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July 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday named former rival Kevin James, who placed third in the March 5 primary election, to serve on the powerful Board of Public Works. James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor. Other public works commissioners announced by Garcetti are Matt Szabo, former deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Barbara Romero, a planning commissioner under Villaraigosa; former Assemblyman Mike Davis, who represented part of South Los Angeles until last year; and Monica Rodriguez, an executive with the California Assn.
July 8, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Moving quickly to assemble his own team, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday asked the top managers of 35 city agencies and departments to reapply for their jobs. Executives overseeing parks, libraries, airports and a host of other city-run services are being told they will have to demonstrate how their agencies will become more nimble, technologically savvy and responsive to Los Angeles residents or risk losing their jobs, Garcetti said at a City Hall news conference. Some managers probably won't be rehired, he said before heading into a private meeting with the department heads.
June 25, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The incoming Burbank city manager is slated to become the highest paid public official in the tri-city region, with a nearly $300,000 salary that had been marketed early on in an effort to recruit "top talent. " With a starting salary of $24,166 a month plus a monthly $1,800 relocation allowance for up to 18 months, Mark Scott will make more than the city managers of Glendale and Pasadena and the mayor of Los Angeles. Not including the relocation allowance, Scott will earn $290,000 annually, according to the contract brokered with the city . Before Scott was hired, the base salary range for the Burbank city manager was $13,994 to $18,402 a month, or $167,928 to $220,824 annually.
June 11, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Howard Rogo, who served as one of Simi Valley's first council members after the city incorporated in 1969, has died. He was 84.   Rogo died May 29 of colon cancer in the Sun City Palm Desert Senior community, his friend Court Baird, who ran the 1969 campaign for Simi Valley cityhood, said Monday.   “Howard was one of the original visionaries of the city,” Mike Sedell, former Simi Valley city manager, told the Ventura County Star on Monday. “He worked very closely with a very well-organized team of people that saw a future for a community that felt it had been left out of a planning process from a distant government in Ventura.”   Before Simi Valley incorporated, the area was governed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
May 25, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
Newport Beach will probably change the way it tracks its art pieces after discovering some pieces unaccounted for. Previously, the city hadn't regularly updated its inventory, and as of Wednesday, five pieces - donated to the city or purchased at a combined value of $675 - were unaccounted for. Those were out of an inventory of 236 pieces with a total known value of $841,650, city officials said. "We are not sure if the five are actually lost - it's generally our record-keeping that has not been up to par," City Manager Dave Kiff said in an email.
May 22, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Hector Becerra
The city manager of Bell called unfair a state report critical of the town's progress after a massive corruption scandal. State Controller John Chiang issued his final audit on Bell on Wednesday morning, nearly three years after the scandal uncovered overpaid city leaders, overtaxed residents and other financial mismanagement. “Bell's new leadership deserves credit for changing the culture of city hall by emphasizing transparency and inviting more citizen participation in its decision-making,” said Chiang.
May 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See below for details.
There may be no place in the earth for Tamerlan Tsarnaev. One of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been dead more than two weeks after a dramatic showdown with police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19. But officials and his family still don't know where Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who turned to conservative Islam, will be buried. On Sunday, city officials in Cambridge, Tsarnaev's home in the United States, announced that the city's cemetery would reject his body for burial after other local cemeteries also said they did not want the remains.
April 29, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Federal securities regulators have accused the city of Victorville, an official, the airport authority and municipal bond underwriters of fraud stemming from a 2008 offering. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday accused the parties of inflating the value of properties -- mainly airplane hangars at the Southern California Logistics Airport --to secure $68 million worth of bonds. QUIZ: How much do you know about California's economy?  The bond underwriter, Kinsell, Newcomb & DeDios, also was accused of misusing more than $2.7 million in bond proceeds.
April 10, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Anaheim's city manager said that he will resign from his position in Orange County's largest city, an announcement that comes just days after the police chief announced his retirement. Bob Wingenroth will leave his post June 7, opting to return to Arizona -- where he'd lived and worked for many years -- and spend more time with his family, according to a statement released by the city Tuesday. "Life has revealed the beauty and support of our family and extended family in Arizona, and their need for us and our need for them," Wingenroth said in the statement.
April 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
With former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo's trial slated to begin in September, his assistant now wants a separate hearing and may join her ex-boss in asking that the case be moved out of Los Angeles. Rizzo and Angela Spaccia were ordered to appear Sept. 9 on multiple public-corruption-related charges, but whether the trial takes place in Los Angeles or elsewhere - and whether the two are even tried together - remains to be seen. Spaccia's attorney, Harlan Braun, said he will ask that his client's trial be "severed" from Rizzo's.
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