Meet Rich Dines

Mr. Rich Dines is a port manager directing rail cargo moving through one of the the most productive container terminals in the country.  He is a lifetime resident of the greater Long Beach area.  He and his wife Yolita own their home in the Lakewood Village neighborhood of Long Beach’s 5th District.

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In 2011, Mayor Bob Foster appointed Mr. Dines to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, which is the governing body for the Port of Long Beach.  The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container seaport in North America and is recognized as winning “Best Seaport in North America” 19 out of the last 22 years.

Under his leadership, the Port of Long Beach implemented new programs and policies that will ensure the port remains competitive for decades to come. 

Mr Dines focuses on creating new efficiencies in terminal operations with a positive impact on global supply chains.  His Land Use Study proposal, adopted by the Board in 2013, prevented development of obsolete terminals in the inner harbor which saved the Port several hundred million dollars.

Under his recommendation and direction, the Port adopted a groundbreaking energy policy that is the foundation for the Port’s plan to become the world’s first zero emission port.  His Energy Island Initiative will provide backup power for City of Long Beach critical infrastructure including Police and Fire operations. Both the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have adopted Mr. Dines’ proposal to increase the amount of containers moved by on-dock rail to 50% of total port volume.  This policy will reduce the cost for road repair, improve air quality and create thousands of good, local jobs.

During his tenure at the Port, Mr Dines supported many programs, grants and sponsorships to directly benefit the Long Beach community.  Continued support for Concerts in the Park, Solar Grand Prix along with mitigation grants for tree planting were a focus in an overall effort to bring value to the community. 

A strong supporter for the creation of local jobs, Dines spearheaded the Port’s agreement that sets a goal of 40% local residents to be hired for major construction projects including the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge.  An additional 10% of those jobs will go to veterans.  

Dines supported programs such as the Port academy at Cabrillo High School and partnerships with LBCC and CSULB.

Mr. Dines sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for the California State University, Long Beach, the Board of Directors for the International Seafarer Center and the Advisory Board of the International Trade Academy (ITA) at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA. He formally served on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board.