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November 25, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced his pick to fill one of two vacancies on the city's Harbor Commission, left open after political upheaval in the city. Foster has tapped Lori Ann Farrell, a former city controller who currently works for the city of Huntington Beach, to fill a seat on the 5-person panel. Farrell, a Long Beach resident who currently sits on the city's transit board, will replace Nick Sramek. Sramek resigned abruptly last week two days after the City Council ousted fellow Commissioner Thomas Fields in an unprecedented move.
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February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A city audit released Thursday reveals that the Port of Long Beach spent thousands of dollars subsidizing the travel of spouses who accompanied harbor commissioners on trips to Tokyo, Paris and Montreal despite city restrictions that ban such reimbursements. The audit, which targeted five of the most expensive trips in the last two years, found that commissioners were able to get around restrictions by booking “companion tickets” which billed the spouse's flight as “free” but actually built in the cost, sometimes more than doubling the original fare.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2002
The Oxnard Harbor District has announced that Michael A. Plisky has been elected president of the Port of Hueneme harbor commission. The former Oxnard councilman previously served as vice president of the five-member panel. The annual commission reorganization included Commissioner Jess Herrera, who had served as secretary, being appointed vice president, and Commissioner Nao Takasugi, a retired assemblyman, being named secretary. The commission's other members are Raymond E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced his pick to fill one of two vacancies on the city's Harbor Commission, left open after political upheaval in the city. Foster has tapped Lori Ann Farrell, a former city controller who currently works for the city of Huntington Beach, to fill a seat on the 5-person panel. Farrell, a Long Beach resident who currently sits on the city's transit board, will replace Nick Sramek. Sramek resigned abruptly last week two days after the City Council ousted fellow Commissioner Thomas Fields in an unprecedented move.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1991
Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell has made two new nominations to the city's powerful Harbor Commission, including a woman who would be the commission's first Latino member. One of the nominees would replace Commissioner George Talin Sr., who is under investigation for possible conflicts of interest stemming from his business dealings with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday appointed real estate developer and political fund-raiser Ronald S. Lushing to the city's powerful Board of Harbor Commissioners, filling a vacancy created last week by the resignation of Ira Distenfield. Lushing, 57, is currently president of the Board of Library Commissioners. He is also a partner in Parkhill Partners, which is developing a mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles called Metropolis, and is owner of the real estate investment and consulting firm of Ronald S. Lushing & Associates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1996
After a two-month study of whether thousands of truck drivers have been exploited by the companies they work for, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission concluded Wednesday that whatever problems exist are beyond its jurisdiction. An eight-page report--produced by the port at the behest of the L.A. City Council--directs truck drivers who believe they are being cheated out of their proper paychecks or insurance coverage to bring their allegations to state law enforcement agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1996
Pressed into action after weeks of labor demonstrations at the Los Angeles Port, the City Council on Friday asked the Harbor Commission to investigate claims by hundreds of truck drivers that steamship lines and other companies involved with the port routinely break federal tax and customs laws. More than 4,000 truckers refused in early May to work for harbor area trucking companies, which haul cargo containers to and from the port for various clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1993
Eight of Mayor Richard Riordan's key appointees to citizen commissions received unanimous confirmation Tuesday from the Los Angeles City Council. The eight residents will sit on the Airport and Harbor commissions--key panels in pushing Riordan's plans for increasing the efficiency of city government. Approved for the Airport Commission were downtown lawyer Patricia M. Schnegg, homeless shelter provider Martha Brown Hicks, Warner Bros. executive Dan Garcia and housing developer Warren Valdry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1992 | LISA RICHARDSON and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a fruitless four-year search for a tenant for the former Todd Pacific Shipyard, the Harbor Commission voted Wednesday to sell the yard's assets for scrap to B & B Contractors Inc. of Seattle. The board unanimously approved the $6-million sale of the shipyard's assets despite last-minute efforts by some city officials and a local shipyard to postpone the decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Long Beach City Council removed a key member of its harbor board Tuesday evening in an unprecedented move that leaves the port with two vacancies in top leadership positions. On a 6-3 vote, council members approved Mayor Bob Foster's recommendation to fire Thomas Fields, the embattled president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission. His ouster comes at a critical point, when the Port of Long Beach is overseeing billions of dollars in improvements while it continues to search for an executive director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The price tag for a major container terminal upgrade at the Port of Los Angeles has more than doubled over the last four years, caused in large part by major design changes OKd without the approval of city elected officials. The construction budget for the 173-acre terminal development has soared to $510 million, up from the $245-million estimated cost when City Council members authorized the project in 2009, according to a new report by city budget analysts. On Tuesday, the council is scheduled to discuss the increased outlays for the project, which is located north of the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
OPINION
September 25, 2013 | PATT MORRISON
Steve Soboroff has rounded the bases in L.A. government, from the Harbor Commission to rec and parks, even a run for mayor. He's "Uncle Steve," the booster who practically drove the Endeavour space shuttle to its new home, a businessman who drove the Playa Vista development, chairman of the Weingart Foundation, a Big Brother. Now he's the top man at the L.A. Police Commission, perhaps the most scrutinized of city panels, "the citizens' voice" on policing matters, as its website pledges, tasked to work with and sometimes stand up to the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
Newport Beach is creating a special permitting process to allow sail and crew racers to exceed the harbor's 5-knot speed limit — a move that is likely to please participants in such local races as the Thursday night Beer Cans. After years of discussion, the Harbor Commission, Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol, boating groups and city officials are nearing agreement on a plan that would allow yacht clubs and collegiate associations to apply for a permit before a given regatta and legally exceed the speed limit during races and practice sessions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Thursday approved a controversial proposal to increase ship calls by 30% at one of the West Coast's largest shipping terminals and add 1,800 daily truck trips to an area already struggling to cope with some of Southern California's most polluted air. About 200 people attended the commission hearing at Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington. The panel voted 4 to 0 to certify the environmental impact report for the $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named two political supporters and an administrative law judge to the Los Angeles Fire Commission on Friday, rounding out his appointments to a panel that has been wrestling with allegations of racial bias in the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to pull out of an agreement to purchase property needed for the Alameda Corridor, although officials emphasized that the massive transportation project itself has not been derailed. The Alameda Corridor would expand rail lines from the Port of Los Angeles to the central city, greatly improving the port's ability to distribute goods to markets across the country. The rail construction would employ thousands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Harbor Commission President Nicholas G. Tonsich said Saturday that he would resign, the first of several changes expected at the city's port as Antonio Villaraigosa settles in as mayor of Los Angeles. Tonsich, a sometimes controversial appointee of former Mayor James K. Hahn, said he submitted his resignation on Thursday, effective July 12. He said he decided to resign out of respect for Hahn and to give Villaraigosa ample time to name a successor.
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