August 7, 2008

RFK Jr. To Speak at Long Beach Business Event

By Karen Robes Meeks

LONG BEACH - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is slated to speak at the Downtown Long Beach Associates' fifth annual State of the Downtown event in November, the DLBA announced Wednesday.

Kennedy will address an estimated 500 to 600 civic, business and community leaders Nov. 21 at the Westin Hotel and discuss his work as an environmental activist.

A chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and the chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance, Kennedy also will speak on environmental issues that are special to Long Beach, such as cleaning up city beaches and the Los Angeles River, water conservation, "green" building practices, natural energy resources and recycling programs, said Steve Sheldon of the DLBA.

Kennedy is a perfect fit for the annual luncheon, themed "Planting Seeds of Environmental Change," officials said.

"Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is perhaps one of our country's most passionate champions of the environment and of smart growth," DLBA president and chief executive officer Kraig Kojian said in a statement.

"We're thrilled that he will be able to share his knowledge and experience with our city and look forward to the impact this event will have on the future of Downtown Long Beach," Kojian said.

Tickets for the event will go on sale online at this week. Call the Downtown Long Beach Associates Office at 562-436-4259 for more information.

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