By Brian Park
James Costos, the new U.S. Ambassador to Spain, made a stop in San Juan Capistrano Tuesday morning to film a public service announcement at the Mission.
Costos, a top executive at HBO, was appointed by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Ambassador Alan D. Solomont. Costos, who raised at least $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, was one of three appointments confirmed by the Senate in August.
Costos arrived at the Mission with his partner, Michael Smith, an interior designer who was selected by Michelle Obama to redecorate the residential quarters of the White House in 2008 and the Oval Office in 2010, and their three dogs.
The public service announcement aims to introduce Costos to the country, according to Christina Haakenson, a spokesperson for the Mission.