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    Following Council Directive, City Mgr. Transmits Letter To Gov. Schwarzenegger Stating City Support For AB 2042 ("No Increased Air Pollution With Port Growth") & Requesting That He Sign The Measure; We Post Text

    (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Acting pursuant to an explicit City Council directive, LB City Manager Jerry Miller has transmitted a communication (text below) to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, stating City Hall's support for AB 2042 ("no increased air pollution with port growth") and requesting that he sign the measure.

    At its September 7 meeting, the City Council approved (8-0, Councilwoman Lowenthal absent for meeting) a motion by Councilmembers Tonia Reyes Uranga and Rae Gabelich directing that City Manager to communicate the City's support of AB 2042...and urge the Governor to adopt the legislation.

    AB 2042 has been opposed by the Port of LB (by a vote of its non-elected Harbor Commissioners...and the Port's Executive Director has indicated that he favors vetoing the measure.

    Carl Kemp, Public/Government Affairs Manager for the City of LB, says the City's letter of support for AB 2042 was transmitted to the Governor by fax with hard copy mailed.

    [begin text]

    Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

    On May 4, 2004, the Long Beach City Council unanimously supported AB 2042, a measured authored by Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal which seeks to establish a baselines [sic] for air quality in the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles that are based on the ports' emission inventory covering emissions from oceangoing vessels and harbor craft, cargo handling equipment, locomotives, and commercial vehicles, as defined.

    In our view Assemblyman Lowenthal's efforts to protect the health of our residents while allowing for responsible growth in ports is a positive step. Though we understand that there needs to be a balance between meeting the demands of a consumer driven world, and the important role our port complex plays in our city's, state's and nation's economy, we believe this legislation is an important starting point for exploring ways to improve our communtiies' health. We have every confidence that as implementation progresses, Assemblymember Lowenthal will maintain an open dialogue with these vital economic engines.

    For these reasons, we respectfully request your signature of this important legislation.


    s/ Gerald R. Miller
    City Manager

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