AVAQMD seeking public member of the governing board

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) is now soliciting applications to fill the public member position of the Governing Board. The public member will be expected to fill the position for a minimum of two years.  The Board meets once a month, currently on the third Tuesday of the month.  Governing Board members receive a stipend of $100 for each meeting attended.

The AVAQMD Governing Board consists of seven members:

  • Two members of the Lancaster City Council, appointed by the council;
  • Two members of the Palmdale City Council, appointed by the council;
  • Two persons appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, who represent a majority of the population of the Antelope Valley district, one of whom may be the Supervisor; and
  • A public member appointed by the other six members.

The Antelope Valley district is the local agency that develops, implements, monitors, and enforces air pollution control strategies throughout the Los Angeles portion of the Antelope Valley region.

AQMD’s Governing Board adopts policies and regulations that promote clean air within the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley region.

Federal and state law requires that AQMD achieve clean air standards to protect public health.

Board Members enact regulations to improve air quality and establish effective clean air programs. The Board receives reports from AQMD’s Executive Officer and staff who recommend new rules or rule amendments to help reduce air pollution.

Prior to making decisions that affect local residents and businesses, AQMD must consider ideas and comments from the public. The opportunity to comment begins in public workshops and ends with a public hearing by the Governing Board, where anyone can testify or present written comments.

In some cases, the Board may postpone a decision and instruct AQMD staff to develop a new proposal.  In addition, the Board oversees the operations of the district, including but not limited to approving contracts, establishing overall policies approving various reports, as well as developing the district’s annual budget.

If you are interested in filling the public member position on the AVAQMD’s Governing Board, submit a letter of interest to:

Bret Banks, Operations Manager
43301 Division Street, Suite 206
Lancaster CA 93535

Letters will be accepted through until 5 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012. For more information, contact Crystal Goree, Deputy Clerk of the Board at 661-723-8070, extension 1.

(Information via press release from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District.)