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Space Shuttle Fever, Dog Friendly Patios & 30 Women to Watch
I hope you had a chance earlier to experience the Space Shuttle Endeavor make it's final flight above Long Beach. The Shuttle was visible throughout the city including the Queen Mary, the Aquarium, City Hall, and the Airport. 

It was great to see the community come together for such a unifying event, and I want to tell  you about two other exicting things happening our City this week. 

Dog Friendly Patios

This week, I joined Mayor Bob Foster and the Long Beach Health Department to launch our new Long Beach Dog Friendly Patio Program.  The new program I proposed to the City Council a few months ago, gives restaurant owners another choice for their businesses.  The new legislation gives restaurant owners the flexibility to allow dogs on their patios if they choose too.  They can decide to keep their current patio operation as is, or to begin allowing dogs to join their owners on the patios.

Dog Friendly Patios will be designated with a special sticker on the restaurant door or window.  We are one of the few cities to launch this new program and I want to thank the City Council, our city staff, and all of the dog and animal community leaders that helped us with his program.  I want to particularly thank Justin Rudd, who has been talking about Dog Friendly Patios for a few years now in Long Beach, and the Kress Market on Pine, for hosting our launch and becoming the first official Dog Friendly Patio Restaurant.

For those of us who have dogs, we can now enjoy a meal with our whole family.  Look out for the stickers!

30 Women To Watch

I also want to congratulate the Long Beach Post, which my late business partner Shaun Lumachi and I started 5 years ago, on their 30 Women to Watch event this Saturday, September 22.  30 Women to Watch, co-hosted by Choura Events and in partnership with the California Women's Conference, is an opportunity to honor 30 local women who are making a positive difference in Long Beach.  Over 300 women have been nominated, and I am looking forward to congratulating all the winners as well as everyone nominated.

The event is a kick-off reception for the California Women's Conference, and the winners of 30 Women to Watch will be chosen by a panel of community judges including Nancy Foster, April Economides, Erin Earlywine, Trent Bryson, Joen Garnica, Jennifer Moore, Julie Kriesler, Judy Seal, Michelle Patterson and Chad Sammeth.

You can get more information about
30 Women to Watch here.

Go Long Beach,

Robert Garcia