Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, is one of the more polarizing public figures in Southern California.
Her core staff seems to love her and consistently cites her chief accomplishments, like overseeing the new $1.9 billion international terminal at Los Angeles International and presiding over impressive upgrades at Terminals 5 and 6. They note that the airport was essentially stuck in a time warp between 1984 and when she took over in 2007.
But Lindsey has plenty of detractors, especially residents living near LAX, who say she hasn’t listened to their concerns, and politicians in Ontario, who say she has mismanaged L.A/Ontario International Airport.
It is against this backdrop that Lindsey has signaled her desire to stay on the job under new Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Last week, she sent a memo to the mayor outlining why she believes she should get to stay on.
Read Lindsey’s memo here: LAWA – Mission Achievements and Goals 2013
A spokeswoman for the mayor said it will be at least two months before Garcetti decides which city department heads get to stay. Many will be watching carefully to see what he decides.
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