One of Mayor Villaraigosa's campaign promises has come due. On September 17, he is booked to go horseback riding through Chatsworth with the local neighborhood council. "The Mayor and Equestrian Committee members will meet to ride along the streets, bridle paths, and rocky canyons that make up Chatsworth’s unique corner of Los Angeles," emails Jerry England, the group's chairman. "The ride will begin at the corner of Andora Avenue and Chatsworth Street. The best place to see the ride pass will be on Canoga Avenue just north of Rinaldi Street. The Committee's goal is to share with Mayor Villaraigosa some of its concerns about development, trails, railroad crossings, traffic, and parks as they ride horses together through a small portion of Chatsworth's equestrian community."
And speaking of horsepower: Villaraigosa today appointed Frances “Frankee” Banerjee as interim General Manager of the city Department of Transportation. She was the department's GM between 1998 and 2002 and most recently has been president of her own consulting firm, Banerjee & Associates.