Port of San Diego to Name New President/CEO

TravelPulse Staff
by TravelPulse Staff
Last updated: 12:10 AM ET, Mon January 5, 2009

The San Diego Board of Port Commissioners on Jan. 5 will announce the new president and CEO of the Port of San Diego and former San Diego City Council member Scott Peters will be sworn in as the board's newest commissioner. The announcement and swearing-in will come shortly after the 8:30 a.m. start of a day-long retreat at the Point Loma Room at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. The regular monthly port commissioners meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego.


Stephen Cushman will take the helm as chairman for 2009, with Robert "Dukie" Valderrama serving as vice chair. Commissioner Mike Najera, Chula Vista's representative on the seven-member board, will serve as secretary. The meeting follows the annual Board of Port Commissioners luncheon, which will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina at noon. A tour of the Port of San Diego will highlight of the event. Peters was selected by the San Diego City Council as one of the three San Diego representatives on the board. He served on the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008 and was elected as the city's first-ever council president. He is a former member of the California Coastal Commission and has received numerous civic awards, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce "City Council Advocate of the Year" award and the Project Clean Water "Clean Water Champion" award.


Commissioner Laurie Black was reappointed by the City of San Diego in November to continue to represent the city on the board. Black was originally appointed in June 2007 to complete the term vacated by former Commissioner Victor Vilaplana. That term was set to expire in December 2008. The terms for Black and Peters will expire in 2013. For more information, visit www.portofsandiego.org.

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