Second District Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announced July 23 that she has entered the race for mayor of Long Beach. “Long Beach is my home. She is home to my family. I am deeply committed to the future of our great city,” Lowenthal said in her press release announcing her candidacy. “Therefore, after serious consideration and the support of my family, friends and close advisors, I have decided to run for mayor of Long Beach.” Currently serving her second term as councilmember, Lowenthal served as vice mayor of Long Beach in 2010-11 and as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission. She presently serves as Long Beach’s representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and also serves on the board of Heal the Bay. According to her press release, Lowenthal’s professional background includes her work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as the Coordinator of its domestic violence unit. She has more than 15 years of experience in the water industry, serving policy roles in the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach and currently works as an urban-planning professional in public transportation.
Former United States Marine Ricardo Linarez announced on July 19 that he will run for the Long Beach City Council to represent the 1st District. “As a longtime resident with strong ties to the Long Beach community, a community activist and U.S. veteran, I will represent the citizens of the 1st District and the city of Long Beach to the best of my abilities,” Linarez said in his announcement statement. “Since returning from active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps over a decade ago, I have contributed to my community. As your next councilmember, I am dedicated to investing on building safe and clean neighborhoods, improving our infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks, and improving our local economy by working with partners to attract jobs for local residents and assisting small businesses to thrive. I look forward to having an open dialogue with my neighbors on how we can improve our neighborhoods for all families.” Linarez works with community groups that include Wilmore Historic District, Washington Neighborhood, Wrigley area, Westside Long Beach Association, and central Long Beach according to his statement. Linarez currently serves as the senior field deputy for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, the vice president of programming for the Long Beach Democratic Club and as a state delegate for the 70th Assembly District.
Carl Kemp, who owns a government-relations firm that provides advocacy for entities seeking favorable outcomes at City Hall, has announced he will seek the 5th District Long Beach City Council seat, according to LBReport.com, to whom Kemp this week emailed a business biographical sketch. According to that biography, Kemp served two terms as student body president at California State University, Long Beach, then he became the legislative assistant to the Long Beach City Council. Kemp was then hired by City Manager Jim Hankla to oversee government affairs, where he acted as the go-to support professional on a wide range of issues, including: state and federal grant procurement, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and the Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. “In addition, [Kemp] was the first to create the federal and state legislative agendas for the City of Long Beach,” reads the biography. “[Kemp] also served as the city manager’s liaison to: neighboring cities, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Congressional Black Caucus. After his tenure with the City Manager’s Office, [Kemp] was tapped to oversee the Port of Long Beach’s newly created Community Relations and Government Affairs Division. During his time there, [he] was instrumental in securing funding for: the Gerald Desmond Bridge reconstruction, the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Green Port Open House, and the Harbor Arbor Urban Reforestation Program.”