LA mayor appoints new environment deputy mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lost a deputy mayor to the Obama Administration this year. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the mayor’s placed a new cowboy in the city’s top environment post.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lost a deputy mayor to the Obama Administration this year. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the mayor’s placed a new cowboy in the city’s top environment post.

Molly Peterson: Until President Obama took office, the city of L.A.’s top environmental official was Nancy Sutley. Now she’s at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. So the mayor’s named David Freeman to saddle up for the job of deputy mayor for energy and the environment.

That means Freeman will direct L.A.’s green policies at the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles, Public Works, and other departments. Freeman is already a port commissioner. He’s got a 30 year record managing public utilities. In the late 1960s, he was the first person with responsibility for energy in the federal government.

He’s won support from industry and environmentalists. Freeman has cultivated his Green Cowboy nickname by wearing a plastic cowboy hat – most recently, while he campaigned for the city’s solar power and green jobs initiative, Measure B. Freeman plans to resign from the harbor commission and start his new job next month.

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