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    Some Familiar LB Names Contribute To Councilwoman Richardson's Bid For State Assembly

    (May 27, 2006) -- Some familiar LB names -- including four incumbent Harbor Commissioners -- are among contributors to 6th district LB City Councilwoman Laura Richardson's campaign to succeed former LB Councilwoman Jenny Oropeza in the 55th district State Assembly seat representing the Carson-LB area.

    In the June 6th Democrat primary, Councilwoman Richardson faces Warren Furutani, a consultant to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and member of L.A. Community College Board of Trustees (former L.A. Unified School District Boardmember).

    Ms. Richardson's contributions total roughly $350,000 and include [titles for identification only]

    • Incumbent LB Harbor Commissioners James Hankla, Mario Cordero, Mike Walter, John Hancock and retired LB Harbor Comm'nr Roy Hearrean
    • ConocoPhillips Company (Houston, TX)
    • BNSF Railway Co (Fort Worth, TX)
    • Becky Blair [2d dist. LB City Council candidate]
    • LB Police Officers Assoc PAC & LB Firefighters PAC
    • Sea Festival exec. Christopher Pook
    • LBCC Trustee Douglas Otto
    • LB Planning Comm'nr Mitchell Rouse
    • Louis Baglietto Jr.
    • Murchison Consulting Inc.
    • Apartment Assn, CA Southern Cities/IPPAC
    • LBUSD Board of Education member Felton Williams
    • Retired LB Mayor Ernest Kell & Incumbent Vice Mayor/Councilwoman Jacqueline Kell
    • James Gray
    • Robert Gumbiner
    • Samuel ("Skip") Keesal Jr., Esq.

    Mr. Futurani's contributions total roughly $526,000 and from the LB area include [titles for identification] retired LB Harbor Comm'nr Carmen Perez; Alan Lowenthal for State Senate committee; and [Assemblywoman] Betty Karnette.

    Contributions in this race (and others) have been posted in a user-friendly format by, an independently-run website. Links below open a separate windows directly to's info:

    Laura Richardson campaign contributions

    Warren Furutani campaign contributions

    Incumbent Assemblywoman Oropeza is moving-on under term limits, seeking a state Senate seat in the June 6 primary against veteran southbay lawmaker George Nakano.

    A redistricting of legislative districts earlier this decade, controlled by majority Sacramento Democrats, drew district lines that gave winners of Democrat primaries mainly "safe seats" against Republican challengers. [Writer Jill Stewart has quipped that under districts as currently gerrymandered (paraphrase), CA voters don't really choose their representative; their representatives choose their voters.]

    If Councilwoman Richardson wins the June primary, she'll remain a voting member of the LB City Council until late 2006 when she'll likely win the general election sending her to Sacramento. That will create a 6th district City Council vacancy that would be filled by a special election in early 2007.

    If she loses the June primary, she can remain a Long Beach Councilwoman until at least mid-2008.

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