Welcome to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments

Members of the Board of Directors

Al Austin II
City of Long Beach

Jhonny Pineda
1st Vice President
City of Huntington Park

Fernando Dutra
2nd Vice President
City of Whittier

Ali Saleh
City of Bell
Immediate Past President

Tony Lima
City of Artesia

Cinde Cassidy
City of Avalon

Raymond Dunton
City of Bellflower

Pedro Aceituno
City of Bell Gardens

Jim Edwards
City of Cerritos

Ivan Altamirano
City of Commerce

Emma Sharif
City of Compton

Christian Hernandez
City of Cudahy

Fernando Vasquez
City of Downey

Hank Trimble
City of Hawaiian Gardens

Mark D. Radecki
City of Industry

John Lewis
City of La Mirada

Diane DuBois
City of Lakewood

Robert Uranga
City of Long Beach

Sal Alatorre
City of Lynwood

Joaquin Lanuza
City of Maywood

Vanessa Delgado
City of Montebello

Luigi Vernola
City of Norwalk

Diane Martinez
City of Paramount

Brent Tercero
City of Pico Rivera

Joe Angel Zamora
City of Santa Fe Springs

Edward H. J. Wilson
City of Signal Hill

Maria Davila
City of South Gate

William Davis
City of Vernon

Don Knabe
Mark Ridley-Thomas
Hilda Solis

LA County Board of Supervisors

Doug Drummond
Port of Long Beach, Ex-Officio Member

Message from the President

As President of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.  The Gateway Cities COG represents twenty-seven cities of southeast Los Angeles County, as well as the County of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.  This unique organization has its focus on improving the lives of the residents of our region of Los Angeles County in four major areas: transportation, air quality, housing, and economic development.

As part of our transportation mission, we have developed the Gateway Cities Strategic Transportation Plan in close cooperation with all of our member cities, as well as the County, resulting in a unified document that will take all of our area’s planned projects in all areas of transportation, ranging from pedestrian and bicycle facilities to mass transit, and put them in position to receive funding from regional, state, and federal agencies.  If you scroll over the “Initiatives & Projects” tab on our home page, you will find the link to the Strategic Transportation Plan where you can view videos and other information related to this important effort.

The Strategic Transportation Plan has served as the impetus to launch the development of plans for the major arterial corridors that cross the Gateway Cities from one end to the next.  The object of these studies is to create “complete streets”, making these corridors highly efficient and safe, not just for cars and trucks, but for transit services, bicycles, and pedestrians as well.  The first of these studies that are currently underway are on the Artesia Boulevard and the Lakewood/Rosemead Boulevard corridors.  These plans are being developed with the full cooperation and participation of the cities along the respective corridors.  Soon to follow these studies will be the development of plans for the Atlantic Avenue/Boulevard and Florence Avenue corridors.

We continue to work on plans to improve the I-710 freeway corridor to enhance traffic safety and mobility, especially in light of the importance of that corridor to the goods movement industry on which our region’s economy is so dependent, and most importantly to support another of our key missions, which is to improve the air quality in the region.  Work is also continuing on improving the “hot spots” of traffic congestion in the SR-91/I-605/I-405 freeway corridors.  These projects rely heavily on major arterial intersection improvements, the use of alternative technologies, and freeway interchange design improvements as an alternative to simply adding lanes to the freeways.

Thanks to funding from our County Board of Supervisors, the Gateway Cities Homeless Action Plan initiative, which has the goal of finding permanent housing for the homeless in our region of the county, is now in its fifth year of operation.  In its first four years, this very successful program has permanently housed 1,500 previously homeless individuals.  Working with our partners, the wonderful organization People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), we have served thousands more homeless persons, linking them to medical services, emergency shelters, financial assistance, and veterans’ programs.  Despite a recent countywide homeless count that showed an increase of almost 6% in the numbers of homeless, the Gateway Cities were one of only two areas in the county with an overall decrease.

The COG’s Economic Development Working Group continues to work on strategies to improve the economy and job opportunities for the residents of the Gateway Cities.  In the past year we engaged the University of Southern California to develop a Gateway Cities Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.  We have an economy largely supported by the trade industry through our local ports, which accounts for 45% of the value of all goods that are shipped to the United States.  We still have a very important manufacturing sector with significant job opportunities in the area of advanced manufacturing.  We are working with our state representatives to develop strategies to support these industries because of the needs of our residents to have access to well-paying jobs that they provide.  We continue to promote the Gateway Cities as a place where businesses would want to locate.  I invite you to explore our website’s “Site Prospector” program by clicking on the “Site Selections Tools” tab on our home page to access a “one stop” database of available buildings and properties throughout the Gateway Cities area where potential employers can locate.

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments’ success is only possible because of the high level of cooperation among all of our member agencies.  It is my privilege to serve as President of this vibrant organization.


Al Austin II
President, Board of Directors
Gateway Cities Council of Governments and Council Member City of Long Beach


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Gateway Cities COG Air Quality Action Plan

Due in part to the heavy concentration of goods movement and industry in and around the Gateway Cities, the sub?region has historically experienced the adverse impacts of air pollution. Learn More