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For Immediate Release: October 26, 2017

RICH DINES ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL

The Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Will Run Next April for the Long Beach City Council District 5 Seat Presently Represented by Stacy Mungo


LONG BEACH – Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines announced his candidacy for Long Beach City Council – District 5 today, vowing to restore a voice in city hall for northeast Long Beach residents.

Dines, a Port Manager at Los Angeles Harbor responsible for directing rail cargo, is a lifelong Long Beach area resident. In 2011 he was appointed by former Mayor Bob Foster to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, where he served a six-year term governing the Port of Long Beach -- the second busiest container seaport in all of North America.

“Over the last 6 years I have been honored to serve our community as a Harbor Commissioner, where I worked hard with my colleagues and staff to improve efficiencies, implement new programs and policies to save the port hundreds of millions of dollars, create new jobs with requirements that they must go to local residents and veterans, place us on the path of becoming the world’s first clean energy zero emission port, and influence changes in cargo operations so the Port will remain competitive for decades to come,” said Dines.

“I enjoyed my service and after much thought and encouragement from community and business leaders, I have now chosen to run for city council, where I feel I can make a difference continuing to work on behalf of our community.”

“Long Beach is facing many challenges today,” continued Dines. “Our Police and Fire Departments are underfunded and spread extremely thin, our streets and parks are in desperate need of repair, we greatly need to rebuild our infrastructure, our neighborhoods are in need of preservation instead of increased density and universal urbanization, and our taxes are amongst the highest in the entire state. I want to help facilitate solutions to these challenges and look forward to working closely with the residents and business owners of Long Beach’s 5th City Council District to do so.”

Long active in the community, Dines serves on California State University, Long Beach’s Policy & Steering Committee; the Board of Directors for the International Seafarer Center; and the Advisory Board of the International Trade Academy (ITA) at Banning High School. He has also formally served on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. He and his wife Yolita are proud homeowners in the Lakewood Village neighborhood area of Long Beach.

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Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines Announces Bid For 5th District Council Seat

October 26, 2017       Samantha Mehlinger, Assistant Editor

Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner and lifelong Long Beach resident Rich Dines announced his candidacy for the city’s 5th District city council seat early this morning. The seat is currently held by Stacy Mungo, who is running for re-election in 2018.

“Long Beach is facing many challenges today,” Dines stated. “Our police and fire departments are underfunded and spread extremely thin, our streets and parks are in desperate need of repair, we greatly need to rebuild our infrastructure, our neighborhoods are in need of preservation instead of increased density and universal urbanization, and our taxes are amongst the highest in the entire state. I want to help facilitate solutions to these challenges and look forward to working closely with the residents and business owners of Long Beach’s 5th City Council District to do so.”

A press release stated Dines chose to run to “restore a voice in city hall for northeast residents of Long Beach.”

Dines is a port manager at the Los Angeles Harbor, and is responsible for directing rail cargo. Former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster appointed Dines to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2011. He recently completed a six-year term on the commission. He was not reappointed for a second term by Mayor Robert Garcia.

In a press release, Dines stated that while serving on the commission he worked with his fellow boardmembers and port staff to improve efficiencies, create programs and policies to save the port “hundreds of millions of dollars,” create new jobs with the priority of hiring local residents and veterans, set the port on a path to zero emissions operations, and more.

“I enjoyed my service and after much thought and encouragement from community and business leaders, I have now chosen to run for city council, where I feel I can make a difference continuing to work on behalf of our community,” Dines stated.

Dines currently serves on California State University, Long Beach’s policy and steering committee; the board of directors for the International Seafarer Center; and the advisory board of the International Trade Academy at Banning High School. He lives with his wife Yolita in the Lakewood Village neighborhood of Long Beach.

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By TIM GROBATY | tgrobaty@scng.com | Press-Telegram

PUBLISHED: January 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm | UPDATED: January 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm

We love the blank slate of a new year with all its promise and hope and opportunities for success and triumph.

And yet, the fact that it comes just a day after declaring the freshly killed previous year as the worst one ever should give us good reason to approach 2018 with at least some wary pessimism, and it is the wise citizen who ventures into the year with some expectations of what the ensuing months will bring.

Toward that end, we have a few predictions that should at least keep you from getting blindsided by the events of the year.

Elections

Elections is the obvious place to start (after earthquakes, and there will be no earthquakes in Long Beach over 3.0 in 2018; it’s 2019 you have to worry about. A lot.). Of course, there are the national elections, which Democrats should sweep unless voters stubbornly cling to their adorable love for coal and making things way better for the very wealthy.

More importantly, for those of us who are Beachcentric, are the elections for mayor and councilmembers in the odd-numbered districts.

Although there is still time to announce your own run for office, at present the shoo-ins are led by Mayor Robert Garcia. He has many detractors (most of whom are unable to get over the rainbow crosswalks), but he also has legions of fans, and he has successfully slalomed through four years’ worth of controversial issues without saying much of anything. That’s good enough for another term.

The city’s two best councilpeople, the 9th’s Rex Richardson and the 3rd’s Suzie Price will breeze through without a run-off, as will the 1st’s Lena Gonzalez, who is thus far unopposed.

In District 5, Stacy Mungo is in deep, deep trouble with a ferocious NextDoor-driven constituency calling for her head. It will be the best race in the election, with heavy support for the grass-rootsy schoolmom Corliss Lee and the highly qualified former harbor commissioner Rich Dines, who we’re predicting will win in a run-off.

Roberto Uranga is under a bit of siege in District 7, with five opponents on his trail, perhaps smelling blood. He may be joining Mungo in the next race for Water Replenishment District.

Sports

It’s weird that we know so much about sports without watching a single minute of any athletic event in 2017 other than a couple of Dodgers World Series games.

You know who we really hate, though? The New England Patriots. We hate their stupid quarterback and their caveman coach and the entire New England area and everyone who lives in it.

That said: The Patriots will win the Super Bowl in February.

The Queen Mary

We remain happily skeptical about the Queen Mary ever becoming a world-class draw, or even making any money. But Goldenvoice stepping in to start throwing concerts and festivals aboard or around the ship gives us reason to hope that there will at least be a handful of cool weekends at the site, even if the ship tips over or sucks up all the money in town.

The money in town

Long Beach is in serious money trouble, thanks to losing a recent lawsuit regarding the city’s illegal pipeline fees and, more predictably pension payouts. How to solve the problem will be a big issue for city leaders and — hey, look at that Measure A money! Can they do that? Can they use tax money promised for infrastructure for other things? Sure! But, you say, what about the Measure A Oversight Committee? We look at you blankly, and the Oversight Committee overlooks it altogether. That’s our prediction.

Recreational marijuana

Smoking weed just for the fun of it still not legal in Long Beach. You can only use marijuana for medicinal purposes, such as severe pain, having difficulty sleeping, difficulty waking up, lower back pain, headaches, loss of appetite, restless leg syndrome, glaucoma, OCD, high-, low-, or just-right blood pressure, bad and good cholesterol, boredom or existential nausea. If only there were doctors who would issue medical marijuana cards in or around Long Beach.

Belmont Pool

There comes a time when, sadly, we must give up on our dreams. The ballyhooed (by some) $103 million aquapalace called the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center, which makes San Simeon look like a filthy pigeon coop, has about $62 million in funding from the city. Backers hope to get the rest from “someone else.” Meanwhile, the plans still have to wind their way through the Coastal Commission which isn’t all that excited on building something that’s going to be underwater if global warming isn’t an elaborate hoax against China.

The Land Use Element of the General Plan

It goes to City Council early in the year where it will be approved and then developers will swoop in and build high-rise crackhouses in your backyard where residents will spend their days huffing gold paint and watching your family members frolic in the yard or pool and occasionally leaving the complex to steal packages from your porch because a man’s gotta eat. And that’s the best-case scenario. We’re not worrying about it.

Disclaimer

We need to tell you that all of the above can be rendered irrelevant by events in our nation’s capital and world events. So, the wise citizen will disregard them in advance. Our crystal ball is far from clear on the matter. In fact, all we see is a big cloud. Could be a mushroom cloud, a mega-storm or just a roomful of pot-smokers.