(July 22, 2005) -- The Wrigley Association -- an influential neighborhood group spanning parts of the 6th and 7th Council districts -- has elected a slate of officers for its board of directors that includes some of the city's best known activists.
Elected on July 17 to a one-year term on the group's board of directors are:
- Joan Greenwood, President
- Gavin Mc Kiernan, Vice-President
- Jill Hill, Treasurer
- Christopher Graeber, Secretary
- Alan Tolkoff, Parliamentarian
- Maria Norvell, Sgt at Arms
The other members of the eleven member board are:
- Annie Greenfeld-Wisner
- Nancy Risch
- Barbara Kingley
- Richard Daniels
- Kelly Haas
The Wrigley Association has a history of speaking its mind. As previously reported by LBReport.com, the group's board of directors went on record in late May to oppose an 80+ million gallon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility proposed in the Port of LB. In a letter to Mayor Beverly O'Neill and Councilmembers, Wrigley Association president Greenwood wrote in part, "[S]ecurity and disaster response expenses for a land-based facility would be borne primarily by taxpayers. These costs would far exceed any local benefit resulting from decreased price for natural gas."
The Wrigley board's action came in the face of actions by 7th district Council incumbent Tonia Reyes Uranga which have continued to enable the project.
Another Wrigley boardmember, Annie Greenfeld-Wisner is among the co-founders of "Better Balance for Long Beach"...which last October launched a hard-edged campaign that got attention (and brought City Hall action in response) to conditions in and around 14th St. Park.
Boardmember Alan Tolkoff is a veteran activist with a knack for politely but assiduously amassing facts on multiple neighborhood-impacting issues ranging from L.A. river plans to public safety to Redevelopment.
LB's Wrigley District, whose original 1905 subsivision pattern was created by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, is bounded by the 405 fwy on the north, PCH on the south, LB Blvd. to the east and the L.A. river on the west.
The group holds public meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Veteranís Park Social Hall, 101 East 28th Street. (If the first Monday is a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday of the month). Child Care and parking are free.
The group maintains a web presence at Wrigley Ass'n web page.