Authorities at the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) have resolved to hold their fourth National Congress in Gbarnga City, Bong County.The May 23, 2014 RPAL pending congress, according to the entity’s executive director, Simeon Z. Woheel, is expected to bring together rubber planters, processors, buyers and stakeholders. They will discuss issues relevant to the Liberian natural rubber industry, and to elect RPAL’s executive board members.The congress, Mr. Woheel said, is the highest decision making body of the RPAL. It is at the congress, according to him, that new policy decisions are carved to address issues affecting the Liberian rubber industry. It is expected to bring together Liberian rubber planters and processors irrespective of size of the farm or factory from across the country.The pending congress, which is supposed to be held every two years, had delayed for four years due to many factors including the delay in the submission of its financial audit that was allegedly marred by impropriety. “But with the completion of an audit into the financial account of the RPAL, the Gbarnga Congress became necessary,” Mr. Woheel added.Additionally, he said, this year’s congress is expected to address the aged-long problem of rubber theft, nursery development, decentralization of RPAL and or the price of rubber on the market.“With the holding of the congress, we hope to put into place some mechanisms that will curtail the rubber theft, and also introduce registration for individual rubber farmers,” he declared.The RPAL was organized by Liberian rubber farmers and trans-nationals in the 1950’s and eventually enacted by the Liberian National Legislature in 1966 as a body to represent, forester and protect the interest of the planting and or processing industry of Liberia.Therefore, the RPAL is an embodiment of the rubber sub-sector.Meanwhile, the RPAL has invited rubber farmers and processors across the country to assemble in Gbarnga and discuss issues relevant to the improvement of the rubber sub-sector of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll found that 55 percent of Californians think the state is on the wrong track, he said. And he doesn’t know if Schwarzenegger will run for U.S. Senate in 2010. But even if he does run for U.S. Senate, it won’t be an easy victory, he said. “(Barbara) Boxer is no Phil Angelides,” he said of the incumbent, a Democrat who has been in office since 1997. Angelides lost to Schwarzenegger in 2006. “She’s a tough campaigner, and I think the Democrats would do all they could to try and protect her.” He also discussed the 2010 governor’s race. The Democrats have a number of potential candidates, including state Attorney General Jerry Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villairagosa, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, former state Controller Steve Westly and the 2006 Democratic candidate Phil Angelides. “I would put my money on Brown,” he said. As for Republicans, he said, he doesn’t have a clue who will run. ASSEMBLY REPORT: Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, will speak at the 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Mark Twain Democratic Club. It will be at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For information, call (562) 587-0487. FORUM: The Whittier chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a candidates’ debate from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for Montebello city and school board candidates at the Quiet Cannon Country Club, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello. MORE DEBATES: Three forums for candidates for the Whittier Union High School District will be held, beginning Oct. 3. All three will be combined with either an elementary school district or Rio Hondo College school election. The one for East Whittier City will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Whittier City Council chambers at City Hall, 13230 Penn St., Whittier. The Rio Hondo College forum will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Santa Fe High School, 10400 S. Orr and Day Road, Santa Fe Springs. The third combination involving South Whittier will be held at 7p.m. Oct. 10 at Richard Graves Middle School, 13243 Los Nietos Road, Whittier. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The delta supplies 24 million people in Southern California,” he said. “If there were to be a major earthquake in the Bay Area and the levees were to break, the system would be shut down for months.” It would be an economic disaster, he said. “The economic fallout would be in the billions,” he said. Water was just one of the topics Rosengarten discussed; others included the state of the state to whether Schwarzenegger would run for U.S. Senate. The state of the state isn’t good at least as far as what Californians think, he said. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Water has been a long-ignored subject and Californians may soon pay for it, said Dick Rosengarten, co-publisher of California Political Week, a California political newsletter. Rosengarten said Friday that former Govs. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis ignored it during their time in office and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t do anything until after he was re-elected. “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is in terrible shape,” he said at the monthly breakfast of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs.