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May 7, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County transit chief Joseph E. Drew has told federal authorities that he is not satisfied with the attitude of subway construction contractors toward safety and is striving to stress its importance, according to a letter obtained by The Times. In the May 1 letter--sent in response to a Times article April 28--Drew told Federal Transit Administration chief Gordon Linton that he is considering withholding payments from contractors who endanger employees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board ended a suspenseful day Thursday by accepting transit chief Joseph E. Drew's resignation, even as it continued the kind of political infighting that Drew blamed for helping drive him away. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich accused Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a fellow MTA board member, of failing to deliver on a promised vote of confidence for Drew in an effort to keep him on the job.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1996
Los Angeles County transit officials on Wednesday unanimously approved the selection of Joseph E. Drew as the new chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He will receive $167,640 a year. "My sleeves are rolled up, and that's the way it will stay," said Drew, a decorated combat pilot and former Kern County chief administrator who has been acting chief of the giant transit agency since Franklin E. White's ouster last December.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There's never enough money to satisfy everyone. A board of 13 members, each with his or her own ego and political agenda, is constantly interfering. The federal government has drastically cut funding. Subway construction problems constantly crop up. And an inspector general has several investigations underway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A business team's effort to win a lucrative Eastside subway contract ran into another problem Thursday when county transit chief Joseph E. Drew asked the MTA inspector general to investigate the consortium's failure to disclose a $1,000 campaign contribution to Mayor Richard Riordan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An advisory panel of public transit executives recently concluded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's financial planning and controls are "rudimentary and confusing," its organizational structure is "mushy" and its appreciation of the importance of bus services inadequate, according to a report released Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three members of Congress from the Eastside have urged the MTA's chief executive not to proceed with his recommendation of a business team ranked last by a panel of experts to supervise subway tunneling in their community, warning that the agency could lose credibility in Washington.
NEWS
March 21, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan squarely in his corner, acting transit chief Joseph E. Drew is expected to be named head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with a mandate to put the troubled agency on a new course, sources say. An MTA panel headed by Riordan will meet this morning to discuss dropping plans for a nationwide search for a new transit chief. A majority reportedly favors Drew to succeed ousted transit boss Franklin E. White--at least on a one-year trial basis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996 | JON MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee on Thursday voted to give a subway contract on the Eastside to a business team ranked first by a panel of experts, rejecting the controversial recommendation of the agency's chief executive that the job go to a team that the experts ranked last.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAF WRITER
There is mounting concern among some Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members that a politically connected business team recommended by the agency's chief executive to supervise subway construction on the Eastside lacks necessary expertise and could dilute public support for an already troubled project.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County transit chief Joseph E. Drew abruptly announced his resignation Wednesday after less then a year on the job, saying political infighting and "public hypercriticism" of him and his staff have made running the Metropolitan Transportation Authority an impossible task for anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three members of Congress from the Eastside have urged the MTA's chief executive not to proceed with his recommendation of a business team ranked last by a panel of experts to supervise subway tunneling in their community, warning that the agency could lose credibility in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A business team's effort to win a lucrative Eastside subway contract ran into another problem Thursday when county transit chief Joseph E. Drew asked the MTA inspector general to investigate the consortium's failure to disclose a $1,000 campaign contribution to Mayor Richard Riordan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
County transit chief Joseph E. Drew on Monday took the unusual step of complaining to his bosses about the treatment he has received from some of them over his recommendation of a business team to supervise subway tunneling on Los Angeles' Eastside. Drew said in a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members that although they may disagree with him, "what I cannot accept is a lack of support for my integrity."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1996 | BILL BOYARSKY
The latest Metro Rail subway mess doesn't involve a tunnel collapse. It's a governmental collapse, the result of incestuous political relationships and old-fashioned patronage of the kind we're not supposed to have in Los Angeles. Investigators from the federal government and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must determine whether the award of a contract to manage the construction of the new Eastside subway tunnel was honest--or the product of back room influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An influential congressman warned Friday that the Metro Rail project in Los Angeles could lose financial support from Washington and face another federal investigation if local officials override an expert panel's recommendations next week on a lucrative Eastside subway contract. Raising the stakes in the political battle, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Panorama City) said he is "rethinking" his support of federal subway funding after county transit chief Joseph E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An influential congressman warned Friday that the Metro Rail project in Los Angeles could lose financial support from Washington and face another federal investigation if local officials override an expert panel's recommendations next week on a lucrative Eastside subway contract. Raising the stakes in the political battle, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Panorama City) said he is "rethinking" his support of federal subway funding after county transit chief Joseph E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
County transit chief Joseph E. Drew on Monday took the unusual step of complaining to his bosses about the treatment he has received from some of them over his recommendation of a business team to supervise subway tunneling on Los Angeles' Eastside. Drew said in a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members that although they may disagree with him, "what I cannot accept is a lack of support for my integrity."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996 | JON MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee on Thursday voted to give a subway contract on the Eastside to a business team ranked first by a panel of experts, rejecting the controversial recommendation of the agency's chief executive that the job go to a team that the experts ranked last.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAF WRITER
There is mounting concern among some Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members that a politically connected business team recommended by the agency's chief executive to supervise subway construction on the Eastside lacks necessary expertise and could dilute public support for an already troubled project.
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