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Local News in Brief : New Housing Board President Confirmed

The Los Angeles City Council peppered former high-ranking federal housing official Carl Covitz with sharp questions Friday before confirming his appointment to the board that oversees the city’s troubled housing projects.

The council voted 14 to 0 to confirm Mayor Tom Bradley’s appointment of Covitz, 49, a real estate developer and former undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Covitz, a Westwood resident, replaces the Housing Authority Commission’s former president, Alvin Greene, who resigned under pressure last December after missing meetings for six consecutive months.

The board Covitz will sit on oversees the controversy-wracked Housing Authority, which has been assailed for poor management and for allowing the city’s 21 aging housing projects to fall further into disrepair.

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Covitz runs Landmark Communities Inc., a Beverly Hills development firm, and serves as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of San Francisco.


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