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    Mayor O'Neill Extemporaneous 2004 State of City References to Pike @ Rainbow Harbor & LB Airport

    (January 14, 2004) -- During Mayor Beverly O'Neill's 2004 State of the City Address, she made a number of extemporaneous references not reflected in her text as prepared for delivery. Some remarks were wisecracks about Mae West; others were more substantive.

    In the latter category were two references we found noteworthy: one to the Queensway Bay/Pike @ Rainbow Harbor development, the other to LB Airport.

    We have transcribed them and posted them below. Bracketed material is by us for clarity:

    [text as delivered]

    ...The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is finally coming to fruition after many years of anticipation and preparation. Each week new venues open up, offering options never before available downtown. These businesses will be serving thousands of new residents coming into over 3,000 new apartments and condos being constructed along Ocean Boulevard, along with the lofts that are becoming available just minutes from our waterfront.

    [extemporaneous] And I, just as an aside, when PF Changs opened, my husband and I went to dinner practically the first night, and I started to cry. And my husband said, 'What's wrong with you?' And I never cry, often and [audience laughter], and I said, 'You know, this is the first major chain that has spent so much money in the City of Long Beach.' And at the end of this year, all of those 3000 condos are going to be constructed. And I felt like my job was over. [audience laughter]

    All of things that we had planned before, and the things that are happening that were planned in the 1990s, are coming to fruition...[returns to text]

    [from prepared text]...Many of the visitors that will be coming to Long Beach for the [2004] aquatics events will be coming through the Long Beach airport -- many for the first time. They will discover it's the most convenient airport in Southern California, with connections now to over ten major domestic cities. Our airport has now reached its 41-commercial flight limit, and is serving nearly 3 million passengers on an annual basis, and thank you JetBlue. [applause]

    [extemporaneous] In the interim years when we had no flights [LB Airport had roughly 14-20 daily large aircraft commercial flights], I would go to major Airlines, or not major Airlines, and say we have a really nice little airport. And then one day, JetBlue came and said, 'You have a really nice little airport.' [audience laughter]


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