You got to feel for Antonio Villaraigosa. He’s taken over the schools, launched his pay more for less water and power initiatives, tweeting hourly of his accomplishments and ignoring the city’s budget crisis, and now key players on his team are abandoning him.
Chief of Staff Robin Kramer is announcing her departure today at 10:30 a.m. in what’s billed as “a major announcement regarding his administration.”
In a brilliant managerial stroke, the mayor is naming gang czar Jeff Carr as his new chief of staff — what could be more righteous than to put a gang intervention expert into the middle of a gang of thieves.
In other words, Kramer — who has been in and out of City Hall from Richard Alatorre, Dick Riordan and now Antonio — has had enough after four years in the hot seat.
That leaves a lot of holes in the lineup.
Fire Chief Douglas Barry has retired.
Police Chief William Bratton has chosen to chase the green as a global security expert.
His lawyer Thomas Saenz – architect of his first failed school takeover plan and negotiator of his sweetheart labor contracts — has gone on to the more natural surroundings of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational
Andrew Adelman, the head of the Building and Safety Department, has gone on injured reserve — a self-inflicted wound caused by accusations against him of date rape and other californications.
And sooner rather than later the plug is going to have to be pulled on DWP General Manager David Nahai who is finding it’s very lonely at the top of the nation’s largest municipal utility when everyone around you hates your guts.
The mayor is finding it’s tough being captain of a ship without a crew, of being the butt of so many jokes about being the city’s worst water waster when everyone else in town is getting slugged with soaring DWP bills even as their lawns are turning brown and it’s getting too expensive to turn on the air conditioning.
At the current rate of departures, there soon will be no one left to turn out the lights at the mayor’s mansion.
Not to worry. Unemployment is so high, the mayor will have no trouble finding jobless people to fill all his openings.
I’d apply but I work for love, not money.