SCL LEA Management
A. SCL LEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The SCL LEA Board of Directors governs the SCL LEA. The Board consists of five (5) Directors. The County of Los Angeles LEA Director serves as one of the Directors for the SCL LEA. The City of Los Angeles LEA Director serves as the second Director for the SCL LEA. The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors appoints a third Director and the Los Angeles City Council appoints a fourth Director. A member of the Public is nominated and serves as the fifth Director (Public Director). The Public Director must also be a registered civil engineer licensed in California and possesses professional expertise dealing with public policy, legal/regulatory matters, and environmental issues related to waste disposal and landfill management.
The Boards’ primary functions are to appoint the Program Manager, provide overall policy guidance and budgetary review, ensure that SCL LEA complies with all legal and statutory requirements, and acts as the liaison to Cal Recycle, the Council and to the Board of Supervisors and the local community. The Board of Directors of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill LEA Program will ensure that proper program analysis, audits, and oversight are provided. The Board of Directors is responsible for assuring that all applicable federal, state, regional, and local enactments are being enforced.
Board of Directors Members
Appointees by the City Council, City of Los Angeles
Mr. John Weight, Chairman of the Board (on even years) or Secretary of the Board (on odd years), Deputy Superintendent of Building II, City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Ms. Millie Jones, Representative of City of Los Angeles Councilmember John Lee
Appointees by the County Supervisors, County of Los Angeles
Mr. Gary Hirschtick, Chairman of the Board (on odd years) or Secretary of the Board (on even years), Branch Director of Environmental Protection Branch, County of Los Angeles Public Health
Mr. David Honda, CEO, DS Honda Construction, Environmental Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
Robert B. Wallace, PE, PEng, MACFEI, Principal Solid Waste Engineer, AECOM, Selected/Approved by the City/County Board of Director Members
B. OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND STAFF
SCL LEA Program Managers:
The SCL LEA Program Manager is the single point of contact, the responsible party, to whom the Board of Directors, the CIWMB, the operator, other State agencies or other offices, the public, and the operator can report complaints, or request SCL LEA services. The SCL LEA Program Manager provides direction, supervision, and assistance to program subordinates in the areas of conducting inspections, permitting and enforcement. The SCL LEA Program Manager is responsible for general regulatory oversight of the SCL site.
The SCL LEA Program Manager’s position rotates annually between the Director of the City of Los Angeles Local Enforcement Agency Program and the Director of the County of Los Angeles Local Enforcement Agency. The Director of the City of Los Angeles Local Enforcement Agency Program serves as the SCL LEA Program Manager in odd number years, and the Director of the County of Los Angeles Local Enforcement Agency serves as the SCL LEA Program Manager in even number years.
David Thompson, REHS
David Thompson is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography-Ecosystems and from California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a Master's degree in Environmental and Occupational Health. Mr. Thompson holds certification as a registered environmental health specialist with the State of California (REHS No. 7376). Mr. Thompson began working for the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department in 1991 and was the first inspector when the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) was established in 1992. During his time with the LEA, Mr. Thompson was able to work his way from Environmental Specialist to Environmental Supervisor and in April 2014 was promoted to the position of Environmental Affairs Officer in charge of the City's LEA program. Along with his work with the LEA program, Mr. Thompson has taught on solid waste issues for CalRecycle, UCLA Extension, CSUN, and Santa Monica City College.
Dorcas (Dee) Hanson-Lugo, REHS, MPA
Dorcas Hanson-Lugo began her career with the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health in 2004. She maintains certifications as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California and as an Inspector of Landfill Operations. In 2009 she was promoted to the Solid Waste Management Program where she worked as an inspector for the LAC LEA and SCL LEA for 7 years and then as a supervisor for 3 years. Recently she was promoted to Chief of the Solid Waste Management Program - Permitting & Surveillance section, where she oversees solid waste facilities permit activities, illegal solid waste site surveillance, waste haulers, waste tires and SCL LEA functions. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She serves as a subcommittee member of LA County Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future, training liaison for SoCal Local Enforcement Agency Roundtable, as well as steering committee member for CalRecycle LEA Technical Conference.
SCL LEA Supervisors:
The SCL LEA Supervisors (Supervisors) are in charge of coordinating the Inspection Staff and their day-to-day activities including inspection, permitting, health and safety and administrative duties. SCL LEA Inspectors report to SCL LEA Supervisors. The Supervisors must have a good understanding of the principles and practices of solid waste facility operations management, including solid waste permitting, regulatory requirements of landfills, transfer facilities, materials recovery facilities, green waste processing facilities, and composting operations.
In addition, the Supervisors must have a good understanding of inspection and enforcement procedures, familiarity with operational procedures of the City, County and State prosecutorial agencies. Each Supervisor must have knowledge of Regional, State and Federal solid waste and environmental protection organizations. The Supervisors must have an awareness of public health and safety issues concerning solid waste facilities and SCL LEA program staff.
SCL LEA Inspectors
The SCL LEA Inspectors (Inspectors) must have a good understanding of the principles and practices of solid waste management, including aspects of solid waste permitting, regulatory requirements of landfills, transfer facilities, materials recovery facilities, green waste processing facilities, and composting operations.
In addition, the Inspectors must understand inspection and enforcement procedures and have familiarity with operational procedures of City, County and State prosecutorial agencies and have familiarity with regional, State and federal solid waste and environmental protection organizations. Inspectors must have an understanding of public health and safety issues concerning solid waste facilities and SCL LEA program staff.
The County Counsel and the City Attorney both act as attorneys for the SCL LEA. In the event both are precluded from acting because of a conflict of interest or other legal impediment, the SCL LEA may contract to employ independent counsel to advise and/or represent the SCL LEA.