Kevin James, the former conservative radio host and mayoral candidate, was approved by the City Council Tuesday for another five-year term on the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.
James has served on the commission since 2013 and is currently its president.
“I have had a diverse career, but to have the opportunity to serve the city of Los Angeles and touch the lives of all Angelenos is an honor,” said James. “I am privileged that I will continue in the role as a Board of Public Works commissioner, and will continue working with the dedicated and outstanding employees of the Department of Public Works.”
The Board of Public Works positions are paid, unlike the city’s other commissions, which are staffed by volunteers. Commissioners, who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed with a vote by the City Council, were paid more than $149,000 in base salary last year.
James’ 13-0 reappointment vote came and went without debate, unlike his original appointment in 2013, when some council members grilled him over his political views and past statements.
James, a Republican, ran against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the 2013 race for mayor, finishing third before endorsing Garcetti in his successful runoff election against Wendy Greuel.
Although the City Council is a nonpartisan body, it currently has 13 Democrats and one Republican, and it is traditionally Democratic-leaning. As a former radio host who made frequent statements out of line with the political views of most council members, some of them pushed James in 2013 to clarify his position on climate change, the living wage and immigration.
— City News Service