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APAMO leaders discuss pressing issues at meeting.

The Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) constituency group held a business meeting at NLC's Congressional City Conference to become more educated about pressing issues affecting their constituents. In addition, APAMO encouraged its members to become candidates for the NLC Board of Directors for 2010. APAMO President Jean Quan, council-member, Oakland, Calif., presided at the meeting, which took place last month.

During the meeting, APAMO heard from various guest speakers regarding critical issues within APAMO's communities. Carolyn Berndt, senior legislative council with federal relations at NLC, gave an update on the national economic stimulus package. Myron Quon, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, discussed such issues as the representation of Asian Americans in the new Administration and language access for the Asian American community. Vincent Eng, deputy director of the Asian American Justice Center, discussed census funding and outreach. Alvina Yeh, program coordinator at APIA Vote, discussed community partnerships and voter registration.

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The APAMO Officers include Quan; Gilbert Wong, councilmember, Cupertino, Calif. (vice president); Evan Low, councilmember, Campbell, Calif. (secretary); Helen Kawagoe, city clerk, Carson, Calif. (treasurer); and Otto Lee, councilmember, Sunnyvale, Calif. (immediate past president).

At-large APAMO members include Ed Balico, councilmember, Hercules, Calif.; Albert Huang, councilmember, San Gabriel, Calif.; Conrad Lee, councilmember, Bellevue, Wash.; Michael Park, councilmember, Federal Way, Wash.; Tzeital Paras Caracci, councilmember, Duarte, Calif.; Alicia Ping, councilmember, Saline, Mich.; Josie Rosales, councilmember, Kodiak, Alaska; Elito Santarina, mayor pro tem, Carson, Calif.; and Anthony Spitaleri, mayor, Sunnyvale, Calif.

For more information about APAMO and membership opportunities, contact NLC staff at (202) 626-3169.
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Title Annotation:Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials; National League of Cities
Author:Daher, Sadira
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 6, 2009
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