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Mayor Moves To Oust Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Thomas Fields

By Business Journal Staff

November 11, 2013 (Updated November 13, 2013) – Mayor Bob Foster has agendized an item for the November 19 Long Beach City Council meeting to remove Thomas Fields from the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Fields, who was appointed in 2009 by Foster and currently serves as president of the five-member commission, has two years remaining on his six-year term.

Late last year, the Business Journal reported about accusations leveled at Fields by fellow commissioner Doug Drummond during a closed session of the board. Fields left the meeting and issued a letter to Foster asking for an investigation. Foster and then-city attorney Robert Shannon criticized Fields for violating the Brown Act by disclosing closed session discussions.

More recently, Councilmember Gary DeLong and others have criticized Fields for what they claim are high travel expenses charged to the port. City Auditor Laura Doud has been preparing a report on port travel expenses, which is to be released this month. In response, Fields suggested that Doud expand her audit “to cover all city officials’ travel paid for by the port during the past seven years.”

For more information, read the November 19 edition of the Business Journal.