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Kenneth T. Lombard was reelected president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners on July 16. He begins his fifth year on the Commission, his third term as president. Prior to his first term as president, Lombard served as vice president. Former Mayor Richard J. Riordan first appointed him to the Commission in 1997.
Lombard continues to bring his extensive strategic business management experience to his leadership post at LADWP. Under his tutelage the Commission has guided the LADWP through the state's energy crisis, helped close the City's General Fund budgetary gap and has increased the number of small and minority vendors contracting with the Department.
As president of Johnson Development Corporation, Lombard oversees the management and daily operations of the company's ventures, including the Magic Johnson Theatres, Starbucks and TGI Friday restaurants. In addition, Lombard's expertise is well known nationally as Co-Managing Partner of the Canyon Johnson Urban Fund (CJUF), a $250 million national urban real estate fund. He manages its investment in traditionally underserved markets. CJUF recently broke ground on its $125 million mixed-use development on the historic corner of Sunset & Vine.
"I am honored to continue my service to the City as President of the LADWP Board of Commissioners," Lombard said. "LADWP has had many challenges lately and I am lucky to have such a stellar group of fellow commissioners and dedicated employees to lead the Department towards a bright future."
A resident of the San Fernando Valley, Lombard has received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding commitment and service to the Los Angeles community, including those from the Southern California Regional Purchasing Council, the Minority Business Opportunity Committee, and the National Conference for Community and Justice. He has served as a Los Angeles Fire Department Commissioner, board member for the Metropolitan Water District, and as a member of the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.
Dominick W. Rubalcava was re-elected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Rubalcava, an attorney in private practice since 1977, has served on the LADWP Board since 1997. Rubalcava has previously served on the Los Angeles Transportation Commission, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission and the Los Angeles Fire Commission.
Fellow LADWP Board Commissioners include: Annie Cho, founder and president of Jin Woo Communications Group, a public relations agency; Mary Leslie, President of Leslie and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit management, economic development, and legislative affairs; and Sid Stolper, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer for the Southern California Pipe Trades.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power serves more than 3.8 million people in Los Angeles. It was established 100 years ago to provide water and electric needs to the city's residents and businesses.