John Mack, left, was a police commissioner under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. With Eric Garcetti now occupying the Mayor's Office, Mack is moving over to the Planning Commission.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his picks for the city’s Planning Commission Monday, and included among them are attorneys, advocates and former city commissioners.
The Planning Commission is the first step in the approval process for major building projects and real estate developments in the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti named nine men and women to the panel, including former Police Commissioner John Mack and former Metro board member Richard Katz. (For what it's worth, both Mack and Katz supported Wendy Greuel in the mayor's race.)
The other nominees are attorneys Robert Ahn, Dana Perlman and David Ambroz, architect Renee Drake Wilson and banker Caroline Chloe. The president of the East L.A. Community Corporation, Maria Cabildo, and Marta Segura, owner of a firm that specializes in community engagement and campaign development, round out the nominees.
The commission appointments must be approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
"These commissioners will help us strengthen each of Los Angeles' unique neighborhoods," Garcetti said in a statement.