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Mayor Garcetti names new Board of Harbor Commissioners

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Mayor Eric Garcetti named a new slate of Harbor Commissioners Tuesday. Their main responsibility is oversight of the Port of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced five new members to the Board of Harbor Commission Tuesday, tasking his nominees with overseeing the busiest port in the nation, which has a budget of $1.1 billion.

The appointments come just weeks after the port's top executive, Geraldine Knatz, announced she would retire at the end of the year. The mayor will choose a new port director, but the commission will have a role in the approval process.

"The Port of Los Angeles is the nation's number one port and is a major economic driver for our local, regional, and national economy," Garcettti said in a statement. "Keeping our port at peak performance is key to bringing and keeping jobs here in L.A. and to putting the recession in the rear-view mirror."

The mayor’s nominees are:

  • Patricia Castellanos, deputy director of the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy
  • Anthony Pirozzi, Boeing Satellite Development Center
  • Vilma Martinez, former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina  
  • Edward Renwick, partner of The Yucaipa Companies

David Arian, current vice president of the commission, will remain on the panel.

The nominations are subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council. 

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