September 12, 2008

Measure Lacks Chamber of Commerce Votes

By John Canalis

LONG BEACH - An advisory council to the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce narrowly voted Thursday to oppose the citywide infrastructure initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, sources familiar with the closed proceedings said.

Members of the Government Affairs Council recommended that the chamber's governing board oppose Measure I, a $571 million parcel tax that would use bond financing to fund streets, alleys, sidewalks, public buildings and other infrastructure repair projects.

The tally was 10-7-1, with the majority opposed, seven recommending a neutral position, and one in support, a source familiar with the results of the secret ballot said. The vote was not released to the general public.

Chamber President/CEO Randy Gordon could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Though homeowners would pay $120 a year, commercial business owners would pay based on a formula that considers the size of their properties.

"I'm very proud of the Long Beach Chamber today," Randy Terrell, a consultant for the No on Measure I campaign, said in a statement.

"They listened to their constituents, and took a courageous stand for Long Beach businesses. They should be applauded."

Terrell also serves on the affairs council. He voted against Measure I.

Representatives for the Rebuild Long Beach campaign, which supports Measure I, could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

The chamber's governing board will take up Measure I on Sept. 18, Gordon said in an earlier interview.

Members can vote to accept or disregard the recommendation from the council.

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