The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority is a Joint Powers Authority composed of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, State Coastal Conservancy, City of Long Beach, and City of Seal Beach.
The Board of Directors of the Authority consists of four members, one from each agency.
One member appointed by the State Coastal Conservancy.
Sam Schuchat (Chair):
Samuel P. Schuchat became Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy in July 2001. He was previously the Executive Director of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues, the trade association of 26 environmental Political Action Committees (PAC) in as many states. For six years he also served as the Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, the nation’s largest and oldest state environmental PAC with 25,000 members.Mr. Schuchat served as vice-president of the California Fish and Game Commission from 1999 to 2005. He has an extensive background in fund-raising and management of not-for-profit organizations. He has worked as a community and union organizer, has raised money for community art projects, and was the deputy director of Sacramento AIDS foundation in the late 1980s. He received his BA in Political Science at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1983, and his MA in Public Administration at San Francisco State University in 1989. He is an avid birdwatcher and has backpacked all over the Eastern and Western United States. He resides in Oakland with his wife and daughter. (Alternate: Joan Cardellino)
One member appointed by the City of Long Beach.
Councilmember Suzie Price (Vice-Chair):
Suzie Price was sworn into the Long Beach City Council as the Third District Councilwoman on July 15, 2014. As a member of the Long Beach City Council, Councilwoman Price is Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Finance Committee and the Tidelands and Harbor Committee, a member of the Budget Oversight Committee, and Vice Chair of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. Serving as Chair of the Public Safety Committee Councilwoman Price was instrumental in dedicating $350,000 to the Long Beach Police Department to target residential burglaries and as Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Finance Committee she established a small business recruitment, retention, and growth pilot program for the City. Additionally, Councilwoman Price is an Honorary Board Member of the Women Shelter of Long Beach and on the Advisory Committee of Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Suzie Price has served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney for over 15 years. Graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters’ degree in Public Policy and Administration. Additionally during her studies Suzie was active with the Associated Students Inc., serving as Associate Justice, Senator at Large, and Student Body President. In 1999 Suzie graduated from Santa Clara University with a Juris Doctorate degree. Councilwoman Price and her husband, Mark, live in Alamitos Heights with their 11 year-old and 7 year-old sons who attend a local Elementary School, where Suzie has been an active member of the Parent Teacher Association. Suzie and her family have the love and support of her mother who resides in the Marina Pacifica residential community.
One member appointed by the City of Seal Beach.
Councilmember Joe Kalmick:
One member appointed by the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
Councilmember Roberto Uranga:
City of Long Beach, Council District 7 Councilmember Roberto Uranga was elected on April 8, 2014 to represent the Seventh District on the Long Beach City Council. Prior to serving on the City Council, Councilmember Uranga represented Area 2 on the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees for 14 years. He led efforts to upgrade classrooms and connect community colleges with other levels of education through the College Promise initiative. Councilmember Uranga is a member of the California Coastal Commission and also serves as a member of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Watershed Conservation Authority and Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. While a community college trustee, he was the first Latino ever elected to serve as Chair of the National Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Councilmember Uranga attended California State University, Long Beach, where he worked for seven years as an administrator in the university’s retention program before beginning his 28 ½ year career with the City of Long Beach, serving in various departments including the Department of Health and Human Services, Civil Service Department and Public Works Department. Councilmember Uranga’s wife of 30 years is former Long Beach 7th District Councilmember, Tonia Reyes Uranga. He and Tonia have lived in the Wrigley Area of Long Beach for 33 years.
The Executive Officer appointed by the board is Mark Stanley.
Meetings of the Board are open to the public. Click on Next Meeting for meeting information (location, date, and time). The agenda will be posted there 72 hours prior to each meeting. Details of the agenda will be posted shortly afterwards.