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    Breaking News

    Gov-Elect Schwarzenegger Names LB Mayor O'Neill To His Transition Committee; We Post Full List


    (Oct. 9, 2003, updated 8:15 p.m. from 5:48 & 5:30 p.m. posts) -- Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger has named LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill as one of 65 members of his transition committee.

    "I'm surprised, I had no idea," Mayor O'Neill told LBReport.com...indicating she'd received a call today [Oct. 9] with the news.

    The Mayor said she'd been contacted by the office of Congressman David Dreier [R., San Dimas, who co-chaired the Schwarzenegger campaign and chairs the transition team] during which they indicated they'd like her to be part of the transition committee and she forwarded her resume.

    Mayor O'Neill speculated that the fact she's the former President of League of CA Cities may have had something to do with their contacting her. She indicated she'd met (now Gov-elect) Schwarzenegger last fall at a League of CA Cities meeting. "We talked about after school programs," the Mayor said.

    Mayor O'Neill said she's not sure of the exact parameters of the transition committee's work since she hasn't received guidance on this yet, but said it's "good that Long Beach will have a voice...I'd rather be at the table than be angry and wish I'd had a chance to say something about decisions. 'm pleased to be a part of setting the priorities."

    The inclusion of Mayor O'Neill on Gov-elect Schwarzenegger's transition committee was announced in a written release by the Governor-elect and first reported in the early afternoon by KPCC 89.3 FM. The report was corroborated for us by KPCC and independently confirmed by LBReport.com.

    Mayor O'Neill is a Democrat, as are a number of the committee members including SF Mayor Willie Brown, LA Mayor Jim Hahn and USC law professor Susan Estrich.

    Reacting to Mayor O'Neill's inclusion, LB Vice Mayor Frank Colonna, a Republican who welcomed the crowd at a Sept. 3 CSULB rally for then-candidate Schwarzenegger, told LBReport.com:

    "That's wonderful! It's great to know Long Beach is going to be at the table. When Mr. Schwarzenegger was a candidate, he said cities were very important to him and it's great to know that Long Beach will be part of the fabric of rebuilding our great state."

    Informed of the news while attending a community meeting, 5th district Councilwoman Jackie Kell told LBReport.com:

    "It was a very smart move by Gov-elect Schwarzenegger to appoint our Mayor, Beverly O'Neill, to his transition committee, because she'll bring to it of course her political wisdom and of course what the cities have to have in order to function, and of course the car tax is one of the things that goes to the cities. And if that is overturned or thrown out [Gov. Schwarzenegger has pledged to cut the car tax, raised by the Davis administration] then there's going to have to be another way to give money to the cities so that we can offer some basic services, especially public safety. So securing what the cities need from the state government and what the plans are for revenues from the state is vital of course to our city and all cities, and that's why I'm very glad that as our Mayor she has been appointed."

    In a written release accompanying the list, the Schwarzenegger post-election team said the "Transition Committee...will comprise 65 members who are leaders in their respective fields and are drawn from a broad range of professional, community, and academic backgrounds. The committee will be coordinated by the Staff Director to bring forward recommendations of individuals to serve in senior positions in the Schwarzenegger administration."

    A brief descriptive sketch included in the release states:

    Beverly O'Neill

    Mayor of Long Beach since 1994, she has lead an unprecedented revival of California's 5th largest city. A native of Long Beach, she had a 31-year long career at Long Beach City College beginning as a music instructor and women's advisor and advancing to Dean of Student Affairs. She is the recipient of many awards and honors from civic and academic organizations. Long Beach.

    LBReport.com posts the full list of the Schwarzenegger transition committee members and pertinent portions of the accompanying release below:

    [begin text]

    SCHWARZENEGGER ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF TRANSITION COMMITTEE
    Names Director of Independent Audit

    Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the members of his Transition Committee chaired by Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas).

    "In my campaign, I said that I would reach across the political aisle and bring the best and brightest people together to help us solve the problems facing California," Schwarzenegger said. "The Transition Committee I am announcing today is a distinguished group of men and women who share my commitment to restoring California to greatness."

    Schwarzenegger announced his Transition Committee at a press conference in Santa Monica with the chairman of the Committee, Congressman Dreier.

    The full list of Transition Committee members is attached.

    Congressman Dreier also announced the following:

    Transition Committee

    A Transition Committee that will comprise 65 members who are leaders in their respective fields and are drawn from a broad range of professional, community, and academic backgrounds. The committee will be coordinated by the Staff Director to bring forward recommendations of individuals to serve in senior positions in the Schwarzenegger administration.

    Director of Independent Audit

    The director of the independent audit, Donna Arduin is currently on leave as Director of the State of Florida's Office of Policy and Budget. As director, Arduin oversees the Florida Governor's budget and policy recommendations, with responsibility for overseeing Florida's $50 billion state budget. While many states have developed budget deficits, Florida's budget maintains $2.7 billion in reserves. Prior to this position, Arduin served as director of the New York State Division of the Budget in 1989, First Deputy Director of the New York State Division of the Budget from 1995 to 1997, and as Chief Deputy Director of the State of Michigan's Office of Management and Budget for the State of Michigan from 1992 to 1994.

    "Donna has served as a fiscal and budget expert for some of the largest states in the country," Schwarzenegger said. "Her experience, expertise and keen mind make her the right person for this critical job."

    Transition Committee Staff

    Congressman Dreier announced that Jim Richardson will serve as Staff Director of the Office of the Transition Committee. Currently chief of staff to Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte, Richardson has also served as Chief of Staff for Assembly Republican Leader Bill Leonard, and Chief Administrative Officer for the Assembly Rules Committee.

    Dreier also announced that Rob Stutzman will serve as Communications Director for the transition team. Stutzman currently serves as co-communications director for the Schwarzenegger for Governor campaign, and has also served as communications director for the California Department of Justice.

    Sacramento Transition Office

    Dreier announced that the Transition Office is located in Sacramento, which will serve as the base of operations as the governor-elect builds his staff...

    Individuals interested in applying for a position with the Schwarzenegger Administration should visit www.joinarnold.com for a link to the application and list of statutory positions appointed by the governor.

    Schwarzenegger Transition Team Memebers

    Chairman

    David Dreier

    As a member of Congress representing the eastern cities of Los Angeles County, Representative Dreier is the Chairman of the House Rules Committee and the Chairman of the California Republican delegation in the House of Representatives.

    Members

    Dean Andal

    Mr. Andal was Chairman of the State Board of Equalization between 1994 and 2002. He served in the state Assembly between 1990-04, where he was the chief budget negotiator for the Republicans. Prior to his tenure in the California Assembly, Mr. Andal ran Andal Communications, a marketing firm specializing in real estate and banking. Stockton.

    Eloise Anderson

    Ms. Anderson currently serves as the Director of the Program for the American Family at the Claremont Institute. She previously served as Director of the Department of social Services for the State of California. Prior to that, she directed social services for Governor Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin. Ms. Anderson is a nationally recognized champion of welfare reform. Sacramento.

    Annelise Anderson

    Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She was Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration and focused on domestic budget policy. Prior to her service in the federal government, she was Professor of Economics and Finance at California State University, Hayward. Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia University. She served on the Commission on Privatization in the Reagan Administration and Governor Pete Wilson's Council of Economic Advisors. Palo Alto.

    Bill Baker

    Mr. Baker served as a member of Congress from 1993-1997; he also served as a member of the California State Assembly between 1981 and 1993. Contra Costa.

    Eli Broad

    Mr. Broad is a well-known business leader and philanthropist. He is the chairman of AIG SunAmerica, founder and chairman of KB Home and founder of The Broad Foundation. He also serves on the board of trustees of CalTech and established the Broad Institute for School Boards, The Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. He is also responsible for founding the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for Biomedical Research in partnership with MIT and Harvard. Los Angeles.

    Willie Lewis Brown, Jr.

    Mayor Brown was has served two terms as Mayor of San Francisco, was the longest serving Speaker of the California State Assembly and has a long and distinguished career as a civil rights activist and attorney. He has also served as Trustee of the California State University, Regent of the University of California and Chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. San Francisco.

    Tammy Bruce

    This well-known writer and political commentator was the host of the KFI-AM talk program "The Tammy Bruce Show." She is currently a syndicated columnist and commentator for the Fox News Channel. She is a former president of the LA chapter of NOW and currently a member of the organization's national Board of Directors. A nationally known feminist, she received her B.A. from USC. Los Angeles.

    James Brulte

    Currently serving as the Senate Republican Leader, Senator Brulte has represented California's 31st district for 12 years; focusing his efforts on education, regulatory reform, crime reduction and improving the state's business climate. Prior to his service in the state legislature, he served on the staff of former U.S. Senator S.I. Hayakawa as well as in the Reagan/Bush Administration. Inland Empire.

    Carol Chandler

    Ms. Chandler is a partner at Chandler Farms. Located in Selma, they grow tree fruit, grapes, and almonds. She is a former secondary school teacher and community college instructor. Ms. Chandler is a member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. And previously served on the UC Board of Regents. Central Valley.

    Mike Carona

    Sheriff Carona has lead the 5th largest sheriff's force in the nation since 1998. He is a member of the White House Commission on Homeland Security as well as The Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and Public Health and Hospitals Advisory committee. He is also author of Save My Son, a story of a mother and a Sheriff who unite to reclaim the lives of addicted offenders. He began his career in law enforcement in 1977. Orange County.

    Rick J. Caruso

    Mr. Caruso was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission in 2001 and serves as its President. Previously, he served on the Board of Water and Power Commission and was the youngest member ever appointed to that board. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso Affiliated Holdings, a national diversified real estate company known for its community-sensitive approach to development. Winner of numbers awards and honors, he has been the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice. A native of Los Angeles, he received he B.S. with honors from USC and J.D. from Pepperdine University where he was a Brock Scholar. Los Angeles.

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    A well-respected human rights activist, Rabbi Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and oversees the Wiesenthal Center's international social action agenda including worldwide anti-Semitism, Nazi war crimes and restitution, terrorism and tolerance education. He is also widely recognized as a pioneer and authority on digital hate and the Internet and has testified before the UN, US Senate, Japanese Diet, Parliament and Israel's Knesset. Author of children's books and editor-in-chief of Response Magazine, he received his BA and MS from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. from Jewish University of America. Los Angeles.

    Jon Coupal

    Mr. Coupal is a recognized expert in California tax policy. He is an attorney and President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Sacramento.

    Dave Cox

    Assemblyman Cox represents the 5th Assembly District (Sacramento area.) and is the current Republican leader of the Assembly. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Cox served for six years on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. He also served on the Commission on State Mandates. Sacramento.

    David Crane

    Mr. Crane is a partner at Babcock & Brown, LLP, and a law firm specializing in international financial services and asset-based financings and acquisitions. Mr. Crane received his undergraduate degree from the university of Michigan and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member and editor of the Law Review. He serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Day School and an Advisory Trustee of Environmental Defense. San Francisco.

    Viet Dinh

    Currently, a professor of law and Deputy Director of Asian Law and Policy Studies at Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Dinh has had a distinguished career in the field of legal policy. Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Justice Department. Mr. Dinh was a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He also served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee. He is a member of the District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court bars. Washington, D.C.

    Charles P. Diamond

    He currently serves as head of O'Melveny & Myers' Litigation Practice Group, which he began in 1983. The group has grown to a full-scale nationwide IP/entertainment/commercial litigation practice for a broad spectrum of businesses inside and outside the entertainment industry. Trained as a trial attorney, he has served as a member of the Central District's Indigent Defense Panel, taking at least one case all the way to the US Supreme Court. He is an author and frequent guest on television commenting on intellectual property litigation. Mr. Diamond received his B.A. from UCLA and J.D. cum laude from New York University. He also serves as Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Children's Institute International and the Willows Community School in Culver City. Los Angeles.

    Susan Estrich

    Ms. Estrich is a law professor at USC and a frequent commentator on television news programs. She was a senior policy advisor to Walter Mondale's presidential campaign in 1984 and managed Governor Dukakis' presidential bid in 1988. She was the first woman elected editor of the Harvard Law Review. Los Angeles.

    Carleton S. (Carly) Fiorina

    Since joining Hewlett-Packard Corporation as Chairman and jChief Executive Officer, Ms. Fiorina has lead HP's reinvention as a company that makes the Internet work foe businesses and consumers. Prior to joining HP, she spent nearly 20 years at AT&T Lucent Technologies. She was named as an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and serves on the board of Cisco Systems. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a MS from MIT's Sloan School. Silicon Valley.

    Matt Fong

    An attorney and business leader, Mr. Fong is president of Strategic Advisory Group and serves on various corporate boards and advisory groups. Mr. Fong was the State Treasurer from 1995-1999. From 1991 and 1995 he served on the State Board of Equalization. In 1998 he was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate. He graduated the USAF Academy and continues to serve as a Lt. Col. In the USAF Reserves. His MBA is from Pepperdine University; J.D. from Southwestern University. Los Angeles.

    Bonnie Garcia

    As member of the California State Assembly, she represents the 80th District. She has worked in both the private and public sectors and served on numerous community boards. Her focus is on increasing access to education, healthcare and small business opportunities. San Diego.

    Bob Grady

    Mr. Grady heads the Carlyle Group's venture capital funds. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Grady was an executive director of the Office of Management and Budget and a Deputy Assistant to President George Bush. Mr. Grady also serves on the faculty at the Stanford School of Business. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford University. San Francisco.

    Jim Hahn

    A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Mayor Hahn was elected Mayor of the City of Los Angeles in June of 2001. Prior to his election as mayor, he served Los Angeles as City Attorney and as City Controller. A Prosecutor for 20 years, Mayor Hahn is strongly committed to making Los Angeles the safest big city in America, improving the quality of life for residents in all Los Angeles neighborhoods and increasing access to after school programs. Los Angeles.

    Peter Hannaford

    A senior consultant with APCO Worldwide, a public affairs/strategic marketing firm, Mr. Hannaford has had extensive experience in the public sector. He assisted in the Ronald Reagan Governor's Office and later in the White House. He is an author of numerous books on political topics and is considered an expert in communications. Washington,D.C.

    John M. Hein

    As Associate Executive Director of the California Teachers Association, Mr. Hein oversees the political and legislative activities of the state's largest teachers union. He also serves on the board of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance and the Center for Collaborative Policy. Previously, he was with the National Education Association and served on the staff of U.S.Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Sacramento.

    Warren Hellman

    As the co-founder and Chairman, Hellman & Friedman, Mr. Hellman also serves as a Director of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., D.N.& E. Walter & Co., Levi Strauss & Co., and WPP Group PLC. Previously, Mr. Hellman was a General Partner of Hellman, Ferris Investment Associates; Matrix Management Company; and Lehman Brothers. At Lehman Brothers, he served as President as well as head of the Investment Banking Division, and Chairman of Lehman Corporation (a closed-end investment company). Mr. Hellman graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the Harvard Business School. Mr. Hellman is also a Trustee of The San Francisco Foundation and a member of the UC Berkley Walter A. Haas School of Business Advisory Board. San Francisco.

    Bob Hertzberg

    Mr. Hertzberg is a partner in the law firm of Mayer, Brown. He was Speaker of the Assembly from 1999 to 2002 and represented the Van Nuys area in the Assembly from 1996 to 2002. Prior to his service in the Legislature, he practiced real estate and commercial law, and was active in local politics. Los Angeles

    Bonnie Hill

    Ms. Hill is president of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC a consulting firm specializing in corporate governance, board organization, and public policy issues. She is also the chief operating officer of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company based in Los Angeles. Prior to 2001, Bonnie was president and chief executive officer of The Times Mirror Foundation and senior vice president, communications and public affairs for the Los Angeles Times. She serves on several Fortune 500 boards of directors, is an advisor or board member of several leading civic and educational institutions. Ms. Hill was the White House Director of Consumer Affairs in the Bush Administration (41) and as the state California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. Los Angeles.

    Bill Jones

    Mr. Jones, the former Secretary of State, was first elected to the California Legislature in 1982. Bill's numerous civic activities include service on the Board of Directors of the Fresno County and City Chamber of Commerce, the CSU Fresno Trust Council, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum Steering Committee and former Chairman of the Fresno County Republican Central Committee. Mr. Jones ran for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2002. Fresno.

    Frank M. Jordan

    Currently, he serves as Chief Program Office for the Bay Area at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He also served as Mayor of San Francisco and had a distinguished career as that City's Chief of Police. He is known for creating workable solutions to complex problems. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and received his teaching credential from University of California. San Francisco.

    George Keiffer

    An author and attorney, Mr. Keiffer is a partner a Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips. He heads the firm's government division and much of his work focuses on the impact of public policy on businesses. Mr. Keiffer is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the commission to reform Los Angeles' city charter for Mayor Richard Riordan. Los Angeles

    Jessie Knight

    Mr. Knight is the President and CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his position at the Chamber, Mr. Knight served on the California Public Utilities Commission between 1993 and 1998. and has an extensive knowledge of energy policy. Prior to the PUC, Mr. Knight was the Executive Vice President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and director of marketing for The San Francisco Examiner and Dole Foods, Castle and Cooke, Inc. San Diego.

    John W. Koeberer

    Mr. Koeberer is Chairman, CEO & President of The California Parks Company and partner of the Shasta Recreation Company - these companies are involved in managing recreational enterprises for public agencies in Northern California. He is very active in organizations and associations promoting California tourism, has been the recipient of numerous awards for his service and was inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame in 1998. He is also Founder and Chairman of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Foundation. Redding.

    Robin Kramer

    Ms. Kramer served as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan between 1995 and 1998. Kramer entered Riordan's office in 1993 as Deputy Press Secretary, and by 1995 was the first female Chief of Staff to a Mayor in Los Angeles. Prior to her service in the office of the mayor, Ms. Kramer served as the Executive Director of CORO Southern California, a well-respected public affairs leadership training organization. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the California Community Foundation. Los Angeles.

    Sean Liou

    President of Always Best Tours and Travel. Previously he served as President and COO of Keylinus, Inc., a global solutions provider of enterprise storage networking systems software and services, and CEO of Hi-Tech USA, a leading high-volume PC systems integrator and provider of Linux solutions, integrated software and services from 1989-2000. He is a member of President Bush's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He holds a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Fremont.

    Abel Maldonado

    Representing the 33rd District, Assemblyman Maldonado has also served as Mayor of Santa Maria. He is president of his family-run business, Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises, a farming concern employing 250 people who produce and process broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and strawberries on 110 acres in the Santa Maria Valley.

    Jilllian W. Manus

    Ms. Manus is president of Manus & Associates Literary Agency, a firm representing a varied list of independent authors in both San Francisco and New York. Her agency's particular emphasis is on books that empower women physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Previously, she has held senior positions as a television agent with International Creative Management in New York, Director of Development at both Warner Brothers and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Vice President of Media Acquisitions at Trender AG, a subsidiary of Credit Suisse in Zurich and Associate Publisher at two national magazines. She is a frequent lecturer and author on writing and the media industry. Palo Alto.

    Jeannine Martineau

    Ms. Martineau is President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and school board member in the Lake Ellsinore Unified School District in Riverside County. Ms. Martineau has been associated with CSBA for 12 years. A former teacher and author, she also served as president of the Riverside County School Boards Association. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a California secondary teaching credential. Inland Empire.

    Kevin McCarthy

    Assemblyman McCarthy represents the 32nd District and was recently elected leader of the Assembly Republican Caucus. As district director for Congressman Bill Thomas, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin has had extensive experience in working with the issues and people of Kern County. His family has lived in the County for four generations and is involved in the cattle industry. Central Valley.

    Tom McEnery

    Mr. McEnery was the Mayor of America's 11th largest city, San Jose, from 1983 to 1990. He is currently a board member and partner of the NHL San Jose Sharks and Silicon Sports & Entertainment as well as serving as Chairman of Cinequest, San Jose Film Festival. An author of several books, he is a graduate of Santa Clara University he has received numerous civic honors and awards. San Jose.

    Rebecca Morgan

    Ms. Morgan is past president and chief executive officer of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a non-profit organization of business, government and education leaders working to improve the economic competitiveness and quality of life in Silicon Valley. She was a California State Senator from 1984 to 1993, representing the S.F.South Bay area. Ms. Morgan is a past president and trustee of the Palo Alto Board of Education and a former trustee of Stanford University. Silicon Valley.

    Thomas A. Nassif

    Appointed President and CEO of the Western Growers Association in 2002, his diverse leadership experience, background as a labor attorney for the agricultural industry and foreign service experience made him natural choice to aggressively address key issues facing the industry. He served in the Reagan administration in the Office of Protocol, Department of State and ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco. A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and decorated by the late King Hassan II of Moroccos, he serves as Chairman and CEO of the American Task Force for Lebanon. He received his B.A. from California State University - Los Angeles and his J.D. from California Western University, School of Law in San Diego. Orange County.

    James Nielsen

    Senator Nielsen had a distinguished career as a representative of the San Joaquin Valley. He was a founding partner and president of Alternative Power, Inc. which used rice straw for co-generating fuel. He also owns and operates a small cattle operation on his family farm in Sanger. His public service was marked by his commitment to public safety and law enforcement issues, serving as Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms and the Youthful Offender Parole Board. Central Valley.

    Carlos Olamendi

    Mr. Carlos Olamendi of Laguna Niguel, California was recently appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts, a national advisory board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Olamendi is originally from Mexico and his business development firm provides opportunities to companies in Mexico. He is also the owner of Olamendi's and Olamendi's Express; a successful line of restaurants selling food based on his mother's classic recipes. As a highly active member in his local community, Mr. Olamendi sits on the Latin American Trade Forum, and the Mission Hospital. He is also a member of the Hispanic 100 Club and the National Council of Mexican American Professionals and Business Leaders. Orange County.

    Beverly O'Neill

    Mayor of Long Beach since 1994, she has lead an unprecedented revival of California's 5th largest city. A native of Long Beach, she had a 31-year long career at Long Beach City College beginning as a music instructor and women's advisor and advancing to Dean of Student Affairs. She is the recipient of many awards and honors from civic and academic organizations. Long Beach.

    Gerald L. Parsky

    Mr. Parsky is Chairman of Aurora Capital Group in Los Angeles. An attorney, he previously held positions in the Treasury Department dealing with complex issues including trade policy, international monetary policy and worked extensively with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He is a trustee of Princeton University, where he received his undergraduate degree and also serves on the boards of The American Institute, The Music Center Foundation and the American Council for Capital Formation. Los Angeles.

    Bill Pauli

    Mr. Pauli is the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. He joined the Mendocino County Farm Bureau in 1970 and subsequently served five years as its president. He served three years on the state federation board, eight years as second vice President and another eight as first vice president prior to becoming president of the 73,000-member organization. Central Valley.

    Sally Pipes

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Research Institute, Ms. Pipes is an internationally recognized public policy leader, and regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care, education, civil rights, and the economy. Her frequent opinion and editorial pieces have appeared in all major newspapers and she is a regular columnist for the Investor's Business Daily's "Brain Trust." Ms. Pipes is a board member of the Independent Women's Forum, and serves on the National Advisory Board of Capital Research Center and the Board of Advisors of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. San Francisco.

    Cassandra W. Pye

    Vice President Public Affairs and Political Director, California Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Pye joined the California Chamber staff in 1991 and has held positions of increasing responsibility ever since. Her duties include serving as director of the Jobs Political Action Committee and the Coalition for California Jobs. Prior to joining the Chamber, she held various public affairs positions for retail and food marketing associations. She is a member of the Board of the Seneca Network, member of the Greater Sacramento Urban League Guild and Jack and Jill of America. She received a B.A. in political theory from George Washington University. Cassandra lives with her husband, Kelvin, and four sons in Sacramento. Sacramento.

    Safi Qureshey

    Mr. Qureshey is founder and chairman emeritus of AST Computers. Mr. Qureshey is the patron in chief of Forbes International Pvt. Limited and a seasoned businessman, having diversified business experiences in computer hardware, software, internet service provider and credit cards. Orange County.

    Michael A. Ramos

    Currently serving San Bernardino County as District Attorney, Mr. Ramos has served the public as a member of the Redlands Board of Education, group counselor and probation officer for the San Bernardino County Probation Department and Deputy District Attorney. He is active with the Boys and Girls Club, youth baseball and soccer as well as local victim's rights groups. Inland Empire.

    Bonnie Reiss

    Ms. Reiss has been President of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Inner-City Games Foundation and Founding Director of Arnold's All-Stars, a California non-profit organization providing top-quality after-school programs to middle schools. Ms. Reiss' varied experience includes careers as a lawyer, accountant, producer and writer. Ms. Reiss has been active in public affairs and founded the Earth Communications Office (ECO) in 1988, where she led the effort to increase the entertainment industry's awareness of environmental issues. Los Angeles.

    William Reilly

    Mr.Reilly has served as CEO of Aqua International Partners and as Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Bush Administration from 1989-93. Mr. Reilly is an educator, lawyer, and recognized authority in environmental policy and regulation, San Francisco.

    Ivan Reitman

    Mr. Reitman is a distinguished member of the film industry and has produced and directed an extensive list of some of cinema's most successful films. From "Animal House" to "Dave" and "6Days/7Nights," his work fills the spectrum from raucous to sophisticated. A native of Czechoslovakia, he is the recipient of numerous industry honors and awards for excellence. Los Angeles.

    Richard Riordan

    Mayor Riordan served as mayor of Los Angeles from 1993-2001. Prior to his service, Riordan was a partner at the law firms of Riordan & McKenzie and O'Melveny & Myers. Known for his philanthropy and focus on education and learning, he spent much of his tenure as Mayor creating jobs and building a sound, diverse economic base. Los Angeles.

    Piedad Robertson

    Dr. Robertson is the President of Santa Monica City College. She served as Secretary of Education in Massachusetts for Governor William Weld and is the former President of Bunker Hill Community College. Los Angeles

    Mario Rodriquez

    He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jonathan Grey & Associates; the firm is one of the leading Hispanic owned promotional advertising specialty companies in the United States. He is also deeply involved in civic affairs and serves as chairman of the Latino Coalition Foundation and vice chairman of the California Republican party. He is also president of the Hispanic Business Roundtable of California and co-founder of Hispanic 100 of Orange County. Orange County.

    Elizabeth ("Beth") Rogers

    A farmer and independent businesswoman, Ms. Rogers is managing general partner of Pacific Earth Resources, a farming, real estate and horticulture business. Prior to her involvement in the farming industry, she was president of Davis Cablevision in Oxnard. She is active in community and philanthropic organizations and a founding member of The Seneca Network. Santa Barbara.

    Jeff Sedivec

    Jeff Sedivec is a retired Firefighter Paramedic with 20 years experience from the Santa Ana Fire Department where he served as an active USAR Team Member. Currently, he serves as the president of the California State Firefighters Association, the largest and oldest fire service organization in the State of California. San Marcos.

    George Shultz

    Secretary Shultz is holds The Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. secretary of state and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a member of the board of directors of Bechtel Group, Fremont Group, Gilead Sciences, Unext.com, and Charles Schwab & Co. He is also chairman of the International Council of J. P. Morgan Chase and on the advisory committee of Infrastructure World. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on January 19, 1989. He also received the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the EisenhoweMedal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002). Palo Alto

    William F. Simon

    Mr. Simon is a successful businessman, philanthropist, federal prosecutor, social commentator, husband and father. He was the 2002 Republican nominee for Governor of California and served in Washington D.C. as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. His extensive career includes work in the securities and real estate industries. Los Angeles.

    Donna Tuttle

    Ms. Tuttle is President and Co-Founder of Korn Tuttle Capital Group, Inc., a diversified holding company based in Los Angeles. Prior to forming Korn Tuttle, Donna was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayer Tuttle, the western division of NW Ayer, an international advertising agency. She served as deputy secretary and undersecretary for travel and tourism at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Presidents Reagan and Bush. She is a former teacher. Los Angeles.

    Al Vasquez

    He is the producer of Abriendo Puertas en la Comunidad (Opening Doors in the Community). Mr. Vasques is also the founder of the International Hispanic Film Festival held annually in Palm Springs. He has also worked in Washington, D.C. for the Department of Commerce and established the first self-help housing program in the Coachella Valley. For over 30 years, he has provided guidance and advice to the Hispanic community. Coachella Valley.

    E. Myrtle Williams

    Ms.Williams, is the Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs Association. She is a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. During her tenure on the Department, she has served in a variety of assignments within Custody and Court Services Divisions. Ms. Williams has also served for the past eight years as an elected member of the ALADS Board of Directors, which represents approximately 8,000 deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators.

    Ms. Williams is also actively involved in the Black Peace Officers Association (BPOA) and the Women's Peace Officer Association (WPOA). She also serves as a board member for the Peace Officers' Relief Fund (PORF), which provides resources for peace officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

    Pete Wilson

    As the 36th Governor of the Sate of California, his two terms in that office his leadership provided a path to recovery from the worst state economy to date, to amassing a surplus of $12 billion when he left office. Prior to that, he was a United States Senator, Mayor of San Diego and California State Assemblyman. In addition to his federal appointments, he is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution , member of the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson Center and serves on the boards of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation. He received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall. Los Angeles.

    Dr. Sophie C. Wong

    She is a well-respected leader in the Asian Community and has extensive reach into the education and small business communities surrounding the Monterey Park area of Southern California. She has served on the U.S. Small Business Administration Advisory Council, Board of Medical Quality Review for the State of California and co-founded the Chinese Elected Officials as well as the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association. Los Angeles.

    Charlene Zettel

    Ms. Zettel currently serves as Public Interest Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. A two-term member of the California State Assembly, she was the first Republican Latina elected to the state legislature. She was appointed Republican Caucus Chair; her accomplishments include passage of "Oliver's Law" providing parents with critical information about licensed child daycare providers, laws to prosecute elder abuse and the "Six-to-Six" childcare program fro the City of San Diego. Prior to state service, she was elected twice to the Poway Unified School District Board of Education. She lives in Poway with her husband, David, and two sons. She received her B.S. from USC. San Diego.


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