Herbert (Bert) Boeckmann, a prominent San Fernando Valley political figure, has been re-elected chairman of the board of the Cultural Foundation, which was formed to build arts centers in the Sepulveda Basin and Woodland Hills.
The foundation also announced that its board of directors has elected three new members--Sanford Paris, a developer of Valley industrial buildings; Warren S. Reid of the business consulting firm of Laventhol and Horvath; and Dennis Smith, president of the Bryden Management Co.
Boeckmann has been chairman since 1980, when the foundation was incorporated to raise $72 million to build a performing arts center in Warner Center, including a theater and concert hall, and a 164-acre arts park in the flood control basin behind Sepulveda Dam. The arts park plans include a 40-acre lake with waterfall, a 2,500-seat indoor theater, a 2,000-seat outdoor theater and work spaces for artists.
Boeckmann is a Northridge multimillionaire known for his philanthropy and for giving more money to political candidates, from liberal Democrats to conservative Republicans, than any other Valley donor. In 1982, he was the 47th largest political donor in the state, ranking ahead of some large organizations.
Hes is the owner of Galpin Ford in Sepulveda, Big Valley magazine and other businesses. He is also a member of the Police Commission.