Suzie Price has been the City Councilwoman for Long Beach’s Third District since 2014 and was reelected to a second term in April 2018.
As a Councilmember, she has championed many issues including: public safety, homelessness, parks, infrastructure investments, fiscal responsibility, and community engagement. For our community, this has meant hiring more police officers, re-establishing emergency resources, and developing innovative programs to help tackle the impacts of homelessness. This has meant building new parks, improving the treasured open spaces in the Third District, and repairing hundreds of miles of roads and sidewalks. She has also been committed to ensuring Long Beach is on the right path forward with a balanced budget. And this has meant providing up-to-date information to everyone in the Third District, regular opportunities for community input, relevant public meetings about current topics of interest, and direct collaboration on projects and programs that affect the everyday lives of you and your neighbors.
In this role, she is also Chair of the City of Long Beach Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chair of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Vice-Chair of the Alamitos Corridor Transit Authority, Vice Chair of the Long Beach Budget Oversight Committee and a member of the Tidelands and Harbor Committee. She is also an honorary board member for Musical Theatre West, the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach and an advisory member of the Ronald McDonald House.
Her dedication to her community and Long Beach as a whole has been strong ever since she moved to Long Beach in 1990. Driven by her devotion for justice and community service. In addition to serving as a Councilmember, Suzie has worked as a Deputy District Attorney for 20 years and is currently serving as the “Head of Court,” managing one of the four branch courts at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Suzie graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science after serving as Student Body President during her undergraduate studies. Then in 1996, Suzie earned her M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from CSULB and graduated with Distinction being selected as CSULB’s “1996 Outstanding Graduate from the College of Health and Human Services.
Suzie went on to attend Santa Clara Law School, after which she began working as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County. Within her first two years, Suzie began prosecuting homicide cases in the Major Crimes Division of the District Attorney’s Office as well as a variety of cases including gang related murders, sexual assault, and domestic violence cases.
In 2003, Suzie moved back to Long Beach and worked in the private sector representing city governments as a Deputy City Attorney in a variety of matters, such as employment law, police officer defense, drafting legislation, and prosecuting violations of the municipal code.
Suzie has prosecuted cases as a member of the Homicide panel for the District Attorney throughout Orange County, and was selected to head up the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Homicide division where she aggressively prosecuted multiple DUI fatalities as second degree murder cases. She was the prosecutor who brought to justice the man who killed Angel’s pitcher, Nick Adenhart. Suzie’s dedication to victims was recognized in 2009 when she received the Community Service Award from the statewide victim services program, Community Service Programs (CSP).
Suzie received the Diligent Prosecutor Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2011, MADD recognized Suzie’s work with the prestigious “Heart of MADD” award. In 2011, Suzie received the Victim Services Compassion Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of MADD. In further recognition of her hard work and service, in 2011 Suzie was named one of the top 75 female lawyers in California by the Daily Journal newspaper. In 2017, Suzie was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Aquatics Capital of America and named as a Distinguished Alumni from CSULB.
Suzie has served on the CSULB Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Advisory Board and has served as a board member for the CSULB Lois J. Swanson Leadership Center. She has provided leadership workshops for CSULB students on such topics as making responsible choices and understanding the criminal justice system. She has been actively involved in the District Attorney’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) and Orange Outreach, two community education programs designed to educate fourth, fifth and sixth graders in high risk communities about the dangers of gang membership and drugs.
Suzie and her husband, Mark, live in Alamitos Heights with their 14 year-old and 11 year-old sons who attend local Long Beach schools. Suzie and her family have the love and support of her mother who resides in the Marina Pacifica residential community.