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  • Stamford High School
  • Glendale City College
  • AA degree
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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.
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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.
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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.
Waste Management - Keeping Antelope Valley Clean
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Antelope Valley, December 14, 2006 - Waste Management of Antelope Valley consultant Larry Chimbole has been awarded with the first-ever Larry Chimbole Public Service Award from the Desert-Mountain Division of the League of California Cities. Chimbole was instrumental in the formation of the Desert-Mountain Division of the League of California Cities, and has served for over 40 years as both an elected official and private citizen. The Division named its award for Larry, a great statesman of unwavering commitment and integrity, as well as a model for all elected officials who heed the calling of public service.
Larry's first public service was in the US Air Force, where he served during World War II as the radio operator of a B-29 bomber. At the end of the war, Larry moved back to the Antelope Valley and opened up a hardware business. Larry soon found himself involved in local community affairs serving as president of the Palmdale Kiwanis Club and later as president of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce.
During that time, the community of Palmdale was an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Larry spearheaded the 50 Grand Men and led the successful drive for local control, and the city became incorporated in 1962. Larry's leadership was recognized as he was elected to serve as the city's first mayor from 1962 through 1968. He was also reelected from 1970 to 1973.
After his local service, Larry was elected as a California State Assemblyman from 1974 through 1978 serving the Antelope Valley and Victor Valley areas. He was selected as President of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities and as a President of the California Contract Cities Association. Soon after, Larry helped to form the Desert-Mountain Division of the League of California Cities.
Following Larry's service as an elected official, he served both as chairman and as a campaign chairman for the Antelope Valley Region of the United Way. He also served as a member of the State Board of Landscape Architects and as a member of the Antelope Valley Fair Board of Directors.
"To call Larry Chimbole a leading Antelope Valley public servant is to understate his truly amazing achievements on behalf of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley. Larry has given this community his vision, his wisdom and his energy and we are all grateful. Waste Management is proud to have Larry as part of our team in the Antelope Valley," says Bill Minnis, Senior District Manager for Waste Management of the Antelope Valley.
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Besides his work for Waste Management, Larry still remains active with the Antelope Valley and Palmdale Chambers of Commerce. Larry and wife Vickie have four children: Steven, Patricia, Susan and Wayne.
CEA - Calendar of Events
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Larry Chimbole Cultural Center 38350 Sierra Highway Palmdale, CA
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