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    Police + Firefighter Unions Spend $100k Combined, And Some Elected Officials & Corporate Entities Add Nearly $90k More, To Campaign For Public Safety Prop H

    (April 30, 2007) -- LB's police and firefighter unions spent $100,000 combined ($50,000 each) by the first week in April -- and by April 19 several elected officials (personally or by using money given to their campaign committees) and corporate entities and individuals had added nearly $90,000 more -- to fund TV ads and mailers urging LB voters to approve Prop H in LB's May 1 special election.

    City Auditor Laura Doud's office, which supported putting Prop H on the ballot, estimates it would generate about $3.6 million annually by raising fees paid by firms pumping oil from LB, adjusting rates to levels similar to other cities.

    Prop H specifies that the resulting revenue "may only be used for police officers and firefighters, and related costs including, but not limited to, equipment facilties and training, all intended to ensure responses to public safety needs, natural and man-made disasters and possible acts of terrorism."

    Campaign disclosure forms indicate that LB Mayor Bob Foster spent $5,000 of his own money in support of the measure. Councilman Gary DeLong and City Auditor Laura Doud each wrote personal checks for $1,000.

    State Senators Alan Lowenthal, Jenny Oropeza and Assemblywoman Betty Karnette used money given by contributors to their state legislative races ($5,000, $4,000 and $1,000 respectively).

    Below are some monetary contributions (April 4-19) we found noteworthy to "Put Public Safety First, Yes On Prop H, Major Funding By The Long Beach Police Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee, and the Long Beach Firefighters PAC Committee" [not a complete list]

    Bob Foster$5,000
    Laura Doud$1,000
    Gary DeLong$1,000
    "Alan Lowenthal for State Senate" [political committee]$5,000
    "Jenny Oropeza for State Senate" [political committee]$4,000
    "Friends of Betty Karnette" [political committee]$1,000
    Edison Int'l & Affiliated Entities Via So Ca Edison$15,000
    Lyon Capital Ventures (Newport Beach)$15,000
    R. Hall Investments Properties (Tustin, CA)$10,000
    AES Alamitos, LLC$6,000
    NRG West Coast LLC (Princeton, NJ)$5,000
    Doug Carpenter, President Paragon Steel$3,000
    Gill Barnett, Exec VP Production Parking Concepts, Inc.$2,000
    Desert Commercial II LLC (Phoeniz, AZ)$1,000
    Portside Partners, LLC (Phoeniz, AZ)$1,000
    Queensbay Hotel, LLC (Phoeniz, AZ)$1,000
    James Callahan, President/CEO Metropolitan Stevedore Co.$1,000
    Jane Netherton (ICB Bank)$100

    Prop H requires a 2/3 vote to pass. If it falls short, it would be more painful for the Mayor and Council to deliver on Mayor Foster's Jan. 2007 State of the City call "to find the money to fund an additional 100 police office in the FY 2008 budget."

    Becki Ames, Mayor Foster's Chief of Staff -- who on her off-time has worked on the campaign for Props A-G (now effectively Yes on Prop A) -- says the main focus now is on Prop H. The reason is simple: there's much at stake with Prop H and it requires a 2/3 vote for passage.

    Ms. Ames said Mayor Foster had raised the lion's share of the Prop H money bolstering the $100,000 contributed by the LB Police Officers Ass'n and LB Firefighters Ass'n.

    How did he do that, we asked? By picking up the phone, she replied.

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