Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday named former rival Kevin James, who placed third in the March 5 primary election, to serve on the powerful Board of Public Works.
James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor.
Other public works commissioners announced by Garcetti are Matt Szabo, former deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Barbara Romero, a planning commissioner under Villaraigosa; former Assemblyman Mike Davis, who represented part of South Los Angeles until last year; and Monica Rodriguez, an executive with the California Assn. of Realtors who ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for a San Fernando Valley seat on the City Council.
The public works board is the city's only paying commission, overseeing such nuts-and-bolts services as tree trimming, pothole filling, trash pickup and sewer maintenance. Each appointee earns more than $134,000 annually and must be confirmed by the City Council, according to city officials.