L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s priorities as Metro Board Chair

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the Chairman of the Metro Board of Directors for the next year. He oversaw the Board meeting on Thursday and made the above remarks, laying out his priorities. Here’s the Power Point that appeared on screen:

This is Garcetti’s second go-around as Chair, the first being from mid-2013 to mid-2014.

The next year should certainly be interesting. Metro has three major rail projects under construction and a host of others in the pipeline. Also, this: the International Olympic Committee in September is scheduled to announce the cities that will host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles and Paris are the only cities in the running and Mayor Garcetti has, of course, been instrumental in pushing the L.A. bid forward.

And transportation is a big part of L.A.’s bid.

For those who don’t follow Metro governance closely — by which I mean most of you! — the Chair runs Metro Board meetings, sets meeting agendas and Board Committees and works closely with Metro staff. One item Garcetti immediately put in place this tenure: the creation of a new Metro Board Customer Experience Committee, which met for the first time earlier this month.

The Metro Board has 13 voting members: the five county supervisors, four elected officials chosen by cities to represent different parts of the county and the Mayor of Los Angeles and his three appointees.

6 replies

  1. Steve, sorry off-topic, are you going to post an update regarding the Playa del Rey debacle? Regardless of someone’s opinion on the situation, it is an interesting discussion topic.

    • Hey there —

      It’s on the docket for the next How We Roll. I wrote a little bit about urbanism and road diets and driving in L.A. the other day, FWIW. Also, FWIW, I’m more interested in the broader subject of road diets than any particular one, although certainly the Playa del Rey one got a lot of attention.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Is there a higher resolution version of the system map from slide 8? I need to add it to my collection!

    • Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the so-called Playa Del Rey debacle put in place by LADOT and not Metro?