FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 07252016
Mayor Garcia Announces Choices for Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee
5 Members Will Provide Oversight of New Sales Tax Funds for Infrastructure, Public Safety
Long Beach, CA: Mayor Garcia has announced his picks for the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which will provide oversight of the funds from the sales tax approved by voters in June. Measure A received strong support from voters at nearly 60%, and is the first voter approved revenue measure for the City in over 40 years. The Committee, which is to be comprised of five members, will ensure that new revenue is spent on infrastructure and public safety, as committed by Mayor Garcia and the City Council.
“These five residents are highly qualified, with a range and depth of both financial and community experience that has earned them the trust of the community,” said Mayor Garcia. “I know they will serve with integrity and skill, and I’m thankful for their willingness to take on this responsibility.”
The appointees will come before City Council on August 2 for approval.
The five members selected by Mayor Garcia have extensive experience in finance, administration, and community service. They live across the city:
Jane Netherton is the Chair Emeritus of International City Bank, and formerly the CEO and Board President there. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry and has a long history of public service in Long Beach, including terms on the Board of Directors for the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the CSULB Foundation. She also served as Chair of the Redevelopment Agency and is active in the Rotary Club. She lives in Long Beach in District 3.
Joel Yuhas is the CEO and President of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer there, and President of the University of Pittsburgh’s Horizon Hospital. Joel Serves on the Board of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hospital Association of Southern California. He and his family live in Long Beach in District 5.
Mary Stephens is the Vice President for Administration and Finance at California State University, Long Beach. She was previously Vice President for Business and Finance at Cal State Stanislaus, and Executive Project Manager at Cal State Channel Islands. Mary serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Long Beach Associates. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mary is a resident of downtown Long Beach and lives in District 1.
Steve Neal serves as Civic Engagement Advocate at Molina Healthcare. Steve is also a minister, and served North Long Beach as District Nine Councilmember on the Long Beach City Council. He is a former board member of the Southern California Association of Governments, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board and the Long Beach Freedom Schools program. He currently serves as a board member to the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Steve lives in Long Beach in District 9.
Judy Ross was the longtime Executive Director of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership before retiring in 2014. She previously worked for the United Way, and in the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services as the agency’s first director for the Tobacco Education Program. Judy is past President of the Junior League in Long Beach and served on the Long Beach City College Foundation Board. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and lives in Long Beach in District 3.