2012 Brought Many Accomplishments and Successes For the City of Long Beach

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From paving miles of streets to trimming thousands of trees, from saving millions of gallons of water to earning awards for technology and bicycle-friendliness, the City of Long Beach had an extremely productive year in 2012.

“The accomplishments and accolades over the past 12 months demonstrate how the City of Long Beach continues to move forward and provide excellence service to the community,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Despite a tough economy, we have had much to celebrate and even more to look forward to in the future.”

The City’s accomplishments and accolades are featured in the 2012 Year in Review, an easy to read 16-page color brochure.

“Despite the prolonged recession and reduced resources for services and infrastructure projects, the City of Long Beach was able to accomplish a great deal over the past 12 months,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “I am very proud of the hard work by our dedicated and talented City staff to implement the Mayor and City Council’s policy vision.”

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the City’s accomplishments during 2012:


  • Completed nine new park projects, and initiated work on 10 additional projects
  • Re-opened Colorado Lagoon with A+ water quality after an $8.5 million restoration project
  • Maintained one of the fastest Priority One police response times for large cities in California
  • Developed and implemented the LBCOPS (Long Beach Common Operating Procedure) system linking public and private security cameras over the Internet to improve public safety
  • Maintained a “AA-” bond rating despite downgrades in other cities
  • Supported our local economy by purchasing $82 million in goods and services from local businesses
  • Consolidated fire and health plan review and inspection under Development Services, cutting red tape and enhancing customer service
  • Completed and adopted the Downtown Plan, providing simplified zoning and form-based development standards
  • Completed the new passenger concourse at the Long Beach Airport, five months ahead of schedule and on budget
  • 93% of the City’s beaches received “A” grades (with one “B”) for water quality during the summer from Heal the Bay
  • Identified a new paramedic model to improve response times, while reducing costs
  • Responded to 11,000 “Go Long Beach” smartphone app service requests
  • Resolved 12,300 Code Enforcement cases
  • Provided 10,800 adults with career counseling, transition, and skills development assistance through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
  • Saved approximately 33 million gallons of water through Parks, Recreation & Marine water conservation efforts
  • Completed formation and commenced operations of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency
  • Restored public access programming (PADNET) to Long Beach through a partnership with local non-profits
  • Repaired 42 lane miles of major and secondary streets
  • Trimmed 28,000 trees

Awards and Distinctions

  • Top 10 “Digital City” in America, for second consecutive year
  • Top 10 Best Social Media Cities in the Nation
  • Silver Walk Friendly Communities Award
  • Silver Bike Friendly Award
  • Eleven programming awards for LBTV, the City’s cable channel
  • Named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy by the Human Rights Campaign

Download the 2012 Year in Review here.

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