- Terelle Jerricks
Long Beach Technology Services Director Retires
LONG BEACH — Curtis Tani, director of the Long Beach Department of Technology Services, recently announced his plans to retire, effective Sept.12, 2014.
Curtis has been director since 2004. Prior to that time he was acting director and also customer services manager for Technology Services, and assistant to the city manager. He began his career with Long Beach in 1990 as a senior auditor in the city auditor’s office.
Under his leadership, Long Beach modernized information systems and technology infrastructure, leveraged cloud technology, deployed virtualized servers and personal computers, expanded fiber optic and wireless network technologies, migrated to internet-based phone technology, implemented smartphone apps, deployed Wi-Fi at city facilities, launched the Citizen Technology Advisory Committee, increased the use of mobile computing technologies, expanded its video surveillance camera network and implemented disaster recovery capabilities.
Long Beach has been named a Top Ten Digital City in the nation the past three years by the Center for Digital Government, recognizing the city’s commitment to innovative and effective use of technology to enhance City operations and improve the customer experience.
Long Beach will conduct a national search for the next director of Technology Services. In the interim, City Manager Pat West announced he will appoint Chris Wilding as acting director of Technology Services upon Tani’s retirement.
Wilding has significant technology experience in both the public and private sectors, having served five years as the chief information and innovation officer for the City of Henderson, Nev. and chief information officer for Bechtel, a premier global engineering and construction company with 45,000 employees.
California Awards $553,000 for MacArthur Park Rehabilitation
LONG BEACH — Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine recently was awarded a $553,000 grant to renovate MacArthur Park at 1321 E. Anaheim St.
The funding comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development Housing-Related Parks grant program, which creates incentives and rewards local governments for building affordable housing to fund much-needed parks in their communities.
The renovation also will bring the park into compliance with the American’s With Disabilities Act, as well as playground safety standards.
Housing-Related Parks provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities. Grant awards are based on the number of bedrooms in newly constructed ownership and the rehabilitation of rental housing units that are classified as being affordable to very low¬ income and low-income households.
Interim Director of University Art Museum at CSULB Appointed
LONG BEACH — Brian Trimble recently was appointed interim director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach.
His appointment follows the departure of Chris Scoates, who left in July to become the director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Trimble earned his bachelor’s degree in ceramics, a master’s in art education and a doctorate in educational leadership at CSULB. He has worked for eight years at the University Art Museum as curator of education.
Trimble has taught at CSULB as a lecturer for art education and liberal studies and served as a Getty Foundation Multicultural Intern regional hub leader from 2008 to 2012.