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Los Angeles County, CA April 13, 2004 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Douglas W. "Doug" Otto, Esq.

Candidate for
Member, Board of Trustees; Long Beach Community College District; Trustee Area 4

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Doug Otto is an attorney in private practice in Long Beach. He received a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Stanford University (1971); a M.A. in Religion, jointly from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary (1974); and a J.D. in Law from the University of Chicago (1977). He has been a full adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law, where he taught for 16 years.

A native of Long Beach, he recently completed a term as President of the Long Beach Bar Association and is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees.

Since his return to Long Beach after graduating from law school, he has been very active in his community. He began his community work in historic preservation. He is a founder and past president of both the Long Beach Foundation for Architectural and Cultural Heritage and Long Beach Heritage. He was named Preservationist of the Year in 1990. In 1989, he chaired the City of Long Beach's Blue Ribbon Citizens Transportation Task Force, which developed a comprehensive transportation plan for the entire city. From 1992 to 2000, he was a member and Chair of the Long Beach Planning Commission. For six years, he has served as Chair of the Long Beach City Manager's Downtown Business and Development Advisory Committee.

Doug is a founding Board member of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific (1994), currently serves on its Executive Committee and chairs the Long-Range Planning Committee.

From 1998 through 2000, Doug chaired Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010; a comprehensive City-citizen planning effort adopted by the City in 2000 and then was citizen chair for the National Civic League implementing task force for the plan. For this and his other community work, he received the prestigious David Landry Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from the City of Long Beach

Doug is a member of the St. Mary's Medical Center Board of Trustees and Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, the City of Long Beach Ethics Task Force, and is currently co-president of the Public Corporation for the Arts, the arts council for the City of Long Beach.

Doug is married to Freda Hinsche Otto and together they have an active family of children and grandchildren.

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