(September 2, 2005) -- A steady stream of cars stopped by the LB Water Treatment Plant this afternoon (Sept. 2) with checks and cash for American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts...and received personal thank-yous from LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal (and perhaps others after we left), LBPD and LBFD officials and city employees.
Like an assembly line, drivers entered...
...and quickly found themselves face to face with Mayor O'Neill and Police Chief Anthony Batts among others who offered thank-yous.
Councilwoman Lowenthal greets residents alongside an LBPD officer. Also present was former LB Councilman and area attorney Evan Anderson Braude.
Councilwoman Lowenthal told us that her legislative aide, Erick Martinez, is taking Red Cross training and plans to travel to the ravaged Gulf Coast area to aid in recovery efforts. (Councilwoman Lowenthal also indicated that a staffer in another Council office is receiving similar training and has similar plans; more on this separately as we learn it.)
A representative of LB Fire Station 17 stopped by with a generous donation and received a big hug from Her Honor.
LB Firefighters were present with a large contingent of volunteers.
American Red Cross personnel told us they hoped to collect about $50,000 from this one location alone from 2-6 p.m....and ABC7's on-scene reporter said on air that as of 4 p.m., the location had already exceeded that sum.
There was also a walk-up location where funds were gratefully accepted.
American Red Cross personnel told us they'd collected a stunning $155,000 on Sept. 1 at the ELB Stater Brothers market (Spring @ Palo Verde) and expected a similar sum from its Sept. 2 presence at the site.
Combined with what was collected at Knotts (about $50,000, we were told), American Red Cross personnel estimated LB and vicinity would likely chip in roughly $400,000 in the past few days for relief efforts in the beleagured Gulf Coast.
The American Red Cross continues to accept financial donations. Make checks payable to the American Red Cross and in the memo line write "Katrina Disaster Relief." The donations are tax-deductible.