(May 26, 2007) -- LB's first date with several candidates seeking to represent 80% of LB in the U.S. House of Representatives comes Tuesday, May 29.
"Beer & Politics," a monthly series sponsored by LB's Junior Chamber of Commerce, has invited several candidates to attend. Gov't Affairs Director Mike Clements says Democrats Jenny Oropeza (State Senator), Valerie McDonald (daughter of the late Cong. Juanita Millender-McDonald/non-profit group executive director), Bill Grisolia (paralegal/businessman) and Republican John Kanaley (war veteran/police) have committed to attend...and Democrat Laura Richardson (Assemblymember) is considering it.
The event will take place May 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Gallagher's Pub & Grill, 2751 E Broadway in LB (venue for the monthly Beer & Politics events).
What's the format, we asked? Organizer Clements says there'll be opening statements, responses, then Q & A...including questions from the floor.
Organizer Clements says in a release that the "Beer & Politics" series (last Tuesday each month) is an opportunity "to engage in a positive political dialog over your favorite pint of beer." Past speakers have included State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D., LB-SP-PV), LB Mayor Bob Foster, 9th dist. LB Councilman Val Lerch, former 8th dist. LB Councilman Rob Webb, and CSULB Prof. Armando Vasquez-Ramos.
A recent "Beer & Politics" accomplishment was its successful recommendation of some of the guests, ultimately booked by KABC Talkradio in its 6-7 p.m. hours, during the station's recent daylong salute to Long Beach.
"Beer & Politics" is an entity created by Clements. which LB's Jr. Chamber sponsors.
The LB Junior Chamber has been around for 75 years, and says it invites "young professionals, aged 21 through 40, to leverage our ever growing portfolio of networking, business, and community resources." It's website is www.lbjuniorchamber.org.