By Tammye McDuff
Downey Mayor, Luis H. Marquez has been appointed to serve on the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC). He was sworn into these duties in front of City Council and residents and the Council meeting, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
As member of the governing board for the RMC, Marquez joins a team responsible for awarding $30 million in voter-approved Prop 1 state bond funding for local park projects. The governing board is comprised of 13 voting and 7 non-voting members. Marquez is the first ever elected official from Downey to be appointed to this prestigious board.
The RMC is one of 10 conservancies within the California Resources Agency with a mission to preserve open space and habitat for recreation and educational uses, wildlife habitat restoration and protection, and watershed improvements in the San Gabriel River Watershed area. The territory covers eastern Los Angeles County and western Orange County. This vast area includes mountains, valleys, rivers, coastal plain, and coastline.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the RMC and thank Ms. Atkins for this appointment and consideration,” said Mayor Marquez. “The RMC plays a very important role in helping organizations to create and restore park projects in our critically-underserved region.”