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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Kim Day Resignation

Press release from LA World Airports...

Kim Day, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), has announced her decision to leave her position of responsibility for the system of four airports owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles.

n a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Board of Airport Commissioners, Day said she wished to resume her career as an architect and requested her resignation be effective October 7, 2005. She offered to be available after that time to assist in the transition of LAWA leadership.

And this does what to the LAX fiasco...

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HER decision to leave???? or someone else's???

September 27, 2005 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kim Day is a person of the highest integrity and professionalism, why would she want to be part of Tony's team - lies, misrepresentations, broken promises, lack of substance, etc.,... Good for her.

September 27, 2005 8:26 AM  

Blogger Glenn G Gravatt said:

According to today's LA Times:

"A spokeswoman for the mayor said he did not ask Day to step down and has accepted her resignation."

Technically true, but, of course, not the whole truth. I wonder what the response would be if the press were to ask the logical follow-up question: "Did anyone in the Mayor's office ask Day to step down?" Which underling did he dispatch to do the job? Plausible deniability, right, Antonio?

But it's still the honeymoon, isn't it? Why should the LA Times start acting like a real newspaper now? Lord knows they haven't had to since the Herald-Examiner folded up and blew away.

September 27, 2005 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kim Day is doing the right thing by leaving that hell hole. This is a thankless job. MAV doesn't know a thing about the needs of regional air transportation. Yes, you need to balance growth with community concerns, but you just can't stop the entire process. LAX has spent millions of dollars planning the masterplan. Ted Stein first screwed up the plans at LAX when he over turned the Bradley Commissions decision to build a peoplemover from Lot C to the Horseshoe. This would have been the first exciting action to move traffic away from the inner airport circle and provided for better planning. Ted Stein then again screwed up everything by pushing a transportation center at Manchester Square. Kim Day was in difficult situation as was Lydia Kennard. We all know Lydia left because of Ted Stein didn't get his way and it all started with Dan Garcia being a big baby too. Dan Garcia wanted to controll the entire masterplanning process bringing his own favorite consultants in. Lydia stood up to him and you see what they did to her. Dan Garcia eventually got his when Ted Stein wanted full control and had Wardlaws ear. They got rid of Dan Garcia and he had to settle for a job at Kaiser and just disappeared. MAV has no idea which direction to go with LAX and his new commissioners are all novice and don't know from their head to their ass. Good luck

September 27, 2005 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's always gets rid of people he feels will make him look bad and definitely Kim was one of those people. She's smart, articulate, professional and knows LAX like no other. Kim was for LAX expansion and Antonio against. Antonio is such a coward of course he doesn't do his own dirty work. He's spineless, he gets others to do it for him. Interesting he's not quoted on these stories but Janelle does his talking for him.

September 27, 2005 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So this clearly means one thing - MAV finally got Lydia to commit to the job!!!! Predicted this months ago and stand by the prediction!

September 27, 2005 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Jim Hahn said:

Good Girl, Making sure that Antonio has no scapegoats now for HIS blunders.

The main reason for her resignation, was those Florida Donors.

Remember that $179,000 donation from a competing Airport concession company.

Remember people, The number one rule in Politics is "Follow the Money"

September 27, 2005 10:57 AM  

Anonymous noel park said:

MAV is doing exactly what he has said he was going to do, going all the way back to the 2001 election.

He is moving toward a regional solution to airport congestion. He is living up to his 2001 promise to cap LAX at 78 MAP with actions, as opposed to the spin which has been the rule for the last 4 years.

What's the big surprise?

September 27, 2005 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The good old airport, Kim Day is breathing a sign of relief. With Robin Kramer calling the shots, it was Lydia Kennard that brought Kim in and it was Ted Stein that brought Lydia in. Don't forget this was all under Riordan's watch with Wardlaw's blessing and Robin in the mix of the decision. They don't know what their doing over there in the Mayor's office. AV is too busy trying to look pretty and Kramer is too busy keeping AV out of trouble. AV is as slick as they come and will shift blame on anyone for his corruption. Oh, the corruption will come, why, AV can't help himself. AV is weak and will let his friends bring him down, not to mention his lady friends. Can you imagine AV trying to sneak around town with the security detail on his tail. How is he pullin that one off. You know he can't keep his pants zipped up. Mark the words, AV will get caught porking some pretty lady and Kramer will leave in about the 10 month of service. AV says he isn't for expansion, but what's his plan. Yeah, that's right, he doesn't have one. Sounds good to say your against something, but you don't even have a clue as to what to do. Kim Day is all about getting the hell out of there, maybe she'll go back to DMJM, Oh, didn't DMJM get tons of work at LAX while Kim was on duty. Interesting stuff, what about good oh Phil Depoian. Phil was the only one that got something after leaving Bradley's administration. Good oh Phil, or should we say, do nothing Phil. Come to work and just take trips and do nothing all day long. Phil is the smart one. Got himself a civil service job and can't be touched.

September 27, 2005 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aren't the real people behind Antonio Villaraigosa some of the worst Republicans in the history of our city? The power hungry old men like Riordan?

September 27, 2005 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Fausset in LA Times today says Antonio is still on jury duty. Yet, he was on tv filling in potholes. Is he getting preferencial treatment to take off for press conf. then head back to court?

September 27, 2005 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Jim Hahn said:

"Aren't the real people behind Antonio Villaraigosa some of the worst Republicans in the history of our city? The power hungry old men like Riordan?"

Of course. Think about it. Most of Riordan's staff is in Villaraigosa's Administration.

There's a reason why I didn't acknowledge the old fart after I became mayor. Because he did NOTHING other than take photo-ops and smile for the TV cameras.

I was the one who rolled up my sleeves and got dirty to make radical changes for this city. Oh well I guess keeping the City Unions happy but in check and keep the budget together aren't important to a city.

September 27, 2005 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If he's got "jury duty" like most people in the city do, court starts an hour late (when the judge finally arives), breaks for lunch at 11:30, reconvenes at 2 p.m., and ends for the day at 3:45.

Friday's are even shorter; plenty of time for photo-ops. He can still put in more time on city business than he did each day as a councilmember.

Any wonder the dockets are backed up for five years?

September 27, 2005 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kim proved again that she is a class act. People close to her knew how much she misses the design world. She joined the airport to design and build projects; never planned to detour on to city hall politics, which is not her forte.

Go back to what you really enjoy and start having fun again, Kim. Good luck.

September 27, 2005 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Jim Hahn said:

Now the Daily News is really full of crap, dung, shit, however you say it it rings true in this Editorial. Especially the highlighted area neglecting that the Mayor didn't stand up to BFI or DWP-IBEW unions or the UTLA teachers unions.

It makes you think.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A new day for LAX
Mayor's pick for new airport head should kill expansion plan quickly

LA Daily News

With the departure of Kim Day as head of Los Angeles World Airports, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has the perfect opportunity to stop his predecessor's cockamamie airport plan once and for all.
Day, who will step down from the top airport job early next month, was put in place by Mayor James Hahn in a desperate effort to salvage his $11 billion expansion plan for Los Angeles International Airport in the face of widespread opposition.

Villaraigosa clearly is intent on shaking up the bureaucracy, which became heavily politicized under Hahn. That's why new leadership is coming in to handle the city's transit and airport policies, and certainly other areas as well.

As a city councilman with eyes on the Mayor's Office, Villaraigosa voted against this cornerstone of Hahn's plan. As a mayoral candidate, Villaraigosa promised to support a scaled-down version of the plan that dealt with the most urgent issues of realigning the runways and improving traffic, among other things.

The moment for Villaraigosa to make good on that promise has come. With Day gone, Villaraigosa can fill the job with someone who will be committed to killing off Hahn's plan and coming up with a more reasonable and cost-efficient one for upgrading the airport. This someone should also support regionalization, which is the only sensible way to accommodate additional air traffic in the greater Los Angeles area.

By doing this, Villaraigosa would do more than just make a sound hiring decision. He would do what Hahn never could: say no to the contractors, the businesses and the unions who all expected to profit from the expansion.

Even as he mounts his search for a successor, Villaraigosa needs to renew his commitment to a sensible airport policy for all of Southern California.

September 28, 2005 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kim Day is a very nice person and very competent in her field.

Her field is architecture and was NOT and is NOT airport management.

Kim was selected over Paul Green, COO of LAWA, who did a magnificent job in managing the airport during Lydia's maternity leave, and in getting in all of the post 911 equipment required on time and on budget, after Lydia left.

The only reason that Paul was not selected (after he initially had been) to serve as 'acting general manager' and then as 'permanent' general manager of LAWA, after Lydia's leaving was because of his professionalism, candor and directness in wanting to manage the airport as he knew it should be managed. Basically, he wouldn't capitulate to the disasterous Hahn master plan and was candid about what he supported and what he didn't.

Kim's appointment was a back dooring by Hahn, McKoster, Edwards and Stein of Green because he wanted to really manage the airport, as had Lydia, professionaly and as he believed it needed to be run.

Kim, was perceived for whatever reason, as being more easily manipulated and being supportive of the master plan....or at least willing to implement it as 'directed'. She was way, way over her head, which was typical for the Hahn administration, unlike Riordan, who tried to bring in people that were more expert than he and his staff to lead the way.

Lydia and Paul are both professionals, had an excellent working relationship together and if given the opportunity by the Mayor and the Commission will bring this airport and the others that they manage to new positive heights. Either one would do an outstanding job.

So, that's my story, the real story, and I am sticking to it........as the world continues to turn full circle !!!!

September 28, 2005 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All of you have been much to kind to the Hahn Administration. Stein, Edwards screwed up the airport. They kept other commissioners down and wouldn't let them do their job. Stein was insecure and was worried about Wong and Valdry. Wong was the only commissioner that I could recall that cared about minorities and woman getting their fair share at the airport. For some reason, Stein was worried about these two guys. Stein ran everything there and nothing got approved without his blessing. All the consultants and contracts are all of Stein's friends or somehow connected to him. Lydia and Stein were great pals at one time. It was when Lydia wouldn't give in to Stein's pressure to give Galpin Ford the property they needed over at Van Nuys is when Stein turned on Lydia. Edwards knew of all of this and poor Jim Hahn turned the other way and let Stein run the airport to the ground. Hahn and Edwards was afraid of Stein for some reason. Edwards didn't have a spine and never knew who his real friends were, now he has no friends. If you had any brain or didn't agree with the Hahn administration, they got rid of you. Yes, Kim was over her head, but she did the best she could under the circumstances. Kim is finally getting smart and leaving that hornet's nest.

September 28, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave Ted Stein alone!

September 28, 2005 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why leave Ted Stein alone? He deserves it, he was such a big bully! Remember how he ran commission meetings and belittled the airport staff. Remember his facial expressions, he thought he was god over there. Thank god he's gone and we could focus on doing our work.

September 28, 2005 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Jim Hahn said:

Ted Stein is Richard Riordan's boy. That's why I kept him on because he worked closely with Riordan on that issue.

I know because I was so happy when I defeated him for City Attorney in 1997 because Riordan put a lot of his own money backing Stein.

September 28, 2005 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, as a LAWA employee I know there is a sense of the positive direction now. Kim may have been a good person but she surrounded herself with fools - and then believed whatever stories they told her - and she doesn't have the experience or the expertise to know they were BSing her - so we are looking forward to new management that will have a clue - and for the house cleaning to keep on - Kim had almost got moving but just didn't have it in her.

September 28, 2005 5:16 PM  

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