"Barry Wallerstein has boldly led the South Coast Air Quality Management District with honor and distinction for nearly 19 years. I want to express my strong support for Barry. Regrettably, the new majority of the SCAQMD Governing Board worked behind closed doors to put his future employment on Friday's agenda.
Under Barry and his staff's impressive leadership, SCAQMD has become a world leader in air quality management, and I will do everything possible to ensure future leadership upholds that reputation and resists rolling back existing regulations that protect the air we breathe. We must stay on an ambitious path forward that prioritizes the health of our communities, creates green jobs and businesses, and advances zero emission vehicles.
We can do this by the SCAQMD passing a strong air quality management plan this year, but we need a committed leader, like Barry, at the helm." — Mayor Eric Garcetti