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From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 3

The Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association members and the California Police Chiefs Association board of directors have voted to endorse Chief Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff in the upcoming June 3 election. The county association consists of 45 independent cities in Los Angeles County and focuses on effective local police administration, crime prevention and the development and teaching of professional law enforcement practices. The California Police Chiefs Association represents the state’s municipal police chiefs whose agencies protect over 78 percent of the citizens of California.

The Long Beach Firefighters Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association announced their support of the following for City Council seats: Lena Gonzalez (First District), Suzie Price (Third District), Carl Kemp (Fifth District), Roberto Uranga (Seventh District) and Rex Richardson (Ninth District).

Doug Otto, candidate for Mayor of Long Beach, reported that over $250,000 was raised by the Dec. 31 deadline and that “nearly 70 percent of our contributions came from every corner within the city limits. Otto credits his ability to raise this money to the people of Long Beach, citing his lifelong residency and experience on the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees as examples that residents know him, have confidence in his record of bringing people together to get things done, and trust him to be the next Mayor.

Robert Garcia for Mayor reported over $206,000 in contributions from August - December 31st. “Since then, we have been back at work at building a strong financial position for the campaign ahead. These contributions will help us spread our positive message about growing the local economy and investing in education and technology,” he said.

The Gerrie Schipske for Mayor campaign announced an endorsement from the California Faculty Association – Long Beach Campus Chapter. This endorsement joins endorsements from the California Nurses Association and the Teamsters Joint Council, “making Schipske the stand out choice to fight for better schools and better futures,” according to a news release.

Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill has announced her endorsement of Charles Parkin for Long Beach City Attorney. The three-term mayor cited Parkin’s experience in the city attorney’s of?ce as the most important factor behind her decision. “Charlie brings consistency and a wealth of knowledge which will keep our city moving in the right direction,” she said. The Long Beach City Council appointed Parkin full-time city attorney in July of 2013.

YES WE CAN Democratic Club will be hosting a mayoral debate Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. To date, five of the six declared candidates have accepted an invitation to participate: The public and media are invited to hear the candidates respond to questions concerning the most critical issues facing Long Beach. The debate is free but seating is limited. Long Beach residents are encouraged to reserve seats by visiting and clicking on the Mayoral Debate banner.