Worried about LA businesses having regulatory representation on regional air quality issues? You can breathe a sigh of relief. We’re proud to share that one of the newly appointed members of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board is our very own BizFed leader José Luis Solache, President & CEO of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.
We love to see BizFed leaders stepping up for public service – especially when it amplifies the voice of business in regulatory bodies tasked with making decisions tied to economic health.
José serves as Mayor Pro-Tem of the nearby city of Lynwood. He was elected to the Lynwood City Council in 2013 after three terms on the Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education. His accomplishments include recruiting job-creating employers to Lynwood and Lakewood, expanding youth programs, and building new parks.
“I am humbled to represent 51 of the 88 Los Angeles County cities. It is the first time in the history of this agency that someone from Lynwood and our Southeast Los Angeles communities is a representative of these 51 cities,” José said after his swearing-in.
Heads up! He’s also running for state assembly. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced his decision this week to endorse José’s campaign for his seat representing California’s 62nd Assembly District.
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San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman and Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson, both friends and partners of BizFed leaders, have also been appointed to the South Coast AQMD Governing Board. Former California State Senator Vanessa Delgado and South Pasadena Councilmember Michael Cacciotti are the Governing Board’s newly elected Chair and Vice Chair. We thank Supervisor Curt Hagman for joining BizFed’s AQMD/CARB Committee this month for a virtual meet-and-greet to discuss top-of-mind issues impacting the business community.
Look out for more intel soon about closely-watched South Coast AQMD issues. The regulatory agency is one of California’s 35 local air districts responsible for regional air quality planning, stationary source monitoring, and facility permitting. The local districts are CARB’s primary partners in ensuring all Californians breathe clean air.