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Former L.A. councilman Mike Woo named dean at Cal Poly Pomona

July 16, 2009 | 10:03 am

Former Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael Woo has been named dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design, school officials announced today.

Michael woo“It is an honor to join this elite academic program in Cal Poly Pomona,” Woo said in a statement. “The College of Environmental Design has long enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the design community, and I look forward to building on that legacy.”

Woo, a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission since 2005, is an expert on land use and transportation issues. He initiated a moratorium on new billboards and opened a review of the health effects of breathing polluted air in residential developments near freeways.

He also helped draft the city’s “Do Real Planning “ principles adopted in 2006, which advocate affordable housing and jobs near mass transit, improving the city’s aesthetics and upgrading its walkability.

Woo, 57, received his master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in politics and urban studies at UC Santa Cruz. He was on the City Council from 1985 to 1993, representing Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks and Studio City.

He gave up the seat in 1993 to run for mayor, but was unsuccessful.

“Michael Woo’s wealth of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, combined with his academic credentials, will certainly complement an exceptional team of faculty, staff and students in college,” said Provost Marten denBoer.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Former L.A. City Councilman Michael Woo, left, in 2004. Credit: Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times