Distinguished land-use attorney Ann Moore, who represents Chula Vista on the Board of Port Commissioners, was sworn in January 8, 2013, as Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners for 2013. Moore was sworn in by her daughter, Ashlin.
The swearing-in took place at a luncheon event at the Kona Kai Resort, Spa & Marina in San Diego. Along with Moore, Commissioner Bob Nelson, one of three San Diego representatives on the seven-member Board, was sworn in as Vice Chair. Commissioner Dan Malcolm, who represents Imperial Beach, was sworn in as Secretary.
"As a Port, we just reached a huge milestone: our 50th anniversary," Moore said. "It's a time to reflect on what we have accomplished since the Port was established in 1962. And it's a time to look ahead and begin planning for the next 50 years."
Moore said that her theme for 2013 is "A Port for All," which she said encompasses both Integrated Planning – a philosophy that approaches planning in context with surrounding areas – and inclusive decision making with stakeholder participation.
The Port this year will undertake several Integrated Planning initiatives including a Parking Study for San Diego's Embarcadero, and a Deepwater Berthing Study of the Port's maritime assets, she said.
"The Unified Port of San Diego really is an integrated port that is comprised of many partners and stakeholders. We really are 'A Port for All,'" Moore said in her speech. "That's why Integrated Planning will be an important focus this year. To me, that means making decisions in context. It means looking beyond our boundaries and seeing how our activities fit in the bigger picture."
In the speech, Moore presented to the audience of elected officials, business leaders and Port stakeholders a new video presentation that showcases the concept of Integrated Planning. The video uses the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle to show how various activities on the Big Bay fit together. For example, the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the National City Marine Terminal together comprise the region's important maritime shipping business, which supports many good-paying jobs, Moore said.
Moore's speech focused in large part on the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, a land-use plan that received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission in August 2012. This year, the Port plans to showcase the "shovel ready" plan to financiers and developers. An upcoming implosion of the South Bay Power Plant will be an important step forward in making that area development ready, she said.
"The Chula Vista bayfront is a true diamond in the rough. It's the largest undeveloped waterfront parcel on the West Coast," Moore said. "And now, we have an award-winning, land-use plan for more than 500 acres of prime waterfront property."
Moore said that the planning process for Chula Vista will serve as a model going forward as the Port makes plans for other areas including Pond 20 (in South San Diego, near Imperial Beach) and Harbor Island.
Moore began her service on the Board of Port Commissioners on Jan. 13, 2011. She is a senior partner in the law firm of Norton Moore & Adams. Before joining the firm, Moore served as Chula Vista's City Attorney. She has practiced law for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in land use, real estate, redevelopment, environmental, and municipal law. She represents both developers and governmental agencies in processing land use entitlements for large scale residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Her areas of expertise include the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, Endangered Species Act, public infrastructure financing, the Brown Act, and Conflict of Interest laws. Moore graduated from San Diego State University with a Public Administration degree and she earned her law degree at the University of San Diego law school.
Wayne Darbeau, President and CEO of the Port, said that he welcomes Moore's focus on Integrated Planning.
"Chair Moore's inspiring speech sets the Board's agenda for the year in a strategic and systematic way. Staff is very committed to stakeholder outreach and input in setting and executing the vision and priorities of the Board," Darbeau said. "We will work closely with Chair Moore to achieve even greater success in 2013. Staff and I are committed to achieving the vision of 'A Port For All.'"
Prior to Moore's swearing-in remarks, outgoing Chairman Lou Smith gave a presentation on the Port's accomplishments during 2012.
Smith's presentation took the audience on a virtual tour "Around the Bay" in which he highlighted Port accomplishments in each of the five member cities. He also highlighted several "Good Governance" initiatives.
"This year, we took action to make us work better as an organization," Smith said. "We reduced the number of Board committees from 11 to six and set clear expectations for them. We launched a Technology Strategic Plan to improve our computing infrastructure and link our objectives to the best technology solutions. We also updated our vendor ordinance to regulate performing and sales activity on the waterfront."
Smith said he was especially proud of reaching agreement on a fair Capital Improvement Program budgeting process and Municipal Service Agreements for outsourcing services to the Port member cities.
Smith presented the annual Chairman's Cup Award to two Port employees: Officer Ramon Colon and Gabe Ruiz.
Colon, an 11-year member of the Harbor Police Department, has distinguished himself as a member of the Air and Marine Task Force for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In the most recent fiscal year, he was instrumental in cases that led to the seizure of nearly 800 kilograms of narcotics and the disruption of a cell that was smuggling Chinese aliens and narcotics into the U.S.
Ruiz, lead fleet maintenance technician, is known as a mentor and coach within the General Services and Procurement leadership team. In August, he took the lead in finding a way to service vehicles at the Harbor Police Headquarters instead of driving them to other shops. That saved time, money and vehicle down time.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, Moore presided over the first Board of Port Commissioners meeting of the year at the Port Administration Building.
About the Port:
The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.
The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of hundreds of tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.
The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.