***Press Release*** Rohrabacher Rescues Surf City Marathon Medals
Washington, Jan 30, 2009 - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) successfully petitioned U.S. Customs to expedite inspection of eighty-nine cartons carrying thousands of medals scheduled to be handed out to participants in the annual 2009 Surf City USA Marathon taking place in Huntington Beach, CA on February 1st. Rohrabacher’s district office was contacted by marathon organizers this week to request help in expediting the medals’ delivery because their cargo container was being help up at the Port of Long Beach by U.S. Customs for special inspection. The container holding the medals and dozens of other unrelated shipments, was flagged for further inspection.
Congressman Rohrabacher’s district staff contacted U.S. Customs in Long Beach to ask if the medal cartons’ inspection could be moved along because their delivery was a time sensitive matter. Customs respectfully agreed and completed the inspection in short order. The medals will now be available in time for Sunday’s event.
“I’d like to the thank U.S. Customs personnel for a job well done,” said Rohrabacher. “First, for detecting the cargo container’s discrepancy that aroused their suspicion requiring further inspection and second, for exercising the professional courtesy to go above and beyond to accommodate our request on behalf of the Surf City Marathon participants.”
The Port of Long Beach is located within the 46th Congressional District. Over 18,000 runners are expected to participate in this year’s Surf City Marathon.