Orange County Politics Give Regional Air Board a GOP Tilt

Democrats may hold every statewide electoral office in California and control both houses of the Legislature, but that doesn’t mean Republicans can’t have significant influence at the regional level.

Last week, the balance of power on the 13-member board of the South Coast Regional Air Quality Management District (AQMD) apparently shifted in favor of the GOP when Orange County cities selected Republican Lake Forest Councilman Dwight Robinson to replace Democratic Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, a green energy advocate, as their representative. Pulido was on the board for more than a decade.

“This is definitely reason to celebrate,” Orange County GOP Chairman Fred Whitaker told the Orange County Register. He complained about AQMD treatment of gas stations and the prospect of regulations governing trucks carrying goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Councilman Robinson is vice president and general manager of Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal.  Read More

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