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FSPH alumnus appointed as L.A. Board of Transportation commissioner

Cris Liban (PhD, '03) is deputy executive officer for the Environmental Compliance and Services Department of the MTA, and was named commissioner by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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FSPH alumnus Cris Liban (right) with L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin. Credit: Ryan Carpio

Only weeks since the recent appointments of Joel Jacinto and George Villanueva to separate commissions in the local government of Los Angeles, another Filipino-American was named by Mayor Eric Garcetti as commissioner for a key governing body in LA.

Cris B. Liban, deputy executive officer for the Environmental Compliance and Services Department of the LA County Metro Transportation Authority (MTA), has been appointed by Mayor Garcetti as one of the commissioners for the LA Board of Transportation.

As commissioner, Liban’s responsibilities include reviewing proposed ordinances governing city streets, overseeing off-street parking facilities, having City Council-approved authority over the Special Parking Revenue Fund, and regulating for-hire vehicles, other than taxicabs.

Liban’s appointment was confirmed during an LA City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 20.

The 47-year-old Liban told Asian Journal (via a telephone interview) that it’s a “great privilege to become part of the governance” and “to serve the people” of the City of LA. He also praised Mayor Garcetti for taking an approach to local government which is inclusive of all communities in LA.

According to Liban, this current appointment will expire at the end of June 2015. He will only be finishing the unexpired term of former Commissioner Stephanie Rodriguez, who resigned early this year. - See more at: http://asianjournal.com/news/fil-am-appointed-as-la-board-of-transportat....