Mayor Bass appoints CD 5 Councilwoman to serve on the Metro Board of Directors
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has appointed Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky – who represents Century City and Westwood– to the Metro Board of Directors, aiming to tackle crises of safety and homelessness to enhance equity, sustainability, and congestion relief across LA County’s transit system.
“Councilwoman Yaroslavsky shares my urgency around confronting Metro’s crises of safety and homelessness head on to save lives and bring people back to LA’s transit system. As Metro expands its network, we will work together to increase equity, sustainability and congestion relief across the County. Councilwoman Yaroslavsky’s experience in County government will ensure that her work will have an impact across Metro, across the city and across the region. She will be a thoughtful and powerful member of my Metro delegation,” Bass said.
Councilwoman Yaroslavsky represents parts of the Westside and Central L.A., including Westwood, Palms, Beverly Grove, Miracle Mile, and parts of Koreatown and including major job centers including UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Metro is currently in the process of extending the Metro D (Purple) line along Wilshire deep into her District and is in the planning phases for the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor Project, which would connect the San Fernando Valley to Westwood. As a Board Member of Metro, Councilwoman Yaroslavsky’s priorities include building affordable, workforce, and permanent supportive housing on properties along the Purple Line and other transit centers, and ensuring that the two major rail lines coming to the Westside are fully realized with active transportation projects and first and last mile connectivity.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Bass for appointing me to the Metro Board of Directors, and for the trust she has placed in me to help solve some of our region’s biggest challenges,” Yaroslavsky said. “Our Metro buses and trains are ground zero for our homelessness crisis, and the Metro Board has a critical role to play in our regional approach. That means building housing on Metro owned properties, ensuring true community safety on Metro buses, trains, and stations, and connecting unhoused riders directly to services. We also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform how Angelenos move around our city, both on the Westside with the coming Metro D Line and Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor project, and across Los Angeles. I look forward to working with Chair Najarian and the rest of the Board as we take on these challenges together.”
Yaroslavsky’s first full Board meeting is next Thursday.