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Top Long Beach Newsmakers Of 2013 (In No Particular Order)

December 27, 2013 – The Business Journal reviews top newsmakers, news stories and photos of 2013, plus a look ahead to what local issues we’ll be watching closely in 2014.

•Chris Lytle, who resigned as executive director of the Port of Long Beach to lead the Port of Oakland.

•Mayor Bob Foster, for a number of things, but principally for announcing that he is not seeking a third term.

•Thomas Fields, who was removed as harbor commission president by the Long Beach City Council at the mayor’s request.

•F. King Alexander, for leaving his position of president at California State University, Long Beach for Louisiana State University.

•Michael Dene, who owns four restaurants in Long Beach – two of which opened this year. Dene also took over the popular Kelly’s of Naples, transforming it into a new steakhouse called Chianina. His restaurant Michael’s Pizzeria earned the designation of top pizza in the U.S. from Zagat.

•Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines, for his first major media interview in the Long Beach Business Journal.

•Mike Conway, for stepping into a newly created position to handle properties held by the city, including the 200-plus former redevelopment agency properties and the port’s interim headquarters.

•John Calhoun, former city attorney, who suggested that Long Beach’s city attorney be appointed rather than elected.

•Omar Akrom, a Long Beach music artist who won a Grammy for best new age album.

•Ian Lamont, for heading up a brand new newspaper in Long Beach, The Long Beach Register.

•Kelly Colopy, who became director of the Long Beach Health Department.