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Aging Chittick Field to Get New Life

The Long Beach recreational area will be overhauled with new sports fields and a bike path. a

The City of Long Beach accepted a $1 million donation Monday from the Occidental Petroleum Corporation to help fund improvements at the decaying Chittick Field.

Built more than 60 years ago, the ageing 19-acre recreational area is currently in the process of getting a large makeover with a new sports park, soccer fields, football field, track and restrooms in the works.

The city said Monday's donation by Occidental will go a long way towards funding those improvements.

"Occidental Petroleum's act of great corporate citizenship will benefit families in our community for years to come," Long Beach mayor Bob Foster said in a release. "This generous donation will help improve an area of the city that is severely lacking in open space and recreational opportunities for youth."

While popular with the community, Chittick Field's state of decline led to the discontinuation of city league sports play. Bringing it back from its state of disarray will be one of the largest park projects in Long Beach in recent years, officials said. 

When complete, the city said the first phase of improvements will include two youth soccer fields, one adult soccer field, a regulation football field, 400-meter all weather track, parking for 136 vehicles and a bike path connecting the park to Pacific Electric Right of Way bike path.

"Chittick field will soon be thriving with adults and children enjoying themselves, playing sports and leading happier, healthier lives, thanks to these 19 acres that are for all of Long Beach to enjoy," said District 6 City Councilmember Dee Andrews.

Construction on phase one of the project is expected to begin in April, the city said.

In addition to providing open recreation space, Chittick Field also serves as a stormwater management facility. Crews will also work to improve those facilities and bring them up to modern standards to meet trash and bacteria reduction regulations.

Other funding for the project came from the County of Los Angeles, Park and Open Spaces District and City of Long Beach Open Space Bonds.

karyss March 12, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Does anyone else find this a bit fishy? Occidental oil? making such a HUGE donation to this field (located smack dab in signal hill?) I think a little investigating would uncover some other agenda
John B. Greet March 12, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I think this donation is probably just part of whatever it calls its community service budget. Every major oil company has one. So does almost every major corporation of any sort, for that matter. Most major corporations donate $millions to charities and other worthy causes each year, either because they have a good sense of corporate citizenship, because they want to be perceived as if they do, or both.
karyss March 12, 2013 at 05:06 AM
This may be - but Occidental is also the main corp. that drills oil here in LB.(via THUMS). Just sayin' -
Mike Ruehle March 12, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Oxy has been buying out many of the smaller oil companies while seeking a foothold in Southern California. Oxy bought out Long Beach Tidelands (THUMS) oil in 2006, Pacific Energy's long beach leases and most recently all of Shell's on-shore and off-shore leases in Huntington Beach.
Panglonymous March 12, 2013 at 02:10 PM
How to vet a good corporate citizen: What has been Occidental Petroleum's effective federal tax rate averaged over the last five, ten, fifteen and twenty years?
karyss March 12, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Good! I knew you guys might catch a glimpse of what I'm feeling here.
karyss March 12, 2013 at 07:58 PM
there is info here on the corporation: http://www.stock-analysis-on.net/NYSE/Company/Occidental-Petroleum-Corp/Financial-Statement/Income-Statement Then there is this blurb from a local Bakersfield paper: Posted: 02/14/2013 Last Updated: 27 days ago BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A major local taxpayer is asking for its money back, which means a huge cut in tax revenue for the county. County legislative analyst Allan Krauter says Occidental Petroleum sent incomplete tax information and did not make corrections before the filing deadline resulting in a miscalculation of the property value---which Oxy alleges dropped by $2.5 billion. Now Oxy wants a $27 million tax refund for each year until the calculation is fixed. ...I'm just sayin' - something to think about
Panglonymous March 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Hey karyss, check'em out: Actual Tax Rate Paid to the U.S. Government 3% Income $10.5B Tax Rate Reported 40% Source: http://www.nerdwallet.com/investing/corporate-taxes/rates/ About: http://www.nerdwallet.com/investing/about-us (OMG, all female?? No way! :-)

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