The Record – Business Section
April 8, 2001

Stockton lawyer Steven Herum joined the Stockton Board of Port Commissioners this week, saying he hopes to help the port become a center “to provide economic growth and good-paying jobs” for the community. Herum, appointed March 28 by the Stockton City Council, attended his first commission meeting Monday. “This is just a wonderful opportunity for public service, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to provide that public service,” he said.

Since serving as the 1992-93 president of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Herum said, he has been very involved in economic-development issues. And while the port has long been an important element of the San Joaquin County economy, “with the acquisition of Rough and Ready Island and the appointment of a dynamic new port director, there’s just some wonderful opportunities for economic development in the community.”

The Navy is in the process of turning over the island, which it had used for a communications installation, to the port. Rick Aschieris, former director of the Port of Anacortes, Wash., took over the reins of the Port of Stockton two weeks ago. In addition to focusing on the 1,419-acre island, Herum said he would like to see the Port of Stockton try to encourage the export of San Joaquin County farm products as well as getting the agency aligned with countywide economic-development issues.

Herum is a partner in the firm of Herum, Crabtree, Brown, Dyer & Zolezzi, specializing in real estate acquisition, Land-use development and land-use litigation. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law. A member of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, Herum also is a past director of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County.