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Friday, November 16, 2012

Long Beach New York Needs Our Help!!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tiffany Andrews, 562 570-6932

Long Beach, New York Needs 
Your Help to Recover
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Calls Upon Residents to Lend a Hand or a Dollar or Two

Long Beach, CA; November 16, 2012 -- Next week is Thanksgiving and for the 37,000 residents of the city of Long Beach, New York  it will be grim day as all days have been since they were devastated during Hurricane Sandy says Gerrie Schipske, Councilwoman for the 5th Council District in Long Beach, California.

“I had my staff contact city management in Long Beach, New York to find out why we could do,” explains Schipske. “A spokesperson for the city told my staff  they are a small town (37,000 residents) and most homes have lost their first floor. They are gutting homes and leaving debris on the street. They need the assistance of volunteers and neighboring municipalities to deal with the clean up. They are unable to accept clothing and household item donations. They need financial assistance  -  they were in a declared fiscal crisis before the storm hit.”

Schipske reminds local residents that “we are so fortunate here in Long Beach, California. Take a moment to see the video (  on the damage to Long Beach, New York and send a financial donation at: or send to: City of Long Beach Relief,1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY11561.

“Let’s show them what Long Beach, California is all about!”

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

You Need to View this Video About the Concerns of the LB Firefighters

Take time to view the following video that has been produced by the Long Beach Firefighters Association. The Mayor and City Manager cannot continue to propose reductions in this critical department. Please forward this video to your friends.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Clean Tech Zone Can Bring Good Jobs to Long Beach

monokristalline Solarzelle
monokristalline Solarzelle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday in City Council, my colleagues approved my item asking the City Manager to report on how the City of Long Beach can implement a Clean Tech Zone that will attract industries large and small to locate in Long Beach -- industries that are focusing on clean technology such as solar, green products, wind, etc.

This idea came from researching what other cities are doing.The City of Los Angeles has established the Clean Tech Corridor as a national center for cleantech research and development and industrial manufacturing. The CleanTech Corridor supports the development of a business cluster dedicated to cleantech manufacturing processes and technologies for the 21st century. The Cleantech Corridor is a 4 mile long district on the eastern edge of Downtown LA, stretching from the Los Angeles State Historic Park in the north, to the CleanTech Manufacturing Center in the South, and including both the east and west banks of the Los Angeles River. 

The City of San Diego launched a new Cleantech (Clean Technology) Initiative in an effort to promote the expansion, attraction and retention of businesses that develop products and technologies that provide environmentally sustainable solutions.

The Sacramento Clean Tech Zone offers the following incentives to businesses:

  • Expedited permitting provided by Development Services Department and eligible
     companies may receive redevelopment and job training funds offered by regional
    partners. In addition, all companies may be eligible for Small Business Administration
    (SBA) loans, Industrial Development Bonds (IDB) and venture capital funds
    Other benefits include:

o   Enterprise

·        Sales tax credits on qualified property
·        Wage tax credits for five years for hiring eligible employees
·        100 percent Net Operating Loss Carryovers available up to 15 years
·        Rapid Depreciation of Equipment
·        Financing Assistance, Hiring Assistance through Sacramento Works!

o   Foreign Trade (FTZ)

·        Duty-free treatment for items that are processed in FTZs and then exported
·        Duty payment is deferred on items until they are brought out of the FTZ for sale in the U.S. market

o   Recycling (RMDZ)

·        Below-market-rate revolving loan program for RMDZ-eligible activities
·        Free product marketing

o   Green Technology Small Business Loan Programs

·        Industry-targeted SBA 7(a) loans available through Grow Sacramento Fund
·        Zone-allocated SBA 504 loans available through Greater Sacramento Community Development Corporation
·        Community Development Block Grant funds to be available at very favorable terms for eligible businesses
 o   Specialized Business Financing Programs
·        City-issued industrial development bonds

I have already met with the President of the Green Business Council in Long Beach -- Kent Peterson, who was very enthusiastic about the possibilities of Long Beach moving this forward.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

See My Posting on LAO Report on LB Courthouse to Cost $160 million more than it should

Please check out my posting on Open Up Long Beach concerning the recent report by the Legislative Analyst's Office concerning why the private-public partnership is costing taxpayers $160 million more than it should have...and why these arrangements are not transparent.
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All Aboard the Holiday Express..

Come join the Conductor, Santa Claus and our magical librarians as we board the express train for an afternoon of holiday fun.

English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying...
English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying Santa Claus. Date approximate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Co sponsored by my office, City of Long Beach Library Services, the Friends of the Long Beach Public Libraries and the Long Beach Library Foundation, you will be treated to a holiday movie and will get a chance to meet the Conductor and Santa Claus. There will be goodies to eat and great books to read.

The public is invited to both events. Kids are welcome to come in their pajamas.
December 1 - 2-5pm at the Ruth Bach Library.
December 8 - 2-5pm at the El Dorado Public Library

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