December 19, 2014
by Jeremy Loudenback
At the Bedrosian Center’s Lunch with a Leader program last week, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Doane Liu recalled with pride how he first got a taste for public service.
As a San Pedro resident, he helped broker a deal in the mid-1990s that turned surplus land in San Pedro left over from the closing of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard into a homeless facility, a high school, and part of the Port of Los Angeles complex.
“I worked with the congresswoman [Jane Harman] to come up with a three-way deal,” Liu said. “It was a win-win-win situation. The Port of L.A. got a key parcel of land, the school got a new site, and a local homeless shelter got $1.3 million. After that, I got the bug for politics.”
“We are starting to develop a culture where there’s no wrong door, no ‘It’s not my job.’ We are all responsible for how the city looks and performs.”