Los Angeles Mayor
James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor.
Other public works commissioners announced by Garcetti are Matt Szabo, former deputy chief of staff to former Mayor
The public works board is the city's only paying commission, overseeing such nuts-and-bolts services as tree trimming, pothole filling, trash pickup and sewer maintenance. Each appointee earns more than $134,000 annually and must be confirmed by the City Council, according to city officials.
Garcetti also announced the selection of former Ventura City Manager Rick Cole as deputy mayor for budget and innovation. Cole, 60, is a former Pasadena mayor who has also served as city manager in the San Gabriel Valley city of Azusa.
Garcetti said Cole "will be a critical asset to my agenda of balancing the budget and making City Hall work better."
The newly installed mayor has already picked Doane Liu, a former chief of staff to Councilman Joe Buscaino, as his deputy mayor for city services. Garcetti also announced last week that another rival in the mayor's race, former Councilwoman
James was a lightning rod during the campaign, coming under fire from Garcetti's opponent, City Controller
While he was running for mayor, James said he favors naturalization for immigrants who have been in the United States for at least a decade and supports California’s version of the