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June 4, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Moving to address problems in Los Angeles' embattled Transportation Department, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday nominated one of his closest deputies to lead the agency and installed a top police commander to oversee reform. The department has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, including sharply critical audits and inquiries into a little-known parking ticket appeals operation. Two city traffic officers were placed on leave recently after allegations that they participated in a pornographic film involving use of a city vehicle and city uniforms.
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October 31, 2013 | By Robert Greene
There were two applause lines in New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's TED talk last month: First, that in six years she "turned cycling into a real transportation option in New York"; and second, that she brought the city its first parking-protected bike lane, with parked cars and a strip of concrete separating cyclists from automobile traffic. That was a reminder that cyclists continue to lead the conversation about urban street makeovers around the nation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa picked a familiar face to become his deputy mayor for transportation Tuesday, moving Borja Leon from his current post as associate director of transportation into the new job. Leon was responsible for overseeing the mayor's participation in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and implementing the mayor's agenda there. He provided public policy advice to MTA's board and watched over major infrastructure projects in the city and L.A. County, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
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October 31, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and David Zahniser, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The top executive at the Los Angeles Transportation Department is stepping down, the latest to depart under Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor's office told the Times. Jaime De La Vega, who had been a major influence on transportation policy under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will leave the agency Dec. 1 after a two-year stint as general manager. Under his leadership, the Transportation Department shifted its emphasis toward making streets more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
More than 250 Los Angeles city transportation employees packed the City Council chambers Wednesday to complain about management practices they said have left the department's morale at "an all-time low. " Since general manager Jaime de la Vega was hired in 2011 , high-ranking supervisors said, he has reshuffled senior staff, left key positions vacant and ignored the concerns of employees, adding to the department's workload and stress levels....
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October 31, 2013 | By Robert Greene
There were two applause lines in New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's TED talk last month: First, that in six years she "turned cycling into a real transportation option in New York"; and second, that she brought the city its first parking-protected bike lane, with parked cars and a strip of concrete separating cyclists from automobile traffic. That was a reminder that cyclists continue to lead the conversation about urban street makeovers around the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and David Zahniser, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The top executive at the Los Angeles Transportation Department is stepping down, the latest to depart under Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor's office told the Times. Jaime De La Vega, who had been a major influence on transportation policy under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will leave the agency Dec. 1 after a two-year stint as general manager. Under his leadership, the Transportation Department shifted its emphasis toward making streets more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan reasserted himself with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday, appointing an aide to a vacancy on the agency's governing board and then slamming the door on rival directors, who wanted to grab a piece of the $30 million earmarked for traffic improvements tied to the controversial Playa Vista project near Marina del Rey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 | Steve Lopez
It's possible, given the pace at which it's proceeding, that I won't be around to see the subway extension to the Westside completed. But that's all the more reason to complain about it while I have the chance. After hearing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk for years about the "Subway to the Sea," I want to be on record as having a problem with the fact that, as planned, the train won't get anyone to within three miles of the beach. All this time I've been picturing myself boarding a train in Los Feliz with a beach chair, snorkel and mask and popping up on the sand a short time later without having to curse a single motorist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2010 | Steve Lopez
L.A.'s deputy mayor for transportation, Jaime de la Vega, was waiting for me at the top of the escalator at the Universal City train station Friday morning. When I arrived, he handed me his keys, and the race to City Hall began. De la Vega was taking the Red Line. I would be driving his Hummer, so I guess you could say we'd both be traveling by locomotive. "I'll meet you in the City Hall rotunda," De la Vega said. I've spent three years kicking De la Vega around for being such a knucklehead and driving a gas-guzzling military-style vehicle in a city choked with traffic problems he's supposed to be solving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
More than 250 Los Angeles city transportation employees packed the City Council chambers Wednesday to complain about management practices they said have left the department's morale at "an all-time low. " Since general manager Jaime de la Vega was hired in 2011 , high-ranking supervisors said, he has reshuffled senior staff, left key positions vacant and ignored the concerns of employees, adding to the department's workload and stress levels....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa picked a familiar face to become his deputy mayor for transportation Tuesday, moving Borja Leon from his current post as associate director of transportation into the new job. Leon was responsible for overseeing the mayor's participation in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and implementing the mayor's agenda there. He provided public policy advice to MTA's board and watched over major infrastructure projects in the city and L.A. County, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Moving to address problems in Los Angeles' embattled Transportation Department, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday nominated one of his closest deputies to lead the agency and installed a top police commander to oversee reform. The department has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, including sharply critical audits and inquiries into a little-known parking ticket appeals operation. Two city traffic officers were placed on leave recently after allegations that they participated in a pornographic film involving use of a city vehicle and city uniforms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 | Steve Lopez
It's possible, given the pace at which it's proceeding, that I won't be around to see the subway extension to the Westside completed. But that's all the more reason to complain about it while I have the chance. After hearing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk for years about the "Subway to the Sea," I want to be on record as having a problem with the fact that, as planned, the train won't get anyone to within three miles of the beach. All this time I've been picturing myself boarding a train in Los Feliz with a beach chair, snorkel and mask and popping up on the sand a short time later without having to curse a single motorist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2010 | Steve Lopez
L.A.'s deputy mayor for transportation, Jaime de la Vega, was waiting for me at the top of the escalator at the Universal City train station Friday morning. When I arrived, he handed me his keys, and the race to City Hall began. De la Vega was taking the Red Line. I would be driving his Hummer, so I guess you could say we'd both be traveling by locomotive. "I'll meet you in the City Hall rotunda," De la Vega said. I've spent three years kicking De la Vega around for being such a knucklehead and driving a gas-guzzling military-style vehicle in a city choked with traffic problems he's supposed to be solving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan reasserted himself with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday, appointing an aide to a vacancy on the agency's governing board and then slamming the door on rival directors, who wanted to grab a piece of the $30 million earmarked for traffic improvements tied to the controversial Playa Vista project near Marina del Rey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1997
Mayor Richard Riordan has rewarded his staff with "performance recognition fund" bonuses totaling nearly $80,000. The top money-getter was mayoral budget director Chris O'Donnell, who will receive $9,137 in addition to his $83,060 annual salary, according to a memo Riordan sent to the city controller's office. Staffers who received $5,000 bonuses include press secretary Noelia Rodriguez, City Council liaison Stephanie Bradfield and transportation aide Jaime De La Vega.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to boost ridership, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday proposed a free transit week on regional buses and trains. Villaraigosa asked staff at the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority to determine how much the free rides would cost and try to find the money to pay for them. Luring more people onto buses and trains would not only stimulate ridership but also improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion, the mayor said.
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