Fleishman deal claims another *

Last week, a Times editorial called for the head of Frank Salas, the acting general manager of the city Department of Water and Power who approved questionable billings by the PR firm Fleishman-Hillard. Today, the head rolled, in an L.A. sort of way. Mayor Hahn announced that Salas had resigned that post to return down the hall to his previous position as the DWP's chief administrative officer (the high-level position he held when many of the billings in question were submitted). Hahn recommended that Henry Martinez, another DWP executive, get the top job. Also Tuesday, the mayor named a bunch of new commissioners, among them Candy Spelling, of the Holmby Hills Spellings — wife of Aaron and mother of Tori. As the release says (and this is all it says):

Candy Spelling has been appointed to the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners. Spelling is active with numerous non-profit organizations including Centro De Ninos, Project Hope and the Los Angeles Music Center. She has established several successful businesses during the last 20 years.

* Wednesday update: Times story, Daily News story. Also, the Ventura County Star reports that a hospital there is looking into whether it was overcharged by Fleishman-Hillard for work in 1996 and 2000.


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