President Obama late Friday nominated Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero to the Federal Maritime Commission.
The president also nominated Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye to a third term on the commission.
According to the White House, Cordero is serving his second term on the harbor commission and was a leader in developing the port’s green transportation policy. While he was president in 2007, the harbor commission approved container fees to be used to bring harbor trucks into compliance with clean air laws, a key part of the ports’ clean air action plan. His was the lone vote against the truck plan settlement with the American Trucking Associations.
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Cordero previously was a member of the Long Beach Community Development Commission and the Ethics Review Task Force, and taught political science at Long Beach City College. He has a law degree from the University of Santa Clara.
Dye has been a member of the FMC since 2002. She is currently the investigating officer looking into complaints by shippers earlier this year that carriers manipulated vessel capacity to keep rates artificially high. She is former staff counsel to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee subcommittee on the Coast Guard and maritime transportation committee.
If Cordero and Dye are confirmed by the Senate, it will bring the FMC up to its full complement of five for the first time since July 2006.
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