Proposition O will provide $500 million in bond measure funds to clean up the City’s rivers, lakes, beaches, and ocean. The language of Proposition O includes provisions for the establishment of a Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee (COAC) that is be responsible for monitoring the bond program, projects, budgets and schedules and to advise and report to the Mayor and the Los Angeles City Council on its status.

Proposition O mandates that the Advisory Committee consists of nine members, with four appointed by the Mayor and 5 appointed by the Council President. Of the Council President’s five appointments, three must have expertise and experience in clean water issues, and one of these shall be recommended by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The remaining two must be knowledgeable community representatives.

The appointees to the Proposition O Citizens Oversight Committee announced in February of 2005 by the Mayor and the City Council President include a mix of scientists, water experts and environmentalists.
They are:

Adi Liberman been involved in environmental issues for over twenty five years work on issues ranging from energy conservation to coastal pollution
as an activist, staff to elected officials and analyst at the Department of Energy. After four years as Executive Vice President at Edelman, Inc., a global communications firm, he opened his own firm in 2006, Adi Liberman & Associates, which specializes in public affairs, government relations, communications and advocacy on environmental issues. His current clients include a mix of non-profit organizations, government agencies and private corporations.

Over the last 15 years, Adi has helped lead a coalition of environmental, governmental, and business leaders in a campaign to restore Santa Monica Bay that has, so far, secured $4 billion of infrastructure improvements and changed public attitudes towards coastal conservation.

Mark Gold is Executive Director of Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to clean oceans. When hired in 1988, he was the organization’s first staff scientist. His dissertation (1994) evaluated the human health risk of swimming in Santa Monica Bay. Since taking over as Executive Director of Heal the Bay, he has lobbied for legislation to protect coastal water quality and worked with government agencies to ensure proper enforcement of environmental regulations.

Gold also chairs the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project Steering Committee, sits on the State Water Board’s Clean Beach Advisory Group and served on the EPA’s Urban Wet Weather Federal Advisory Committee. Gold received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and his doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

Mr. Kracov is the principal of the Law Office of Gideon Kracov in Los Angeles, where he represents clients in civil, environmental and land use cases. His practice includes high-stakes litigation and complex regulatory matters.

Previously, Kracov served as a Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney where he counseled to the Departments of Planning and Sanitation. Kracov served on the team that negotiated the historic $168 million dollar settlement of litigation concerning trash in the Los Angeles River. He advised the City’s brownfield redevelopment program and served as a prosecutor in the Environmental Justice Initiative that received the Los Angeles Water Control Boards Water Quality Award.

Before his public sector work, Kracov practiced at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, a leading trial firm. He represented the plaintiff in the federal Clean Air Act suit Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refining, 180 F.Supp.2d 1062 (C.D. Cal. 2001). He served as lead counsel in complex toxic tort lawsuits and represented amicus in Hamilton v. Asbestos Corporation, Ltd., 22 Cal.4th 1127 (2000).

Kracov is a Governor’s appointee to the California Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Committee that analyzes the State’s smog check program. and lectures at the South Coast AQMD Air Quality Institute. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Environmental Law Section.

Teresa Villegas is President of MTV Environmental Consulting, a consulting business that focuses on community organizing, environmental research and policy. She has an extensive background in statewide legislation, coalition building, strategic planning, media relations, public affairs and government service. Prior to founding her consulting firm, she served as an Executive Fellow for the California Air Resources Board privately funded by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. She also served as Legislative Director for The Trust for Public Land, and has been involved in numerous statewide initiative campaigns having served as staff to several elected officials, including United States Senator Barbara Boxer, County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and former Los Angeles City Mayor Richard Riordan. Teresa serves on the Board of the Planning and Conservation League and is an active member of Comision Femenil de Los Angeles and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Teresa is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Currently serves as Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment (IoE). Nichols received her B.A. from Cornell University (1966) and her J.D. from Yale Law School (1971). After law school, she served as attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles (1971-74) where she brought the first litigation under the then recently passed Clean Air Act.

Nichols was employed by the state of California as the Secretary of Environmental Affairs and the Chair of the Air Resources Board (1974-78), and briefly served as Los Angeles Chief Assistant City Attorney in charge of the civil branch (1978-79) before returning to her previous position at the state (1979-1983). Nichols moved on to private environmental law consultation (1983-88), while serving as campaign manager for Tom Bradley for Governor of California (1985-86). Nichols also took on the role of Director for the People for the American Way (1987-88) before founding the Los Angeles office for Natural Resources Defense Council as senior attorney (1989-93).

From 1993-97, Nichols was appointed as Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She then headed the Environment Now Foundation as Executive Director from 1997-98 and served as the California Secretary for Resources (1979-2003) where she was responsible for the State’s activities relating to the management, preservation, and enhancement of its natural resources, and for the oversight of the state’s scenic, cultural, and recreational resources.

Cynthia McClain-Hill is founder and principal of the law firm McClain-Hill Associates in Los Angeles. The law firm specializes in Land Use, Planning and Environmental Law, Public and Administrative Law and public policy development and advocacy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Health Foundation, is President Elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Los Angeles, a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Councilors, and supports a host of charitable organizations aimed at enhancing opportunities for women and minorities. Ms. McClain-Hill has previously served the State of California as a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and now serves as the Governor of California’s appointee to the California Coastal Commission.

Craig Perkins is the director of environmental and public works management and former environmental programs manager for the City of Santa Monica. Perkins has authored and co-authored a number of articles on solar electricity infrastructure, alternative fuel vehicle policies, water efficiency programs, energy efficiency strategies and urban runoff management practices.

He is also a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, the California Urban Water Conservation Council and the Sustainable Policies Institute Board.

Ms. Diamond founded the Los Angeles Resource Connection, an organization-linking social and health services with low-income students and families in inner city schools to increase educational opportunities. Ms. Diamond has also served then State Controller Gray Davis as special assistant for environmental issues from 1990 to 1993.

In 1999, then Governor Gray Davis appointed Ms. Diamond to the Los Angeles Regional Board and has also been the principal partner in Media Partners, a communications consulting firm, since 1994.

Ms. Diamond has been a member of the Executive Board of the California League of Conservation Voters since 1990 and also served as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Beach Advisory Commission for six years. Diamond earned a bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Tiger Kang is founder and president of the Pacific Volunteer Association (PAVA), a non-profit organization designed to encourage participation in Los Angeles through volunteering. Major PAVA events have included Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great Los Angeles River Cleanup and Bridging of 2 Communities.

PAVA’s goal is to create safe homes, strong communities and a thriving economy through volunteer efforts to beautify neighborhoods, lessening street litter and examining people’s impact on nearby rivers and oceans.

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