L.A. City Council rejects new post for former assemblyman at port
The proposed position of deputy executive director of external relations would have had an annual salary of $205,000. Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she had trouble approving such a highly paid new position one day after the council voted to start the process to lay off up to 400 city workers because of the city's $530-million budget shortfall.
Knox stepped down from his position on the city's Department of Water and Power Commission in April after the mayor offered him the job at the port.
Some council members said they wanted a more detailed explanation from the mayor's office and port officials on why the position was needed, and they appeared open to having the mayor resubmit his request for the post.