Bonnie Lowenthal   DEMOCRAT

City Councilmember, City of Long Beach
 Bonnie Lowenthal biography:
Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal was elected to represent the First District of the City of Long Beach in 2001, filling the unexpired term of Jennie Oropeza who vacated the seat when she advanced to the State Assembly. In April of 2002, she ran unopposed in her bid to continue serving the residents of the First District. In April 2006, she easily won reelection to the First District. She was selected by her peers on the City Council as Vice Mayor in July 2006. Prior to her election to the City Council, Councilmember Lowenthal served on the Long Beach Unified Board of Education. She won election to that board in 1994 and 1998.

The First District includes the oldest residential neighborhood (Willmore City) in Long Beach, several industrial areas, a thriving downtown and a portion of the Port. The population of the First District is a microcosm of the city, and Long Beach is one of the most diverse cities in the country.

Neighborhoods in the First District include: Downtown Loft District; Willmore City; Magnolia Industrial area; Washington, St. Anthony’s, and Roosevelt Schools area; and portions of Hellman, Westside, and East Village.

Councilmember Lowenthal is strongly committed to ensuring that the interests of the First District are strongly represented on the City Council, including public safety, economic development, environmental protection, healthy and safe neighborhoods, more parks and green space, historic preservation and well maintained public infrastructure. She has been a vocal leader in the issues of smart growth, transportation planning, and goods movement, as well as affordable housing, rights for the disabled, and transparency in government.

Lowenthal chairs the City Council’s Housing and Neighborhoods Committee and Elections Oversight Committee. She is a member of the 710 Freeway Oversight Committee which dramatically changed the direction of a proposed expansion of the 710 Freeway. She also sits on the State Legislation Committee, which considers supporting and opposing state proposals that affect the City of Long Beach. She is also on the Personnel and Civil Service Committee and Tidelands and Harbor Committee. She is also the Vice Chair of the Charter Amendment Committee, and serves as a Long Beach representative on the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, Southeast Resource Recovery Facility, Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the National League of Cities.

In addition to her duties as City Councilmember, Lowenthal is a member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). She was elected to that seat in 2005 by 27 cities in the Southeast Los Angeles County area. In this capacity she serves as chair of the MTA’s Operations Committee and is a member of the Planning and Programming Committee.

Councilmember Lowenthal has been honored with CentroCHA (Community Hispanic Organization) Education Award for her longstanding efforts on behalf of the Hispanic community, and the Interfaith Community Organization’s Housing Hero Award in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of those in need of housing. Awarded the Environmental Hero Award by Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Long Beach Organic, Lowenthal has been a strong voice for the environment. She has also received the Women of Distinction award from Soroptimist International, and the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award from NCCJ.

Having served as a mental health consultant for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), HeadStart, and the Centro de la Raza, Lowenthal is acutely aware of the needs of the Latino community in Long Beach. Living in Mexico and teaching at universities there instilled in her a love for the Latin culture. Lowenthal worked closely with community activists and leaders to establish the first scholarship fund for students with the Latino Managers and Professional Organization in honor of Manny Perez. She also instituted the City’s recognition luncheon dedicated to Cesar Chavez. This luncheon is fittingly held annually at Cesar Chavez Park in the First District.

Lowenthal believes strongly in community activism, and she has served on the boards of many Long Beach organizations, including: West End Community Association (WECA), Downtown Strategic Planning Task Force, St Mary Medical Center Foundation Board, International City Theatre Board of Directors, Creative Options Youth Commission Board of Advisors, California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) Social Work Community Advisory Committee, Long Beach Police Chief’s Asian Advisory Committee, Flossie Lewis Recovery Center Advisory Board, Community Development Advisory Commission, and the Buffum YMCA Board of Advisors. She also served as vice chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness in 1987-88 and initiated the City’s ongoing Homeless Advisory Commission.

Councilmember Lowenthal resides in the historic Willmore City area of Long Beach and has two adult sons, Josh and Dan (married to Suja) and one grandson, Avinash. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Science in Community and Clinical Psychology from CSULB. Since 1975, Lowenthal has been a licensed family counselor and mental health consultant.
 
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November, 2008: Elected to State Assembly (AD 54)

Lowenthal was Vice Mayor of Long Beach

She is the former wife of Sen. Alan Lowenthal

Last edited by gdicaro on June 17, 2009

Other pages referencing Bonnie Lowenthal: Gabriella Holt, Parke Skelton,

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