LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today nominated Dale Bonner to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and Cynthia McClain-Hill to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.
Bonner, who previously served as the State of California’s Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing — a position that included oversight of the California Highway Patrol — is executive chairman of Plenary Concessions, an investor and developer of public infrastructure. He is a senior advisor to the Milken Institute, and has also served on the L.A. City Ethics Commission and the Board of Directors for the California Science Center and Exposition Park.
When he was a young attorney, Bonner provided staff support to the Christopher Commission — which helped usher in an era of historic reforms at the LAPD. As Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, Bonner initiated the California Urban Communities Collaborative — a platform for collaboration among state and local law enforcement and community stakeholders in Los Angeles and Oakland.
“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,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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.”
“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,” said Bonner. “The LAPD is an outstanding department, filled with people who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving Angelenos. 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.”
McClain-Hill, who has served on the Police Commission since 2016, is a widely-respected attorney and public policy strategist with an outstanding record of service — including at the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency, and as a past member of the California Coastal Commission, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the CalEPA Environmental Justice Advisory Working Group, and the Los Angeles City Small and Local Business Advisory Commission. She is managing director of Strategic Counsel PLC, and served as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2008-2009.
“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,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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.”
“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,” said McClain-Hill. “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 announced today are subject to City Council confirmation.