Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning & public policy, has been appointed by state Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The panel, one of nine statewide, is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to preserve and enhance water quality in the L.A. area for the benefit of current and future generations. “I am so honored to be appointed to the board,” Méndez said. “I look forward to working with the public and stakeholders to equitably protect our region’s water and communities from pollution and the impacts of climate change.” After  confirmation by the state Senate, scheduled for later this year, he will serve a four-year term.