One of the perks that comes with being mayor of Los Angeles is a seat on the Metro Board of Directors — and the authority to make three appointments to the transit agency. Mayor Eric Garcetti flexed some of his political muscle Thursday by naming two city councilmen and a nonprofit leader to the board.
Councilmen Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin and Jackie Dupont-Walker, president of the USC Master Plan Advisory Committee and president of the Ward Economic Development Corp., will join the 13-member board. Dupont-Walker was also Garcetti's appointee to the city's 2011 Redistricting Commission.
Metro oversees the buses, light rail lines and subways of Los Angeles County, along with a $5 billion budget.
"I want to make sure we're careful and strategic with our transportation dollars," Garcetti said in a statement. "That's the only way we're going to make a real difference in the traffic congestion that costs us billions of dollars in lost productivity and billions of hours in time away from our lives."
Garcetti's picks will replace board members appointed by former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Mel Wilson, Richard Katz and current councilman José Huizar.
The next meeting of the Metro Board of Directors is scheduled for July 25.