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Antonio Villaraigosa plans to announce major staff shake-up today

Mayor Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to announce a major shake-up of his administration this morning, bidding farewell to his top policy advisor.

High-level officials in City Hall expect Villaraigosa to announce the departure of Chief of Staff Robin Kramer, who has run the mayor's shop since he took office in 2005.

Villaraigosa's office would not discuss the changes, to be announced at a 10:30 a.m. news conference. But speculation within City Hall is that Kramer will be replaced by the Rev. Jeff Carr, the anti-gang czar who has won praise for staging the Summer Night Lights recreation program in high-crime neighborhoods.

The mayor is also expected to bring on Jay Carson, the spokesman for U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid. Two years ago, the New York Observer portrayed Carson as "Hillary's hard-hitting hipster," a political operative in skinny jeans who hung out at Spy bar in New York.

Although the exact duties are still unclear, one possibility is that Carr would be the mayor's chief of staff and Carson would be chief deputy mayor. In that scenario, Carson would look at the mayor's big-picture agenda while Carr would handle day-to-day management.

Despite his work for Clinton, Carson has become known as an employee of billionaire Steve Bing, whose company hopes to develop a factory for the Italian rail car company AnsaldoBreda in downtown Los Angeles. The city's effort to complete that deal has not been consummated.

Villaraigosa easily could have run into Carson early this month at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. During that event, Carson was invited to the 63rd birthday party at Craftsteak for former President Clinton, one of the conference's speakers, according to the New York Times.

That was the same Las Vegas conference where TMZ photographed Villaraigosa and television reporter Lu Parker getting some sun at the topless pool of Caesar's Grand Palace.

-- David Zahniser and Phil Willon at City Hall

Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (10)

Try as he may, the mayor can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Robin's finally leaving, well it was bound to happen. Too bad he's losing an anchor, instead of some of his more notorious drones?

The good mayor needs to fire himself!

All speculation aside....I really, really hope this "shake-up" is Villar's resignation!!! Fingers Crossed!!!

But if Jay Carson is being brought on though his duties are "unclear," then he must be lovely and working for free because the city doesn't have any more money to open up yet another high paying, Bull Sh!@*t position for consultation purposes. If Villar doesn't know how to dissern information and make reasonable decisions, then he's useless (as we all know) and needs to bow out and let smarter, more capable people take over.

Why not start with him? Hard to run a city and chase women at the same time. What a hack!

The only shakeup I'm interested in is the one where he's fired. POS La Raza member.

oh boy does this sound familiar...some lobbyist who is working for an italian billionaire...steve bling...wait a minute...bling is the american trying to get an italian company a multi million dollar contract to build rail cars for the bloated transit system here in LA...what a stinking joke. what about american workers and american companies producing american rail cars...from what i heard these italian cars are way to heavy and cost way too much. this sounds right...our biggest grafter...the mayor...giving contracts to foreign firms...sending our tax dollars to his buddies who lobby for foreign firms...this sounds like our mayor...where is your next trip to antonio...maybe the nearest mexican tv station for your new girlfriend!!!

What in the world is he doing buying something/anything from a company outside of Los Angeles... isnt the economy in California sinking... Or maybe, if he buys that Italian boxcar, he can get some payola and go on a trip to Italy with his next girlfriend....maybe Jillian? And by the way, isnt he shutting down Fire Stations every day? Take a look to the north... isnt that smoke I see, thank God we dont need Firefighters to protect us.... The mayors girlfriend will put the fires out I am sure...

this is sad. the city is crumbling and he brings in a campaign spinmeister -- not to improve the city, but to improve the perception of how he is running the city.

la mag said it right: tony vee is a failure.

tony: it's not about you.

I second the motion -- american made rail cars. Let's have a plan that includes bringing jobs back stateside, and the federal government will be much more likely to help us move forward. Could you imagine if America didn't have the skills or resources to make competitive quality rail cars? First of all, I don't believe it, and second of all, What??!!!

Maybe this skinny jeans kid has vision that will push things forward, let's see!


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