and the many years he dedicated to Long Beach to make this a better city.  My thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Attends the Groundbreaking of Long Beach’s New Courthouse

The new courthouse will be named after former Governor George Deukmejian.

Mayor Bob Foster joined several dignitaries at today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the future Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in downtown Long Beach today.

“This courthouse was a great collaborative effort from state, county, local agencies and private industry for a much needed capital improvement,” said Mayor Foster. “Turning an empty lot into the location for a new courthouse is another example of our Redevelopment Agency’s work of transforming blighted areas into a place that will bring both jobs and neighborhood revitalization to Long Beach.”

The 31-courtroom facility will encompass more than 531,000 square feet and is expected to be complete in 2013.

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Former Governor George Deukmejian and Mayor Foster.

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