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    "Save LB City Skyline" Schedules Cutting-Edge Mayoral/Council Candidate Town Hall...To Be Amplified By Planned Webcast

    (March 3, 2005) -- In a move that could dramatically expand the power of grassroots LB events to reach residents citywide (and potentially worldwide), the digitally-savvy group "Save Long Beach City Skyline" -- which has openly questioned City Hall's downtown development practices -- has scheduled its first Town Hall meeting on Sunday March 5, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the historic Villa Riviera, 800 E. Ocean Blvd. with LB's Mayoral candidates and multiple Council candidates...and says it plans to webcast the event on the internet.

    In May 2005, first reported on the group's cutting-edge website -- -- and accompanying advocacy...both of which have since grown. The upgraded website now boasts a banner declaring: "Balance, Transparency and Participation in Civic Affairs"...and the group's ambitious Town Hall meeting hopes to deliver it:

    "Anyone may speak up to 3 minutes; numbers will be allocated in order of arrival. We are also committed to read and record any text sent to us," says Director Kristen Autry, adding in her email "the event will be web-cast on"

    In a front page posting, says in pertinent part:

    ...The format of the meeting will be similar to the public comment period at City Hall, although in a more relaxed atmosphere. Each speaker will be given three minutes on any topic directed towards the improvement of our district. We particularly hope that those seeking public office will take this opportunity to tell us why we should vote for their vision.

    Comments will be recorded and distributed to interested parties, including the media, public officials, candidates for public office and area investors. A transcript will be posted on line, and direct questions posed to candidates will be posted on the web for a response.

    Over the last year many of you have expressed strong views to us on a wide range of subjects that impact our lives here in LBC. Others have offered reasoned and thoughtful suggestions for development of a more vibrant City. Some have touched our hearts, and others are down-right hilarious. This is your opportunity to share your perception, insights and wisdom with the people who guide LBC. For candidates this is an opportunity to tell us the core of your beliefs and objectives. We urge you to please speak up and participate.

    Oh, and naturally as this is a SaveLBCSkyline event there will be some fine entertainment to start the day. Jazz pianist, Josh Nelson, has agreed to return again to launch our year with a brief recital to start the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

    The event was planned prior to, but comes in the wake of, the resignation of 2d district Councilman Dan Baker. The downtown/east neighborhood adjacent Council district vacancy has drawn potential contenders now including neighborhood advocate Bry Myown, School Board incumbent (and School Board re-election candidate) Suja Lowenthal, realtor Becky Blair, cable TV host Sonny Bozeman and more with the filing period still open.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Town Hall Meeting & Open Forum
    Sunday, March 5 starting at 1 p.m.
    Villa Riviera Ballroom, 800 East Ocean Blvd, downtown LB

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