Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, October 26, 1997

While I applaud Mayor Riordan for recognizing that the Valley needs a voice in local transit decisions, I question whether he can legally appoint City Councilman Hal Bernson to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors.

Paragraph (C) of Public Utilities Code section 130051, which is the law that created and governs the MTA, very clearly states that the Mayor's appointees must be "two public members and one member of the City Council of the City of Los Angeles". Unless Riordan plans to remove Richard Alatorre as an MTA director, he cannot appoint Bernson.

The law is clear.

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