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Friday, February 21, 2014
At least 3 key Metro execs leave in shakeup of transit agency managers
An ongoing restructuring
process will reduce by half the number of Metro employees who report
directly to Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, according to sources who
spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to
speak on personnel issues. Some agency departments have also been
"They're whittling down the number of direct reports," said one
official. The official added that although their current positions were
eliminated, the outgoing executives could have moved to other agency
The exits are unlikely to
change how the agency operates, but they come during a period of rapid
change for Metro, which is in the process of spending an estimated $35
billion in revenue from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax Los Angeles
County voters approved in 2008.
By the end of this year, five rail lines in Los Angeles County will
be under construction simultaneously. That includes the Downtown
Regional Connector, which received a promise of $670 million in federal grants Thursday; and the first phase of the Wilshire Boulevard subway, which is expected to receive a $1.25-billion federal grant later this spring.
Doug Failing, Metro's executive director of highway programs, has
left the agency, according to spokesman Marc Littman. Failing oversaw
engineering and construction for Metro's highway projects, and served as
the spokesman for "Carmageddon," the full closure of the 405 Freeway in
2011. Until he joined Metro in 2009, Failing supervised Caltrans District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
A new position has been created that will oversee engineering and
construction for highway and transit projects, including Failing's
responsibilities, according to Metro documents. Bryan Pennington, who
had supervised transit projects, will be promoted to fill that role,
Michelle Lopes Caldwell, Metro's chief administrative services
officer, has already left the agency, Littman said. She had worked for
Metro and its predecessor agency, the Southern California Rapid Transit
District, for more than 30 years.
Roger Moliere, Metro's executive director in charge of real estate,
is leaving within two weeks, Littman said. Moliere supervised private
developments on Metro land that include the W Hotel near the
Hollywood/Vine Red Line station.
Terry Matsumoto, the agency's chief financial officer, is expected to
leave, according to sources. Matsumoto oversees accounting, debt,
investments, pension and employee benefits.
Chief executive Leahy has asked K.N. Murthy, formerly Metro's
executive director of transit project delivery, to remain at the agency,
but he will not keep his current title, sources familiar with Murthy's
The agency has seen essentially a full turnover of executive-level
staff in the past two years. Chief Operating Officer Frank Alejandro left his position last fall,
and Metro's deputy chief executive officer Paul Taylor retired last
month. Taylor's position has been filled by Lindy Lee, formerly the
chief deputy director of Caltrans District 7.
In a report presented to the Metro board in October, a consulting
firm wrote that changes to the agency's structure and work flow could
help create "true cultural change."
"As with any improvement effort, some changes will be rapid and
highly visible," the report said. "... While there will be skeptics, we
hope that people will give it serious consideration and time to see how
the changes being implemented will work."