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  • Stamford High School
  • Glendale City College
  • AA degree
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Larry Chimbole
Larry Chimbole, World War II Veteran Grand Marshal Larry Chimbole was born May 22, 1919 in New Haven Connecticut., and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Stamford High School In 1937, during a lingering Depression. There were few resources in his family and so no consideration of college. Between High School graduation and WWII service, Larry held various jobs as a Meat Cutter and a Factory Worker.
Larry entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 and eventually ended up as a Radio Operator on a B-29. With his tongue-in-cheek, Larry likes to boast that he has been at such places as Kwajalain, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima ,and over Japan but that someone had been there before him fighting the war.
On the day that the Enola Gay dropped the Atom Bomb on Japan's Hiroshima, Chimbole was asleep under the wing of the B-29 in which he was about to fly his first mission over Japan. When he awoke that morning and realized that by that time he should have been well on his way to his first mission, his thought was that the war had ended, although he and his fellow crew members had had no hint that the dropping of the Bomb was imminent.
Returning from overseas in February of 1946, Larry settled in Glendale, California, attended Glendale City College; received an AA degree and got married. He has two children: Steven and Patricia. With his first wife deceased, he married Vicki Roberson in 1970.
Larry moved to Palmdale in 1957 and conducted a hardware and building supply business until 1974 at which time he won a seat in the California State assembly. After coming to Palmdale, he became active in the Palmdale Kiwanis Club and served as its president in 1960. He then served as President of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce in 1961.
During his tenure as President of the Chamber, he became involved with a group that was intent on incorporating the community and which subsequently became Palmdale, the First City in the Antelope Valley. Chimbole served in several capacities on the Incorporation committee; most notably as fundraising Chairman with his friend Lamont Odett, Editor and Publisher of the Local Antelope Valley Press.
Larry helped to establish the 50 Grand Men and the organization the consisted of 56 men who provided the first funds for the employment of an Incorporation consultant. Chimbole marvels today that there were no Women on the group but speaks fondly of the many women who did help in the campaign.
Although reluctant to do so, Chimbole ran for election to the first City Council, received the most votes and as was the custom, became the first Mayor of the City of Palmdale.
He served twelve years on the Council, 10and~astheMayor. During that tenure was Active in the League of California Cities where he served as President of the Los Angeles Division in 1972; served as the City's representative on the Southern California Cities which was established during those years. The City of Palmdale's membership in that organization stemmed from Chimbole's recommendation. He also became President of the California Contract Cities Association in 1967; at that time the only person who had served as President of both the League and the Contract Cities.
During the tenure on the City Council, in addition to his stated outside activities, Chimbole was very active as a Council Member. He helped negotiate the first Joint Use Agreement with the Air Force for use of Air Force facilities at Plant 42, for Commercial Air Service.
A Democrat, Chimbole retired from the Council to run for an open seat in the California State Assembly in 1973. Although a life-long Democrat, Chimbole was never active in partisan activities and he subsequently won the Democratic Primary by a sparse 300 votes, edging out a couple of Party Democrats from Lancaster and Ridgecrest. By no means a favorite in the General Election, Chimbole nevertheless won handily by a substantial margin over the Republican nominee who had been Ronald Reagan's Deputy Director of Finance.
Chimbole thus became the first Antelope Valley resident ever elected to the State Legislature and a Democrat to boot, His 34thAssembly District at that time, 32,000 square miles. was the second largest in the state and included parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern and Inyo Counties. Today, five Legislators represent the area. As of this time, Chimbole is still the only Democrat ever elected from the Antelope Valley.
At this time, after 90, Chimbole is still active in local affairs, still serving the City as a member its Aviation and Aerospace Commission.
CEA - Calendar of Events, 27 April 2015 [cached]
Larry Chimbole Cultural Center 38350 Sierra Highway Palmdale, CA
Waste Management - Keeping Antelope Valley Clean, 15 Oct 2007 [cached]
10/15/07 – Waste Management Proud to be Partner with Larry Chimbole - Inspiration for New League of CA Cities Public Service Award Waste Management - Keeping Antelope Valley Clean
Palmdale, CA, October 15, 2007 - Waste Management is pleased to be working with Larry Chimbole, the namesake for the League of California Cities' new Larry Chimbole Public Service Award.
League of California Cities officials announced that the 2007 Larry Chimbole Public Service Award Dinner is to be held on Thursday, October 25th at the Whisky Creek Restaurant in Bishop, California. The reception will be held at 6:00 PM, with a dinner to follow at 6:30 PM and is being hosted by the Desert Mountain Division of the League of California Cities.
"Larry has been working with Waste Management for 18 years", said Bill Minnis, Director of Operations.
Larry Chimbole was honored by the Desert Mountain Division of the League of California Cities, as the first recipient of the award in 2006.
"I am so humbled to be recognized by the League of California Cities - truly, a distinguished organization," said Chimbole. "I was proud to help with the formation of the Desert Mountain Division, and now they have named an award after me. It's wonderful!"
The League of California Cities' Desert Mountain Division's goal is "restoring and protecting local control for cities through education and advocacy in order to enhance he quality of life for all Californians. The Desert Mountain Division is comprised of 15 cities, including Lancaster, Palmdale.
Chimbole, along with the "50 Grand Men" helped incorporate the City of Palmdale and was the city's first mayor, seated in August 1962. He has been very active in his community over the past 40 years, including serving as AV Fair Director, President of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, President of the Palmdale Kiwanis Club, President of the California Contract Cities Association, campaign chairman for the AV Region of the United Way, and the author of Palmdale - First City of Antelope Valley.
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