News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Cordero, who has served on the Long Beach Harbor Commission since 2003, was first recommended for appointment by President Barack Obama last year and confirmed by the senate on April 14. Cordero is expected to be sworn into his new position in Washington, D.C., in the next several weeks. The independent federal agency is responsible for “regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers and the American consumer,” according to the FMC. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster is expected to recommend soon to the city council a replacement for Cordero on the five-member harbor commission.

• The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association is hosting a luncheon, featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the guest speaker, on May 11 at 11:30 a.m., at the Simon’s Water Front Banquet Center, 1050 Nagoya Way, at Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Reservations for the luncheon may be made by contacting Laura Williams at 415/352-0710 or Cost for lunch is $35 for PMSA members and $45 for non-members.

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