Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti to join Metro Board of Directors on July 1

Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti on the Red Line on Monday. Photo: Eric Garcetti for Mayor.

Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti on the Red Line on Monday. Photo: Eric Garcetti for Mayor.

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.

RELATED: A list of the many big decisions confronting the next mayor of Los Angeles as a member of the Metro Board.

Categories: Transportation News

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    • Mayor Villaraigosa stays on the Metro Board until the end of his mayoral term at the end of June.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

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  1. Please excuse my ignorance (if so). I wish Villaraigosa would be mayore forever. That guy did a heck of a lot for me personally. I believe in Eric, but can we get Tony forever please. : )

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  2. Transit Rider,

    To avoid having the same politician in office for years and years, democracy calls for having term limits. Too bad US Senators doesn’t have them though.

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  3. Here is the exact language for the composition of the Metro Board and a few other key points in re Board Members (from the Public Utilities Code — BTW current Board member Richard Katz was the author of AB 152 under which Metro was formed in 1993:

    130050.2.

    There is hereby created the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The authority shall be the single successor agency to the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission as provided by the act that enacted this section.

    (Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 60, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1993.)

    130051.

    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority consists of 14 members, as follows:

    (a) Five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    If the number of members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is increased, the authority shall, within 60 days of the increase, submit a plan to the Legislature for revising the composition of the authority.

    (b) The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

    (c) Two public members and one member of the City Council of the City of Los Angeles appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

    (d) Four members, each of whom shall be a mayor or a member of a city council, appointed by the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee. For purposes of the selection of these four members, the County of Los Angeles, excluding the City of Los Angeles, shall be divided into the following four sectors:

    (1) The North County/San Fernando Valley sector.

    (2) The Southwest Corridor sector.

    (3) The San Gabriel Valley sector.

    (4) The Southeast Long Beach sector.

    The League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Division, shall define the sectors. Every city within a sector shall be entitled to vote to nominate one or more candidates from that sector for consideration for appointment by the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee. A city’s vote shall be weighted in the same proportion that its population bears to the total population of all cities within the sector.

    The members appointed pursuant to this subdivision shall be appointed by the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee upon an affirmative vote of its members which represent a majority of the population of all cities within the county, excluding the City of Los Angeles.

    The members selected by the city selection committee shall serve four-year terms with no limitation on the number of terms that may be served by any individual. The city selection committee may shorten the initial four-year term for one or more of the members for the purpose of ensuring that the members will serve staggered terms.

    (e) If the population of the City of Los Angeles, at any time, becomes less than 35 percent of the combined population of all cities in the county, the position of one of the two public members appointed pursuant to subdivision (c), as determined by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles by lot, shall be vacated, and the vacant position shall be filled by appointment by the city selection committee pursuant to subdivision (d) from a city not represented by any other member appointed pursuant to subdivision (d).

    (f) One nonvoting member appointed by the Governor.

    (Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 900, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1998.)

    130051.1.

    Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 130051, if a member appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is not a member of the city council of that city, the person appointed may serve for 60 days without consent of the city council.

    (Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 586, Sec. 2. Effective September 2, 1992.)

    130051.5.

    Every member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is subject to Section 87100 of the Government Code.

    (Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 900, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1998.)

    130051.6.

    (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), each member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall serve a term of four years or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. A member may be removed at the pleasure of the appointing authority. A member may be reappointed for additional terms without limitation on the number of reappointments. Other than the member initially appointed by the Governor, and members appointed to staggered terms pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 130051, the members initially appointed shall serve until January 1, 1997.

    (b) The membership of any member serving on the authority as a result of holding another public office shall terminate when the member ceases holding the other public office.

    (Repealed and added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 60, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 1993.)

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayexpandedbranch.xhtml

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  4. Garcetti looks happy on the Red Line subway! I hope he will support and fund future Rapid Transport projects here in West LA as mayor.

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  5. “To avoid having the same politician in office for years and years, democracy calls for having term limits. Too bad US Senators doesn’t have them though.”

    Well, one could also argue that elections are term limits in themselves. Whether the people choose to exercise them is the issue.

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  6. this is one thing i dont like about political stuff after this picture was taken when is the last time you will see any of them use the subway system or public transportation. an i could say that they must had a special train for him. so the public would not be around him.

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