The state’s first elected female lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis, briefly visited the Long Beach Post offices Tuesday on her way to speak to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
She discussed her priorities for the state and city, including shoring up more funds for the California State University to complete a backlog of deferred maintenance projects.
“There are many challenges associated with our public higher education system,” she said. “But we also have so much to be proud of.”
She also said protecting the California coast from federal oil drilling is important, particularly if President Donald Trump is elected to a second term in 2020. The administration is moving to expand the areas that were previously protected.
Kounalakis, a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, is chair of the California State Lands Commission, which, among other duties seeks to protect the public’s access to open spaces.
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