Bunch o' new city commissioners

Among them is director Oz E. Scott, appointed to the Cultural Heritage Commission. Release with bios follows.


LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced five commission appointments: Oz E. Scott to the Cultural Heritage Commission; Joseph F. Montes to the Industrial Development Authority; Yolanda Anguiano to the Relocation Appeals Board; Gilbert Bautista to the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority and Tony Varela to the Emergency Preparedness Commission.

Oz E. Scott – Cultural Heritage Commission

Oz E. Scott was appointed to the Cultural Heritage Commission. Scott is an award-winning television, theatrical and motion picture director, with more than two decades of experience in the industry. Currently, Scott is the supervising producer for CBS Television’s The District. He has also directed episodes of many award-winning television shows, including ABC’s The Practice, NBC’s American Dreams and Ed, CBS’ C.S.I. and JAG, and FOX’s Ally McBeal and Party of Five. Scott has been recognized for his contributions to the community by receiving an NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk Award, a Village Voice OBIE Award, Genesis Award and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award. He also served on the Dean’s Council for California State University Northridge’s College of Arts, Media and Communication. Scott, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.), resides in Sherman Oaks.

Joseph F. Montes – Industrial Development Authority

Joseph F. Montes was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority. Montes formerly served in the United States Air Force for nearly five years before enlisting with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1987. For more than 11 years Montes served the LAPD as a patrol officer, training officer, detective trainee and academy instructor. His post-LAPD career led Montes to the banking industry with Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and eventually to Union Bank of California, where he serves as vice president and relationship manager. Montes graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s of Public
Administration. He also studied Politics and Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science before earning his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Montes resides in West Los Angeles.

Yolanda Anguiano – Relocation Appeals Board

Yolanda Anguiano was appointed to the Relocation Appeals Board. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2005 with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. While a student at CSUN, Anguiano was the executive director of Associated Students Student Productions and Campus Entertainment. Upon graduation she worked as a production coordinator at Legacy Entertainment in North Hollywood before serving as case manager for Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes in the 39th District. Anguiano, active in her community is the Chair for Beautification, Cultural Affairs and Youth Outreach on the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council and founded Instituto Fazcionista to organize events for talented artists in Los Angeles. Anguiano resides in Mission Hills.

Gilbert Bautista – Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority

Gilbert Bautista was appointed to the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority. Bautista graduated from California State University Northridge with degrees in History and Chicano Studies, where he also lettered in varsity soccer. He is the supervising deputy probation officer for L.A. County Probation’s Van Nuys Juvenile Office, where he oversees responsibilities for the Intensive Gang Supervision Program. Bautista also serves as a department instructor at L.A. County Probation where he teaches potential officers about trends and cultural factors that lead to gang evolution and identity. He serves on the California Gang Task Force and the California Gang Investigators Association and is a regular monthly participant of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs. Bautista, a resident of North Hills, is a graduate of Van Nuys High School.

Tony Varela – Emergency Preparedness Commission

Tony Varela was appointed to the Emergency Preparedness Commission. Varela, an assistant fire chief in the LAFD, is assigned to the Special
Operations Division within the Bureau of Emergency Services where he is responsible for the Disaster Preparedness Section, Arson/Counter Terrorism Section, Air Operations, and the Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. He is a Board Member of the Emergency Management Committee where he serves as emergency preparedness commissioner. Varela has represented the Fire Service by participating in the development of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Strategy for Bombing Prevention.

The Mayor’s appointees are subject to approval from the Los Angeles City Council.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong
Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more
Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back
Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons
Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire
LA Confederate monument coming down
LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast
Previous story: Signal mad at itself

Next story: Late start Friday


LA Observed on Twitter