New LADOT General Manager leaves city of San Francisco hanging

seleta-reynoldsThe 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.

Walk Score scores how walkable your neighborhood is.  Front Seat has received funding from the Rockerfeller Foundation to enhance Seattle’s 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?

 

15 thoughts on “New LADOT General Manager leaves city of San Francisco hanging

  1. It is unclear why mayor Eric Garcetti selected someone from San Francisco, as opposed to a native Angeleno, MAYBE BECAUSE SAN FRANCISCO HAS AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF PROVIDING MOBILITY TO ITS CITIZENS RESULTING IN IT BEING ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMICALLY-VIBRANT AND HIGHLY-DESIRED CITIES IN THE WORLD.

    Why would Ms. Reynolds leave less than a month into the project? BECAUSE SHE’S GOING FROM RUNNING A SMALL PIECE OF A SMALL CITY’S TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO RUNNING THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT FOR THE SECOND BIGGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY.

    Will she leave City of Los Angeles hanging if another offer comes her way? THE ONLY BIGGER JOB WOULD BE HEAD OF NEW YORK DOT AND THE WEATHER SUCKS OUT THERE, SO, NO PROBABLY NOT.

    Was Bernard Parks right in assuming she can’t handle the task? WHEN YOU ASSUME SOMETHING YOU MAKE AN “ASS” OUT OF “U” AND “ME”.

    If the same entity who created Walk Score is getting grants to increase cities Walk Scores…who do they think they are fooling? NOBODY. I’M SURE THAT THEY’RE QUITE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO BOTH ASSESS THE QUALITY OF A CITY’S WALKING ENVIRONMENT, AND ALSO HELP IMPROVE IT.

    Are they rigging cities walkabilty to increase cities funding? I DOUBT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF REACHING BACK INTO TIME DECADES INTO THE PAST IN ORDER TO ALTER DECISIONS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN A CITY’S WALKABILITY. IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE VALIDITY OF THE WALKABILITY SCORECARD METHODOLOGY, THEN BY ALL MEANS RAISE THEM.

    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? AGAIN, HE’S NOT FOOLING ANYONE. I’M SURE HE’S QUITE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT HE’S ABLE TO CONVINCE INDIVIDUALS TO DONATE FUND TO IMPROVE LOS ANGELES. WHY WOULDN’T HE BE?

    1. From what you’ve stated Ms. Reynold’s has only run a small operation and thus may not be qualified to run the large LADOT offices as councilman Bernard Parks suggested.

  2. Who are YOU trying to fool? The future of LA is to get BACK to our walkable past & herritage! We were a great transit city before we ripped the trolly out in favor of buses.

    I loathe driving and i’ll never go back to car-only lifestyle. I bike/go metro/carpool then drive solo as last resort. I’m in the best shape of my life & gleefully lower my chances for gridlock.

    LA is moving in the right direction. If you’re a slave to solo driving–you will be falling behind.

    1. Getting back to walkable heritage is having systems in place (i.e. carshare, bikeshare, etc.) which the city doesn’t have.

      Has Ms. Reynolds been directly responsible for implementing such programs in SFO?

  3. What are you alleging with Walk Score? As far as I can tell from that link, the Rockefeller foundation gave them a grant to make their evaluation tool more accurate and detailed, and it doesn’t look like Seattle had anything to do with it. The mention of Seattle is there only because they are saying where the entity receiving the grant is headquartered. Is it a bad thing for them to accept funding to make their tool more useful?

    But even so, if they were trying to actually do something to cities to make them more walkable, so that they would be eligible for more funding from non-profit groups that support walkable cities, would that be a bad thing? It would be bad if they stopped using their metrics, and just arbitrarily increased the numbers on a city, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence (or even any allegation) that they are doing that.

      1. It doesn’t directly, any more than a scale makes people lose weight, or a blood pressure gauge fixes hypertension. What it does do is help measure these things, so that realtors and homeowners become aware of the consequences of their choices, and become invested in improving walkability, and it helps cities understand the consequences of their planning decisions.

        As far as I can tell, the Rockefeller grant was just as if a doctor got a grant to design a better blood sugar gauge. It isn’t itself going to cure any diabetes, but it is definitely going to help people manage it more effectively!

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