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Long Beach councilman hopes to claim seat on powerful air regulation board

Long Beach councilman hopes to claim seat on powerful air regulation board
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Long Beach City Councilman Rex Richardson. Courtesy Photo Councilman Rex Richardson is seeking a seat on the powerful South Coast Air Quality Management District board, which monitors and regulates air quality for the region—but rather than court voters, he will have to solicit support from leaders of the 51 cities he would represent. The 13-member board helps to set standards, policies and fines to help combat pollution in four counties that have some of the nation’s worst pollution: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. Despite being one of largest cities in the region, Long Beach has lacked a voice on the board since 2010. Richardson was the lone member of the council to apply for the city’s nomination earlier this month. Rolling Hills Estates Councilwoman Judith Mitchell, who currently holds the seat Richardson is hoping to fill, is not running for re-election. Long Beach is now in the middle of a campaign to whip votes for him. Among those running to replace Mitchell as the representative of SCAQMD’s LA County Western Region seat is Elizabeth Alcantar, the current mayor of Cudahy; and Justin Massey, mayor pro tem of Hermosa Beach. The two cities have a combined population of […]

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