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Villaraigosa names real estate executive to DWP board

July 8, 2010 |  4:47 pm

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has nominated a real estate executive to sit on the five-member board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipally owned utility.

Christina Noonan, 38, a longtime commercial real estate executive and businesswoman, is the mayor’s choice for the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, which sets policy for a massive department that has a $4-billion annual budget and 9,000 employees.

The mayor has said one of his top priorities is to reform the DWP and make it more effective and accountable to its ratepayers.  The city is currently engaged in a nationwide search for a new general manager for the utility.

“Drawing from her corporate experience, she will help transform the DWP into a more efficient, transparent and business-friendly organization,” said Villaraigosa.

Noonan, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, is a senior vice president of the Los Angeles office of Jones Lang LaSalle, the global commercial real estate giant. The City Council must confirm her appointment to fill the slot vacated by Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who resigned last month. Noonan previously served as the mayor’s appointee on the Los Angeles Convention Center board.

-- Patrick J. McDonnell at Los Angeles City Hall