Mayor Garcia Appoints Environmental Attorney Tracy Egoscue to Board of Harbor Commissioners

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Mayor Robert Garcia (left) appointed environmental attorney Tracy Egoscue (center) to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday. Jon Slangerup (right), Chief Executive of the Port joined in the announcement. Photo by Keith Lewis, Everything Long Beach.

Mayor Robert Garcia (left) appointed environmental attorney Tracy Egoscue (center) to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday. Jon Slangerup (right), Chief Executive of the Port joined in the announcement. Photo by Keith Lewis, Everything Long Beach.

Mayor Robert Garcia has made the first commission appointment of his term, naming environmental attorney and former Deputy Attorney General, Tracy Egoscue to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Mayor Garcia, accompanied by Egoscue and the Port’s Chief Executive Jon Slangerup, made the announcement at a press conference today in front of Long Beach City Hall.

“Tracy is an accomplished and dedicated community leader with a breadth and depth of experience that is truly exceptional, and I am extremely confident in her commitment to Long Beach,” said Garcia. “Her record of environmental stewardship, and her knowledge of business and industry make her the perfect candidate to continue the Port and City on the path of collaboration, sustainability, and prosperity.”

Rick Zbur, President and Chair of the California League of Conservation Voters, expressed strong support for Egoscue’s appointment. “Tracy is respected across the state as a highly capable leader, and has a strong record as an environmental advocate. We couldn’t be more pleased with Mayor Garcia’s choice”

Industry leaders also expressed confidence in Egoscue’s abilities and support for the Mayor’s decision.

“It would be hard to find a more qualified, well rounded Commissioner than Tracy Egoscue,” said George Adams, CEO of SA recycling, a major Port merchant. “My personal opinion is that the Mayor has hit a home run here.”

Egoscue, a 13 year resident of Long Beach, maintains a private law practice in Bixby Knolls, and has a long record of public service and advocacy. She was Executive Officer of the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, and was Executive Director of the Santa Monica Baykeeper, where she won one of the largest Clean Water Act settlements in history, a $5 billion settlement that led to a 10 year pipeline rehabilitation program.

Ms. Egoscue has practiced environmental litigation as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, and worked on environmental issues encompassing the Air Resources Board, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the Federal Clean Water Act.

She currently serves on the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters. Egoscue lives in the 7th council district and her children attend LBUSD schools.

“I am honored and grateful to be named to the Harbor Commission, and look forward to serving the Port and the people of Long Beach,” Ms. Egoscue said. “I look forward to strengthening the Port’s relationship with the City, as well as the sustainability of Port operations.”

The Mayor’s appointment requires approval from the City Council, which is expected this month.

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