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Wings, Wheels and Rotors Nets $19,000 For Los Al Base

The Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday gave the donation to the base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, which provides activities to base personnel.

Ten hut! Actually, it's more like $19,000 hut!

The Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce donated $19,000 --  a portion of the proceeds raised at the 2012 Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo -- to Joint Forces Training Base officials Tuesday.

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Presented at the Los Alamitos State of the City event at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant in Cypress, the money will go to support the base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, which provides recreational activities to on-site personnel.

Expo chairman Tom Lasser, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, said he thought it was great the Chamber was able to support the base program, which provides for things like gym equipment and recreational facility upgrades.

“I wish we could have given them more,” Lasser said.

According to Chamber President John Osborn, expo organizers counted more than 18,300 vehicles entering the base on the day of the event, which he said averages more than 50,000 people attending -- at an average of about three people a car.

Osborn said the event drew many people into the businesses of the city and surrounding communities.

“If that's not what a Chamber of Commerce is supposed to do, I'm out of here,” Osborne joked. 

Army Major John Armstrong, who attended the State of the City event with staff and students from Sunburst Youth Academy, said he appreciated the gift.

“It’s a great feeling that the community supports it’s military," Armstrong. “The money is) going to those that are most deserving … the young men and woman and their families that need it that most.”

met00 November 30, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Almost $6,000 of that $19,000 came from the taxpayers of the City of Los Alamitos ($6,000 was budgeted as a gift of services to WWR. Had the Chamber actually been required to pay for the services, the check would have been that much smaller, so it was Los Alamitos taxpayer money donated by the Chamber, and for which Mr. Osborn took a bow). Let's say it was $5,000 (a nice round number with some leway for not donating all that was budgeted). That would have required the 50,000 heads that Mr. Osborn claimed to have come spend $10.00 per head in taxable purchases in Los Alamitos for Los Alamitos to have a ROI on the taxpayer investment that broke even. Osborn said the event drew many people into the businesses of the city and surrounding communities. “If that's not what a Chamber of Commerce is supposed to do, I'm out of here,” Osborne joked. No joke, you should be out of here Mr. Osborn. There is no way that $500,000 in taxable sales were generated by the event. Oh yes, if you take the $5000 lowball estimate of the gift from the City out of the $19,000 and then look at the profit per head it comes to $0.28 for every person Osborn claimed came. For comparison, Race On The Base has about 6,000 participants and nets about $17/participant profit. No joke, you should be out of here Mr. Osborn.

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