What, another commission?

Mayor Villaraigosa has filled out the city's Board of Transportation Commissioners with the daughter of State Sen. Richard Alarcon, a former deputy to Nate Holden and a former senior cop, among others. The short version:

* Andrea Alarcon, Special Assistant to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
* D. Malcolm Carson, attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
* John Frierson, community activist and former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff.
* Paul Kim, former Los Angeles Police Commander.
* Helen Mars, President and CEO of California Litho-Arts.
* George Moss, chairman of the Moss Group.
* Angela Reddock, Senior Associate for Pryce Parker Hill, LLP.

Turn the page for the long version with bios.

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA APPOINTS NEW BOARD OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS


(Los Angeles, CA) - Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa demonstrated his continued dedication to improving transportation in Los Angeles by completing his appointments to the Board of Transportation Commissioners.


The seven-member board advises the Los Angeles Deparment of Transportation (LADOT). It also regulates privately-owned public utilities, such as pipelines and regulates taxis and ambulances. The commission also manages parking revenue and reviews City parking rates.


"My appointees' expertise and commitment to public service will serve our city well. These leaders represent the breadth and depth of experience and diversity in Los Angeles," said Mayor Villaraigosa. Since the beginning of his term, the Mayor has appointed five new members to the commission in addition to retaining two current members, John Frierson and Angela Reddock.


The seven members of the commission are:
* Andrea Alarcon, Special Assistant to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
* D. Malcolm Carson, attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
* John Frierson, community activist and former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff.
* Paul Kim, former Los Angeles Police Commander.
* Helen Mars, President and CEO of California Litho-Arts.
* George Moss, chairman of the Moss Group.
* Angela Reddock, Senior Associate for Pryce Parker Hill, LLP.


Biographies of the appointees follow:

ANDREA ALARCON
Andrea Alarcon is the Director of the Los Angeles Executive Office, Southern California Region, and special assistant to Attorney General Bill Lockyer. She was formerly Executive Director of Women advancing the Valley through Education, Economics and Empowerment; and Hate Crimes Specialist for the United States Department of Justice.


She received a B.A. in Government and English and a Graduate Business Administration Certificate from Georgetown University. She has a Grant Writing Certification from the Grantsmanship Center and completed a Tools for Tolerance Institute course from the National Institute Against Hate Crimes and Terrorism.


D. MALCOLM CARSON
D. Malcolm Carson is an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) specializing in community capacity building, transportation advocacy and environmental justice. After completing his undergraduate work at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Mr. Carson obtained a Juris Doctorate and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to LAFLA, Mr. Carson worked with the National Economic Development and Law Center, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, and the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.


In his current capacity at LAFLA, Mr. Carson works to improve quality of life for residents of low-income communities by providing legal and technical assistance to community-based organizations and engaging in policy advocacy in local, state, regional and federal transportation, land-use and environmental planning processes.


JOHN W. FRIERSON
John W. Frierson has been involved in community and political activities for over 40 years. He has held positions in numerous organizations, including Deputy Director of Community Relations for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, Senior Field Deputy for Councilman Nate Holden, Senior Traffic Supervisor for both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Transportation, and Deputy Sheriff of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department. He was also a member of the United States Navy. Frierson attended UCLA and the City College of New York, and received a Certificate in Training from the FBI.


PAUL KIM
Paul Kim served in the Los Angeles Police Department for twenty-seven years, where he was the highest ranking Asian-American Staff Officer in the history of the Department, reaching the rank of Commander. While serving at the Police Department, Mr. Kim initiated the "Stop the Violence" movement which became a department-wide crime control tool and community mobilization tool. He also founded the "Good Deed" lead program to facilitate employees recognizing other employees for extra service and small acts of kindness.
Mr. Kim has been the recipient of the Republic of Korea Presidential Dong Baek Metal for the public service to Korean Americans in the USA. He also received the Martin Luther King Parade Committee's Unity Leadership Award and a recognized community builder in a multi cultural setting.


Mr. Kim serves as a board member for the Coro Leadership Foundation, in addition to serving as the Chairperson of the Justice for Murdered Children * a crime victim advocacy group for unsolved murders involving young murdered victims in South Los Angeles.


He received a B.S. with honors in Management from Pepperdine University and a
Masters in Public Administration from Pepperdine University. He went on to receive a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of LaVerne
Recipient of Quality of Service Management Achievement Award, LAPD, March 2000.


HELEN MARS
Helen Mars is the President and CEO of California Litho-Arts. Ms. Mars is currently a member of Homeland Security (Region I) for Los Angeles County and Orange County. She is a board member of D.A.R.E. America, a member of the Music Center Blue Ribbon 2000, and a member of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Committee. She is also licensed by the California Horse-Racing Board. Previously, she was Vice President of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Los Angeles and a member of the Fair Employment & Housing Commission for the State of California.


GEORGE E. MOSS
George Moss is the chairman of the Moss Group and All-Coast Investment Corporation, both located in Encino, CA. In addition, he has been active in banking, venture capital financing and real estate lending. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from UCLA, and has completed post-graduate work at UCLA and St. Johns University.


Currently, Mr. Moss is involved with several organizations, including the San Fernando Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Anti-Defamation League and the State of California Real Estate Advisory Panel. He was formerly the president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Environmental Quality Commission, chairman of the Mayor's Community Advisory Committee and chairman of the City of Los Angeles Crime Prevention Committee and the Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics Committee.


ANGELA J. REDDOCK
Angela Reddock is a Senior Associate at Pryce Parker Hill, LLP. She specializes in civil litigation and government relations, and is the lead attorney on civil litigation cases involving both public and private sector clients. Before working for Pryce Parker Hill, she specialized in employment and labor law as an associate at Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzer & Krupman and an associate at Gartner & Young. She received her Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.


Ms. Reddock works with the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, the Democratic National Committee, the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire and the Social Concerns of Los Angeles. She is also co-chair of the Poliical Training Institute of the Los Angeles African Women's Political Action Committee, a chairperson of the Thornton Scholarship Fund and a contributing writer for Minorities in Business magazine.


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