Dale Bonner Nominated to L.A. Police Commission

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former California Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Dale Bonner was nominated today by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners to replace Cynthia-McClain Hill, who would move over to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. 

Bonner is executive chairman of Plenary Concessions, an investor and developer of public infrastructure, and is also a senior adviser to the Milken Institute. He previously served on the L.A. City Ethics Commission and the Board of Directors of the California Science Center and Exposition Park. Bonner, who served as Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing from 2007 to 2011, provided staff support to the Christopher Commission in the 1990s as it helped usher in an era of reforms at the LAPD, according to Garcetti's office.

``Dale is an extraordinary leader who understands the critical importance of transparency, accountability and giving the brave women and men of the LAPD the tools and technology they need to excel at their jobs and meet the demands of 21st century policing,'' the mayor said. 

``He shares my commitment to strengthening trust between officers and the Angelenos they serve -- and will bring a strong background to the work of ensuring that the LAPD remains a north star for law enforcement across America and the world.''Bonner said it ``will be an honor to be a member of the Police Commission, and I am grateful to Mayor Garcetti for this opportunity to serve a community that has given so much to me.''

``The LAPD is an outstanding department, filled with people who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving Angelenos,'' he said. 

``I am excited to bring my experience and perspective to the task of building relationships and capabilities that make our people safer and our neighborhoods more secure.''

The mayor's nomination of McClain-Hill to the panel that oversees the DWP would mean her early departure from the Police Commission, where she has served for just under two years. Commissioners can serve a total of two five-year terms.

``From her first day as a police commissioner, Cynthia has been a passionate, powerful voice for building new bridges between the LAPD and the communities that depend on the department to keep our neighborhoods safe,'' Garcetti said. 

``Cynthia never stops fighting to move L.A. forward -- and I know that she will bring those same values to the job of overseeing a DWP that powers our households, empowers ratepayers and leads the charge toward a sustainable, clean energy future.''

McClain-Hill is an attorney and public policy strategist who is a past member of the California Coastal Commission, the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the CalEPA Environmental Justice Advisory Working Group, and the Los Angeles City Small and Local Business Advisory Commission.``Serving on the Police Commission has been an amazing opportunity. I am grateful to Mayor Garcetti, and will always have deep respect for the men and women of the LAPD and strong confidence in the leadership of Chief Michel Moore,'' McClain-Hill said. 

``DWP plays a very important role in the everyday lives of Angelenos, and I am thrilled to take on the challenge of helping to lead the department into the future, protect the interests of ratepayers, and move forward on the goals of the mayor's Sustainable City Plan.''

Both nominations are subject to City Council confirmation.

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