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Local Government and Community Stakeholders

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles, the largest city in the state of California and the second-largest in the United States by population, with more than 4 million residents, spanning 469.1 square miles. Mayor Garcetti was elected on May 21, 2013 and sworn into office on July 1, 2013.


Councilman Joe Buscaino, 15th Council District

Councilman Joe Buscaino represents the 15th Council District, which includes the Port of Los Angeles and the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, and Watts.


Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners oversees the management and operations of the Port of Los Angeles, one of the busiest, most successful seaports in the United States. The five-member board is appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. The commissioners serve five-year terms and elections are held every July for the offices of president and vice president. The Board's jurisdiction is limited to the Harbor District. (The Harbor District is depicted in yellow on this map.)


Port of Los Angeles Community Advocates


Augie Bezmalinovich, Community Advocate, San Pedro

Augie BezmalinovichAugie Bezmalinovich works for the Community Relations Division at the Port of Los Angeles as the San Pedro Community Affairs Advocate. He serves as a liaison between the various communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles and throughout the Southern California region to educate and promote the Port as both a regional community partner and major economic asset. He works with community leaders and Port-related business stakeholders to identify programs and venues for facilitation of Port and community interactions citywide and provide strategies for overcoming or resolving community issues that impact the Port. Augie is a lifelong resident of San Pedro, where his family has lived for close to 100 years. He graduated from Mary Star of the Sea High School and University of Southern California. He and his wife Lynn have three children and two grandchildren.

Contact Augie:

(310) 732-3503


Cecilia Moreno, Community Advocate, Wilmington

Cecilia MorenoCecilia Moreno is the Wilmington Community Affairs Advocate for the Port of Los Angeles having joined the City of Los Angeles in July of 2006. Prior to this position, Cecilia managed the community affairs for the Shell Los Angeles Refinery in Wilmington, now known as the Andeavor Refinery. Cecilia is a native of Wilmington where she continues to live, working to improve the quality of live of the residents of this wonderful community. Cecilia is a product of public education having graduated from Banning High School and attending California State University Dominguez Hills where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master's Degree in Public Administration. She is also a graduate of the Coro Executive Fellows Program. She is readily recognized for her civic and community activities having served on the boards of several organizations like the Wilmington YMCA, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Neighborhood Council, Friends of Banning’s Landing and the Harbor Division Community-Police Advisory Board. In 2009, she was recognized as a True Angel of the City of Los Angeles by then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She co-founded and has co-chaired the Harbor Division Spanish Community-Police Advisory Board since 2004. She continues to strive to build a healthy, safe community for all stakeholders.

Contact Cecilia:

(310) 732-7659


Neighborhood Councils

As defined by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (Empower LA), certified Neighborhood Councils are diverse, inclusive, and open to all community stakeholders. A community stakeholder is defined as any individual who lives, works or owns property in a Neighborhood Council area. In addition, community stakeholder status may be identified by participation in, among other things, educational institutions, religious institutions, community organizations or other nonprofit organizations, block clubs, neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, apartment associations, condominium associations, resident associations, school/parent groups, faith based groups and organizations, senior groups and organizations, youth groups and organizations, chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, service organizations, park advisory boards, boys and girls clubs, cultural groups, environmental groups, code watch, neighborhood watch, police advisory board groups, and/or redevelopment action boards. For more information, please visit the Empower LA website.

The following links are Neighborhood Councils certified in the Los Angeles Harbor Area:

Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC)

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSSPNC)

Empowerment Congress Southeast Area Neighborhood Development Council (ECSEA)

Harbor City Neighborhood Council (HARCNC)

Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC)

Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council (HGSNC)

Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC)

Watts Neighborhood Council (WATTS)

Wilmington Neighborhood Council (WILNC)


Chambers of Commerce

Local chambers serve as a communication outlet for the Port of Los Angeles, helping to extend its community outreach efforts. A number of Port staff members serve dual roles as chamber members and constituents of neighboring Harbor area cities. The following are local chambers located near the Port of Los Angeles:

California Chamber of Commerce

Carson Chamber of Commerce

Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Lomita Chamber of Commerce

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce


San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID)

The San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID) is a property-based business improvement district formed in 2008. The PBID’s boundaries extend from 4th Street on the north to 9th Street on the south and west from Harbor Boulevard to Pacific Avenue. The PBID’s goal is to provide a district that fosters business development, expanded retail sales, ownership of residential real estate and tourism in a clean, safe environment for Downtown San Pedro.

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