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Santana Quits CAO Homeless Post; Will Be CEO of County Fair

Note: Councilman Mike Bonin’s office says there is no replacement at this time and added that “this will not affect the process for exploring development at underused and vacant city properties.”

In 2009, I was proud to accept an exceptional opportunity: City Administrative Officer of the great City of Los Angeles. Today, I am announcing that I will leave this position effective January 16, 2017 to lead the Los Angeles County Fair Association as President and Chief Executive Officer.

In 2009, faced with an unprecedented fiscal crisis, working in partnership with then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council led by then Council President Eric Garcetti, Labor leaders and the community, we were able to strengthen the City’s finances and change the City’s trajectory from a projected billion dollar deficit to investment and fiscal sustainability.

As a result of the renewed stability gained, we have been able address some of the greatest challenges impacting the quality of life of Angelenos, including: homelessness, infrastructure, the cleanliness of our neighborhoods and the restoration of basic services.

In so doing, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside some of the most committed and talented public servants in the nation, including Chief Legislative Analysts Gerry Miller and Sharon Tso, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Controllers Wendy Greuel and Ron Galperin and each one of the City’s departmental General Managers.

I am most appreciative to have led a hard-working, independent thinking and resourceful team of analysts and professionals.

I am proud of the work we have been able to achieve together and excited to begin this new role to unleash the unprecedented potential of one of the County’s most expansive and important public asset.

See LA Times article.


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