Thursday, March 02, 2006

Long Beach Candidates Agree: No LNG!

With City elections on the horizon, the proposed development of a liquefied natural gas terminal in the heart of Long Beach is becoming a major campaign issue.

Westside Long Beach residents were promised a more prominent role in Long Beach politics Wednesday by the five mayoral candidates, in a quiet forum that found them less fiery than in past debates, but still forceful in their opinions.

Questions posed at the Villages at Cabrillo, a residential community for homeless veterans, followed the trend of other debates. As mayor, how would candidates approach issues like port pollution, public safety, airport terminal expansion and budget and environmental issues?

On the big issues, former Southern California Edison President Bob Foster, City Councilman Frank Colonna, Police Cpl. John Stolpe and former Councilman Doug Drummond continue to agree: No liquefied natural gas terminal. More police officers and after-school programs. More community involvement.