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©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Installing Carpet at the Mayor’s Build Home

 

The Mayor along with volunteers from ACE Academy and Southern California Edison worked on the Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Build on Sat., Aug. 20.  Mayor Foster recalled his trade skills by installing the carpet in the new home.  The new home for the Lopez family is expected to be complete in the next few months.

Mayor Foster with Southern California Edison volunteers Ben Harvey (Public Affairs), Melissa Amador and Les Starck (senior vice president)

 

 

Mayor Foster with Enrique and Sonia Lopez - the new owners of the Mayor's Build home.Mayor Foster installs the carpet in the Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles Mayor's Build home.

Mayor Foster installs the carpet inside the Mayor's Build home.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: Volunteering with ACE at Habitat for Humanity Mayor’s Build

Mayor Foster, along with a dozen ACE Academy students, volunteered to work on Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Build House on Saturday, July 30.  ACE students and ACE industry partners put up drywall for the new Lopez family home.

Mayor with Melissa Brookman of ACE Academy.

Mayor and Sonia Lopez. The Lopez family are the receipents of the Mayor's Build.

Mayor visits with some of the ACE students putting up drywall.

 

 

©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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©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
Mayor Foster visits the 6th District Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

Mayor Foster joined Councilmember Dee Andrews at his annual 6th District Thanksgiving luncheon on November 22 at McBride Park.

Councilmember Andrews and Mayor Foster pose for a photo.

Mayor Foster says hello to City Manager/Thanksgiving lunch volunteer Pat West.

©2010 Bob Foster
Learn About City of Long Beach Boards and Commissions on Aug. 30

 

Would you like to know more about how City policy is made?  Do you have ideas about how to make your community a better place to work, live and play?  

Residents are invited to learn about “City of Long Beach Boards and Commissions” on Monday, August 30, 2010, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. 

Workshop presenters Carmen Viramontes, Legislative Deputy from the Office of the Mayor, and Assistant City Attorney Heather Mahood will talk about the City of Long Beach’s Boards and Commissions, current Commission vacancies and how residents can apply to serve on City Board and Commissions.

Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist our Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis.

This free workshop will be presented in English with Spanish and Khmer translation available. Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. 

To RSVP or for more information, call the Neighborhood Resource Center at 562-570-1010.

©2010 Bob Foster
Become a Commissioner

Boards and commissions serve as an opportunity to participate in the City’s decision-making process and to interact creatively with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.  Democracy can be realized when citizens are able to come together across neighborhood and economic lines to assist in making the community decisions that will shape all of their lives.  While commissioners are themselves appointed from within the community, it is important that they in turn ensure that a wide variety of viewpoints from the rest of the community are considered when commissions make recommendations to the City Council.

Exemplifying our City’s diversity on our community boards is important and relevant to the work done by these committees, boards, and commissions. Below is a list of boards with vacancies, if you, or someone you know is interested in serving please contact Carmen Viramontes at 562-570-5229 for more information. You may also visit the Mayor’s Commission home page at: http://www.longbeach.gov/mayor/commission

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster and Habitat for Humanity Surprise the Lopez Family

Mayor Foster Delivers the Good News to Habitat for Humanity’s Newest Homeowners

On Tuesday July 6th the Lopez family learned that their American dream of homeownership would soon come true. Not only have they been selected as a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) partner family, they have also been selected as the recipients of the organization’s Mayor’s Build home. The Mayor’s Build home is sponsored by Mayor Bob Foster, who was one of the many representatives from the City of Long Beach who joined the Good News Caravan to help HFH GLA deliver the news to the Lopez family. Construction on the Mayor’s Build home is slated to begin in early 2011 and Mayor Foster will volunteer to help build the home alongside members of the Lopez family and local volunteers. Union Bank generously donated $25,000 toward the Mayor’s Build home and its employees will also volunteer to build.

“It was a pleasure to meet the Lopez family and tell them the great news that they were selected to be the recipients of the HFH GLA’s Mayor’s Build home,” said Mayor Bob Foster.  “We’re all looking forward to helping them build and move into their new Long Beach home.”

The Lopez family has resided in Long Beach for many years.  Enrique Lopez works for St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach providing housekeeping services and Sonia Lopez works for the Long Beach Unified School District as a childcare worker.  The children, Angel (14) and Anthony (7), are currently students in the Long Beach Unified School District.  Their youngest son, Adan, is a thriving one-year-old.

“Partnering with community leaders, like Mayor Bob Foster, is so important because it helps us not only transform the lives of our partner families but entire neighborhoods,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA.  “We can’t wait see the Mayor and his amazing team building alongside the Lopez family.”

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. In addition to Mayor Bob Foster and HFH GLA staff, Councilmember Robert Garcia, CD1; LBHDC Commissioner Stacy McDaniel; Union Bank Vice Presidet & Branch Manager Doug Jenkins; City of Long Beach staff and LBHDC staff were all on hand to deliver the good news to the Lopez family.

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