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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Alger Mission Update

We reported yesterday on Neighborhood Council leader and Assembly candidate Jim Alger's air mercy mission to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Jim is flying his own plane through the stricken region to ferry supplies and evacuees.

Jim sent us a message from his Blackberry a short time ago that they need tarps for the rescue/ rebuilding effort in Biloxi, Mississippi. If you have a way to donate this material, please contact Louise Scone at 818-400-2353 or email Jim at Jim.Alger@northridgewest.com.

In addition to tarps, Jim reports that in Biloxi, they also need nails and hammers to build temporary shelters from the debris. If you wish to donate, send them to:

Capt Johnson
Jackson Fire Dept. c/o
Hawkins Field Airport
Jackson, MS 39201
Mark boxes BILOXI


Anonymous Anonymous said:

God Bless you Jim for helping the people in N.O.

September 06, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Republicans for Jim. We support you.

September 06, 2005 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City paid $34.1 million for DNC 'publicity ... exposure'
Rick Orlov, Columnist

The ghost of political conventions past returned to haunt the Los Angeles City Council last week in a memo tabulating the final overall costs to the city for the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
The tab? A net loss of $34.1 million.

The city was estimating a loss in the $30 million range back in 2000, but the final figure is now available because the city just recently settled the last of several lawsuits stemming from the convention, said Ray Ciranna, chief administrative analyst for the city administrative office.

The bulk of the costs were for general support, safety and Convention and Visitors Bureau services - but it also cost $5.7 million to settle lawsuits filed as a result of the handling of various protests.

The convention did bring in an estimated $5 million in hotel, sales, parking and business taxes. And the figures do not include the economic multiplier effect of the convention on the city's private sector.

The calculations have not discouraged city officials from wanting to host other such events.

September 06, 2005 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You mean, Republicans AND DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDANTS for Alger?

September 06, 2005 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Independents, not independant. God..

September 06, 2005 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam, any idea when Jim gets back? His campaign site doesn't even mention he left.

Seems like something you'd want to share.

September 07, 2005 1:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


CNN dida story on the evacuees from Mississippi and I would swear that was him in the background behind a green and white plane (just like the one you showed Sam... same color too!) He wasn't wearing a turtleneck but sure did look like him.

OK Now I feel like I am back in Idaho and a local just went to Hollyood and I just saw his first commercial. {{{{SMACK}}}} OK I am better now.

But seriously, whether that was you or not Jim, damn proud of you!

September 07, 2005 2:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First Mayor Sam, now Alger geez no wonder CNN is going by the wayside!

OK OK OK, just kidding you guys.

Sam, do you have better info on where to send the stuff? Sounds like Jim is in the thick of it and knows what is needed but just send it to an airport?

Obviously it is hectic, constantly changing and communication is limited but let us know as you know.

September 07, 2005 2:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I called Jim today to see how he was doing, couldn't get through but the message said they were transporting supplies and people from and to West Virginia and Tennessee.

Stay safe Jim and Sam let us know when he returns in one piece ok?

September 07, 2005 10:00 AM  

Blogger SS Sam Taylor said:

Sam, do you have better info on where to send the stuff? Sounds like Jim is in the thick of it and knows what is needed but just send it to an airport?

One of Jim's great skills is making critical decisions during a crisis. He researched the recovery effort for days and found the huge holes where whole communities were not getting relief.

From working with other pilots in the grass roots emergency effort, it was found that any area not receiving the pinpoint of TV coverage was not getting relief.

It should be pointed out that huge areas of the gulf coast are covered by a No Fly Zone.

So, Jim got close as possible with Hawkins Field Airport to use as his basing point. That's why he wants tools, tarps and supplies sent to Jackson, as it is his team's logistical basing point and whatever is there can be put quickly into the hands of the victims.

To know Jim is to know that doing nothing was tearing his heart out. With his talents and skills, he had to act and is relying upon others to help financially and with supplies.

If you have the ability send stuff to Hawkins Field, every airport person knows who Jim is and will get it to the relief effort.

He is also looking for some angels to chip in to cover the huge fuel costs. Contact Louise Stone at 818-400-2353 if you can help.


September 07, 2005 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have 200 tarps. Right now working on method of transport to Jim. Jim is heading for West Virginia to get items for the firefighters and will be back in Jackson, MS tonight. Not everyone at Hawkins Field knows Jim Alger. So I am sending items overnight:
Jim Alger ICO Aero Jackson, 596 West Ramp, Hawkins Field, Jackson MS 89209. Mark boxes with baby food, diapers and such "Gulfport." Mark boxes with tools and tarps "Biloxi." Keep it comin', folks. And, thank you all.

September 07, 2005 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To send stuff straight to the pipeline Jim is working on, send to this address:

Jim Alger In Care Of
Aero Jackson
596 West Ramp
Hawkins Field Airport
Jackson MS 89209.

Mark boxes with baby food, diapers and such "Gulfport."

Mark boxes with tools and tarps "Biloxi."


September 07, 2005 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

God Bless you Jim. I will send baby items. God Bless you.

September 07, 2005 11:48 PM  

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