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Mayor Foster's Budget Recommendations for FY14

August 1, 2013 – Long Beach City Manager Pat West Mayor presented the City’s FY 2014 budget during a press conference and Mayor Bob Foster announced his recommendations at the Miller Family Health Education Center today.

 


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Coming Soon to Orizaba Park: A New Community Center
LONG BEACH – A new grant-funded community center is coming to Orizaba Park. Tonight, the City Council approved the contract for the new community center, which will include vital after school programs and much more. The community center is the first of its kind in the area and is funded by a $2.2 million dollar state grant.
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Mayor and Jennifer Kuch Mayor Helps Launch 2013 Hire-A-Youth Program
The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network today kicked off its Hire-A-Youth Summer Internship and Employment program. Each year, the program provides hundreds of youth in Long Beach and Signal Hill with valuable work experience, and also provides businesses with eager, job-ready workers. The program was launched at a ceremony thanking businesses for their support and encouraging them to continue their involvement in the program.
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Food Finders Fourth Annual Long Beach Community Food Drive Nov. 1 - Dec. 31

Mayor Bob Foster, Food Finders, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach are organizing the annual Long Beach Community Food Drive for the fourth consecutive year.  Barrels will be placed in several locations throughout the city to collect canned or packaged food and pet food to help out needy families and pets in Long Beach.  Donations will be accepted starting Nov. 1 until Dec. 31, 2011.

 


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Mayor Foster's Budget Recommendations for FY12
August. 2, 2011 - Long Beach City Manager Pat West Mayor presented the City's FY 2012 budget during a press conference and Mayor Bob Foster announced his recommendations at City Hall today. 
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Mayor Bob Foster Appoints Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the Harbor Commission
July 19, 2011 - Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the City's Harbor Commission. 
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Long Beach Community Food Drive Kicks Off
Mayor Bob Foster, Food Finders, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach are partnering together in this year’s Long Beach Community Food Drive with a goal to collect 100,000 pounds of food.  Barrels will be placed in several locations throughout the city to collect canned or packaged food as well as pet food to help out needy families and pets in Long Beach.  Donations will be accepted starting today until Jan. 31, 2011.
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Mayor Foster's statement on air cargo threat

Statement from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster:

"In an abundance of caution, the City has taken steps to enhance airport security.  Some of those measures will be visible while others will not.  Our Police Department continues to remain in constant contact with federal security partners and our community organizations. As always, we remind the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to the Long Beach Police Department at 435-6711." 

5:00pm PST 10/29

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Mayor Foster receives the S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government. Mayor Foster Receives Clean Air Award
Mayor Bob Foster received the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government during their 22nd Annual Clean Air Awards this afternoon.  The award was in recognition for the Mayor’s work in cleaning the air around the Port of Long Beach, including his leadership in the Clean Trucks Program, as well as his environmental leadership in both state and national organizations.
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Mayor Foster's Veto Message for FY 2011
September 19, 2010 - Read Mayor Bob Foster’s veto message for fiscal year 2011.  Click the attachment below.
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Mayor Foster speaks at the budget press conference. Mayor Foster Announces His Recommendations for City’s 2011 Budget
July 23, 2010 – Long Beach City Manager Pat West Mayor presented the City's FY 2011 budget during a press conference and Mayor Bob Foster announced his recommendations at City Hall today.  

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The Lopez Family was presented with the Habitat for Humanity ceremonial hammer. (Left to right) Ad Mayor Foster of Long Beach 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.
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Betty Tse presents award to Mayor Foster Friends of L.A. River Honor Mayor Foster

Mayor Bob Foster received the Chi Mui Award from the Friends of Los Angeles River (FoLAR) during their annual awards reception on Saturday night.  The award recognizes the Mayor’s efforts to clean the Los Angeles River, and his partnership with Heal the Bay to identify, quantify and qualify sources of pollution in the Los Angeles River.


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Mayor Foster's statement introducing new Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell
Thank you, Mr. City Manager.  Special thank you to Chief Quach for his service as our interim chief over these past few weeks.  A special thank you to the Command staff of the Long Beach Police Department for your individual efforts in navigating through these last few months that included a very difficult fiscal environment.
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Naples Improvement Association Donates Money to Long Beach Cares for Haiti Relief
Activated by Mayor Bob Foster’s request to help the victims of the 7.0 devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Naples Improvement Association collected $450 money during their annual banquet for relief efforts on January 14.  Mayor Bob Foster called on the Long Beach community to help by sending monetary donations to the nonprofit Long Beach Cares.  Donations will be collected and then sent to the American Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.
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MAYOR FOSTER ANNOUNCES LONG BEACH CARES ACTIVATED TO HELP HAITI RELIEF
In response to Tuesday’s 7.0 devastating earthquake in the country of Haiti, Mayor Bob Foster calls on the Long Beach community to help by sending monetary donations to the nonprofit Long Beach Cares.  Donations will be collected and then sent to the American Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.
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2010 State of the City Watch the 2010 State of the City

Thank you for attending the 2010 State of the City. 

If you were unable to attend on January 12 at the Terrace Theater can still watch the entire event on television and on the internet.


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2010 State of the City Mayor Foster will deliver 2010 State of the City at Terrace
Mayor Bob Foster will deliver the 2010 State of the City on January 12 at the Terrace Theater, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.  All Long Beach residents are invited to attend for free, but you must reserve a ticket for admission. 
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Thomas Fields Mayor Bob Foster Appoints Thomas Fields to the Harbor Commission
Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Thomas Fields to the City’s Harbor Commission. 
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Mayor Foster Announces Appointments to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee

Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed three Long Beach residents to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee.


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MAYOR FOSTER’S STATEMENT ON THE ARRESTS RELATED TO THE MELODY ROSS CASE
Mayor Bob Foster’s statement regarding the two suspects arrested yesterday related to the Melody Ross murder:
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DONATIONS REQUESTED TO HELP THE FAMILY OF MELODY ROSS

Mayor Bob Foster asks members of the Long Beach community to help the family of Melody Ross, the Wilson High School student who was shot to death last Friday.  Monetary donations are being accepted to help the family with the funeral costs. 

 


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Blood Drive sponsored by the Long Beach Police Department
Be a Hero!  Donate blood!  Blood Drive Sponsored by the Long Beach Police Department
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American Red Cross City of Long Beach Blood Drive Brings in 42 Units

Mayor Bob Foster, the City of Long Beach and the American Red Cross held a blood drive on September 9 that collected a total of 42 units of blood.  Each unit of blood could save up to three lives, so the blood drive could potentially impact up to 126 people.  Mayor Foster joined more than 60 Long Beach City employees, residents and other downtown Long Beach workers at the event held at the Long Beach Main Library.


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California Solar Initiative
Join the Go Solar California campaign today and you could increase the value of our home by $20,000 while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint.
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Mayor Foster Re-Appointed as Environmental Chair for U.S. Conference of Mayors
Aug. 14, 2009 - Mayor Bob Foster was re-appointed yesterday by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) for a second term as the chair for the Environmental Committee.
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American Red Cross logo Red Cross, City of Long Beach and Mayor Foster to host Blood Drive During Crucial Summer Months
Aug. 6, 2009 - Mayor Bob Foster, the City of Long Beach and the Red Cross will host a blood drive in Long Beach on Wed., Sept. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Long Beach Main Library.
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City Manager Pat West (left) and Mayor Bob Foster (right) during the press conference Mayor Foster Announces His Recommendations for City’s 2010 Budget
July 30, 2009 – Long Beach City Manager Pat West Mayor presented the City's FY 2010 budget during a press conference and Mayor Bob Foster announced his recommendations at City Hall today. 
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Mayor Bob Foster Mayor Foster Speaks at LAEDC's Mid-Year Economic Forecast
Mayor Bob Foster was one of the three speakers featured during the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporations’ (LAEDC) government finance panel of the 2009 Mid-Year Economic Forecast. Watch Mayor Foster’s presentation.
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Mayor Foster's Statement on the State raid on local funds
July 23, 2009 - Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster was one of six California mayors who participated in a media conference call today regarding the State taking money from local governments.   
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Los Angeles Business TV logo Mayor talks about LB Small Businesses on Los Angeles Business TV
Mayor Foster talks about Long Beach small businesses and what the City is doing to help them out.
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Mayor Foster (left) and Motorman Leon Kaplan (right) KABC's Motorman Leon Kaplan interviews Mayor Foster
Listen to Mayor Foster's recent interview with KABC's Motorman Leon Kaplan during the Clean Air Car Showcase. The Mayor and the Motorman talk about cars and Long Beach.
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Mayor Foster Elected to U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board

June 15, 2009 - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) elected Mayor Bob Foster to the Advisory Board today. 


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CITY OF LONG BEACH PASSES SMALL BUSINESS RECRUITMENT PILOT PROGRAM
The Long Beach City Council unanimously passed a small business recruitment pilot program introduced by Mayor Bob Foster during last night’s City Council meeting. 
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Upcoming events in Council District 1
There are several upcoming events in Council District 1. 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection - March 18
Neighborhood Cleanup - March 21

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Cleanup at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach begins to pay off
Click here to read "Cleanup at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach begins to pay off" from Feb. 22's issue of the Los Angeles Times.
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State of the City logo WANTED: New and Creative Ideas for Long Beach
Dec. 22, 2009 - Mayor Foster is encouraging resident to submit ideas and suggestion for Long Beach through the 2009 State of the City’s website at www.StateofLB.com
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2009 State of the City (logo) Mayor Foster will deliver 2009 State of the City at Cal State Long Beach on Jan. 13

Mayor Bob Foster will deliver the 2009 State of the City on January 13 at the Carpenter Center, on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).  The evening will begin with a City Council meeting, followed by Mayor Foster delivering the State of the City.  For the first time in several years, all Long Beach residents are invited to attend for free. 

 


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Food Finders Mayor Foster Urges City to Donate Food to Help Long Beach Residents in Need
As the rising number of individuals and families turn to food banks to eat, Mayor Bob Foster encourages the city to help Long Beach residents in need by donating canned or packaged foods.  Collection barrels will be placed in 28 locations throughout the city.  Donations will be accepted beginning Nov. 19 until Dec. 31. 
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Susan Wise Mayor Bob Foster Appoints Susan Wise to the Harbor Commission

Nov. 10, 2008 - Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Susan Wise to the City’s Harbor Commission. 
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Mayor Foster interviews Lindsey Shields of LB Cares
Mayor Foster interviewed Lindsey Shields, director of Long Beach Cares, for the September episode of "Heart of the City." 
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MAYOR FOSTER NAMED U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
LONG BEACH, CA (Sept. 28, 2008) - Mayor Bob Foster was recently appointed to chair the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Environmental Committee.  With this new appointment, Foster also joins USCM’s president Manuel Diaz’s 11-member cabinet.
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movie clap board Plan to convert an empty airplane hangar into a film studio is taking off
Investors are in escrow to buy the Long Beach site from Boeing and have secured financing for the $500-million project.

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bicycle Mayor Foster sponsors photography exhibit celebrating bicycles

Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach Cyclists invite local photographers of all levels of skill to participate in the first "Stoked for Spokes" photo exhibit.  Photographers of all ages are asked to submit an original photo related to bicycles by Oct. 4 to Zephyr Vegetarian Café.

 


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Mayor Foster interviews Art Cox for "Heart of the City." Mayor Foster interviews the "Pothole Patrol"

Watch the August 2008  "Heart of the City" episode.  Mayor Foster showcases a pothole repair truck with Art Cox, Mike Conway, Jerry Sims and David Candlish.
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Mayor Foster sits in a City beach tractor. City of Long Beach Launches Environmentally Friendly Biodiesel Program

With the turn of a key, the City of Long Beach on Tuesday expanded its commitment to environmental sustainability by launching a new biodiesel program that will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and smoke particulates.
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Mayor Foster at the Aug. 1 press conference. Mayor Foster Announces His Recommendations for City Budget

August 1, 2008 - Mayor Bob Foster announced the release of his recommendations for the City's FY 2009 budget during a press conference today at City Hall.  Also present were City Manager Pat West, Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick, and Director of Financial Management Lori Ann Farrell.
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Watch the latest "Heart of the City"
Every month, Mayor Foster talks to community members and City staff about different projects and issues of concern in Long Beach.  Click here and watch the most recent episode of "Heart of the City" on Channel 8’s website.

Krissy Kobata Help save a life this weekend!

On Sat., 6/28/08 and Sun., 6/29/08, the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center will be hosting a bone marrow drive to help 25-year old Krissy Kobata.  Krissy was recently diagnosed with a rare form of myelodysplastic syndrome and urgently needs a matching bone-marrow match.
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Long Beach Fire Stations Giving Away Free Smoke Detectors on June 21
Every Long Beach Fire Station will give away up to two smoke detectors for each residence in the City of Long Beach on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am to 5 pm. Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors in the home are one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire.
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Digital TV logo Are you ready for the Digital TV switch?

Big changes are coming in television broadcasting. On February 17, 2009, all full power television stations are required to stop broadcasting in analog and continue broadcasting in digital only. This is known as the DTV transition.
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Mayor Foster during the Good Morning America interview. Good Morning America praises Long Beach program for improving recreational water quality

A nationally broadcast Good Morning America news report shows how Long Beach is utilizing "smart sponge" technology to prevent oils and other pollutants from entering the storm drain system and making their way to our coastline. Click here to see the report, titled "Supersponge Fights Pollution."


Mayor Foster addresses the audience at the Memorial Day ceremony. Memorial Day Ceremony at American Gold Star Manor
Mayor Bob Foster joined more than 100 member of the community, including former Long Beach mayors and current city councilmembers, during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the American Gold Star Manor on May 23, 2008. 
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(L to R) Councilmembers Suja Lowenthal, Gary DeLong, Bonnie Lowenthal, and Mayor Foster "Let's Talk Trash" forum
On May 22, more than 100 community members attended the "Let’s Talk Trash" public forum at the Aquarium of the Pacific, to discuss the potential solutions to protect Long Beach’s beaches, marina and harbor affected by the Los Angeles River.  Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Gary DeLong, Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal invited several expert panelists, representing government and environmental nonprofits to the evening’s discussion.
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"Let's Talk Trash"
Presented by Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, and Councilmember Gary DeLong.

Pollution in the Los Angeles River is a significant problem affecting the water quality of our ocean, threatening our marine animals, and degrading our marine habitat. This public forum is designed to encourage an informed public dialogue about the potential solutions to protect our City’s beaches, marina and harbor affected by the Los Angeles River. 
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(left to right) Mark Christoffels, Mayor Bob Foster, Art Cox and Mike Conway Long Beach Named Tree City USA

Mayor Bob Foster announced that the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Long Beach a Tree City USA. To mark this special designation and recognize April 25 as Arbor Day, Mayor Foster, and city officials raised the official Tree City USA flag in the Civic Center Plaza area.
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(Left to right) Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick, Mayor Bob Foster and Teresa Cochran Mayor announces new green cleaning pilot program

Mayor Bob Foster announced that the City is launching a green cleaning products pilot program within City Hall.
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Mayor Foster stands with the hybrid pace car. Mayor Foster attends the 2008 Grand Prix
Mayor Foster stands with the Port of Long Beach's hybrid pace car before the start of the 2008 Grand Prix.
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city seal with mayor foster Mayor Bob Foster's State of the City

On January 15th Mayor Foster delivered his annual State of the City address at the Long Beach Convention Center. Click here to view. For the text version of the Mayor's speech please click here.
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Assistant City Manager Christine Shippey and Mayor Bob Foster release the City Mayor Releases FY 08 Budget Recommendations
Mayor Foster, Assistant City Manager and several department heads outline the proposed City budget for the 2008 fiscal year.
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Mayor Receiving Plaque Mayor Bob Foster Receives Recognition from California State University

CSULB President, King Alexander recognizes Mayor Bob Foster for all his support of the Cal State system at the February 3rd, 2007 Cal State Long Beach basket ball game.



"The Alliance to Save Energy" Interviews Mayor Foster
Mayor Bob Foster was interviewed by the The Alliance to Save Energy in their monthly publication, e-FFICIENCY NEWS.  View the whole interview from their website.
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