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April 13, 2004

AWARDED A DOCTORATE OF DIVINITY FROM HEBREW UNION COLLEGE. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE RABBI FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LEAD US IN THIS WONDERFUL INVOCATION. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

SUP. YAROSLAVSKY: MR. CHAIRMAN, WE WERE LED IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE THIS MORNING BY BERTRAM L. MILLER. BERT IS A RESIDENT OF SHERMAN OAKS AND IS REPRESENTING SAN FERNANDO POST 603 OF THE JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SERVED AS CAPTAIN IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AIR CORPS FROM 1942 THROUGH 1945, IN THE 376TH BOMBER GROUP IN THE EUROPEAN THEATRE, IN THE BATTLES FOR AFRICA IN ITALY. HE RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, AIRMAN'S MEDAL, EUROPEAN AFRICAN MID-EAST CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH TWO STARS, WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL AND NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL. HE'S A PHOTOGRAPHY SALESMAN IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AND HE ALSO HALES FROM ILLINOIS. HE WENT TO FARRAGUT HIGH SCHOOL IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, AND ATTENDED ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CHICAGO AND U.C.L.A. SO, BERT, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND FOR LEADING US IN THE PLEDGE THIS MORNING. [ APPLAUSE ]

SUP. KNABE, CHAIR: OKAY. THANK YOU BOTH AND WE WILL PROCEED WITH THE AGENDA.

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