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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

Vol. 35 No. 40

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Candidates vying for LB’s 7th-district Council seat face off another time in forum hosted by Wrigley Association

March 7, 2014

Trudging the Campaign Trail

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

At the candidate forum hosted on March 3 by the Wrigley Association, the individuals hoping to win the 7th-district council seat in Long Beach emphasized the need for public participation as they talked about their leadership style. More than 50 people gathered in the social hall at Veterans Park to hear candidates Joan Greenwood, Lee Chauser, Teer Strickland and Roberto Uranga. Alan Burks moderated the event. Greenwood, an analytical chemist employed by an environmental-consulting firm, emphasized her community activities. She currently serves as a Long Beach Sustainable City Commissioner and represents the 7th district on the Community Advisory Committee for the I-710 Improvement Project, according to a media release. Last Monday, she emphasized her past contributions to the neighborhood’s clean-up efforts and other area concerns. She focused on one particular moment when the community needed her voice and background. Greenwood described how she used her expertise to help residents prevail in a controversy surrounding flood insurance. “I love this district because it’s a district of fighters,” Greenwood said, describing area residents who took a hands-on role to improve their neighborhoods. She promised to put her community first. “That’s the kind of leader I want to be,” she added, “one who rolls up her sleeves, takes action and is there in the trenches working with the people of my district towards solutions.” Chauser, a retired school teacher who worked in the Los Angeles Unified School Dis-

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Despite the fact that 10 names will be on the ballot for mayor next month, during a Feb. 25 mayoral candidate forum at the Art Theatre, only five hopefuls present their ideas for making Long Beach more bike-friendly while two uninvited candidates sit among the audience.

Qualified but uninvited

see WRIGLEY page 6

As ‘top five’ mayoral hopefuls debate Long Beach issues, other eligible candidates are le to sit on sidelines

Cory Bilicko

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Managing Editor

Photo by Colleen McDonald

During a candidate forum that the Wrigley Association sponsored on March 3, the four individuals vying to be Long Beach’s next 7th-district councilmember discussed the importance of public participation and their individual leadership styles. Pictured, from left, are: Lee Chauser, Joan Greenwood, Alan Burks (moderator), Teer Strickland and Roberto Uranga.

he’s filed her paperwork with the Long Beach City Clerk’s office, her name will be on the April 8 ballot to become the city’s next mayor, and she was among the candidates who attended the Feb. 25 Long Beach mayoral candidate forum at the Art Theatre. However, unlike Bonnie Lowenthal, Gerrie Schipske, Robert Garcia, Doug Otto and Richard Camp, candidate Jana Shields was not onstage presenting her platform, sharing her vision and answering questions that night. She was sitting in the audience. “What was interesting about that forum is that I had not gotten an email with the questions [as other candidates had], but then somebody [from the hosting organization] called me and said, ‘Well, everybody’s invited. You should show up.’ And then there was no follow-up email,” Shields said in a phone interview Tuesday. “So I went up, when I first got there, to talk to the moderator, and the moderator says, ‘No, we just want these five.’” Shields said she has been invited to most of the candidate forums this campaign season but, because of her perceived ranking among the 10 mayoral candidates, she just misses the cut for events that limit participation to five individuals. “The ones that I’m not invited to are more for the top five,” Shields said. “I’m about, on the list of importance, number six. [Forum organizers] just think that the five top candidates are going to be the next mayor. But I have been invited to probably two-thirds of the forums.” Although Shields had not been asked to participate in the Feb. 25 forum, neither had Camp. Only Lowenthal, Schipske, Garcia, Otto and Damon Dunn were asked to join in on the forum. Those invited candidates happen to be, by a large marsee FORUMS page 13

Signal Hill City Council adopts ordinance requiring political groups to disclose contributions before elections Sean Belk Staff Writer

Any person or political organization looking to influence voters during municipal elections in Signal Hill will have to follow a new city ordinance that requires reporting campaign contributions to the city clerk within 24 hours of making the expenditure, among other conditions. The Signal Hill City Council voted unanimously (5-0) at its Tuesday, March 4 meeting to adopt the ordinance amendment that applies to any person, organization, nonprofit or political action committee (PAC) that makes an independent expenditure of $100 or more in support of or in opposition to any measure or candidate

40 days prior to an election. PACs and independent expenditure committees (IECs) are already required to disclose financial records with the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, however disclosure is required months after an election has passed, leaving the door open for such groups to influence elections anonymously before voters go to the polls. City officials said that Signal Hill’s new requirements would provide more transparency and better inform voters during election cycles by mandating that such groups reveal their financial backers before an election. “A code amendment requiring independent

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expenditure reports be filed with the city clerk will allow residents to have immediate access to this information,” said City Manager Ken Farfsing. He pointed out that Supreme Court rulings protecting free speech under the 1st Amendment prohibit the City from limiting donations or expenditures by PACs or individuals. Mayor Michael Noll first requested during a Council meeting last May that the City draft an ordinance amendment after he was targeted along with Vice Mayor Ed Wilson and former councilmember Ellen Ward in a flier campaign before the March 5 election. The Council officially requested that city staff draft an amendment on June 4, 2013.

Just weeks before last year’s March 5 election, three mailers from an organization known as Coalition for Clean Affordable Water were sent out to Signal Hill voters. The fliers, which city officials and residents have called “hit pieces,” attempted to unseat three incumbent councilmembers by claiming the elected city officials have squandered city funds. The fliers, which also targeted Farfsing and City Attorney David Aleshire, contained allegations of corruption and compared Signal Hill to the City of Bell. One of the fliers stated, “Just like Bell, Signal Hill residents are being ripped-off!!” see COUNCIL page 11


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