Friday, December 19, 2008

Your New Public Servants

State Assembly

Something is fishy: Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, left, receives a commendation from a constituent, Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Those wiggly blue glowing things in the background are fish residing at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

New state Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal held a community swearing-in ceremony in Long Beach this week.

Lowenthal was elected in November to the 54th Assembly District, which includes San Pedro and other Harbor Area communities.

The ceremony was held at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Lowenthal’s son, Judge Daniel Lowenthal, administered the oath of office before an audience of human and aquatic constituents.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn praised Lowenthal for her “passion, integrity and unique way of looking at things and solving problems.”

Declaring “I love Pedro,” Lowenthal said, “I feel so comfortable and welcomed there. I’ve always had a strong connection to the people, the neighborhood councils and the longshore workers.

“That’s a tremendous concern of mine right now – the casuals who have no work. We have to find ways to maintain international trade, cleanly and responsibly.

“I want my San Pedro constituents to know that I’ll continue fighting for clean air, a strong economy, full employment and a high quality of life.”

The news page of Lowenthal’s website includes a video interview with her on the Assembly floor.

Neighborhood Councils

Dawn Turner and former San Pedro Magazine columnist Jennifer Marquez were elected to the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council in November.

There is one vacancy on the Coastal board, created when newly elected boardmember Rosalie Perazzola resigned before taking office.

The board will make an appointment to fill the vacancy. For more information or to apply, contact the council at (310) 290-0049 or

The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council elected Caroline Brady-Sinco and Carlos Perez to its board on Dec. 9.

Brady-Sinco is development director at Harbor Interfaith Services and Perez owns Best Tire and Automotive at Third Street and Pacific Avenue.

San Pedro News will profile these new councilmembers next month.

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