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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Los Angeles Downtown News, "Estolano Leaving CRA"

"Community Redevelopment Agency Head Cecilia Estolano, in better times among the goats"
Memo to Downtown News Editor Jon Regardie, what is Italian for resignation?
Regardie and his staff break the story this evening that CRA head Cecilia Estolano is leaving the organization after three plus years as its leader.
According to the Downtown News, Mayor Villaraigosa announced in a statement this evening that Estolano was leaving to join the environmental firm "Green for All"
Speculation is the fail deal with the Italian rail car company AnsaldoBreda, may had led to Estolano's resignation. CRA for its part, is back at the drawing board in regards to its "Clean Tech Zone" Proposal.
Regardless, Mayor Villaraigosa praise Estolano for her work on the project.
“Cecilia was at the forefront of our efforts to create a clean tech corridor and it was her unwavering commitment to provide living wage jobs for hard-working Angelenos that resulted in project labor agreements,” said Villaraigosa in the statement.
The departure of Estolano gives Villaraigosa another high-profile vacancy. Although on Tuesday he nominated Charlie Beck to replace LAPD Chief William Bratton, he still lacks permanent leaders for the city’s Housing Department, the Department of Building & Safety and the Department of Water & Power.

Thus, for those who navigate the choppy waters of Los Angeles politics, beware of another castoff from the sinking vessel that is the "S.S. Tony Villar".

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

No. Other reasons she was thrown under the bus

November 04, 2009 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The scuttlebutt at city hall is that Estolano refused to move the CRA offices, by order of the Mayor, which would have saved $1million in rent. She was then encouraged to resign.

November 04, 2009 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh please. Nobody would risk losing their high-paying job over such a thing as an office.

Where DO you get this information? Seriously? I think you just make it up.

Same thing at Ron Kaye's blog. I'm surprised by the "rumors" that some of you think you have.

November 04, 2009 10:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Joe B just posted this story on the CD2 site, very interesting.

November 04, 2009 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What a bunch of crooks Essel's people are.

November 04, 2009 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As if people didn't already know the Essel campaign was shady...Mayor Sam needs to post the story about essels campaign finance shenanigans.

November 04, 2009 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Hole - look into the Historic Highland park NC. Lots of shadiness going on there!!!

November 05, 2009 12:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reading down the post's text is always an adventure and tipoff to authorship by red spot.

Proofing would be appreciated, or maybe get some rest before posting- and I thought I was up late.

All comment in the spirit of a better blog, and easier read,

in cd-14, oh, and on the topic- when you see "CRA" you see money disappearing in a spiral flow of water down a porcelain drain. The other reaction would be to quickly check to see that your wallet is still in your pocket.

November 05, 2009 1:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"that the fail deal with the Italian rail car company."

What else can I say?

You proud of Rod Speet, Higby?

November 05, 2009 5:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANOTHER FAILURE FOR ANTONIO. Asshole is trying to steal the thunder of new chief. He's a joke in this city and all his people know it. He's desperately looking for something to hang on to and right now the only thing positive is LAPD

November 05, 2009 5:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hear Dalila Sotelo is being considered for GM of Housing Dept but she will probably jump at this opportunity.

Beware Housing employees, your future boss is crazy. Check it out:

Fox Guarding the Firehouse?
by Inside Out Saturday, Jun. 03, 2006 at 11:15 AM

Grievance filed against fire commission president for creating hostile work environment just as panel investigates allegations of harassment and discrimination on LAFD...

November 09, 2009 7:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Estolano & D. Louie shady deals failed.

November 09, 2009 9:33 PM  

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