Al Austin II
Al Austin II was elected in 2012 to the Long Beach City Council, representing the Eighth District, which includes Bixby Knolls, Los Cerritos and parts of North Long Beach.
Since taking office, Councilmember Austin has focused on promoting strong and safe neighborhoods, and revitalizing the commercial corridors.
Some of Councilmember Austin's public safety accomplishments include: passage of the Alcohol Nuisance Abatement and Social Hosting Ordinances, securing funding for the Prohibited Possessor Taskforce coupled with a gun buyback event, and successfully advocating for public hours at Long Beach's North Division Police Station. Councilmember Austin has also promoted Community Watch groups as tools to help make neighborhoods safer and has seen the number of Eighth District residents involved in these groups grow during his tenure.
Councilmember Austin has worked to ensure funding for the Be S.A.F.E. Summer Program for youth programs in the parks, as well as the P.E.A.C.E. (Positive Energy Activates Constant Elevation) Basketball League for 18 to 25 year olds. He has held countless community events, including the adoption-centered "Share Your Heart, Share Your Home" event, back to school events, budget town halls, health fairs, tree planting events, community clean ups and many, many other events. He is an active participant in Bixby Knolls' First Fridays as well as many other concerts, movies in the park and other events. Councilmember Austin has also fought for more dollars for residential street and sidewalk repairs and has been a champion for improvements at many of the neighborhood parks throughout the Eighth District.
Business Corridor Improvements
Councilmember Austin has worked hard to ensure that businesses in the Eighth District thrive and succeed. He has worked closely with the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association to bring many new businesses to the corridor, played a major role in organizing the businesses in the Virginia Village business corridor on Long Beach Boulevard, and been an advocate for the new Uptown Business Improvement District along Atlantic Avenue north of Market Street. Councilmember Austin has also secured funding for street improvements along many of the major corridors of the Eighth District.
Councilmember Austin serves as chair of the City Council's State Legislation Committee and the Personnel and Civil Service Committee. He also serves on the Public Safety Committee, the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee, and the I-710 Oversight Committee. Councilmember Austin also serves as the City's representative to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the League of California Cities, and chairs the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) Joint Powers Authority.
Councilmember Austin moved to Long Beach as an aerospace worker at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), where he worked for over a decade. He later worked for State Senator Kevin Murray as a district field representative in Los Angeles and Culver City.
For the past ten years, Councilmember Austin has served as a professional staff representative for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, where he works in support of working families, and quality public services throughout California.
Councilmember Austin, his wife, Daysha, and two sons are proud residents of the Uptown Long Beach community.