Tom Ponton, chair of the Mar Vista Community Council, has been appointed by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl to serve as Rosendahl’s representative on a commission studying the effectiveness of the City of Los Angeles system of Neighborhood Councils.

Ponton, a lifelong Mar Vista resident and longtime community activist, will be one of 29 Los Angeles residents charged with evaluating the effectiveness of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Rosendahl said.

“He is the perfect choice to represent the 11th District on this commission,” Rosendahl said. “He chairs one of our city’s most successful, most active, and most inclusive Neighborhood Councils.

“His leadership style has helped build consensus on important issues that have improved the quality of life within our neighborhoods.”

An advocate for open space, Ponton led community activists to protect the Ballona Wetlands and minimize the traffic impacts of Playa Vista development.

He also helped assemble the volunteer Park Advisory Board at the Mar Vista Recreation Center and went on to chair this board for four years.

During that time, he spearheaded beautification projects, annual community festivals, and fundraising efforts for a new roller hockey rink and an artificial turf soccer field in Mar Vista.

Each City Council member appoints one member to the Neighborhood Council commission.

The mayor appoints seven members, chosen from a pool of representatives nominated by the city’s Neighborhood Councils, and seven other members at his or her discretion.

Ponton’s appointment does not have to be approved by Los Angeles City Council.