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Monday, June 26, 2006

912 Commission Appointments

Hot off the press, here are the appointments to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's 912 Commission:

Mayor Villaraigosa's appointments from pool of recommendations submitted by Neighborhood Councils (NC)

South Planning Area
Julian Rogers, Empowerment Congress Southeast NC

East Planning Area
Jason Lyon, Silverlake NC

West Planning Area
Paul Resnik, West Los Angeles NC

South Valley Planning Area
Charlotte Laws, Greater Valley Glen NC

North Valley Planning Area
Cindy Cleghorn, Sunland-Tujunga NC

Harbor Planning Area
Esther Cepeda, Harbor City NC

Central Planning Area
Jeff Jacobberger, Mid City West NC

Mayor Villaraigosa appointments

Jackie DuPont Walker
President of Ward EDC and former member of elected Charter Commission

Linda Wong
Vice President, Civic Engagement at the California Community Foundation

Bong Hwan Kim
Executive Director, Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services and Former Executive Director of the Multi cultural Collaborative and Korean Youth & Community Center

Dora Leong Gallo
Chief Executive Director with A Community of Friends

Corrine Sanchez
President/CEO of El Proyector del Barrio

Christine Chavez
Political Director for United Farm Workers

Jan Breidenbach
Served as Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing

City Council Appointments

Council District 1
Evelyn Montes

Council District 2
Jonathan Zasloff
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Council District 3
Leonard Shaffer
Tarzana NC

Council District 4
Mark Siegel
Founder of CityWatch

Council District 5
Dr. Irving Lebovics
Mid City West

Council District 6
Dennis O'Sullivan
Sun Valley NC

Council District 7
Javier Angullo
NALEO Education Fund & Lincoln Heights NC,

Council District 8
Frank Prater
Empowerment Congress Central

Council District 9
Sandra Bryant

Council District 10
Guy Leemhuis
United Neighborhoods of Historic Arlington Heights

Council District 11
Tom Ponton
Mar Vista NC

Council District 12
Joe Vitti
Granada Hills NC

Council District 13
Rev. Attagracia Perez
Episcopalian Minister

Council District 14
Jessica Wethington McLean
Eagle Rock NC

Council District 15
Wilmington NC


Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD15 is Toni O'Donnell. And I believe it's Altagracia Perez, not Atta...

June 26, 2006 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the fuck is Christine Chavez doing on the DONE list?! Is this the way that our Mayor is going to get back on the good side of people that he opposes, by putting them on important commission appointments?! I guess if any of us run on the name of a famous relative, we can get an appointment to a seat. If that's the case, he should've appointed James Hahn too.

June 26, 2006 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christine on 912? You gotta be kid'n me!!!

June 27, 2006 12:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All the pea-brained wannabe's on the list who are afraid to run for a REAL office, and you attack Chavez, who actually had the guts to step into the ring for reals.

Grow some huevos of your own, before you bash.

June 27, 2006 1:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's picks saved this being the most lopsided, male-dominated city commission since 70s.

June 27, 2006 1:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very political picks for the mayor. He's already getting heat for them. AT least I can say I like the fact that the President's Joint Commission for LAUSD VOTED last week AGAINST mayoral takeover and instead wants the people to vote on it. They get a prize!!!!!

June 27, 2006 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's intriguing that the Mayor's choices are all so housing-focused. This belies a perception on his staff's part that NC participants are all NIMBYs, and this will somehow counter that. Except that the commission isn't reviewing the internal decision-making process of NCs, or any particular NC's policy perspective, so it's probably a complete miss.

The Council and NC choices are by and large pretty solid.

June 27, 2006 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:05 am,

It's not about people being afraid to run for a "REAL" office, it's about getting people on the commission who have played a role within the neighborhood council system who can provide views and perspective that will be helpful to its growth. It should not be a place to put somebody whose interactions with neighborhood councils is limited to her failed assembly race.

Christine is somebody who lives outside the City (lives in the unincorporated area of LA County because she got hooked up with a house to establish residency for her race), and whose base of operations for her work place is also outside the City limits (it's East of Atlantic Blvd on Beverly - way outside the city limits).

The people on the 912 Commission need to be people who have an invested interest in making sure that the changes that take place within DONE ultimately will be beneficial to the way that the Department, the City, and the Neighborhood Councils work side by side to empower area residents to take ownership of their streets and of their communities.

Maybe Christine wants to organize the South LA Farmers and have them join the neighborhood council in the South LA area. Who knows?! Well, maybe Antonio does...

June 27, 2006 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's obvious why the Mayor appointed Christine to the 912 Commission: because he needed to send an olive branch to the UFW.

After having all that horrible press early in the year, being criticized for their lack of organizing farmers, bringing out the web the Chavez Family has created to prosper from the various UFW operations, and having Cesar Chavez (oops, I mean Christine, but who would have ever known it was her from the way she ran her campaign) lose by 19 points, UFW needs something to bring them into some positive light.

This will allow the Mayor to use the UFW flag for those nice mailers of his come time for his race for Governor in 2010. Remember, the Mayor plays politics like he would a good game a chess: every move is done while thinking 5 moves ahead.

June 27, 2006 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hopefully this 9/12 will really address the issues of the DONE and their inability to put some teeth into their decision. Perhaps this commission with all the "political" appointments may do so good and do not go off track siding with the "white Causcus" lead by the Shaffer/Siegel show being pupeteer by the one and only Greg Nelson and former Commissioner Christopher... we'll see what kind of damage they will do...

June 27, 2006 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy you can always count on someone from the Mayor Sam crowd to say something racist. This is the only place in LA where there is an all-out race war happening -- well, here and the movie Crash. Give me a break.

And if you think any of these people appointed to the commission are puppets, you REALLY don't know much about any of them...

June 27, 2006 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sure just like the mayor's other commission appointments like Ramona Ripston of ACLU, John Mack police commission, Valerie on the airport commission who was suing the city and many more. Please..we all know these were all political payback appointments. They don't care about the neighborhoods, they care about how will this get me something bigger.

June 27, 2006 3:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy you can always find a moron in the group! you are probably the president of the "White Caucus"...only narrow-minded people like you compare this to racism... it's realism not racism wake up and smell really moron!

June 27, 2006 10:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To maintain the level of rhetoric here: blow me, racist.

June 28, 2006 7:48 PM  

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