CCSA Advocates enthusiastically endorses Dr. Suja Lowenthal for Assembly District 70 and encourages all residents in that district to vote for her.
Born in Madras, India, Dr. Lowenthal came to the United States in 1977 at the age of seven. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA, a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC.
In 2001, Suja Lowenthal was elected to the Board of Education in the Long Beach Unified School District, served as Board president and helped LBUSD earn recognition as the best urban school district in United States by the Broad Foundation. She was elected to the Long Beach City Council in a 2006 special election followed by re-election to four-year terms in 2008 and 2012. She served as Vice Mayor of Long Beach from 2010-2012. She was appointed as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission (2007-2009) and currently represents Long Beach on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a consortium of 26 cities and water districts responsible for providing high quality and reliable drinking water to nearly 18 million in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.
Dr. Lowenthal is a supporter of charter schools and was actively engaged with and helped re-charter two schools in her School Board district: New City School and Constellation Middle School. “Charter schools provide an option for parents that builds on our public education system and transcends the old debate between public education and the voucher system, which I strongly oppose,” said Dr. Lowenthal. “as accountability systems have been put in place to hold charter to a public standard, the next hurdle is to address facility needs and equity in facility funding.”
Gary Borden, Executive Director of CCSA Advocates, praised Dr. Lowenthal: “Suja is a great charter supporter and will be a great Assemblymember for the 70th Assembly District. We look forward to working with her when she wins this seat on June 3.”
Suja Lowenthal’s professional background includes over 15 years of experience in the water industry serving policy roles in the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Additionally, she worked in the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as the Coordinator of its Domestic Violence Unit. Suja Lowenthal has taught classes on California’s water supply, water-pricing and best practices for water management and contemporary issues at California State University, Long Beach. Currently, she serves in a management capacity at the City of Santa Monica’s transit agency, the Big Blue Bus.
Suja Lowenthal has combined her professional experience with her education in business and planning to champion issues such as beach water quality, water supply, transportation, fiscal prudence and land use planning through sustainable, long-term policies. She has provided the political leadership to advance the City’s award-winning bicycle-friendly agenda, rights of the LGBT community, historic preservation, animal care services and environmental policies involving plastic bags, recycling, stormwater runoff and alternative energy.
Dr. Lowenthal lives in the City of Long Beach with her son, Avi.
The Statewide Primary Election will take place on June 3, 2014. The deadline to register to vote is May 19. The 70th Assembly district encompasses the city of Long Beach.