Mayor Villaraigosa names his Board of Harbor Commissioners at 10 a.m. at the Cruise Ship Promenade in the port. The Times' Deborah Schoch and Richard Fausset, and David Zahniser in the Daily Breeze, report that the appointees will be flamboyant former DWP boss S. David Freeman, environmental lawyer Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza, banking lawyer Douglas Paul Krause, lawyer and Villaraigosa transition team member Kaylynn L. Kim and Joe Radisich, president of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The Times and Breeze play it as a new direction for the commission—after all, Jim Hahn had used the port as a way to reward Valley power broker James Acevedo. Gail Ruderman Feuer of the Natural Resources Defense Council is pleased: "This sends a clear signal from the mayor that he plans to hold true to his commitment to protect local communities from harmful pollution that comes from the port." Zahniser also has where they live.
* They were right again: Bios and Villaraigosa press release after the jump below. 12:19 p.m.
Also at City Hall: It's the second time this week a paper scooped Villaraigosa's appointments. Now get this: one of the anonymous political operatives who blogs at Mayor Sam's Sister City says an unnamed female Villaraigosa "administration official" is being fired for Monday's leak of the airport commissioners to Zahniser. The poster, "Chief Parker," has been suspected in the past of having a role in the Villaraigosa campaign, so there's a bit of chill in his further admonition: "You will stop these unapproved leaks or face the consequences of your actions. Oh and stop giving inside info to Roderick -- this message is going out to the guy and girl that are leaking this stuff. I know you guys." The last part's a laugher since I don't have a clue who he means—and I'm the supposed beneficiary. But if the mayor's circle is already hyper-sensitive about leaks—three weeks in!—that doesn't bode well for his media relations. Good reporters are going to keep breaking stuff, so get used to it. The bigger question here is whether Villaraigosa's people are sending messages through a blogger, especially one whose affiliations are secret. Besides the threat, "Chief Parker" also uses his post to stroke Villaraigosa and LABJ reporter Howard Fine for writing some positive pieces about the mayor. Disclosure: On July 11, the blogger there who goes by "Mayor Sam" emailed me twice, hoping I'd mention some items he had posted. I passed on them, and since then his site has been a trifle obsessed with me. I think it's kind of cute—thanks for the links, guys. ** Speaking of obsessed: Cue Mailander. Facts are 90% wrong and his spin sad, but he admits his bias and leaves out the race-baiting. (Oops, spoke too soon. Race-baiting ensues in the comments...)
Press release from the mayor's office:
MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA APPOINTS
NEW HARBOR COMMISSIONERS
New Panel will Make A Fresh start at Port of Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa continued his efforts to make a fresh start at the City’s proprietary departments by appointing five new members to the Board of Harbor Commissioners today.
“My appointees represent the breadth and depth of experience and diversity in our great city,” said Villaraigosa. “Make no mistake, growing the Port while controlling its impact on our environment and communities is no simple task. With this new leadership team, we’ll successfully navigate these tremendous challenges.
The five new members of the commission include: David Freeman, former General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Doug Krause, executive Vice President of East West bank; Kaylynn Kim, a successful lawyer and former journalist; Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza, a longtime environmental justice advocate and Joe Radisich a San Pedro resident and labor leader. Radisich is currently a crane operator at the Port of Los Angeles.
Mayor Villaraigosa charged his appointees with balancing growth at the port with the impacts on the surrounding communities of San Pedro and Wilmington; improving security measures; growing the port in an environmentally sound manner and exercising strong fiscal oversight of the Harbor Department.
Biographies of the appointees follow:
David Freeman, with degrees in both engineering and law, has a 30-year record as board member and manager of many of America's largest publicly-owned businesses. He was appointed by President Carter to be Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1977, where he cut sulfur oxide emissions in half. He then served as General Manager of large public power agencies for the next two decades, including the LA DWP from 1997 to 2001. Under his leadership, the DWP kept rates level and the lights on during California's power crisis.
Mr. Freeman's has won numerous awards from LA's Clean-Air Coalition, the National Wildlife Association, Global Green, and others for his devotion to clean air, clean water, and renewable energy. He negotiated the settlement of the decades-long dispute over the dust pollution from the Owens dry lake, resulting in the restoration effort that has created a bird sanctuary and cleaner air for that pristine area.
Mr. Freeman is 79 years old and served in the US Merchant Marine in World War II, transporting gasoline across the North Atlantic. He authored Energy: the New Era in 1974, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an L.L.B. from the University of Tennessee. He consults and serves in the Board of ISE, a hybrid bus company; Microplant, which manufactures an energy-saving voltage regulator; and the Hydrogen Car Company.
He has three children - Anita, Stan, and Roger - and nine grandchildren.
Doug Krause serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in the Los Angeles office of East West Bank. In that role he is closely involved with trade finance and export-import issues. Responsibilities also include oversight of corporate governance processes and code of ethics; East West Bank’s governance processes are rated by ISS (Institutional Shareholder Services) as being in top 10% of all banks.
Before joining East West Bank, Mr. Krause was Corporate Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Metrobank from 1991 to 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Krause was with the law firms of Dewey Ballantine and Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue where he specialized in financial services.
Mr. Krause has lived in Los Angeles for the past 16 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carlton College before receiving his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where he was editor of the law review. He and his wife Ellen have two children and currently live in Playa Del Rey.
A lifelong resident of San Pedro, Mr. Radisich currently works as a crane operator in the Port of Los Angeles. A longtime leader in the labor community, Mr. Radisich serves as President of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Vice President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Mr. Radisich has previously served as National Strategic Coordinator for recent ILWU negotiations. He has also served as Vice President of Local 13 and as a member of the ILWU political action committee since its inception.
After graduating from Mary Star High School in San Pedro, he attended Colorado State University on a football scholarship. Mr. Radisich graduated from UCLA with a degree in History. His entire family still resides in San Pedro.
A successful attorney, Kaylynn currently serves as President of Kaylynn L. Kim & Associates, where she specializes in business litigation and employment relations. Previously she was an associate at the law offices of James Bang, where she handled foreign and domestic clients in a variety of corporate affairs.
Ms. Kim’s accomplishments are not limited to the practice of law. Before receiving her Juris doctorate from Southwestern University Law School, she was a partner at the Melrose Wellness Medical Center. She focused on care for the elderly, rehabilitation and sports medicine. She has a doctorate from the University of Southern California Health and Sciences department.
Ms. Kim is fluent in Korean and previously worked for the Korean Times and Radio Korea. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Koreatown Youth Community Center and on the Advisory Board of the Lanterman Developmental Center.
Ms. Kim is married to former Los Angeles Police Commander Paul Kim.
Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza
Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza is the Policy Director of the Environmental Justice Project Office of Environmental Defense in Los Angeles. Jerilyn focuses on creating innovative ways to reduce negative environmental impacts on low-income, minority populations. Recently, her work has included negotiating community benefits agreements that secure specific mitigation and other commitments from large public and private development projects. She is the chair of the Steering Committee of the LAX Coalition for Economic, Environmental and Educational Justice, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice. She also co-convenes the Alliance for a Livable Los Angeles, a diverse group working to make Los Angeles move livable by creating more affordable housing, transportation options and neighborhood open spaces. She has also been a member of the Verde Coalition, which works to bring more green space, including parks and community gardens, to the urban core.
A native of Montebello, California, Jerilyn earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies at Stanford University and her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law, where she earned two American Jurisprudence Awards (the highest grade in the class). She was also an Editor on the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and Editor in Chief of the Chicano-Latino Law Review. She has a long-standing commitment to environmental justice, and previously interned at Rebuild Los Angeles and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. Immediately prior to joining Environmental Defense five years ago, Jerilyn worked in private practice as a litigator.