CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 |
One of the top law enforcement advisors to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the third senior member of Villaraigosa's administration to head to Washington since President Obama's election. Arif Alikhan, the city's deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, will join the federal agency's office of policy development. Alikhan, whom Villaraigosa appointed as a deputy mayor in 2006, previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice overseeing the national computer hacking and intellectual property program.
December 10, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to name Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley as a top member of his environmental protection team, a Democrat familiar with the appointment said Tuesday. Sutley is to be made chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality, which helps coordinate and devise environmental policies for the White House. She now serves as deputy mayor for energy and environment, and is on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2009 |
Another member of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's senior staff is heading to Washington. On Friday, President Obama announced that he has nominated Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the city's Housing Department, to become assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the post would represent a reunion of sorts for Marquez.
August 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House began installing solar panels this week on the first family's residence, finally making good on a pledge President Obama made almost three years ago. The installation follows a speech Obama made in June on tackling the causes of climate change and dealing with its effects. Administration officials announced in October 2010 that solar panels would be installed in the White House as part of an initiative to make government buildings more energy efficient, but the work was repeatedly delayed.
October 5, 2010 |
More than two decades after President Reagan had a solar water heating system removed from the White House roof, President Obama will become the first to use solar energy as a means for powering the first family's White House residence. Plans to install solar panels and a solar water heater on the roof of the White House residence were announced Tuesday by Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nancy Sutley, who heads the Council on Environmental Quality, as part of a larger Energy Department effort to portray solar power as reliable and accessible.
December 15, 2008
The current Energy secretary, Samuel W. Bodman, is a former chemical-company CEO and financial-services executive. The next one is likely to be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who runs a national laboratory dedicated to renewable energy, next-generation biofuels and other technological solutions to global warming. If there's a clearer signal of the radical course correction we can expect under President Obama, we've yet to see it.