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California Briefing / Los Angeles

New appointee for airport panel

July 16, 2009|Mitchell Landsberg

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday appointed a leading hospitality industry entrepreneur, Sam Nazarian, to the city's Board of Airport Commissioners.

Nazarian, 33, is founder and chief executive officer of SBE operating group, which runs splashy hotels, nightclubs and restaurants, including the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas and the four-star Bazaar by Jose Andres restaurant near Los Angeles' Beverly Center.

If approved by the City Council, Nazarian would succeed Christine Essel, who resigned in May to run for the council in an upcoming District 2 special election. The seven-member airport commission sets policy for Los Angeles World Airports, which oversees Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International, Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys airports.

-- Mitchell Landsberg

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