Leader of Echo Park social service agency appointed to LAPD Commission

Sandra Figueroa-Villa (left) and Eric Garcetti.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today appointed Sandra Figueroa-Villa,  the long-time director of El Centro del Pueblo in Echo Park,  to the police commission as part of what is described a “shake-up” of the board that oversees the LAPD.

Figueroa-Villa, a resident of Eagle Rock, was one of the new members named to the commission by newly elected Mayor Garcetti.  Other new appointees include developer Steve Soboroff, former journalist Paula Madison and law professor Kathleen Kim.  The only current member of the commission to be retained by Garcetti was  Robert Saltzman, a USC professor.

Figueroa-Villa has served as executive director of El Centro Del Pueblo for more than 30 years, overseeing an expansion of the nonprofit into a variety of social services ranging from gang intervention and recreation programs to job training and counseling services.  Figueroa-Villa supported Garcetti during his mayoral campaign.

One of Garcetti’s first public appearances after his June election victory was a rally and press conference at El Centro’s Echo Park headquarters.

An L.A. Times story notes that Figueroa-Villa and the other new commissioners lack substantial experience in policing issues:

The shake-up of the influential body comes at a notable time for the LAPD and the commission. Emerging from more than a decade marked by sweeping reforms that were imposed on it by federal officials, the LAPD has become, once again, its own master, and the commission is fully on its own in the task of keeping the agency in check.


  1. What a crock !!!!!!!

  2. Worst choice ever!!!! What in the world was our new Mayor thinking??? I can’t imagine a worst choice.

  3. I’m a bit concerned. This woman has a very shady history.

  4. She was very active in the smear campaign against our CD13 councilman Miitch O’Farrell

  5. I think the Mayor will be very embarrassed when the dirt comes out about this woman. What was he thinking

  6. El Centro, under her leadership, stole parking area for their own use as their own personal outdoor space, it is supposed to be available to entire community, but you’d never know that.

  7. Oh Eric, I know your such a prankster. C’mon already, just tell us this is a joke.

  8. NO WAY JOSE??? ITS TRUE?? Mayor Garcetti. She scratched ur back you scratched hers.. How about both of you doing the right thing an give community back the the parking lot ?? else we as public will ask IRS AND FEDS an investigation for corruption an embesselment of funds.

  9. Sorry to say, I think the joke is on us (City of Los Angeles) Eric and his band of followers running around with no direction.

  10. Really? All i hear is people whine over parking? Theres 2 big lots next to the one thats next to El Centro Del Pueblo!! Which I might add are half empty most of the time since you have to pay not like before that was free parking. Sandra is an awesome woman and its avious shes doing something right since shes been there in Echo Park for over 30 years helping the youth and the community. :p

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