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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Schipske Asks Auditor to Include Look at Foreign Travel by Mayor and City Councilmembers -- Wants Politicization of Port to Stop

English: "Green Port" flag of the Po...
English: "Green Port" flag of the Port of Long Beach. I work for the communications dept. for the Port of Long Beach and the pictures I use meet the criteria of being "free content." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Cranes at the Hanjin Shipping termina...
English: Cranes at the Hanjin Shipping terminal at the Port of Long Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Councilwoman Asks Auditor Doud to Include in Her Audit – Travel Expenses of Non-Harbor Commissioners – Mayor and City Councilmembers

September 13, 2014 – Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today called on City Auditor Laura Doud to include in an audit of travel expenses of the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a review of the travel expenses of non-Commissioners who traveled on port dollars.

“I think the public needs a full accounting of how the Port of Long Beach has spent funds on travel and who have been the recipients of these funds,” says Schipske.  “Harbor Commissioners have a specific duty to help expand trade relations with other countries and the shipping industry and their travel is justified. Other's travel is highly questionable.”

Schipske adds that unless wrongdoing can be proven concerning the current Board President, Thomas Fields, “it appears there is a witch hunt going on against a commissioner who dared disagree with the current Mayor about where to locate the Port headquarters. This continual politicization of the Port of Long Beach is causing serious harm in the shipping community and it needs to stop.”

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