OpenUpLongBeach.com/Political Action is the idea of former Councilmember, Gerrie Schipske. Schipske served on the Long Beach City Council from 2005-2014. She previously served on the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees from 1992-1996. Schipske has served on numerous committees, commissions and Board and has focused on the importance of making government open, transparent and accessible.
In 2013, Gerrie Schipske was named by President Obama’s White House as one of only seven “Champions of Change for Open Government.” Her work was also acknowledged by California Forward.
Schipske began www.openuplongbeach.com while on City Council to provide information to constituents about what local government was doing or not doing, and why.
Since leaving council she continues to try and keep voters informed and has written columns for the Long Beach Business Journal and The Beachcomber about what is happening in Long Beach City government. She also stepped up with three other taxpayer advocates to oppose the passage of Measure M which allows massive transfers of money from the City’s utilities which in turn increase utility rates to pay for the transfers.
After the passage of Measure M, with the City using paid political direct mail consultants and spending tens of thousands of tax dollars to convince voters to approve the measure, Gerrie Schipske and many other voters realized that the only way to fight the Mayor and Council is to establish a political action committee that can raise and spend money to inform voters. The also filed a complaint with the State Fair Political Practices Commission about the use of taxpayer money to campaign for passage of Measure M.
The same Mayor and City Council are placing serious changes to the City’s Charter on the November 2018 ballot and will again, spend tens of thousands of dollars to convince voters to support the changes that did not come from the people but came once again from the politicians to increase their own power.
OpenUpLongBeach.com/Political Action supports and defends the “Campaign Reform Act” which the voters of Long Beach passed in 1994.
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