Long Beach Celebrates Successes from 2013

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From filling thousands of potholes to achieving comprehensive pension reform, from completing a new fire station to getting more homeless people off the streets and into shelters, the City of Long Beach had a productive year in 2013.

“These highlights showcase how the City of Long Beach continues to move forward and provide excellent service and programs to the community,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We’ve made significant progress in all areas – including financial, public safety, recreation, sustainability, technology and infrastructure.”

The City’s accomplishments and accolades are featured in the 2013 Year in Review, an easy to read 16-page color brochure.

“The past 12 months have been exciting and productive for the City of Long Beach,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “Our dedicated and talented staff has done a great job implementing the Mayor and City Council’s policy direction.”

Here’s a snapshot of some of the City’s accomplishments and awards in 2013:


  • Pension reform for all nine employee associations, saving $250 million over the next 10 years
  • 90% of the City’s beaches received “A” and “B” grades for water quality during the summer from Heal the Bay
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi) in all City libraries and in many parks
  • “Go LBPD” mobile app for residents to have a quicker and simpler way to keep in touch with the Police Department
  • Opened Fire Station 12 in North Long Beach
  • Completed the Promenade in Downtown Long Beach
  • Forty new Long Beach Police Officers from the 2013 Police Academy
  • Twenty-eight new Long Beach Firefighters from the 2013 Fire Academy
  • Completed 11 parks and open space projects, with 18 additional projects under construction or in development
  • Unveiled the nation’s first “Great Wall of Mulch,” an innovative 600-foot long-wall to control visual and noise pollution from the Terminal Island Freeway
  • Repaired 36 lane miles of major and secondary streets
  • Cleaned 68,740 graffiti sites
  • Filled 28,799 potholes
  • Assisted 1,675 persons with homeless prevention and 1,163 homeless persons with housing placement

Awards and Distinctions

  • Top 10 “Digital City” in America, for third consecutive year
  • Gold Medal (Best in the Nation) award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management from the National Parks and Recreation Association
  • Perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy
  • Eight programming awards for LBTV, the City’s cable channel
  • Aviation Project of the Year award for the new passenger concourse from the California Transportation Foundation
  • Excellence in Facility Design Award for the Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site Renovations from the California Parks and Recreation Society

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