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Fifth District Residents Can Win Chance to Go Behind Scenes

Fifth District Residents Can Win Chance to Go Behind Scenes at Aquarium of the Pacific Night, March 6th

Long Beach, CA – February 6, 2013 – A few lucky Fifth District residents attending the annual free to the public Night at the Aquarium on Wednesday March 6th, will have an opportunity to go behind the scenes to get a look at how the creatures are cared for and what it takes to operate the award winning Aquatic treasure, as part of Open Up Long Beach, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske's initiative to provide more openness and transparency to local government.

“The behind the scenes tour will be a unique opportunity for residents to be able to see how the expert staff at the aquarium have added exhibits which help demonstrate the power of major environmental shifts and how the facility has been able to reduce its carbon footprint while the habitats are kept in precisely the right conditions for these animals to thrive,” commented Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, “the behind the scenes operations are complex and impressive.”

The Aquarium of the Pacific recently recognized by California governor Jerry Brown for its role in the economy and the environment with the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).

Anyone can attend the free evening at the aquarium, which starts at 6pm, and a raffle will be held to determine who will have the opportunity to go on the behind the scenes Open Up Long Beach tour. For more information about Open Up Long Beach, click on this link. To make reservations for the Night at the Aquarium and register to win a chance for the behind the scenes tour, contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, 562-570-6932 or district5@longbeach.gov. Information about the tour is also posted on the 5th District website.

About Open Up Long Beach

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske launched Open Up Long Beach as a government transparency project on January 7, 2012. The project invites Fifth District residents to participate in making local government more open, transparent, and productive. Anyone wanting to participate in this good government project can go to www.OpenUpLongBeach.com where Schipske posts important documents pertaining to the budget, council agenda items, City departments, and more. Frequent posts by Schipske includes introduction of new civic engagement tools, encouraging dialogue about issues effecting the City of Long Beach, announcements about tours of government facilities, and more.