City Councilman Richard Alarcon has been added to the board of directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, filling the seat held by for 26 years by the recently retired Marvin Braude.
"While there have been improvements in our air quality during the past six years, Los Angeles still has the dirtiest air in the nation," Alarcon said in a statement. "We need to do better so L.A. can be removed from the 'endangered lung' list."
Alarcon will fill out Braude's board term, which expires Jan. 15. Braude retired in June after serving 32 years on the council. Alarcon, who was elected to the board Thursday night by a selection committee, will represent 25 cities in the western region of Los Angeles County.
Mayor Richard Riordan, who promised Alarcon he would back him for the post if Braude ever stepped down, nominated the second-term councilman. The SCAQMD is responsible for meeting air quality standards in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.