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Despite the sluggish economy, Long Beach accomplished a great deal in 2012. Here are some snippets from the 16-page brochure with asterisks next to Second District initiatives.
- ** 93% of the City's beaches received "A" grades (with one "B") for water quality during the summer from Heal the Bay
- 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
- ** Completed and adopted the Downtown Plan, providing simplified zoning and form-based development standards
- Saved approximately 33 million gallons of water through Parks, Recreation & Marine water conservation efforts
- Cut red tape and enhanced customer service by consolidating fire and health plan review and inspection under Development Services
- ** Implemented a Recyclebank program to increase residents' recycling efforts. (www.recyclebank.com/)
- ** Implemented LB-Exchange.org to help local businesses connect with Long Beach non-profits and schools to donate "gently used" materials and equipment.
- Maintained a "AA-" bond rating despite downgrades in other cities
- Developed and implemented the LBCOPS (Long Beach Common Operating Procedure) system linking public and private security cameras over the Internet to improve public safety
- ** Initiated the "Parklet" concept for outdoor dining and public space
- Supported our local economy by purchasing $82 million in goods and services from local businesses
- Completed the new passenger concourse at the Long Beach Airport, five months ahead of schedule and on budget
- Identified a new paramedic model to improve response times, while reducing costs.
- 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
- 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
To see more of the 2012 Year in Review, visit http://bit.ly/SlyaKs.
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