- Terelle Jerricks
18-Year POLB Veteran Moves Up the Ranks
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 21, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners appointed John Y. Chun as the new director of engineering design, heading up roads, utilities and other infrastructure projects for the Port of Long Beach.
Chun, who started with the port in 1996 as a civil engineering assistant, has served as a deputy chief harbor engineer since 2008, and has been involved in a number of port projects including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment, Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Stormwater Master Plan, Pavement Management System and Traffic Sign Inventory Program.
The Engineering Design Division is critical to the development and maintenance of port channels, roads, wharfs, utilities and other facilities. The division produces technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for port construction projects. As the division director, Chun is responsible for managing multiple in-house design projects and consulting contracts. Engineering Design has a staff of 45 professional and technical individuals reporting to him. Chun succeeds Neil D. Morrison, who was recently promoted to assistant managing director, engineering design and maintenance.
Chun earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master’s in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.
POLB Contributes $20,000 to Rescue of Local Birds
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 19, the Port of Long Beach that it is expanding its partnership with the International Bird Rescue.
The International Bird Rescue is a global expert in oiled wildlife emergencies and aquatic bird care. The partnership that was unofficially established during an animal cruelty case earlier this year in which a California brown pelican was found along the Long Beach shoreline with its pouch slashed by what might have been a knife or sharp object.
POLB has committed a total of $20,000 during 2014 to support International Bird Rescue’s primary mission to care for injured wildlife, affected by the urban environment, including birds found in Long Beach and surrounding communities.
As part of this partnership, the port and International Bird Rescue will work together to highlight the remarkable species that live in local marine environments through a regular “sponsored patient” campaign. Each sponsored bird will reflect the biodiversity of local ecosystems, and will be prominently featured on POLB and International Bird Rescue social media.
Through its Green Port Policy, the port has worked to maintain area marine habitat as well as to actively monitor local populations of bird species. The Green Port Policy also has supported habitat restoration at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and other local wetlands that serve as key stopover points for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, which stretches from Alaska to Argentina.
The partnership unofficially began this spring, when Pink, the pelican, was found on the Long Beach shoreline with its throat pouch cut from ear to ear by an unknown perpetrator. The port contributed $5,000 to surgery for the pelican, nicknamed “Pink,” who was released in early June.
The first official sponsored bird is an American avocet, one whose nest had been recently abandoned due to human activity; the bird has been raised among other wading birds and shorebirds at International Bird Rescue. Avocets are federally protected wading birds that can be seen “sweeping” their upturned bills through shallow water for food at critically important coastal wetlands. More information on this sponsored bird can be found here.
Details: (510) 289-1472; www.polb.com/environment, www.bird-rescue.org.
The Belmont Plaza Pool Gets Closer to Demolition
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 19, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a $206,400 increase on a contract with Psomas Corp. for the demolition of the Belmont Plaza Pool expected to begin in late September.
The pool was closed in January 2013 after seismic deficiencies in the structure were found.
Demolishing the pool will cost more than $3.1 because of the abatement of hazardous materials, which was more than expected. Tidelands funds will help pay for the demolition and the construction of a new pool.
In June, city staff proposed an indoor Olympic-sized pool and an outdoor pool.
Garcetti Appoints LA’s First Chief Data Officer
LOS ANGELES — On Aug. 20, Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Abhi Nemani as Los Angeles’ first chief data officer.
As part of Mayor Garcetti’s effort to build a data-driven culture of innovation and excellence in city government, Nemani will work with city departments to collect and analyze data, and will lead the operation of the city’s new open-data portal at https://data.lacity.org/.
Los Angeles’ open data initiative began with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s third executive directive issued on December 18th, 2013.
The directive states:
“To promote transparency and accountability, the City of Los Angeles (“City”) will make publicly available raw data in easy-to-find and accessible formats. Open Data is raw data generated or collected by government agencies made freely available for use by the public, subject only to valid privacy, confidentiality, security, and other legal restrictions.”
Previously, Nemani served as co-executive director of the non-profit Code for America, a technology organization dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century.
Nemani will join Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Budget and Innovation, headed by Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, and will work closely with Chief Technology Officer Steve Reneker, Chief Innovation Technology Officer Peter Marx, and the mayor’s Innovation Performance Technology Unit. Nemani will start on Sept. 2.
LAPD Settles with Family of Man Shot in Pursuit
LOS ANGELES — On Aug. 20, the Los Angeles City Council announced a $5 million settlement was reached to compensate the family of Brian Beaird, who was shot during a vehicle pursuit.
The settlement was reached to resolve any damage claims made by Mr. Beaird’s family.
At about 10:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013, Newton Patrol Division uniformed officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a Chevrolet Corvette for reckless driving. The vehicle pursuit terminated when the Corvette struck a vehicle in the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street. When the suspect exited his vehicle, an officer-involved shooting occurred. No weapon was recovered. Beaird was transported to local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting investigation has not yet been completed. It is anticipated that the investigation will be presented to the Board of Police Commissioners within 90 days. The officers involved in this incident have been assigned home pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s Use-Of-Force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call (213) 486-5230 or visit LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Arrested for Child Pornography Distribution
Santa Fe Springs — Lorne Reed, a former Los Angeles County Deputy sheriff, was arrested Aug. 20, in Santa Fe Springs for sharing child pornography on the Internet.
The investigation began in April.
On Aug. 20, the warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence. Reed, 32, a former deputy sheriff was at home along with his two children and was taken into custody without incident. The children were taken into protective custody by Department of Children and Family Services.
Reed is being held at the Metropolitan Jail Division and bail has been set at $20,000.
Details: (562) 624-4027.