Observations Regarding the Kim Day Resignation
In 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.So, the Daily Breeze writes this article entitled "Director of L.A. airports abruptly steps down." Abrubt would be an understatement.
After following up on more than a few tips, here are a few questions that have been raised, using snippets from the above article...
Day could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for Villaraigosa said the mayor would move quickly to find her interim replacement.Read this post from back on July 19th or this one July 13th for who's name is getting the most attention via the rumor mill so far this week as a replacement.
Villaraigosa's mayoral win also touched off weeks of speculation among airport workers and contractors that Day would soon be replaced.Obvious due to the Mayor's different tact and position on the aiport expansion.
It was the worst-kept secret in the whole area," said lobbyist Barna Szabo, who represents companies that bid on airport contracts. "It was a question of when. I don't think anyone was going to be surprised by a change at the top of the ticket."
Here's the troubling part....
"It's my understanding that it's Kim Day's decision," said his spokeswoman, Janelle Erickson. "And the mayor accepted her resignation."
Day released her resignation letter just hours after she led a long study session on airport policy for new airport commissioners. She gave no indication during that meeting that she was on her way out, officials who were there said.
Why didn't she give any indication? Because she didn't know. The Mayor's office hasn't been responsive to her calls for weeks, a pattern that many others around City Hall have also commented on. That day she received notice from the Mayor's office that Marcus Allen was being dispatched to meet with her and that she needed to clear her schedule. The meeting takes place and TA-DAH, she abruptly announces her departure.
Why not just call a spade a spade. I applaud Day for towing the company line, but let's face it. She was asked to leave from the Mayor's office because she had alternate views to his. That is his right and is in the best interests of both parties. I'm not arguing that. Just don't give us the company BS about returning to her previous work. It wasn't "her decision"