Pres. Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Coming To LBCC Aug. 6
LB Mayor Garcia backs Sen. Kamala Harris now; Amnesia File: At LBCC rally two years ago, he introduced/lauded then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, then seeking to derail Sen. Sanders bid for Dem Party nomination; see VIDEO
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(August 3, 2019, 7:45 p.m.) -- Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to Long Beach City College's ELB campus (4901 E. Carson St.) on Tuesday August 6. An announcement on the Sanders campaign's Facebook page indicates the event will take place in the LBCC's liberal arts campus E-Quad with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the event scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Source: Sanders campaign Facebook page
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In March 2019, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and in late May the Harris campaign named Garcia its "California co-chair."
The Sanders rally at LBCC comes just over three years after Mayor Garcia was the penultimate speaker (preceded by multiple LB and CA Dem elected officials) to introduce as America's next President then-Sen. Hillary Clinton at an LBCC rally on the eve of the CA primary. At the time, Senator Clinton wasn't yet the Dem Party nominee and was seeking to swat-down a grassroots-driven bid by Senator Sanders for the Party's nomination at its upcoming convention. Mayor Garcia was a voting delegate to Dem Party convention and cast his vote to nominate Clinton over Sanders,
LBREPORT.com provides "Amnesia File" coverage -- with VIDEO -- of the June 2016 LBCC rally for then-Senator Clinton below.
In 2005, Robert Garcia was a City Hall aide to a Long Beach Republican Councilman and launched an effort to revitalize LB's Young Republican Party. When the LB Councilman wasn't elected Mayor in 2006, Garcia changed his party affiliation, moved into a Council district where the Council incumbent (a Dem) was expected to (and did) win Sacramento office and Garcia sought and won the vacated Council seat in 2009. Since then, Garcia has been a Dem party loyalist and staunch supporter of CA Governor Gavin Newsom. Garcia was among the earliest endorsers of then-state Senator Ricardo Lara for state Insurance Commissioner. .
It's currently unclear who among LB Dem electeds (visible at the LBCC rally for Senator Clinton) will be similarly visible at the rally for Senator Sanders.
[LBREPORT.com archival coverage, June 6, 2016]: As seen LIVE and now available on-demand on LBREPORT.com, Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Long Beach City College.
Her speech came at nearly the same time as Associated Press that by its delegate count, Mrs. Clinton had numerically clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination...explaining Mrs. Clinton's somewhat cryptic statement as the opened her remarks at LBCC by saying: "According to the news, we are the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment" and quickly adding "but we still have work to do...We have six elections tomorrow and we're gonna fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California."
Her opponent in the race for the Dem party nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, accused media outlets of a "rush to judgment" in declaring Clinton the numerical presumptive nominee...and reiterated his position that the Dem party's presidential nomination would come after a contested convention.
The Clinton campaign positioned a number of young people -- a demographic group comprising a large percentage of Sen. Sanders' support -- on the dais in a position where they'd be conspicuous in photos/videos as Mrs. Clinton spoke. In his introductory remarks, Mayor Garcia also explicitly noted the number of young people at the rally supporting Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Clinton spoke for just under twenty minutes and was interrupted frequently by applause and cheers...especially when she ridiculed and criticized presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Warm-up speakers for Mrs. Clinton's appearance included LBCC Superintendent/President Eloy Oakley..., CA Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric Bauman, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, state Senator Ricardo Lara (D, LB-Huntington Park), state Senator/President Pro Tem Kevin deLeon (D, Los Angeles).
Among those visible on the dais [not a complete list] were former Mayor Beverly O'Neill, former Assemblywoman/former Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal, incumbent (soon to exit) Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and LBCC Trustee Sunny Zia among local LB Dems. [From our vantage point completely across the room on the media riser at the back of the room, it appeared as if they were seated at or near Mrs. Clinton's feet as she spoke, although we believe they were actually seated behind her and a bit below her.]
A reliable third party (Jerry Caligiuri) says that he spotted the following LB figures at the event: Councilwoman Suzie Price, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Dianne McNinch and Joan Greenwood.
Several of the Dem warm-up speakers played the "gender" card. Mr. Bauman saying he could hear the sound of the "glass ceiling" breaking with Mrs. Clinton's nomination and election. Multiple speakers sounded the theme that Mrs. Clinton would make history as a major party's first female Presidential candidate...and if elected, the nation's first female president.
Senators Lara, deLeon and Mayor Garcia blasted Mr. Trump for what they variously described as divisive statements on his part.
Mrs. Clinton was introduced by LB Mayor Robert Garcia...who referred to Mr. Trump as a bully...and said that as an immigrant from Peru and a naturalized U.S. citizen, he [Garcia] was every bit as much an American as Mr. Trump was.
Some speakers alluded to uniting Dems to focus on presumptive Republican Party nominee Trump...but outside the gymnasium before the event, a small group of supporters of Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders were visible. At least some may have gotten into the gymnasium. Someone hollered "Go Bernie" during her remarks [drawing no response from Mrs. Clinton] and a few minutes later [but inaudible from our distance] someone may have heckled or jeered Mrs. Clinton; whatever the person said or did caused Mrs. Clinton say "just ignore that" and proceed with her remarks.] .
Senator Sanders is scheduled to speak at a rally tonight (June 6, 2016) in San Francisco, after appearing at L.A. area venues yesterday (June 5, 2016) that included the Santa Monica pier and a West Hollywood eatery. The Sanders campaign has voiced the view that if it beats Mrs. Clinton tomorrow in the CA primary, especially if he does so by a large percentage, it could lead some "super delegates" (Dem elected officials and Dem party leadership) to support him and not Clinton in a contested national convention. .
The Sanders campaign contends that if one looks at delegates won based on voters' choices at the polls, not party establishment figures and elected officials comprising the "super delegates", he and Mrs. Clinton are still in a relatively tight race.
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