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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Robert Garcia and City Auditor Laura Doud Announce nominations for Ethics Commission

Release Date: 2019-08-09


Press Release #08092019

Contact:         Detrick A. Manning, Communications Deputy, Office of Mayor Robert Garcia

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Mayor Robert Garcia and City Auditor Laura Doud announced their nominations for the Ethics Commission. Their recommendations are Susan Wise, James Shotwell, Kimmy Maniquis and Laura Som. These nominations will be presented to the City Council’s Personnel and Civil Service Committee for adoption at its meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

“Long Beach voted overwhelmingly to create an Ethics Commission and I am confident these appointees will work to create an even stronger and more just community,” said Mayor Garcia.

“I am happy to support these four outstanding individuals who are committed to enhancing the ethical climate in our City,” said City Auditor Doud. “I am also looking forward to working with the Commission in promoting ethical behavior and fraud prevention and detection to continue to keep our City accountable and transparent.”

On November 6, 2018, Long Beach voters approved Measure CCC which created an Ethics Commission in the City Charter composed of seven Long Beach residents for monitoring, administering and implementing governmental ethics in the City of Long Beach.

The Commission’s responsibilities include the impartial administration and implementation of the provisions of the Charter, statutes and ordinances concerning campaign financing, lobbying, conflicts of interest and governmental ethics.

Per the City Charter, the Mayor’s appointments must be residents who are involved with local civic organizations with a demonstrated history of involvement in local governance. The City Auditor’s two appointments must include a background in public policy or public law, governmental ethics or open government matters, campaign finance, auditing of ethics laws and/or protection of whistleblowers.

Appointee Biographies:

Susan Wise – Auditor Appointee - First Term through July 2023

Susan E. Anderson Wise is an attorney and has been a Long Beach resident since 1974. She has served as a Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner and as a Governing Boardmember of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. Susan has been awarded the Soroptimist International of Long Beach Award, Woman of Distinction Award; Long Beach Bar Association, Lawyer of the Year Award; and Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach, Sommelier d’Esprit Award. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago.

James Shotwell – Auditor Appointee - First Term through July 2023

James Shotwell has been a resident of Long Beach for the past 13 years. He is Director, Corporate Compliance & Information Governance at Southern California Edison. He is responsible for the promotion of an ethical culture and the development, implementation and oversight of company-wide programs for compliance management, affiliate compliance, privacy compliance, information governance, and policy management. James received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law and is a part of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (formerly ECOA).

Kimmy Maniquis – Mayor Appointee – First Term through July 2023

Kimmy Maniquis is the former Executive Director of CCEJ, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, an organization based in Long Beach that works to transform individuals and communities, heal conflicts and build unity. She has over a decade of service to CCEJ, having led its flagship youth programs including Building Bridges Camp and programs throughout Southern California. She is currently serving on the Human Relations Commission.

Som Rathmeny Eare (Laura Som) – Mayor Appointee – First Term through July 2023

Laura was 10 years old when she immigrated to Long Beach from a refugee camp in Cambodia. She founded the MAYE Center which promotes individual healing through time-old techniques of meditation, agriculture and gardening, yoga, and education. She is the co-chair of Equity for Cambodians to end Gerrymandering. Laura has a Biochemistry degree from the University of Riverside.

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

The Mayor and the City Auditor each appoint two members, with City Council confirmation.  The remaining three members will be appointed by the four confirmed Commissioners.  Once appointed, Ethics Commissioners can serve a maximum of two, four-year terms.

Those interested in being considered for the remaining openings should submit applications for consideration. The application is available here: