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Fired head of LADOT wants back in... or something

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CityWatch is reporting that Gloria Jeff, fired Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager, wants her job back. "She says the Mayor … who did the firing … did not give her an annual performance evaluation, gave her no explanation for the firing and demanded that she resign within 21 hours."

A spokesman for the Mayor, Matt Szabo, countered: “Gloria Jeff received numerous indications from the mayor’s office that her management of the Department of Transportation was deficient.” It will take 10 council votes to overturn her firing. Having had a prickly relationship with a number of the council members, that is not likely to happen.

Daily News predicts Jeff will be going after some compensation. "Gloria Jeff, the recently fired head of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, learned something important in her 18 months in that post: City Hall is terribly afraid of getting sued... Former L.A. Animal Services chief Guerdon Stuckey only had to do a little agitating after being dumped from his job to be handed a questionable $50,000 consulting gig. If Jeff is looking for a cash-out, history tells us she'll probably get one."
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Both the Daily News and LA Times cite the firing as a race issue in the African-American community, even though replacement Rita Robinson is also African-American.

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