Conference Leaders Appointed to Top Convention Positions As Democratic Mayors Prepare For The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles
July 31, 2000
In preparation for the 2000 National Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Andrews announced on July 20 the appointment of officers to preside over the Convention at the Staples Center. Press for the event will be housed next door at the recently renovated Convention Center. The United States Conference of Mayors Immediate Past President, Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb and U. S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board Chairman Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino were among those named as vice chairs of the Convention. California's Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer will serve as chairs of the Convention.
Also, U. S. Conference of Mayors Trustee and Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton was appointed co-chair of the Platform Committee and San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales was named co-chair of the Credentials Committee. The Platform Committee is responsible for drafting and recommending a proposed National Platform for approval at the Convention and the Credentials Committee is charged with resolving any disputes that may come up over the selection of delegates and alternates to the Convention.
Several events have been planned for Democratic Mayors during the Convention. A reception honoring Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, who is president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, will be held on Sunday, August 13 at the Peterson Automotive Museum from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. On Monday, August 14, the U. S. Conference of Mayors will host a luncheon in honor of Democratic Mayors from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Rodeo Ballroom. On Tuesday, August 15 Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill will host a Democratic Mayors Brunch from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
Also on Tuesday, August 15 the U. S. Conference of Mayors along with Fannie Mae, the National Association of Counties and the National Conference of Black Mayors, will host an evening event honoring Democratic Mayors and County Elected Officials. This event will be held at the Paramount Studios, Bronson Gate Area from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight.
Mayors will be among the more than 4000 thousand delegates and 35,000 individuals expected to attend the 2000 Democratic National Convention approximately two weeks from now. For further information on the Democratic Mayors events listed above, contact Larry Jones of the Conference staff at 202/861-6709.