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    Mayor O’Neill, Named to Schwarzenegger’s Transition Committee, Says She’s Impressed By Its Inclusion Of "People You Would Not Have Assumed Would Be On The List If You Had A Certain Way Of Thinking & Wanted It Reinforced"

    (Oct. 10, 2003) -- A day after being named as one of sixty five members of Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's Transition Committee, LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill told KPCC 89.3 FM she is impressed with the diversity of viewpoints on the list, including those one might not have assumed would be included.

    Mayor O'Neill, a Democrat, is one of four incumbent CA Mayors named to the group along with SF Mayor Willie Brown and LA Mayor James Hahn, also both Democrats. LB is CA's fifth largest city. The Mayor of San Jose, the state's 11th largest city, is also a committee member along with former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan.

    Speaking by telephone from Miami while attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors leadership confab, Mayor O'Neill told KPCC's "Talk of the City" midafternoon program:

    I was impressed with the fact that it was such a broad list. I mean there are people that you would not have assumed would have been on this list if you had a certain way of thinking and you want it to be reinforced by a transition team. So I was impressed by the list because I felt that there was an attempt to have everyone represented in one way or another, whether they were independent, whether they were independent...Republican, Democrat, male or female, and all these names on the list I think will have input and it will all be different. It won't be the same.

    ...It's the diversity of the people on the list that makes it exciting, and each one is going to bring something different...I know that if there are enough people on this list, and they are all thinking outside of the box in one way or another, and they all come from different backgrounds, there has to be some direction that is going to come from this that maybe isn't understood at this time.

    Asked by substitute host Jon Beaupre if she'd been given instructions on what to expect next ("Are you supposed to meet a black car on dark street in Long Beach at a certain hour?" he quipped), Mayor O'Neill chuckled...and indicated she believes one of the things will be "to help identify candidates for the administration that are creative and are motivated and are intelligent."

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