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Bruce Ackerman, Valley civic leader and L.A. redevelopment commissioner, loses fight with cancer

August 26, 2010 |  2:25 pm

San Fernando Valley business and civic leader Bruce Ackerman died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 64.

A resident of West Hills, Ackerman had spent 10 years as the president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance, a business group focused on such issues as attracting, expanding and retaining businesses in the region.

He also was an appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, serving since 2005 on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s board of commissioners.

"Bruce loved the city of Los Angeles and made incredible strides throughout the city -– and particularly in the Valley –- to boost business development and improve the local economy," Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Prior to his work with the Valley Economic Alliance, Ackerman ran a series of other business groups, including the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and the Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce.

"He left an indelible mark on the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles in general. He was an incredibly giving individual and he’s going to be sorely missed," said Harvey Berg, who serves on the board of the Valley Economic Alliance and is its acting chief executive officer.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall