Index
Tuesday
Aug132013

L.A. CITY HALL: More info/details, Mayor Eric Garcetti, appointees, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners: "Mayor Eric Garcetti appoints 6 to airport commission"....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Garcetti appointees, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mayor Eric Garcetti appoints 6 to airport commission" - "Garcetti, saying that he wants L.A. to have modern airports, replaces all but one member of the seven-member panel overseeing LAX and Ontario and Van Nuys airports." - From the LAT:

Declaring that he wants Los Angeles to have modern airports that are also good neighbors, Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauled the city's Airport Commission on Tuesday and replaced every member except attorney Valeria Velasco, a former community activist from Playa del Rey.

Appointed to the seven-member panel were Jackie Goldberg, a former City Council member and state assemblywoman; Cynthia Telles, a civic leader and former vice president of the city's Ethics Commission; and Sean Burton, a former Warner Bros. executive, real estate developer and attorney. Also selected were Matthew Johnson, a civic leader and entertainment lawyer; Bea Hsu, a real estate developer and former advisor to state Controller Kathleen Connell; and Gabriel Eshaghian, a real estate investment executive who has worked in the travel and airline industry.

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It was unclear whether the house-cleaning was meant to send a message to Gina Marie Lindsey, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International Airport, LA/Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport. . . . . . . . However, during the mayoral election in the spring, Garcetti said he supported the modernization of LAX but opposed Lindsey's plan to move the northern runway 260 feet closer to neighborhoods in Westchester and Playa del Rey, where there was strong political opposition because of concerns over air pollution and noise.

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Although the runway project was approved by the previous airport commission, Garcetti said Tuesday, "I don't think we should be moving it."

Garcetti also said during the campaign that he supported transferring control of Ontario International to Inland Empire officials as long as Los Angeles gets revenue from any agreement and the plan bolsters the struggling airport's passenger levels....................

***ALSO:

* Daily Breeze:  "L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauls airport commission"

Tuesday
Aug132013

L.A. CITY HALL: Announcement, Mayor Eric Garcetti, appointees to Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners....

* Mayor Eric Garcetti announcement, appointees to Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners....

MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES AIRPORT COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

Sean Burton

Sean has over 15 years of experience in real estate and equity investments and has been with CityView since 2003. Prior to CityView, Burton was Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Strategy at Warner Bros.  His other professional experience includes working at O'Melveny & Myers, LLP as an attorney in the real estate and corporate groups and serving in the White House during the Clinton Administration.  He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine and New York University School of Law.

Gabriel Eshaghian

Gabriel Eshaghian is currently a Principal and Vice-President of Acquisitions and Development with The Somerset Group, a New York based real estate investment company.  Before joining Somerset, Eshaghian spent over 10 years in various executive positions within the travel and transportation industries including roles at Globaltravel Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Swissair.

Jackie Goldberg

Jackie Goldberg served as a California State Assemblymember from 2000 until 2006, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing Hollywood from 1993 until 2000, and on the Los Angeles Unified School Board from 1983 until 1991.  Goldberg began her professional life as a classroom teacher at Centennial and then Dominguez High School in Compton and worked as a teacher, specializing in reading, for more than 18 years.  Currently, Goldberg is working with Middle and High School teachers in Compton Unified School District in conjunction with UCLA.

Bea Hsu

Bea Hsu is Vice President of Development for Related California, responsible for development of affordable, market rate, and commercial mixed use developments throughout the Los Angeles area.  Hsu previously served as a senior advisor to Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti with a focus on affordable housing, development policy, and redevelopment.  She also served as a policy advisor to California State Controller Kathleen Connell. 

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham LLP, a leading entertainment law firm.  He is President of the Board of the Challenger’s Boys and Girls Club, a member of the board of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Foreign Policy Roundtable, and the Next Generation Council of The Motion Picture and Television Fund.  Johnson is also an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee.

Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles, PhD, has served on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. since April 2003. She is a founding board member of the Public Policy Institute of California and previously served on the boards of the California Endowment (as board chair from 2004 to 2006), Sanwa Bank, Americas United Bank, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.  Telles was appointed by President Obama to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. She has served as Vice President of the City of Los Angeles Ethics Commission and the Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners, as President of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and as a member of the Los Angeles Commission on Children, Youth and Families.

Valeria Velasco

Valeria Velasco is a sole practitioner estate planning attorney in Playa del Rey and an independent associate for Legal Shield.  She is presently the Lieutenant Governor for Rotary International District 5280 and serves as a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the State Bar of California.  She is a member of the LAX/Coastal Chamber of Commerce.  She has served as a City of Los Angeles Planning Commissioner, Staff Legal Counsel and Hispanic Liaison to former City Councilmember Michael Woo, Assembly Aide/Hispanic Liaison to former Assemblymember Mike Roos, and a bilingual elementary school teacher.

Tuesday
Aug132013

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Inland Empire): Resignation of Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co after arrest on welfare fraud charges: "Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co resigns amid welfare fraud charges".... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co resigns amid welfare fraud charges" - From the LAT:

Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co resigned Tuesday, a day after he was charged with fraudulently collecting $15,000 in home support services for his mother while she lived overseas. Co, 64, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after the Riverside County district attorney’s office filed eight felony counts, including grand theft, fraud and making a false claim.

The 4th District councilman submitted his resignation from the seat he won in November 2010. In a letter to Mayor Tom Owings, Marcelo tendered his resignation, adding, "I wish you and the City continued success and I want the opportunity to thank you and my colleagues..."

District attorney spokesman John Hall said the charges are “entirely separate” from a joint FBI and local public corruption investigation that led to the April raid on the homes of Co and several other council members.

In the welfare fraud case, Co is accused of defrauding $15,000 from the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.

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An arrest warrant was issued on short notice Monday after investigators cited a potential flight risk for Co because he frequently visits Asia. The alleged fraud began in March 2010, according to charging documents...........

Tuesday
Aug132013

SACRAMENTO: Commentary (Dan Walters), "Orange County in tangled money web"; Fair Political Practices Commission, former Sen. Sharon Runner fined for helping husband's campaign committee; Controller John Chiang, payroll system overhaul failure, dueling views....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee (The Buzz):  "Dueling views of California state payroll system overhaul failure"

* Los Angeles Times (PolitiCal):  "Former senator fined for improperly helping husband's campaign committee

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Orange County in tangled money web"

Tuesday
Aug132013

SACRAMENTO: 16th Assembly District election, East Bay/San Ramon Valley, labor, business, Steve Glazer candidacy: "Affluent 16th AD is closely watched contest"....

* Capitol Weekly:  "Affluent 16th AD is closely watched contest" - From Capitol Weekly:

Heading east from San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley through the Caldecott tunnel are the sundrenched suburban communities of the East Bay. The 16th Assembly District lies here, which has been represented by Democrat Joan Buchanan. Buchanan was able to wrestle this district from Republicans in 2008, giving Democrats control of every single Legislative and Congressional District in the Bay Area.

Its no surprise this was the last district to fall to Democrats.  The San Ramon Valley, which includes the communities of Danville, San Ramon and Alamo still remains the most conservative area in the Bay Area, but overall voters in the district are decidedly moderate. 

This race has intrigued the Capitol because a major Democratic contender is Steve Glazer, the veteran political consultant who engineered Gov. Brown’s 2010 election victory but has since run into serious trouble with organized labor for his work on a pro-business PAC.

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This district is likely to shape up to be one of the main battlegrounds between business and labor groups....................