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comment on the statement.


Infrastructure tax is
criticized Lowenthal, who is facing Republican
Gabriella Holt in a Nov. 4 Assembly race,
was in the City Council budget meeting
By John Canalis, Staff Writer
and could not be reached.
Posted: 09/09/2008 10:02:58 PM PDT
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Area Stammerich called the city's leadership
Republican Party on Tuesday opposed "seriously out-of-touch with the monetary
Mayor Bob Foster's ballot initiative to struggles of working families in Long
repair the city's crumbling infrastructure. Beach."
Members issued a strongly worded Prominent Long Beach Republicans,
statement saying Republicans would walk however, are not uniformly against the
precincts and make phone calls urging parcel tax.
voters to oppose the $571 million parcel
tax to pay for streets, sidewalks, alleys Third District Councilman Gary DeLong
and public buildings. and former Gov. George Deukmejian
support Measure I.
"With the burdens of both higher energy
prices and the threat coming from our The Long Beach Democratic Club
state Legislature to raise taxes for their "overwhelmingly" voted to endorse the
pork-barrel projects, the citizens of Long measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, said the
Beach do not deserve to be further club's president, James Johnson.
burdened by the tax-and-spend
Democrats of the city of Long Beach Democratic Club members plan to rally
leadership, including Mayor Bob Foster in support of Measure I, as well as Barack
and (Councilwoman) Bonnie Lowenthal," Obama and local candidates, at noon
said John Stammerich, chairman of the Saturday at Recreation Park, Johnson
54th Assembly District Republican said.
Central Committee.
Also in support are the Long Beach
Foster's chief of staff declined to Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city's
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police and firefighters associations and


the California Business Roundtable.

In addition to the Republicans, members


of the No on I campaign include the Long
Beach Taxpayers Association.

The Republican group held six town-hall


meetings in August to discuss Measure I.
The meetings were hosted by Holt and
City Prosecutor Tom Reeves.

"The overwhelming sentiment was


strongly against the parcel tax," said Vic
Dennis, a Long Beach Area Republican
Party board member. "We couldn't ignore
it."

The Long Beach GOP group plans to


seek support Thursday from the Los
Angeles County Republican Party.

john.canalis@presstelegram.com , 562-
499-1273

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