LA Mayor Villaraigosa Names Armenian Americans to Administration
LOS ANGELES--Newly elected Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa this week announced appointments of Armenian Americans to one of the city's departments and various commissions. The announcement of Maria Armoudian, Ara Bedrosian, Ed Ebrahimian, and Raffi Ghazarian to the City of Los Angeles' administration came during special remarks the Mayor delivered at the 2005 Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) Annual Banquet.
`There were a great deal of people wanting to be a part of my administration because we said that it would be an administration that would reflect every community in Los Angeles,' said Mayor Villaraigosa during his remarks.
Most notably, the Mayor appointed Ed Ebrahimian General Manager of the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting. Ebrahimian is the Mayor Villaraigosa's first appointment as a department head and is the first Armenian American to head a department in the City of Los Angeles. Prior to his appointment, Ebrahimian served as the Interim Director of the department. As General Manager, he will be in charge of the department which is responsible for providing over 5,000 miles of street lighting, which includes over 240,000 street lights, within the city. The Bureau of Street Lighting is one of six bureaus in the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works and is responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of the city's street lighting system. Ebrahimian is a longtime member of the Homenetmen Glendale `Ararat' Chapter.
Speaking in front of the over 600 people at the ANCA-WR Annual Banquet, the Mayor emphasized that he made the first appointments of Armenian Americans because they were the best candidates for the chosen roles. The Mayor's appointments are subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council.
Excerpt from: ASBAREZ ONLINE 09/23/2005
City News Service, CA
November 15, 2005 Tuesday
The Los Angeles City Council confirmed Ed Ebrahimian as permanent director of the city's Bureau of Street Lighting today, making him the first Armenian-American to head a city agency. The council voted 11-0 to confirm Ebrahimian. Councilmen Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine were absent from the meeting. He began working for the Bureau of Street Lighting in 1986 and has served as interim director of the agency since December 2004. The typical waiting period for a new street light is eight to 10 months, but Ebrahimian said he hopes to cut that time in half. "That current waiting period is not acceptable," he told the council. "We want to reduce it to four months, hopefully." Ebrahimian will oversee an $18.6 million budget for the bureau, which is responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the city's street lighting system. The Bureau of Street Lighting is one of six bureaus within the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.
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