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The volunteer panel, which oversees dozens of regional and branch libraries, will have four new appointees: Gregory Bettinelli, a partner with Upfront Ventures; Mai Lassiter, a volunteer and fundraiser for charitable groups; Josefa Salinas, a radio personality who appears on 92.3 FM; and Bich Ngoc Cao, an online marketing and social media strategist.
Each nominee played a role in Garcetti's mayoral bid earlier this year. Bettinelli, an affiliated executive with Freeman Spogli & Co., donated $5,000 to an independent expenditure committee that supported Garcetti's candidacy. He and his wife also gave $5,200 directly to Garcetti's mayoral campaign.
Lassiter and her husband, film producer James Lassiter, opened up their Hancock Park home in March for a Garcetti campaign fundraiser. They also gave a combined $5,200 to Garcetti's campaign.
Cao co-hosted a small business fundraiser for Garcetti in the summer of 2012 and later co-produced a video on his behalf for the independent expenditure group Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti. Salinas endorsed Garcetti, appearing on his campaign's list of prominent Latino supporters, as well as a roster of entertainment industry figures who backed his candidacy.
Garcetti kept one library panelist from the administration of former Mayor