In one of his first official acts, Villaraigosa followed through on a campaign pledge to remove any lobbyists from city boards and commissions.
Three of the commissioners – Dominick Rubalcava (Water & Power), Mike Roos (Recreation and Parks) and Ronald Stone (Neighborhoods) – had already submitted letters of resignation to Villaraigosa. His letters to the other two – Carol Schatz (Convention and Exhibition Center Authority) and Irene Camarena (Status of Women) – ended their terms as of Friday.
Villaraigosa also made three appointments to the Board of Public Works: Cynthia Ruiz, Paula Daniels and Dave Sickler. Ruiz, a longtime friend and adviser to Villaraigosa, had served on the board for over a year until former Mayor James Hahn removed her last year.