Former councilwoman Suja Lowenthal may become city manager of Hermosa Beach

Former Long Beach Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal may soon become the next city manager of Hermosa Beach.

The council of the South Bay beach city will vote on the appointment later this month. Her annual salary would be $219,000.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed. I’m very excited,” she said Wednesday. “Hermosa Beach is an incredible city and I just love that it’s doing an amazing job in being the best little beach city in California.”

If appointed, she would begin as city manager in mid-September.

Lowenthal served on the Long Beach City Council from 2006 to 2016, including serving as vice mayor for four years. She then ran unsuccessfully for the 70th Assembly district.

The former councilwoman has worked for several years for the city of Santa Monica, most recently “analyzing and addressing high-profile issues surrounding the Santa Monica Airport,” according to a statement from the city of Hermosa Beach.

“We are thrilled to have found such a great fit for our City at such a pivotal time in our development,” Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos said in a statement. “Suja’s extensive knowledge of all the various facets of local government, her experience as a Coastal Commissioner, her work in the fields of transportation, education and water management, and her experience in business development and public/private partnerships will be of great benefit to us.”

Born in India, Lowenthal came to the United States at 7. She married Daniel Lowenthal, a federal judge and son of now Congressman Alan Lowenthal and former Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal. The two divorced in 2008.

She is now married to Tom Andrus, according to the statement from Hermosa Beach. She will remain a resident of Long Beach.

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