The California Transportation Commission's first meeting in 2020 says a lot about the priorities of the commission moving forward. The CTC is undergoing many changes in leadership and these changes signal that now is the opportune time to pivot from car-centric policies to multimodal solutions.
Some leadership transitions include:
- Susan Bransen, the current Executive Director will be retiring on Feb 14, 2020, after four years of service.
- Mitchell Weiss will be the new Executive Director, replacing Bransen.
- Joseph Lyou, President and CEO of Coalition for Clean Air was appointed to the commission by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
- Paul Van Konynenburg was selected as the new chair of the commission despite his term ending February 1, 2020.
- Tamika Butler, resigned from the commission after serving only a few months, citing a conflict of interest.
We at ClimatePlan are disappointed to see Butler resign; their voice was one of a few that uplifted equity. It is important that Butler’s seat is filled with another champion for equity. When picking new commissioners, we urge the Governor to review the list of candidates submitted by ClimatePlan and our partners. Assembly Speaker Rendon newest appointment, Joseph Lyou, was one of the recommendations. Lyou has over 25 years of experience fighting for environmental health and justice.Read more