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ALATORRE, RAGGIO TO BRING PUBLIC SERVICE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE AS LEADERS OF TRANSIT REORGANIZATION PANEL

ALATORRE, RAGGIO TO BRING PUBLIC SERVICE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
        EXPERIENCE AS LEADERS OF TRANSIT REORGANIZATION PANEL
    LOS ANGELES, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, a former California state assemblyman, and Glendale Mayor Carl W. Raggio, a veteran of 42 years as an engineer at Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have been appointed chairman and vice chairman of the recently formed Merger Steering Committee.
    Alatorre, who serves as both a member of RTD's board of directors and a Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) commissioner, and Raggio, who represents Los Angeles County cities on the merger committee, represent a cross-section of organizational experience from the public and private sectors.
    "The election of these two public servants is an excellent first step toward a rational, structured approach to the merger of the RTD and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, as well as the organizational structuring of the new Los Angeles County metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)," said Ray Remy, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
    As president and vice president of the seven-member committee, Alatorre and Raggio will be responsible for guiding the panel through the formulation of specific goals and objectives for the operations, planning and construction subdivisions of the MTA, as well as the management group that will oversee the three units.
    "The merger committee is assured of sound leadership from both men," Remy said.  "Mr. Alatorre has years of experience as a state legislator and city councilman, while Mr. Raggio devoted his professional career to the JPL.  The committee -- and therefore, the public -- can only benefit from this combination of wisdom and knowledge."
    The seven-member committee was formed from three RTD-appointed members, three LACTC-appointed members and a seventh chosen by the president and chairman of the respective agencies.  The seven members are Alatorre, Raggio, RTD Board President Marvin Holen, Jacki Bacharach, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, and Mas Fukai, deputy to County Supervisory Kenneth Hahn.
    Recent legislation signed by Gov. Pete Wilson requires that Los Angeles County's two major public transportation agencies merge into a single agency by April 1993.
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    /CONTACT:  Greg Davy or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400/ CO:  Southern California Rapid Transit District; Los Angeles County
     Transportation Commission ST:  California IN: SU: AL-KJ -- LA031 -- 4961 06/29/92 18:44 EDT
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