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April 13, 2004

SUP. KNABE, CHAIR: PRIOR TO THAT, I DO HAVE A PRESENTATION, SO I'D LIKE TO WELCOME MY NEW CONSUL-GENERAL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TODAY WE ARE WELCOMING FINLAND'S NEW CONSUL-GENERAL, THE HONORABLE MANU VIRTAMO TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY. SHH. COULD WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE, ON THE SIDE WINGS OVER HERE? CONSUL-GENERAL VIRTAMO WAS BORN IN HELSINKI, FINLAND. IN 1979, HE EARNED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN POLITICAL HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI. CONSUL-GENERAL VIRTAMO'S DIPLOMATIC CAREER BEGAN IN 1980 WHEN HE JOINED THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. SINCE THAT TIME, HE HAS HELD RESPONSIBLE POSTINGS IN FINLAND, FRANCE, AND THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHERE HE SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS. CONSUL-GENERAL VIRTAMO WAS ACCREDITED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE ON MARCH 17TH, 2004, AS A CONSUL-GENERAL OF FINLAND IN LOS ANGELES. HE IS JOINED BY HIS WIFE, LISA-- IS LISA? YEAH. IS SHE HERE? OKAY. WHO IS NO STRANGER TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY. IN 1973, AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT, SHE GRADUATED FROM NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL WITH HONORS. THEY'RE ALSO JOINED HERE AS WELL BY THEIR THREE CHILDREN. WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME HIM, THE CONSUL-GENERAL OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, AND WE HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SO PLEASE ACCEPT THIS PLAQUE IN RECOGNITION OF A WARM WELCOME WE EXTEND TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU DURING YOUR

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