Possible replacements for LaHood include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has pushed for increased rail service in Los Angeles and served as chairman of last year's Democratic National Convention, and Debbie Hersman, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. The name of former Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, who led the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has also been mentioned.
Post by LAofAnaheim on Jan 29, 2013 9:47:16 GMT -8
There truly is nobody more deserving than Antonio to be the next Transportation Secretary. He transformed Los Angeles with Measure R and the overturning of the federal subway drilling ban. Also, he supported cicLAvia, which is now the largest car free festival in the US based on # of attendees (showing how LA wanted something like this).
And the kicker, something no other mayor ever did before, he impacted the Federal Transportation Spending bill (MAP-21?) and now all cities are getting the benefit of TIFLA loans to speed up construction.
Antonio should be the next Transportation Secretary, without a doubt. Sure other heads of departments have done great, but nobody impacted a federal transportation spending bill and changed the culture of a significant large metropolitan area like Antonio.