blockitecture leaderboard

L.A.'s Top Transportation Official to Resign Following Staff Criticism

Jaime De La Vega, the General Manager of L.A.'s Department of Transportation announced his resignation yesterday effective Dec. 1st. During his two years on the job, the department shifted away from an auto-centric focus to embrace alternative modes.

"Jaime De La Vega, who had been a major influence on transportation policy under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will leave the agency Dec. 1 after a two-year stint as general manager," report Laura J. Nelson and David Zahniser. "Under his leadership, the Transportation Department shifted its emphasis toward making streets more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists."

"The announcement comes weeks after more than 200 department engineers and other workers attended a City Council meeting to publicly criticize De La Vega’s management style," they note. "High-ranking supervisors said he had reshuffled senior staff, left key positions unfilled and ignored the concerns of his employees." 

Writing for Streetsblog, Damien Newton shares that multiple sources in City Hall assured him "that the city’s direction on transportation projects wouldn’t change during the next 1250 or so days of Mayor Garcetti’s term. If anything, the new General Manager will be more progressive than any previous one, sources claim."

Full Story: Mayor's office: Top transportation department executive to resign

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.
$23.00

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105