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    LB Chamber Board Endorses All Mayor/Council Proposed Ballot Measures, Backs Ahmed Saafir For Sixth District City Council

    (Feb. 22, 2007) -- The LB Area Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors has endorsed all seven bundled Charter Amendments (Props A-G) offered to LB voters by the City Council in a special May 1, 2007 election, plus Prop H to increase the sum collected by City Hall from entities extracting oil in Long Beach (with revenue to be used, City Hall says, for police/fire).

    And in the key 6th district Council race to replace now-Assemblywoman Laura Richardson, the Chamber Board endorsed Ahmed Carl Saafir, president of LB's Civil Service Commission. Like all LB Councilmembers regardless of their district, the new 6th district (Central City) Councilmember will have a vote on development and policy issues affecting neighborhoods and taxpayers citywide...from NLB to Belmont Shore.

    A Chamber release called Mr. Saafir "the candidate best equipped to promote the enterprise of business through his advocacy for quality jobs for Long Beach and the 6th District." Chamber PAC Chair Dave Neary said in a release, "Ahmed Saafir is just the type of consensus-building leader we need on the City Council right now. The Chamber PAC is pleased to join with a wide-range of community leaders, including former-Mayor Beverly O’Neal, in supporting Mr. Saafir’s bid for the Council."

    Reached for comment by, 6th district Council candidate Al Austin had none...but candidate Lillian Parker did. She said that Mr. Saafir isn't from the 6th district -- while she was is -- and she expected that "most of his endorsements will be from businesses and those outside the community."

    [Mr. Saafir's campaign bio indicates he was born in San Diego amd settled in Long Beach after Naval service in the late 1960s. His campaign website says, "Ahmed Carl Saafir has been your neighbor for over 40 years. He knows the community and has invested time, talent, his money, and his future in the Sixth District of Long Beach. He has rooted his family and raised his children in the Sixth District..."]

    LB Chamber endorsements aren't made by Chamber's rank and file membership. They're made by the Chamber's Board of Directors (full 2006-07 membership listed below) and (this year as in most elections) followed the recommendations of the Chamber's Government Affairs Council (full 2006-07 membership also listed below).

    Chamber Board of Directors chair Byron Schweigert called the Council-proposed Charter Amendments "reforms [that] are really just what the doctor ordered. These seven measures will empower the City Council to really get things done for the citizens of Long Beach."

    Chamber President/CEO Randy Gordon said, "What this really says about the Chamber is that we are serious about improving the quality of life for all citizens of Long Beach. At the same time, our support for a measure like the Oil Production Act solidifies our role as a job-creating organization, as the revenue from this fee will put more police on the streets." He added, "We now look forward to working with Mayor Foster and other city-leaders in getting these important measures passed by the people."

    We list below the members of the LB Chamber's Board of Directors and Government Affairs Council for 2006-07, as listed on the Chamber's website. Caveat: The Chamber's endorsement releases don't indicate which (if any) members of these bodies may have been absent or dissented on the endorsement votes.

    LB Area Chamber 2006-07 Board of Directors

    Howard Abrams
    Marketing Director/Fleet, Ford West
    Bellflower, CA

    Audrianne Adams-Lee
    President, HR NETwork, Inc.
    Garden Grove, CA 92845

    Dan Alf
    Manager, Public Affairs, DENSO Sales California, Inc
    Long Beach, CA 90810

    Efren Baca
    Cerritos, CA 90703

    Fred Board
    Publisher, Gazette Newspapers Inc.
    Long Beach CA 90803

    Lou Anne Bynum
    Assistant Superintendent
    Long Beach City College, Economic & Resource Development
    Lakewood, CA 90712

    Doug Carpenter
    President, Paragon Steel
    Long Beach, CA 90810

    Curt Castagna
    President/CEO, Aerolease/Aeroplex Group
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Diana Cesenas
    President, Construction Consultant Services
    Long Beach, CA 90803

    Scott K. Choppin
    Managing Partner, Urban Pacific Builders, LLC
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Blake Christian
    Partner, Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Ted R. Cote
    President, The Marketing Arm, LLC
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    John Crochet
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Joanne Davis
    President, Davis Group
    Long Beach, CA 90803

    Sandy Devich
    Financial Consultant, Smith Barney
    Long Beach, CA 90803

    DeVoss, Mark
    Director, Supplier & Materials Management
    Integrated Defense Systems of Boeing
    Long Beach CA 90807

    LaDonna DiCamillo
    BNSF Railway Company
    Los Angeles, CA 90023

    Chris DiCicco
    President/CEO, St. Mary Medical Center
    Long Beach, CA 90813

    Tom Donini
    DeVry University
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    James Eaton
    President & CEO
    Airdrome Holdings LLC
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Joel Fierberg
    Vice President/CFO Snugtop
    Long Beach, CA 90813

    Victoria R. Fullerton
    President, Partners in Health
    Long Beach, CA 90814

    Tom Good
    V.P./Area Manager, Matson Navigation Company, Inc.
    Long Beach, CA 90813

    Ivy Goolsby
    Marketing Director
    International Realty & Investments, Inc.
    Long Beach, CA 90807

    Dallas Haun
    Executive VP, City National Bank
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Randal Hernandez
    Senior Government Relations Executive
    Bank of America - Government Relations
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Ray Jankowski
    President/CEO (Co)
    Community Hospital of Long Beach
    Long Beach, CA 90804

    Matthew L. Kinley, Esquire
    Partner, Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Frank Komin
    President, THUMS Long Beach Company
    Long Beach, CA 90801-2900

    R. Whitney Latimer
    Board CFO, Bancap Commercial Real Estate Services
    Long Beach, CA 90803

    Lori M. Lofstrom
    Partner, Holmes & Lofstrom LLP
    Long Beach, CA 90803

    Priscilla Lopez
    Trade Coordinator, LBCC-Center for International Trade Dev
    Lakewood, CA 90712

    Joseph P. Magaddino
    Chairman exofficio, CSULB - Department of Economics
    Long Beach, CA 90840

    Janet McCarthy-Wilson
    President and CEO. Goodwill Industries of Long Beach & So.Bay
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Michael J. McCarthy
    Vice President. Moffatt & Nichol
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Fran McGrath
    CEO Color Broadband, Inc.
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Michael Omiya
    Real Estate Manager, Boeing Realty Corporation
    Irvine, CA 92618

    Kelly Pierce
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648

    Matt Rezvani
    Mgr, Government & Community Relations
    BP America Inc.
    La Palma, CA 90623

    Larry Rice
    Seaside Printing Co., Inc.
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Byron Schweigert
    Chairman of the Board, Chief Education & Government Affairs Officer
    MemorialCare Medical Centers
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    Steven J. Smith
    General Manager, Hyatt Regency Long Beach
    Long Beach, CA 90802-4553

    Bob Stemler
    Partner exofficio
    Keesal, Young & Logan
    Long Beach, CA 90801

    Mark Stevens
    Publisher, Press Telegram
    Long Beach, CA 90844

    Barbara Sullivan
    CEO, Sullivan International
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Kathleen Thurmond
    Long Beach, CA 90804

    Constance Turner
    Region Manager, Southern California Edison
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Chris Wacker
    Founder, Laserfiche Document Imaging
    Long Beach, CA 90807

    W. Henry Walker
    Executive V.P., "Farmers & Merchants Bank - Corporate Office
    Long Beach, CA 90802-2326

    Pei Pei Wang
    Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp.
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Kimball Wasick
    Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc.
    Long Beach, CA 90806

    Joseph P. Yurosek
    Senior VP, Comerica Bank-California
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Jim Zehmer
    General Manager, TABC, Inc./Toyota
    Long Beach, CA 90801

    2006-07 Government Affairs Council Voting Membership

    2006-2007 GAC CHAIR
    Holmes & Lofstrom, LLP

    HR NETwork, Inc.

    Long Beach Community College

    Apartment Association of California Southern Cities

    Blair Commercial of Long Beach

    Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt

    Attorney at Law


    Construction Consultant Services


    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

    Pacific Merchant Shipping Ass'n


    Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP

    Office Furniture Group, Inc.

    Edgewater Convalescent Hospital


    WestLand Construction

    CA Pine Insurance Services

    Seaside Printing Co., Inc

    Long Beach Transit

    Attorney at Law

    Pacific West Association of REALTORS®

    Croshaw Printing and Direct Mail

    Southern California Edison

    Union Pacific

    Chamber Staff:
    Brandon Kline
    Vice President for Public Policy
    Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

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