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Los Angeles County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Measure U
Council's authority pertaining to preference in bidders for specified services
City of Long Beach

Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

32,646 / 52.06% Yes votes ...... 30,060 / 47.94% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 26 10:38am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting ( 242/ 242)
Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall Measure U, which amends the Long Beach City Charter (currently providing a one percent preference in bidding by local businesses) to permit the City Council to set the amount of such preference by ordinance, be ratified?

Official Sources of Information
Impartial Analysis from Robert E. Shannon, City Attorney
Voter approval of Measure U would amend Section 1803 of the Long Beach City Charter, relating to the preference granted to City businesses in bidding for contracts furnishing materials, equipment or services to the City.

Presently, the Long Beach City Charter provides that a business holding a Long Beach City business license shall receive a one percent preference in bidding to furnish materials, equipment or supplies to the City of Long Beach, when payment is made from City funds, except for those derived from the tidelands.

The proposed amendment would permit the City Council to set the specific nature and amount of this preference by ordinance, and would further permit a provider of non-professional services to receive this preference, in addition to a provider of materials, equipment or supplies.

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Arguments For Measure U

Endorsed by:
Beverly O'Neill, Mayor - City of Long Beach
Frank Colonna, Vice-Mayor - City of Long Beach
Ian Lamont, Publisher - Press Telegram
George Economides, Publisher - Long Beach Business Journal
John Blowitz, Publisher, Gazette Newspapers
Mark Gray, Partner - Guzman and Gray, Certified Public Accountants
Jean Bixby Smith, Chairperson, Bixby Land Company

Local businesses are the backbone of our community. MEASURE "U" permits an expansion of the current limits on preferences for local business when competing for City government contracts. The expansion can be enacted only after public hearings by the City Council.



Pasadena, San Francisco and Oakland currently give preferences to their local businesses. Los Angeles County does the same. With your support, MEASURE "U" will provide this advantage for Long Beach businesses.

Join business and government leaders in support of preferences for local business.


Rob Webb
Councilmember, 8th District

Jackie Kell
Councilmember, 5th District

Dennis Carroll
Councilmember, 4th District

Scott Dionne
Chairman of the Board Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Randy Gordon
President and CEO Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

(No arguments against Measure U were submitted)

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