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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Joseph Naham | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Joseph Naham is running for Long Beach city council member

Joseph Naham

Naham has led a push for environmental policies in Long Beach, including working with the city and environmental groups to pass a 5-cent plastic bag fee. He said he would like the city to have a more ethical and environmentally focused Zoning board, looking out for local issues. He said the city is facing overdevelopment and lawsuits from developers, which are threatening the city’s resources. Naham said he is concerned about gentrification in the North Park community as stated in the comprehensive plan. He said zoning board appointees shouldn’t be real estate focused and should prioritize sustaining the environment and quality of life. Naham said he is concerned about taxing future generations and keeping local residents in Long Beach. He said he wants to conduct a study on water use going to the Lloyd Aquifer and recycling water to withstand salt water intrusion. Naham also supports a safer street plan with bicycle traffic.

Naham, 34, is running on the Green Party Line. He grew up in Long Beach and works as vice president of the Shelter Island Sustainable Oyster Corp. He earned his associate degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State University and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in sustainable business management. He previously worked as a lead site audit surveyor for EmPower Solar in Island Park. Naham has previously ran for Long Beach City Council and State Assembly. He is married and is expecting his first child.