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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
The newly assembled Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners held its first meeting today, with four of the five-member panel newly appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Three of the commissioners are Harbor Area residents. The Harbor Commission is expected to elect its president and vice-president at the next Board meeting on December 12 th.
“Spurring investment and creating job opportunities at our nation’s No. 1 Port is critical to Los Angeles and the entire country,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m looking to this panel to assure that the Port remains the premier trade gateway in North America and continues to produce needed jobs here in Los Angeles.”
“I am very happy with the Board of Harbor Commissioners assembled by Mayor Garcetti,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose 15th District includes the Port. “Each member brings a diversity of knowledge and experience that will help the Port grow and prosper in a way that creates more jobs and balances the needs and concerns of all stakeholders.”
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners oversees the management and operation of the Port of Los Angeles. The five-member board is appointed by the mayor of Los Angeles and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. The commissioners serve five-year terms.
The five members of the newly seated Board are:
David Arian – A long-time San Pedro and Harbor area resident, Arian joined the Harbor Commission in 2010 and currently serves as vice president. Arian serves as president of the Harry Bridges Institute, a San Pedro-based, nonprofit dedicated to community organization. Arian has long been a fixture on the Harbor waterfront as a union worker, labor leader, and supporter of many community organizations. A longshoreman from 1965-2009, Arian was an active member and held numerous leadership positions in the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. In 2006, he served on the joint port advisory panel for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan.
Patricia Castellanos – Castellanos presently serves as deputy director of the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a leading policy, advocacy nonprofit organization focused on advancing economic development strategies that lead to better jobs and an improved environment. Previously, she served for six years as LAANE’s director of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. Before joining LAANE, Castellanos was the harbor area director for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A resident of San Pedro, Castellanos was named “Democrat of the Year” for Assembly District 54 by the Los Angeles Democratic Party, and “Woman of the Year” by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in 2006.
Source:-Port of Los Angeles