The City of Los Angeles city council confirmed new General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Reynolds is currently the head of San Francisco’s Department of Transportation in the livable streets division. It is unclear why mayor Eric Garcetti selected someone from San Francisco, as opposed to a native Angeleno, but the city council unanimously approved her, despite concerns from 8th District councilman Bernard Parks. Her background may prove Parks correct.
Concerned with her ability to handle such a large department, Mike Bonin was quick to jump to her defense saying the council looks forward to fresh ideas.
Just last month the City of San Francisco announced that forty short-term road safety projects were underway. Reynolds was quoted as saying “…projects will be rolling out, consistently over the next year and a half..” Why would Ms. Reynolds leave less than a month into the project? Will she leave City of Los Angeles hanging if another offer comes her way? Was Bernard Parks right in assuming she can’t handle the task?
Reynolds is also an advisory board member at Front Seat Management aka FrontSeat.org. Front Seat’s Chairman and Co-founder Mike Mathieu also created Walk Score.
If the same entity who created Walk Score is getting grants to increase cities Walk Scores…who do they think they are fooling? Are they rigging cities walkabilty to increase cities funding? Sounds like Bernard Parks is on to something.
Also noted: Mayor Eric Garcetti establishes nonprofit to fund his initiatives…so far $2.3 million has been raised. Initiatives include: boosting tourism (Jay Z budfest?), summer jobs for low-income teens (summer night lights?) and revitalizing the Los Angeles River (US Army Corp has already recommended approving $1Billion for this project). Who does Eric Garcetti think he’s fooling?