From the Sacramento Bee, the who-ever-heard-of State Business, Transportation & Housing Agency has reviewed and cancelled a near $10 million contract with a San Francisco firm that was doing public relations work for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (more here). The Bee reported: Continue reading
The OCTA board of directors has voted to postpone the replacement of retiring CEO Will Kempton. They had settled on his replacement, Darrell Johnson, but they violated the Brown Act in the process. Now they have opted to wait until the new OCTA board members are sworn in, next month.
“One of those who raised concerns was county Supervisor Pat Bates. She later concluded that the vote to appoint Johnson had illegally happened during a special meeting. California’s open-meeting law forbids local agency boards from calling special meetings to consider the compensation of executives,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
Update: We broke this story on Nov. 20, 2012. The OCTA confirmed it today with a press release we are including below our original post:
Darrell Johnson is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, serving in the position since 2010. My sources tell me that Johnson will be appointed next week to step in as CEO of the OCTA when the current CEO, Will Kempton, leaves at the end of February, next year. Kempton is leaving to join a non-profit organization in Sacramento – Transportation California.
OCTA CEO Will Kempton told his employees on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, that he is leaving the County Transportation Authority in February of next year. He is joining an organization in Sacramento called Transportation California.
Transportation California is a diversified, non-partisan, non-profit coalition representing a broad spectrum of business, labor, and planning agencies which have united to create the state’s leading transportation advocacy and public education group. The organization was founded in 1990. Today its member companies and groups account for more than 200,000 California jobs. Continue reading