For Immediate Release: February 1,  2022


LOS ANGELES — Today, Councilmember Nithya Raman was appointed by Mayor Garcetti to represent the City of Los Angeles on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) Governing Board. The organization’s mission is to clean the air and protect the health of all residents in the South Coast Air District through practical and innovative strategies. Councilmember Raman will replace Councilmember Joe Buscaino, who has served on the Board since 2013. 

“Nithya is a true environmentalist who brings every ounce of her vision, passion, and experience to bear as a community leader and public servant,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Her work has helped show the power that our communities and city government can wield to combat the climate crisis, protect public health, and pursue environmental justice, and I know that she will help guide the AQMD board toward a new era of sustainability and prosperity.” 

The South Coast AQMD develops plans and regulations designed to achieve public health standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the Federal Clean Air Act, as well as the California Clean Air Act. South Coast AQMD’s Governing Board adopts plans and regulations for the region to reduce emissions from business and industry and then submits them to the California Air Resources Board and the Federal EPA. 

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve on the AQMD Board – one of the most critical tools we have in Los Angeles for mitigating the effects of climate change,” said Councilmember Raman. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on the Board to work to ensure that everyone in the South Coast region has healthy, clean air to breathe and that our ports become models for twenty-first century shipping that center environmental sustainability and environmental justice in their operations.”