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ELB Council Candidates On Parks During Televised Forum:

  • Councilwoman Kell: "We May Be Looking At a Charter Amendment [on parks]...The Voters Would Want Us...To Say That We Would Not Put Any Non-Recreational Usage" In Parks
  • Challenger Donaldson: "I Will Introduce A Charter Amendment To Protect Our Parks."

    (February 25, 2002) -- During a live, televised broadcast tonight, ELB 5th district Councilwoman Jackie Kell and challenger John Donaldson indicated differing degrees of support for some type of Charter Amendment to protect LB parkland.

    While stopping short of commiting to a park protective Charter Amendment, Councilwoman Kell leaned in that direction during a Council candidate forum tonight on "Inside Long Beach" (Charter Communications cable channel 3). Councilwoman Kell said:

    "We may be looking at a Charter Amendment when it comes to parks in perpetuity, and I do believe that we will possibly be doing that parks in perpetuity Charter change in that the voters would want us, I believe, to say that we would not put any non-recreational usage in any of the parks in the city."

    Earlier in the broadcast, 5th district Council challenger John Donaldson said without hesitation that if elected he would introduce a Charter Amendment "to protect our parks, and our parks really need protecting from our city [City Hall]." He further supported Charter Amendments that would empower neighborhood Councils, make planning and zoning decisions and control flight levels at LB Airport that could only be overturned or changed by the voters.

    Comments by candidate Ananya Mullane did not deal directly with a park charter amendment. will separately report on the 5th district candidates' other statements during the telecast, as well as those by candidates for NLB's 9th district Council seat and City Prosecutor.

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