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Two Political Faces of Beverly O'Neill: Details of Separate Mailings Sent To LB Dems & Repubs

(May 25, 2002) -- The Committee to Write-In Beverly O'Neill for Mayor has sent separate mailings to LB Republicans and LB Democrats. We post pertinent portions below. They speak for themselves.

To Democrats

O'Neill Democrat mailer, May '02"Long Beach Democrats Agree!" On the front, photos and quotes from Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal and State Senator Betty Karnette.

On the reverse, a banner heading: "Democratic Mayor Beverly O'Neill" Text states in part that as Mayor, Beverly O'Neill has "brought thousands of good jobs to Long Beach, revitalized our shopping districts, increased trade and tourism, and worked with neighborhoods to crack down on slumlords and blight. Beverly O'Neill has made Long Beach safer by working to increase police patrols, cut response time and open community police substations."

Text lists endorsements "by our Democratic leaders" including Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Gov. Gray Davis, Councilmembers Carroll, Grabinski, Lowenthal and Richardson-Batts, LBUSD Board Pres. Mary Stanton, United Auto & Aerospace Workers of American and the LB Firefighters Ass'n.

To Republicans

O'Neill Republican mailer, May '02"Attention Long Beach Republicans" On the front, pictures of former Gov. George Deukmejian with Mayor O'Neill and a quote from Deukmejian: "Beverly O'Neill brings people together to make Long Beach a city that works! I encourage all Long Beach voters to write her in for Mayor."

Although the Democrat mailing prominently identifies her as "Democratic Mayor Beverly O'Neill," the Republican mailer never mentions she's a Democrat. Instead, the reverse side text states in part:

"Former Governor George Deukmejian, Republican Councilmembers Frank Colonna, Jerry Shultz and Rob Webb and Supervisor Don Knabe are among the many local Republican leaders supporting Mayor Beverly O'Neill. Here's why:

  • Beverly O'Neill is tough on crime. Beverly O'Neill worked to add more police and cut response time. That's why former Long Beach Police Chiefs Robert Luman, Charles Ussery, Carl Calkins and William Ellis support Beverly O'Neill.

  • Beverly O'Neill fights for our neighborhoods. Mayor O'Neill took the lead in creating Code Enforcement Teams to crack down on blight and nuisance properties. She promoted first time homeownership and dramatically increased repairs of streets, alleys and sidewalks.

  • Beverly O'Neill is good for the Long Beach economy...From revitalizing our commercial districts, modernizing our port and completing the Alameda Corridor to promoting tourism and bringing JetBlue to town. Beverly O'Neill is endorsed by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Business Journal.

  • Beverly O'Neill is a strong voice for sound fiscal management. Mayor O'Neill has supported fiscally conservative city budgets with prudent reserves. With the city facing declining revenues, she insists that Long beach reduce spending and live within its means -- without raising taxes."

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