Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Mayor shakes up panel overseeing Los Angeles Fire Department

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Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed a four new members to the FIre Commission Thursday.

In his third set of commission appointments this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti replaced four members on the Board of Fire Commissioners. 

The shake up comes as the Los Angeles Fire Department continues to address concerns over response times, the reliability of its 911 system, and even the allocation of resources. LAFD is working to update it's technology with the development of FIRESTAT,  a system to track real-time responses to emergencies. 

"Our work at the Fire Department will be focused on reducing response times and making sure our department is cutting edge," Garcetti said. 

Fire Commissioner Steven Fazio was the only one reappointed to the board. The new nominees are:

  • Andrew Glazier, managing director, City Year Los Angeles
  • Dr. Jimmy Hara, physician, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Delia Ibarra, attorney, Lara & Ibarra
  • Jimmie Woods Gray, teacher

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Mayor appoints professor, civic leaders to LA Police Commission

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Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed four new members to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday. The appointments are subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council.

A law professor, a former media executive and a longtime civic leader were among the Angelenos appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

Garcetti is replacing four of the five commissioners who had served under the Antonio Villaraigosa Administration. Robert Saltzman, a law professor at USC, was the only commissioner to remain on the board. 

If they are approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the new commissioners would be:

  • Sandra Figueroa-Villa, executive director, El Centro del Pueblo
  • Kathleen Kim, law professor, Loyola Law School
  • Paula Madison, majority owner, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Steve Soboroff, chairman, Weingart Foundation 

"We're going to keep up the momentum on crime to make every L.A. neighborhood safer and more prosperous," Garcetti said.  "Job creation is one of my top priorities, but a strong L.A. economy isn't possible without public safety. When our streets are safe, businesses grow, tourists visit, and our communities and families thrive."  

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Redevelopment in Watts, new city commissioners, Chinatown Walmart prepares for opening

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L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino called the redevelopment of Jordan Downs "life-changing," reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Los Angeles City Council approved plans to replace the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts, according to the Los Angeles Times. The billion-dollar transformation is contingent on $30 million in federal grants.

Bruce Katz spoke to Los Angeles Magazine and had some advice for Mayor Eric Garcetti. "You have unbelievable assets in Los Angeles, and that has been masked by the dominance of Hollywood and the reality of the location where you are situated. But that gives you an opportunity to have a contrarian brand and to begin to send a signal to the world: here’s the Los Angeles you don’t know," he says.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County hires social workers, neighbors pay for curb improvements, Moreno Valley councilman resigns

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The Department of Children and Family Services is hiring 150 more social workers for child welfare cases.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Los Angeles County is hiring 150 more social workers to handle child welfare cases, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Money for the extra workers had been appropriated three years ago, but agency officials apparently left it untapped, thinking they needed additional authorizations," according to the newspaper.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow curbside gardens, planted between the sidewalk and curb, to remain without penalty, reports the Daily News. "This is a way to let us take a deep breath and deal with this by holding off on citing people," said Council President Herb Wesson.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti names his picks for airport commission

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Mayor Eric Garcetti named six new Board of Airport Commissioners members Tuesday. Among their top priorities will be the future of LAX's northern runway and control of the Ontario Airport.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named his seven picks to oversee Los Angeles World Airports Tuesday.

The Board of Airport Commissioners is responsible for Los Angeles World Airports, which includes LAX, Van Nuys Airport and LA/Ontario International Airport. The seven appointments — listed below with their names and occupations — are subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council:

  • Sean Burton, CityView, president
  • Gabriel Eshaghian, Somerset Group, prinicpal 
  • Jackie Goldberg, former L.A. city councilwoman
  • Bea Hsu, Related California, vice president
  • Matthew Johnson, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, managing partner 
  • Cynthia Telles, former vice president of L.A.'s Ethics Commission
  • Valerie Velasco, attorney and Airport Commissioner

"L.A.'s airports are a critical economic engine and our city's first impression for millions of visitors every year. I'm pleased to appoint these talented Angelenos to the airport commission and know they will focus on ensuring L.A. has world class airports that are also first class neighbors," Garcetti said. 

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