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    Who Governs the LB Convention & Visitors Bureau & Decides How Nearly $4 Million in Public Money Is Spent? We List LBCVB's Boardmembers

    (Sept. 23, 2004) -- As previously reported by (link below), some members of the LB City Council have indicated they may revisit an issue that first arose in April 2003 when the Council (on a split vote) declined to require members of the governing board of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (LBCVB) to file public financial disclosure forms. Two Councilmembers whose votes effectively exempted LBCVB's boardmembers from the financial disclosure requirement have since been replaced by voters

    The LBCVB is a non-government body but receives roughly 3/4 of its operating budget from LB public money: nearly $4 million annually from LB's hotel room tax ("transient occupancy tax"). The City Council includes that allocation in City Hall's annual budget (approved by Council on Sept. 7) and then takes a separate vote on implementing the allocation via an annual contract with the LBCVB, which historically comes up in October.

    So, who sets policy for the LBCVB and decides, in effect, how nearly $4 million in public money is spent annually? The LBCVB doesn't list its governing board members on its web site, so requested the information and LBCVB provided a list of its 2004-05 governing boardmembers promptly on request. (We made the same request in 2003 and promptly received a 2003-04 list which we posted at that time.)

    Such information would be routinely disclosed if, as LB activist Bry Myown contends citing a Fair Political Practices Commission ruling and some case law, LBCVB should already be subject to the CA Brown (open meetings) Act, the CA Public Records (freedom of information) law and its boardmembers to financial disclosure requirements. LB's City Attorney office disagrees with Ms. Myown's interpretation...but says the Council does have the authority to require the LBCVB governing board to file financial disclosure forms when the LBCVB's contract comes up for renewal.

    Following its 2003 Council encounter, the LBCVB opened its board meetings to the public...but without legally enforceable Brown Act protections (publicly agendizing items 72 hours in advance, public participation, no private meetings to decide issues in advance, etc.)

    In the public interest, posts a list of LBCVB's 2004-05 governing boardmembers below as released to us by LBCVB. Its officers (including CEO/President Steve Goodling) and executive committee are also boardmembers, but not all boardmembers are officers. The LBCVB is currently nominating/electing/confirming several boardmembers, as indicated below.

    [begin CVB information]

    2004-2005 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


    Chair: Ms. Jane J. Netherton
    International City Bank

    Vice Chair: Mr. Jerry Slatton
    General Manager
    Long Beach Marriott

    Secretary: Ms. Cheryl Phelps
    Vice President & Managing Director
    Hyatt Regency Long Beach

    Chief Financial Officer: Mr. Larry Jackson*
    President & General Manager
    Long Beach Transit

    * Nomination notice sent out for new term expiring Sept. 2007

    President & CEO: Mr. Stephen Goodling
    Long Beach Area CVB


    Mr. Greg Bombard
    Catalina Express

    Mr. Joachim Ortmayer
    General Manager
    Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

    Mr. Ken Pilgrim
    General Manager
    The Westin Long Beach

    2003-2004 Regular Board Members

    Mr. Terry Antonelli
    Del L'Opera Restaurant Group

    Ms. Kristy Ardizzone
    Government and Community Affairs Manager
    JetBlue Airways Corporation

    Mr. Reuben Brasser*
    Lord Mayor's Inn

    Mr. Sabir Jaffer
    General Manager
    Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

    Mr. Jim Michaelian*
    President & CEO
    Grand Prix Association of Long Beach

    Mr. John Morris
    Mum's Restaurant

    Mr. Dennis Patel
    Travelodge Convention Center

    Mr. Hitu Patel
    Rodeway Inn

    Mr. Bill Peterson
    Managing Director
    Home Depot Center

    Mr. Joseph Prevratil
    President, RMS Foundation, Inc.
    The Queen Mary

    Mr. Ed Proenza*
    General Manager
    Hilton Long Beach & EMC

    Mr. Mitchell Rouse*
    President & CEO
    Taxi Systems, Inc.

    Mr. Richard Sandoval
    General Manager
    The Coast Long Beach Hotel

    Ms. Patricia Schille
    General Manager
    Residence Inn by Marriott

    Dr. Jerry R. Schubel
    President & CEO
    Aquarium of the Pacific

    Mr. William Simmons
    President & CEO
    City Light & Power, Inc.

    Mr. Doug Smith*
    General Manager
    Courtyard by Marriott

    * Nomination notice sent out for new term expiring Sept. 2007


    Mr. Rich Foster
    Attorney at Law
    Cameron, Pearlson & Foster

    Mr. David Gordon
    General Manager
    L.B. Convention & Entertainment Center

    Mr. Randy Gordon
    Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

    Mr. Wayne Griffin
    President & CEO
    Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

    Mr. Kraig Kojian
    President and CEO
    Downtown Long Beach Associates

    Mr. Gerald R. "Jerry" Miller
    City Manager
    City of Long Beach

    Related coverage:

    Council May Require Convention & Visitors Bureau Boardmembers To File Public Financial Disclosure Forms

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