Saturday, September 13, 2008

Meet the Councilmembers-elect

Here’s a look at the five new members of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council governing board.

Linda L. Alexander
A consultant to small businesses and non-profit organizations, Alexander currently works with the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and focuses on issues involving the arts, business and downtown redevelopment.

She served as development director for Rainbow Services in downtown San Pedro until 2007, raising funds to support domestic violence victims.

Before her election to the Central council board, she was a member of the council’s finance committee, advocating openness and accountability in money matters.

Arthur A. Almeida
A San Pedro native with a 55-year history of community leadership, Almeida had walked the walk and talked the talk.

The retired longshoreman has been active in the San Pedro Bay Historical Society, Holy Trinity Parish, L.A. Harbor College and countless other civic organizations.

His goals as a councilmember are to “make sure services are adequately supplied by the city as new projects are approved.”

Frank B. Anderson
Anderson is a retired teacher and union leader who worked at Todd Shipyard and Kaiser Permanente before earning his teaching credential.

Today, he is an active member of the San Pedro and Peninsula Homeowners Coalition, the Leland and Peck Park advisory boards, the San Pedro Bay Historical Society and the San Pedro Youth Sports Association.

“I hope to deal directly, collaboratively and consensually not only with the issues that are particular to central San Pedro, but also to involve the other neighborhood councils, community groups and local government bodies in the decision-making process and resolution of community-wide issues,” said Anderson.

Raymond Lee Parker
As a jazz musician, Parker seeks to harmonize the arts and economic development in downtown San Pedro.

He has married into a longtime San Pedro family through his wife, Bonnie, daughter of the late Flora Baker. Parker’s personal and professional background gives him first-hand knowledge of San Pedro working artists and the town’s cultural heritage.

Phillip Trigas
Trigas is an architect and resident of the Centre Street Lofts in downtown San Pedro. Soon after unpacking his boxes, he started attending neighborhood council meetings.

“I quickly found myself getting drawn in, getting involved in this committee and that committee and meeting great people who welcomed me in and encouraged me to get involved,” said Trigas.

“I immediately realized I was living in an authentic, close-knit community – a rare find,” said Trigas. “I hope to use my background to have a positive impact on the development of our downtown Arts, Culture and Entertainment District.”

No comments: