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Hahn Appoints San Pedro Homeless Services Advocate Amber Sheikh to Key LA Homeless Services Authority Commission 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints San Pedro Homeless Services Advocate Amber Sheikh to Key LA Homeless Services Authority Commission

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed San Pedro homeless services advocate Amber Sheikh to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission. The ten-member body has the authority to make budgetary, funding, planning and program policies, and includes members representing both the City and County of Los Angeles. Sheikh has spent years working with and on behalf of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

“I’ve seen Amber in action, reaching out to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, encouraging them to accept help. That is exactly the type of determined, methodical, and passionate energy we need for LAHSA,” said Hahn. “She is a champion for unhoused people and our effort to tackle homelessness will be better off with her on this commission.”

Hahn and Sheikh speaking with a resident of a homeless encampment during an Inside Safe resolution in Harbor City last year.

Sheikh is the owner and Chief Impact Officer of Sheikh/Impact, a social-sector consulting firm working to raise the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the fields of justice reform, income inequality and healthcare access. Sheikh previously spent ten years in homeless services and urban poverty alleviation with various organizations including the Downtown Women’s Center, Children Today in Long Beach, and Indcare Trust in Delhi, India.

“I am grateful to Supervisor Hahn for this appointment, and both excited and humbled by the opportunity,” says Sheikh. “A lifelong Angeleno and advocate for the unhoused, I’ve witnessed Supervisor Hahn’s personal and political commitment to addressing our region’s most pressing issue firsthand. LAHSA has perhaps the most important mission of any public Commission, and I look forward to supporting efforts to achieve what I believe to be our ultimate goal: setting more of our neighbors on a path to safe, sustainable housing, leading to a better life.”

Sheikh, a daughter of Pakistani and English immigrants, mother of two, and San Pedro resident, was selected as Woman of the Year for the City of Los Angeles’s 15th District in 2019 for her homeless outreach work. She also serves as a board member of Social Justice Partners LA, Abode Community Housing and Maternal Mental Health Now.

Hahn Re-Appoints Adam Galia to At-large Seat on Watershed Area Steering Committee – Lower San Gabriel River 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Re-Appoints Adam Galia to At-large Seat on Watershed Area Steering Committee – Lower San Gabriel River

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn re-appointed Adam Galia to the Los Angeles County Watershed Area Steering Committee for the Lower San Gabriel River as the At-large community member. The Watershed Area Steering Committees are area-based committees that review proposed projects and develop Safe Clean Water Program investment plans for their watershed.

“Adam knows how to engage local government, business leaders, and the community, and in a role like this one, that range and expertise are invaluable,” said Hahn. “I’m thankful for the work he has done and I know that he’ll continue to be a great asset to this group.”

Adam currently serves as a Senior Government and Community Relations Specialist for a major aerospace company where he is responsible for maintaining relationships with local elected officials and civic and business leaders. He also manages corporate giving and nonprofit funding in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

“I am honored to be reappointed by Supervisor Hahn to the Lower San Gabriel River Watershed Steering Committee as we continue evaluating and funding local water infrastructure projects that protect our environment while providing key benefits to these communities,” said Galia. “Ensuring the best use of Measure W funds is paramount and I look forward to my continued service on behalf of the residents of Los Angeles County.”

Hahn Appoints Whittier Realtor Annamarie Banales to County’s Assessment Appeals Board 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints Whittier Realtor Annamarie Banales to County’s Assessment Appeals Board

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Whittier resident and realtor Annamarie Banales to the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board. The Assessment Appeals Board acts in a quasi-judicial capacity, settling valuation disputes between the taxpayers and the Assessor’s Office, and equalizing the County’s property tax roll.

“Making the decisions that this Board makes demands expertise, and thanks to her more than 20 years of experience in real estate, Annamarie has what it takes,” said Hahn. “I know she will be a great asset to the Board.”

Annamarie’s years of experience span various roles, including as a REO Broker Executive Assistant, BPO Agent, and Transaction Coordinator. Through that work, Banales has gained extensive expertise in the fields of property valuation, short sale negotiation, real estate compliance codes and disclosure.

On her appointment, Annamarie said, “Being appointed onto the Assessment Appeals Board will give me a great opportunity to use my knowledge of property value in the area that we serve.”

Hahn Appoints Santa Fe Springs Resident Felipe Garcia to the Board of Little Lake Cemetery District 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints Santa Fe Springs Resident Felipe Garcia to the Board of Little Lake Cemetery District

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Felipe Garcia to the Little Lake Cemetery District, which administers the Little Lake Cemetery in Santa Fe Springs. The cemetery serves the communities of Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk and portions of La Mirada, Bellflower and Downey. Garcia has been a resident of Santa Fe Springs since 1963.

“Caring for the Little Lake Cemetery is a labor of love for Felipe. This space is sacred for so many families, and I know that Felipe is going to devote the attention and care that this work requires,” said Hahn.

Garcia’s wife is buried at Little Lake Cemetery. The Little Lake Cemetery District is responsible for overseeing the management and care of the grounds as well as setting District policy and procedures in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to public cemeteries.

Hahn Re-Appoints Long Beach Environmental Leader Dan Knapp to the Watershed Area Steering Committee – Lower San Gabriel River 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Re-Appoints Long Beach Environmental Leader Dan Knapp to the Watershed Area Steering Committee – Lower San Gabriel River

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Long Beach environmental leader Dan Knapp to the Los Angeles County Watershed Area Steering Committee for the Lower San Gabriel River. The Watershed Area Steering Committees are area-based committees that review proposed projects and develop investment plans for their watershed.

“Dan has proven himself throughout his many years of experience in the environmental field. He is committed to responsible stewardship and brings an impressive level of knowledge,” said Hahn. “I’m very thankful for the work he has done in this role and the strong expertise that he continues to bring to the table for our County.”

Dan brings more than two decades of environmental work and experience to this role. He currently serves as the Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Conservation Corps of Long Beach. He is an appointed member of the Los Angeles River Steering Committee, a member of LA Metro’s Urban Greening Technical Advisory Committee, and the Lower LA River Revitalization (AB 530) Plan Team.

“I’m honored and excited to continue to serve the Lower San Gabriel River watershed,” said Dan. “I’m committed to empowering our communities to develop programs and projects that serve all and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to bring worthy projects forward.”

Hahn Appoints Long Beach Public Affairs Leader Cory Allen to Capital Asset Leasing Corporation 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints Long Beach Public Affairs Leader Cory Allen to Capital Asset Leasing Corporation

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Long Beach political and public affairs leader Cory Allen to the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation (LAC-CAL). LAC-CAL is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation that acquires and maintains equipment and vehicles needed by the County and acquires, purchases and provides for construction of facilities and other improvements for use by the County.

“Cory has proven himself throughout his many roles serving the public at almost every level of government, and that commitment to public service and good stewardship of resources will be a great asset to this group,” said Hahn. “I’m thankful for the expertise and time he’ll bring to the table for the good of the County family.”

Allen brings nearly 20 years of legislative, political, and public affairs experience to this role. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Presidio Public Affairs and has previously served as legislative staff to members of the Long Beach City Council, California State Senate, California State Assembly, and Mayor of Irvine. Allen also serves as Vice President on the Board of the International City Theatre located at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre in Downtown Long Beach.

“I am grateful to Supervisor Janice Hahn for her confidence in me and the incredible opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise to support the corporation’s mission and goals,” said Allen. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the County to ensure that we continue to acquire and maintain the equipment necessary to serve the people of Los Angeles County.”

Hahn Reappoints Wilmington Resident to Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Reappoints Wilmington Resident to Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn reappointed Loraine “Lorie” Geluz to the Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District. The District is entrusted with operating and preserving the Historic Wilmington Cemetery, which was built by Phineas Banning in 1857. Geluz was first made a trustee in 2017.

“I know that maintaining this special site is a job that Lorie takes very seriously. This is a sacred place for families and a part of Wilmington’s heritage. I’m thankful for her deep commitment to protecting and promoting it,” said Hahn.

Geluz is a lifelong native of Wilmington, and has several relatives buried at the Historic Wilmington Cemetery. During her time as trustee, she has helped bring community awareness to the cemetery through public events held on site.

“My favorite saying is ‘Sí Se Puede’ which means Yes We Can,” said Geluz. “I hope to be able to continue to serve as a Trustee with the cemetery to continue to bring awareness on the beautiful cemetery we have in our community.”

Hahn Appoints Long Beach Community Leader to County’s Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints Long Beach Community Leader to County’s Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Long Beach resident Bob Gill to the Los Angeles County Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission (CAAC), which advises the Director of Consumer Affairs regarding the need for changes in procedures, programs or legislation to protect consumers and methods for more effective consumer education.

“Our County commissions help us look after the best interests of residents, and we need people who are committed to the public good in these roles. Bob has shown that commitment time and time again for Long Beach, and now we’re fortunate to have his help in promoting and defending the interests of consumers throughout the County,” said Hahn.

Gill has led large information dissemination meetings and moderated political debates for Long Beach elected offices, and also serves on the Long Beach Police Department Community Advisory Committee that assists the LBPD in improving policies & procedures. He is also president of the Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association. Professionally, Gill has used his information technology and cybersecurity experiences to help inform and protect consumers, and to make consumer processes safer and easier to use.

“I appreciate Supervisor Hahn’s confidence in appointing me to the Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission and want thank the entire Board of Supervisors for this opportunity to help protect and promote the interests of consumers throughout Los Angeles County,” said Gill.

Supervisor Hahn Reappoints Wilmington Resident to Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Supervisor Hahn Reappoints Wilmington Resident to Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District

Theresa Morales has served as trustee since 2018

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn reappointed longtime Wilmington resident and community leader Theresa Morales to the Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District. The District is entrusted with operating and preserving the Historic Wilmington Cemetery, which was built by Phineas Banning in 1857. Morales was first made a trustee in 2018.

Morales has lived in Wilmington since 1968, graduating from Phineas Banning High School before earing an Associates Degree in history from Los Angeles Harbor College. She has been involved in community service since her high school days.

“The Historic Wilmington Cemetery is not only a sacred place for the families who have loved ones buried there, but a treasured part of Wilmington’s history and heritage. We depend on the work of the District to maintain this special place, and Theresa has clearly demonstrated her commitment to that goal,” said Hahn.

Her service to Wilmington goes beyond the Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District. Morales has served as a board member for the Wilmington Pony Baseball and worked with the Wilmington Pilot Pop Warner Football League as well.

“I am honored to be reappointed by Supervisor Hahn to continue serving the county as a trustee with the Los Angeles Harbor Area Cemetery District,” said Morales. “I would like to continue working both for and with the community to ensure families continue to have the beautiful resting place they deserve.”

Hahn Appoints Lomita Mayor Pro Tem to County’s Quality and Productivity Commission 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Appoints Lomita Mayor Pro Tem to County’s Quality and Productivity Commission

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Lomita business owner and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Waronek to the County’s Quality and Productivity Commission, which advises the Board of Supervisors on maximizing productivity and efficient service delivery for residents. The Commission provides unique private sector input for the Board. Waronek is owner and President/CEO of M&M Consulting Group, which he founded in 2019 after previous roles in both the private and public sectors.

“Millions of residents depend on LA County services, so we need to ensure that our dozens of departments and offices remain as efficient and productive as possible. Mark knows what it takes to do the work and do it well. He has been a public servant, and he also brings useful private sector experience,” said Hahn.

Prior to founding M&M Consulting, Waronek worked with various other public affairs consulting firms. His career has also included roles in local government. From 2016 to 2018, he served as Hahn’s senior deputy for the South Bay communities, and previously served as Economic Development Deputy for former Los Angeles councilmember for the 15th District Rudy Svorinich, Jr.

“I look forward to continue representing Supervisor Janice Hahn’s 4th District and work hard for all the communities of Los Angeles County, and make a difference in making our County departments better for our constituents!!” said Waronek.

The Quality and Productivity Commission is made up of 17 members with diverse backgrounds and expertise, including in the government, academic, nonprofit, legal, labor, and financial fields. Waronek holds a communications degree from Loyola Marymount University and remains engaged in his community in his free time. He is the public address announcer for football and basketball games at his high school alma mater, Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. He has been the “Voice” of Bishop Montgomery for 35 years. He also occasionally does voice-overs professionally.

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