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Doug Otto Forms Exploratory Committee For Mayor
Local attorney Doug Otto, a long time resident of Long Beach, has formed a committee to explore the possibility of running for mayor in 2014. Of his most notable professional and civic accomplishments, Otto has been elected three times to the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees, served as chair of Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010 and served two terms on the city planning commission. “I respect [Mayor] Bob [Foster] and the work he has done in the city,” Otto said. “His success in stabilizing the city’s budget in difficult times and initiating major pension reform has been enormously important for Long Beach. I want to build on the foundation that Mayor Foster has created.” For more information, visit dougottoforlongbeach.com.

Harbor Commission To Discuss Middle Harbor Construction Bid, Pier J Bike Path
The Long Beach Harbor Commission meets Tuesday to discuss several items, including advertising construction bids for the Middle Harbor terminal redevelopment and a one-year contract with KOA Corporation of Orange, California, to design bike and pedestrian paths on Pier J. Visit polb.com for more information.

Port of L.A. Container Volume Drops In January
The Port of Los Angeles’ January cargo volumes dropped 4.25 percent compared to the year before due to a vessel service that shifted out of the port. Imports saw a 5.32 percent drop in twenty-foot equivalent containers in January 2013 compared to January 2012, while exports dropped 5.44 percent in the same time period. Combined, total loaded imports and exports in January decreased 5.36 percent from a year ago.

Veggie Grill Hosts Long Beach Police Foundation Fundraiser
Veggie Grill, at 6451 Pacific Coast Hwy, sponsors a fundraiser for the Long Beach Police Foundation’s Baker to Vegas Relay Team on Thursday from 5-10 p.m. Proceeds, or 50 percent of food and beverage purchases, benefit the 2013 relay team. The 120-mile annual relay race, which takes place April 13-14, spans from Baker, California, to Las Vegas and involves more than 5,000 sworn police and military personnel, and more than 20,000 volunteers.

Uptown Partners Elects First Board Of Directors
Uptown Partners announced its first board of directors at its January meeting. Elected officials include Laurie Angel as chair, Greg Ernst as vice-chair, John Oppenheim as treasurer and Darleen Broom as secretary. UP is a nonprofit corporation focused on economic and community development in Uptown Long Beach. Board meetings are held every third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the North Long Beach Annex, 5641 Atlantic Ave.

Signal Hill Hosts Free Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Captain Ron Mark from the Signal Hill Police Department leads an emergency preparedness workshop on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Signal Hill Community Center. The workshop provides important disaster preparation and emergency situation tips for the whole family. Refreshments will be served. Call 562/989-7330 to RSVP.