As you have probably heard by now, Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti has won the mayoral election in Los Angeles and, as a result, on July 1 will be trading the Los Angeles Council Chambers for the Metro Board Room.
Mayor-Elect Garcetti will take the oath of office on July 1 and, at that time, also be awarded an automatic seat on the Metro Board, the 13-member body that oversees Metro and has the final say on many of the large decisions made by the agency.
To put it another way, the Metro Board which projects to build and where to build them and also approves the agency’s budget each year. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14 is $4.891 billion.
As mayor, Garcetti will also have the opportunity to appoint three others to the Metro Board. One of those three is usually a member of the Los Angeles City Council. The mayor plus the three appointees makes for a considerable voting bloc given that seven votes are usually needed to approve items before the Board.
Each of the Los Angeles County Supervisors also has a seat on the Board, with four other seats coming from cities in different parts of the county. Here is the current roster of Board Members. The current city of L.A. representatives on the Board are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Jose Huizar, former-Assemblyman Richard Katz and Mel Wilson.
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