Friday, September 5, 2014

New LB Harbor Commissioner Nominated

By Mark Edward Nero

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia nominated a former California deputy attorney general for a seat on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Sept. 2.

The nominee is environmental attorney Tracy Egoscue, who now heads the Long Beach-based Egoscue Law Group. Egoscue is known for having achieved one of the largest Clean Water Act settlements in California history – $5 million – against the City of Los Angeles in 2004. The lawsuit, which she filed in 1998 as head of the nonprofit environmental group Santa Monica Baykeeper, forced the City of LA to accept responsibility for more than 3,600 spills that occurred between 1988 and 1998. The settlement required that Los Angeles replace 488 miles of sewer lines, clean 2,800 miles of sewers annually and increase the sewer system’s capacity.

Egoscue also previously won a $2.5 million settlement against the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts in 2006 relating to five years of overflows from the Sanitation Districts’ wastewater collection system between January 2001 and September 2006.

Egoscue also previously served a stint as executive officer of the LA region of the state’s Regional Water Quality Control Board, quit in May 2010 after less than three years on the job.

She also currently sits on the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters.

If confirmed, Egoscue would assume the seat on the board formerly held by Susan Anderson Wise, who stepped down from the harbor board July 14.