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Long Beach City Council: Fran Adelson

Fran Adelson (D, Working Families), candidate for city

Fran Adelson (D, Working Families), candidate for city council (July 2, 2008) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa




BACKGROUND: Adelson, 57, a registered Democrat and 24-year Long Beach resident, is also on the Working Families line. A local real estate agent and former hospital administrator, she is a two-term trustee of the Long Beach Public Library. She studied at Queens College and the University of California, Berkeley, but did not graduate.

ISSUES: Adelson, along with her running mates, says none of her relatives work in City Hall, and she pledges not to hire any. On fiscal issues, she'd partner with Nassau County and seek grants to fund boardwalk repairs and ask the state comptroller to review the city's finances. Adelson opposes parking meters, arguing for more enforcement. To boost transparency, she'd have council meetings recorded and posted online. And she'd amend the city charter to require the city manager to live in Long Beach. Adelson criticized Councilman Thomas Sofield Jr. for failing to recuse himself from a vote on a police union contract because his father is acting commissioner.


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