Mayor eyes AQMD

first_imgTonia Reyes Uranga, a Long Beach councilwoman and the current representative for the eastern region, will take over the western region, leaving her position open. Officials say restructuring the board was necessary to give smaller cities a stronger voice. “It’s been a long-term problem, like the 800-hundred pound gorilla,” said Alfonso Sanchez, a legislative consultant for state Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, who authored the bill. Because of the population size of the city of Los Angeles, the western region’s representative nearly always has been a Los Angeles City Council member, Sanchez said. “This allows for better representation, giving cities an opportunity to serve on the AQMD and not always having to rely on Los Angeles to represent these smaller cities’ interests and concerns,” McLeod said. Lujan said the realignment will allow the San Gabriel Valley to be represented more cohesively. Of the 35 cities in the eastern region, only four – Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita – are not in the San Gabriel Valley, he said. Officials with the California League of Cities, which is handling the election process, did not return calls for comment Thursday. It is unknown how many other candidates are vying for the open position. Lujan said he expected the competition to be tough, but said his track record in City Hall and his interest in environmental issues make him a good candidate. “My mother has severe asthma,” Lujan said, “so I recall a lifetime of seeing my mother in and out of hospital. I know firsthand how air quality can affect someone’s health.” Lujan said he did not feel there were any problems with the current board, but said he wants to see more equality when hearing out environmental issues. “Industry has its concerns … and then the environmental groups have their concerns,” Lujan said. “Both have different viewpoints on air-quality issues, but my real strong belief is they are not mutually exclusive.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – Nearly a month after taking over the city’s top position, the mayor wants another job: board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Louie Lujan is seeking letters of support for the position, which will be vacant next month. That’s when new legislation increasing the number of board members and realigning districts goes into effect. If elected to serve on the AQMD board, Lujan can continue as mayor. “I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues,” Lujan said, “specifically air quality issues in the San Gabriel Valley.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonUnder previous legislation, the South Coast Air Quality Management District – which governs four major Southern California counties – split up Los Angeles County into two separate regions, AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said. Each region – an eastern and a western region – has its own representative. But the city of Los Angeles, historically lumped with the western region, will be designated as a separate region when Senate Bill 886 goes into effect Jan. 1, Atwood said. As a result, the city of Los Angeles will have its own representative – which will increase the total number of district board members from 12 to 13, according to the bill. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry will represent the city of Los Angeles. last_img read more

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