Board and Commissions

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Announces Appointments to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee

Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Raul A. Añorve and Lillian Kawasaki to the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee.


Raul A. Anorve

“Raul and Lillian will both serve the Long Beach community well on the Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee,” said Mayor Foster.   “Lillian has more than 30 years of experience with port interests, environmental issues and grant management.  Raul has been working tirelessly in the Long Beach community.” 


Añorve is an active volunteer in Long Beach.  He currently serves on the Human Relations Commission and on the board of directors for the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center.  He is also a graduate of the Leadership Long Beach program.


Kawasaki has an extensive background in sustainability through her 12 years with the Port of Los Angeles, and her own consulting company specializing in environment, energy and green economic issues.  She was elected in 2006 as a board member of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California.  She is an eight-year Long Beach resident.

Lillian Kawasaki


The Mitigation Grant Advisory Committee helps select projects for funding under the Port Grant Program, made possible by the approval of the Middle Harbor redevelopment project.  The committee appointment is a two-year term and does not require City Council or Harbor Commission approval. 


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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Appoints Two New Harbor Commissioners


July 19, 2011 – Mayor Bob Foster announced today that he has appointed Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the City’s Harbor Commission.

“I’m pleased to appoint Rich Dines and Doug Drummond to the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “Between the two, they have extensive knowledge of both the Port and the City of Long Beach. I’m confident that they will both serve the Harbor Commission well.”

Dines is the President of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), covering California from San Diego to Fresno and is the Council’s representative to FuturePorts. The Third District resident is a board member of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for California State University Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).

Drummond was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the Third District from 1990 to 1998. He served the Long Beach Police Department for more than 29 years. Drummond recently served the on the board of directors for the Long Beach Transportation Company. He has also taught criminology and management classes for 20 years at the University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach and August Vollmer University. He has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 70 years.

The resignations of Mario Cordero and Mike Walter opened two vacancies on the Harbor Commission. Cordero resigned due to his appointment by President Barack Obama to the Federal Maritime Commission. Walter sent his letter of resignation last month.

“I hoped to be in a position through which I could make a major difference. However, this is not the situation, and the probability of that occurring in the near term appears very low. Therefore, I do not wish to be considered for another term on the Board of Harbor Commissioners,” said former Harbor Commissioner Walter.

“I want to thank both Mario and Mike for their many years of service on the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster. “I deeply appreciate the time and contributions these two men have given to the City and the residents of Long Beach.”

The Mayor’s recommendations for Charter Commissions requires the review by Personnel and Civil Service Committee that will meet on July 26, followed by City Council approval.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Learn About City of Long Beach Boards and Commissions on Aug. 30


Would you like to know more about how City policy is made?  Do you have ideas about how to make your community a better place to work, live and play?  

Residents are invited to learn about “City of Long Beach Boards and Commissions” on Monday, August 30, 2010, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. 

Workshop presenters Carmen Viramontes, Legislative Deputy from the Office of the Mayor, and Assistant City Attorney Heather Mahood will talk about the City of Long Beach’s Boards and Commissions, current Commission vacancies and how residents can apply to serve on City Board and Commissions.

Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist our Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis.

This free workshop will be presented in English with Spanish and Khmer translation available. Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. 

To RSVP or for more information, call the Neighborhood Resource Center at 562-570-1010.

©2010 Bob Foster
Become a Commissioner

Boards and commissions serve as an opportunity to participate in the City’s decision-making process and to interact creatively with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.  Democracy can be realized when citizens are able to come together across neighborhood and economic lines to assist in making the community decisions that will shape all of their lives.  While commissioners are themselves appointed from within the community, it is important that they in turn ensure that a wide variety of viewpoints from the rest of the community are considered when commissions make recommendations to the City Council.

Exemplifying our City’s diversity on our community boards is important and relevant to the work done by these committees, boards, and commissions. Below is a list of boards with vacancies, if you, or someone you know is interested in serving please contact Carmen Viramontes at 562-570-5229 for more information. You may also visit the Mayor’s Commission home page at: http://www.longbeach.gov/mayor/commission

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