Now while I don’t always champion the firing of people, especially in this economy, today’s firing of L.A. Housing Authority chief executive Rudolf Montiel in my opinion was overdue.
For me the straw that broke the camel’s back was the idea that you are going to evict someone for protesting you. And for a while, that’s exactly what Montiel tried to do. But what Montiel failed to realize is that protests and protesters come with the position.
The fact of the matter is that the L.A. Housing Authority is the only agency standing between thousands of residents and homelessness. Any change in the amount of rent that tenants have to pay is subject to make that reality, let’s say—a bit more real.
Besides that, this guy was a real asshole. Reading his quotes in the newspaper even I wanted to protest him and unfortunately for me, my rent is not subsidized the housing authority.
At any rate, there’s a job vacancy as of now for his position. Any takers? I hear the job pays around $450,000 a year.
Los Angeles Times
Members of L.A.’s housing authority board voted Monday evening to fire the agency’s chief executive, Rudolf Montiel.
The move comes less than six months after Montiel faced the wrath of city leaders over his agency’s move to evict nine tenants who had protested housing authority policies at Montiel’s Rancho Cucamonga home.
At the time, City Council members called Montiel, who has headed the $1-billion-a-year agency since 2004, “childlike” and accused him of acting like “Big Brother.” The eviction notices were later rescinded.
The termination also follows Montiel’s decision earlier this month to ask board members to reimburse thousands of dollars in travel expenses submitted without authorization, receipts or in “double-dipped” costs.
Commissioners took per diems for travel expenses but also charged meals, sometimes extravagant ones including disallowed alcoholic drinks, to their agency credit cards, according to a CBS-TV Channel 2 report in February. The commissioners reported spending more than $150,000 over the last two years on travel and food, the station reported.
During the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting, Montiel listened as tenants and agency employees alternately castigated and praised him. When commissioners went into closed session to discuss his performance, he left, saying as he stepped into an elevator that his anticipated firing “has an air of retribution and retaliation.”
The board gave few specifics about the reasons for the decision, but Commissioner Rayman Mathoda and Patricia Glaser, a lawyer for the commission, said that over the last year the panel had lost confidence in Montiel’s judgment.