Chamber conflicts continue

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government.The Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce has become embroiled in a City Council election controversy that became public on Friday. It started when an invitation to place Diane Liberti, a supporter of Alex Moisa, a Whittier City Council candidate, on the chamber’s Executive Committee was withdrawn. She remains on the chamber’s board of directors. Then this week, Moisa wrote a letter to the chamber complaining about the decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventJoe Price, past president of the chamber, said the invitation was withdrawn because Liberti, owner of Future Tech 1, didn’t tell chamber officials that she was on Moisa’s committee. “Her failure to disclose the conflict of interest was important because she had been involved in organizing the chamber’s recent candidates’ forum,” Price said. “Obviously, a campaign manager’s involvement would call the forum’s neutrality into question,” Price said. But Liberti said she had told chamber officials that she was supporting Moisa and they knew that she was on his committee. “I attended one campaign forum meeting and the chair happens to be Chris George,” she said, adding that he is a supporter of Joe Vinatieri. “There’s no fairness here,” Liberti said. “There was a double standard here.” Price said the situation was not the same because George disclosed before the meeting started that he was working for Vinatieri and asked if he should leave the meeting. A second issue was a letter Liberti wrote to this paper, criticizing Vinatieri for his development plan. “Vinatieri is dogmatic in his belief that he alone is qualified to make such important decisions,” she wrote. “Makes me wonder who paid for the fancy props; and to which developer he has already promised the key to the city.” Price said the letter could prejudice the chamber’s ability to work with elements of the community. Liberti said she had never represented her views as being of the chamber. “As a concerned resident of Whittier and a voter, I represented myself as a citizen, not a chamber member or board member,” she said. MOISA ACTIVITIES: Whittier City Council candidate Moisa will hold three events this week. A cocktail party for Moisa will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the home of Dr. Ruben and Dolores Armient, 8318 La Sierra, Whittier. For more information, call (562)945-7599. Victor and Luisa Franco will host a Meet the Candidate from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at their home, 12212 Norino, Whittier. For more information, call (562) 695-4210. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Former state Sen. Richard Mountjoy, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women, Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. SENATE CAMPAIGN: Assemblyman Ron Calderon will kick off his campaign for the 30th state Senate District with an event at 10 a.m. today at 1713 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562)698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more