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Villaraigosa taps former Assemblyman for Board of Public Works

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday named former Assemblyman Warren Furutani to a coveted position on the Board of Public Works.

The position is subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council. Furutani would fill a vacancy left by Andrea Alarcon, who left the board in January after she was charged with drunk driving and investigated for child endangerment.

"Warren has been dedicated to public service for over 40 years," Villaraigosa said in a statement. "His skills as a problem solver and consensus builder will be great assets to the Board of Public Works and the city of Los Angeles."

Furutani left the state Assembly in 2012. He previously served as member of the L.A. Unified Board of Education and Los Angeles Community College District. He ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 2012, but lost to Joe Buscaino.

Public Works commissioners are paid $127,000 a year.

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