Jack Smith announces candidacy for 7th District Council seat

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ballot-voteProfessional budget analyst and proven community volunteer Jack Smith threw his hat into the Long Beach 7th District council race with a pledge to help the area thrive through smart fiscal management.

“The city’s toughest challenge for years to come will be the budget,” said Smith, 57, a Wrigley resident. “I’ve got the skills to maximize both resources and quality of life. I’m not afraid to ask the tough questions and look for new ways to solve old problems.”

Smith has extensive experience working with the city and has served on the Strategic Plan for the Central Project Area of Redevelopment, the Wrigley Association Board of Directors, the Homeless Services Advisory Committee, the Long Beach Housing Development Company board, and is currently the alternate Wrigley Association representative to the Central Project Area Committee (CPAC).

Jack Smith is a founding member of Better Balance for Long Beach (BBLB), a citywide group of individuals and business owners who empower neighborhoods and improve the quality of life of residents, businesses, families and children. In 2006, BBLB was recognized as the best multi-neighborhood group in the nation by Neighborhoods USA.

A frequent speaker at city council, commission, and neighborhood association meetings, Smith is known for his insightful analysis and effective communication. He opposed a land swap that gave away land once promised as a sports park near California Heights. He spoke out against the proposed closed-session council meeting regarding third-party airport leasing, believing that the public should participate in airport operation discussions. In both cases, the city council reversed course and acted as Smith recommended.

Smith has the unusual distinction of being awarded an Academy Award for budget management. He received the Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his “pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting.” Smith was the first to implement micro-based cost-tracking software that allowed film and TV projects to track performance against budgets in real time. In his career he has worked on films such as Raging Bull with Robert DeNiro and “Thirteen Days” with Kevin Costner as well as many television shows including the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Most recently he has managed a number of reality shows and produced films on some Long Beach Issues.

With a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Smith is also, in fact, a rocket scientist. After working at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company in Huntington Beach on the Apollo and Delta Rocket programs, he transitioned to the film industry.

A Long Beach resident since 2001, Jack Smith moved to Long Beach to get a yard for his dog. “In addition to a great yard, I found a vibrant community where someone can make a real difference,” he said. “The people of the 7th district are ready for some positive changes, and I’m here to make that happen.”

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