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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Robert Garcia Announces Charter Commission Appointments

Release Date: 2019-07-19


Press Release #07192019

Contact:         Mark Taylor, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Robert Garcia

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Mayor Garcia announced his nominations for the following Charter Commissions: Steven Neal, The Harbor Commission; James Ahumada, Citizens Police Complaint Commission; Bandon Downling, Civil Service Commission and Robert Shannon, Water Commission.  The Mayor’s nominations will be presented to the City Council’s Personnel and Civil Service Committee at its meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

“Steven Neal is a proven leader whose dedication and service to the City of Long Beach and its residents as a Councilmember and community leader have prepared him to serve as a Harbor Commissioner. I know that the Port will continue to be an economic engine for the region and environmental leader under his stewardship.

I am proud to nominate these outstanding Long Beach residents to serve as Commissioners.  Charter Commissions oversee important operations for our City, so I am grateful to each for their willingness to serve,” said Mayor Garcia.

The Mayor’s nominees are as follows:

Steven Neal, Harbor Commission

“Steven Neal was a great Council colleague and is a respected member of our community. I’m excited to have a Harbor Commissioner from North Long Beach who will ensure we have good jobs and continue to make our port an environmental leader,” said Councilmember Al Austin.

For more than three decades Steven Neal has dedicated his life to serving and advocating for working families in the Los Angeles/Long Beach region. Steven has supported working families in his roles serving on the board of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, Chair of the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Long Beach Transit, The Guidance Center, serving four years on the Long Beach City Council, and most recently, in his role as co-founder of the Economic and Policy Impact Center-a new nonprofit working to advance economic opportunity for working families. Steven is also the Senior Pastor for LIFE Gospel Ministries.

James Ahumada, Citizens Police Complaint Commission

James Ahumada is a District 1 resident and an alumnus of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. James currently works as the Senior Communications Manager for the CSULB Associated Students, Incorporated. In addition to his work with CSULB Associated Students, James also served as a legislative assistant and deputy press secretary for Congressman Henry Waxman, Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He a graduate of this year’s Leadership Long Beach class.

Brandon Dowling, Civil Service Commission

Brandon Dowling is the Communications Director for Pacific6 Enterprises, where he oversees communications, community engagement, and employee/leadership messaging. Brandon has also served as the Internal Communications Director for Molina Health Care. He is currently a member of the first Economic and Policy Impact Center (EPIC) Leaders Institute Class.

Robert Shannon, Water Commission

Robert Shannon is a reappointment to a second term through June 2024. Robert was initially appointed to the Board of Water Commissioners by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster in April of 2014. Prior to this, he worked as a municipal lawyer for the City of Long Beach for over 30 years. In addition to this, Robert served as the City Attorney of Long Beach for 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Meals on Wheels program.

After the nominations are heard at by the Personnel and Civil Service Committee, they will refer their recommendation to the full council for consideration at its next scheduled meeting.