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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.