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What Is, And Who Runs, The LB Public Library Foundation That Receives Penalty Fees Paid By JetBlue Under City Prosecutor Consent Decree Re LB Airport Late Night Flights? How Much Money Are We Talking About?
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(July 26, 2006 [posting delayed due to SCE power interruption]) -- As previously reported by LBReport.com, JetBlue and the City Prosecutor's office recently agreed to extend their 2003 Consent Decree for an additional year (now through June 30, 2007). Under the Consent Decree, JetBlue [and now-former LGB tenant American Airlines] agreed (without admitting liability) to settle then-pending misdemeanor charges filed by the City Prosecutor's office regarding late night operations by paying the Long Beach Public Library Foundation $3,000 for each operation between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. (and 10 p.m.-11 p.m. operations not waived by Airport management as beyond the carrier's reasonable control [weather, non-routine mechanical]), rising to $6,000 for each such operation depending on how many penalties occur in each calendar quarter.
So how much money are we talking about? And what is the Long Beach Public Library Foundation?
In a May 2006 memo to the City Council, Assistant City Attorney Mike Mais indicated that under the 2003 Consent Decree, from the second half of 2003 through December 2005 JetBlue paid penalties totaling $393,000 (and American Airlines paid penalties totaling $3,000) to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation to be used solely for the purchase of library materials and books by the Long Beach Public Library.
Assistant City Attorney Mais' memo added that in calendar year 2005, "there were a total of 28,880 air carrier landings and take-offs...[of which] a total of 298 non-exempt [non-military, non-medical emergency] airline flights either landed or took off between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (one percent (1%) of the total flights). Of the 298 "late" flights, 241 flights were between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.[and fines were] "waived" after the operator provided proof that the lateness of the flight was due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the operator. The remainder of the "late" flights (i.e. 59) (two tenths of one percent (0.2%) of the total flights) were subject to the penalty provisions of the Ordinance resulting in payments...to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation in accordance with the Consent Decree.
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation is a privately-run, CA non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. It maintains a website at www.lbplfoundation.org. Like any corporation, it has a Board of Directors that sets policy and oversees its implementation by corporate officers.
Some of the Foundation's website pages haven't been updated in a while...and on receiving our request, a Library Foundation staffer promptly emailed us an updated list of the group's Boardmembers.
LB PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dorothy Abrahamse, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
California State University Long Beach
Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California
Executive Editor, Long Beach Press-Telegram
Attorney at Law
Mary E. Barton, Ph.D.
Principal, The Barton Group
Sarah C. Bennett
VP Business Development, City National Bank
Eric P. Brown
Senior Vice President, Western Division Operations
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Head of Retail & Merchandising
Principal, Burroughs Elemmentry School
President, Bancap Investment Group
Mary H. Hinds
LBPL Foundation, Secretary
Manager, Dealer Development
American Honda Motor Co.
President/Partner, Coldwell Banker/Coastal Alliance
Stephanie S. James
Davis & Associates, Principal
Partner, Windes & McClaughry Acct. Corp.
Grand Cru Long Beach, Executive Director
The Queen Mary, President/CEO
Director of Development
USC Major Gifts and Planned Giving
VP & Co-Founder
First Consulting Group
Director Library Services
Long Beach Public Library
Leo Vander Lans
Vice President, JCA Resources, Inc.
[Among the Library Foundation's now-former Boardmembers (still listed on its website but without titles): Dr. Kenia Casarreal, Vic Irwin, Resť Jacobs, Diane Jacobus, Gerald Katell and Lynne Preslo.]
The Foundation's Executive Director is Peter Bostic.
Also listed on the Foundation's website:
The support of our community business entities, groups and foundations is critical to improving the library's collections, programs and services - and to ensuring an educated, well-informed community.
Hundreds of leading companies and foundations have made generous contributions through gifts and underwriting of Library Foundation programs.
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority
American Honda Foundation
BP America, Inc.
Bancap Investment Group
Bank of America
Bixby Land Company
Boeing California Employees Community Fund
Borders Books & Music
Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance
DENSO Sales California
Southern California Edison
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Long Beach Business Journal
Long Beach Energy
Long Beach Hilton Hotel
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Long Beach Towne Center
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles Times Fund
Toyota Motor Sales
Toyota Auto Body Company
THUMS Long Beach Company
Vons Companies Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank
Windes & McClaughry Accounting Corporation
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation is an operating Foundation, established in 1996 as an independent fund-raising arm of the Long Beach Public Library. Funding for public libraries has declined drastically in recent years. At the time, Long Beach ranked near the bottom nationwide in per capita spending on books and materials. While funding has been reduced, the need for information has never been greater. Concerned citizens joined together to create the Foundation to raise funds for books, resource materials, programs and services that cannot be supplied with City funds.
Led by a thirty member Board of Directors representing Long Beach's business and community leaders, the Library Foundation has raised more than four million dollars since its inception and has greatly enhanced the visibility of the Long Beach Public Library and all it offers to the citizens of Long Beach and beyond.
The Long Beach Public Library Foundation dedicates itself to provide supplemental programs to assist the Long Beach Public Library to meet the educational and informational needs of our culturally diverse community.
AREAS OF FOCUS
The Library Foundation's ongoing programs focus on six priority areas:
Family Learning Centers
Through seamless education partnerships with the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School for Adults, local colleges, authors, educational consultants, and others, one-on-one after school homework assistance is provided by homework and literacy helpers for school-age children. Opportunities for family learning, parenting workshops, and English language skills development are offered to the community. Since the opening of the first Family Learning Center over 140,000 visitations have been made by school-age children and parents who utilize the services of the twelve Family Learning Centers, located in each neighborhood branch library.
English Language Learners
Bilingual Homework Helpers are available to assist students with homework assignments. This program is intended to improve the academic learning and language skills of children who use English as a second language.
Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader Long Beach is a coordinated citywide effort that will make lap reading and sharing storybooks a family ritual in home with preschool children. "Raising A Reader" is a "take home" 12-week book bag program proven to be a powerful pre-literacy and early learning program for parents and care givers of children ages 6 months to 5 years old...
The Dictionary Project places dictionaries in the hands of all third-grade students in Long Beach. In 2003 and 2004, nine thousand dictionaries were purchased and distributed to Long Beach Unified School District and local parochial school students. The project promotes literacy with a goal to see all students leave third-grade at the end of the year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers.
Partners in Print
This literacy plan unites teachers, parents, librarians and school-age children to foster lifelong reading success. Parents administer the program to parents so they can help advance their children's literacy.
Homebound Readers Service
Homebound Readers Service is a free books-by-mail program designed for people who, due to permanent or temporary disability or illness, cannot get to the library. Large and regular print books, videos, DVD's, books on tape, or magazines are available.
Books On Wheels
This is a collaborative community project involving Meals on Wheels Long Beach. MOW volunteers will deliver and return books and other library materials to MOW clients with meal delivery.
The 2003 Consent Decree settled misdemeanor City Prosecutor charges stemming from 2002 allegations that JetBlue and American Airlines separately transgressed LB's Airport ordinance with late night flights. The Consent Decree (to which JetBlue and American Airlines agreed without admitting the allegations) provided that from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006 -- and now renewed to June 30, 2007 -- the carriers would pay $3,000 for each of the first six times in a calendar quarter it violates section 16.43.100 of LB Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance; the sum rises to $6,000 per violation for such violations thereafter in that calendar quarter.
These sums are significantly larger than the ordinance's $500 maximum amount for each such violation (which can become $1,500 for each violation with penalty assessments if a judge were to impose this, which isn't automatic like a Consent Decree).
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