EnvironmentalChampion and 27th District State Senator Alan Lowenthal toured SA Terminal Island and was shown firsthand our recycling processes Thursday, April 21, 2011. In addition to the tour we outlined our environmental efforts and discussed the issues we face with illegal recycling yards and illegal recycling practices. The Senator was very interested in what we presented and we look forward to a good working relationship in the years to come. He asked about the multiple permits we must obtain to operate and the difficulty needed to secure and maintain them. The Senator has presented legislation (SB 341) that will require back-up alarms on certain trucks operating within the State of California and mandate back-up cameras on new roll-off trucks. Even though the Senator may be termed out in the State of California he is deciding on running in the Long Beach Mayor’s race and he will definitely play an important role in shaping politics and policy in the future. Senator Lowenthal has had legislation signed into law to reduce diesel emissions at the ports by limiting idling time for trucks conducting transactions at the ports, established a grant program to provide financial incentives for purchasing or leasing electric vehicles, and a bill to protect highway workers from assault. Senator Lowenthal serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing as well as its Subcommittee on California Ports and is recognized as a National leader on issues related to goods movement. Prior to his election in 2008 to the Senate, Lowenthal served six years in the State Assembly and six years on the Long Beach City Council. Senator Lowenthal is a retired professor of community psychology from California State University, Long Beach, where he taught since 1969. He currently resides in Long Beach and is married to Dr. Debbie Malumed, a family practice physician. He has two adult sons, Joshua and Daniel and one grandson, Avinash. The 27th Senate District includes the Los Angeles County communities of Avalon, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cerritos, Artesia, Bellflower, Downey, South Gate, Lynwood, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, Florence-Graham and Willowbrook.