City and Port officials
from Long Beach and Los Angeles and elected officials from throughout the region
paid tribute Thursday to Long Beach City Councilman Jeffrey A. Kellogg, the
outgoing Chairman and longest-serving member of the Alameda Corridor
Transportation Authority (ACTA) Governing Board.
Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. was unanimously elected to
succeed Kellogg and serve his fourth term as Chairman.
"Jeff has been with ACTA since it was formed, and we'll miss his
leadership and institutional knowledge," said Svorinich, who presented
Kellogg with a City of Los Angeles proclamation. "I'm delighted to take
over as chairman during this critical juncture as we steam toward
Kellogg, the only member of the Governing Board to serve since its inception
in 1989, has been instrumental in the development of the Alameda Corridor
project from a concept to a full-scale construction program. His is leaving the
Long Beach City Council because of term limits and therefore must relinquish his
position with ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long Beach and
Among the many tributes and letters of thanks to Kellogg from elected
officials was an entry in the Congressional Record by Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Long
Beach, which reads in part: "It is a testament to Councilman Kellogg's
exemplary service that the Alameda Corridor is now in full-scale construction,
on budget and on schedule for completion in 2002."
"We will miss Jeff not only for his vision and leadership but also his
steady support," ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C. Hankla said.
For his part, Kellogg noted that Congress has identified the Alameda Corridor
as "project of national significance." He called the project "a
monumental undertaking that brings together the advantages of the private sector
and the best of the public sector to benefit not just our region but the entire
nation. It has been a privilege and an honor to be associated with the project.
I intend to be there when the first train rolls across those rails in April
ACTA is building a 20-mile-long railroad cargo expressway from the ports to
the transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles. The project will
speed the flow of cargo and reduce traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts
at more than 200 street-level railroad crossings.