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Los Angeles County, CA April 11, 2006 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member, City Council; City of Long Beach; District 1

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County, an Inter-League Organization, and constituent Local Leagues as available in communities holding elections on April 11, 2006 and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Liquified Natural Gas, Airport Expansion, Air Quality

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1. Do you think the proposed LNG facility should be built in Long Beach Harbor? If elected, what actions would you take to support your position?

Answer from Bonnie Lowenthal:

I am a strong supporter of alternative energy. I authored a council motion to have the city convert their fleet to alt fuel vehicles, and I drive a Toyota Prius hybrid. I am concerned about the proposed location for the LNG plant because it is close to First District homes and businesses, and I fully expect the issue to be appealed to the City Council after the EIR is heard by the Harbor Commission. For that reason, I cannot legally take a position "for" or "against" the EIR before that time.

2. Should Long Beach airport be expanded? If so, to what degree, and what improvements and enhancements would be essential? Under what circumstances, if any, should the number of available flight slots be increased?

Answer from Bonnie Lowenthal:

I believe our airport desperately needs renovating and updating to accommodate mandated security equipment and procedures, as well as provide comfortable accommodations for the traveling public, while strictly complying with our federally-approved 41-flight-day limit. Long Beach is one of very few cities that have a cap on flights, and we need to protect it in order to keep it.

3. What should Long Beach be doing to improve air quality?

Answer from Bonnie Lowenthal:

Both the City of Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach should vigorously work to improve air quality for our community. By working with our state and federal representatives, as well as regional agencies like the AQMD, we can protect the health of our residents and workers, while promoting economic growth and transportation improvements that can provide needed environmental protections.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidate answers are presented as submitted except that direct or indirect reference to opponents is not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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