Ethics at the airport

Trying to get more distance from the corruption stench that blew out of LAX and enveloped the Hahn administration, Mayor Villaraigosa's airport commission today created an Office of Ethics and Business Conduct to oversee a new ethics code. They are looking to appoint an interim director of ethics and business conduct. I'm guessing Ted Stein won't be a candidate. He was the Hahn commissioner who presided at LAX during the time when the term "pay for play" entered the city's political vernacular. Though, it should be noted, we are a couple of years into the Cooley and federal investigations triggered by complaints of questionable contract deals at the airport and harbor. No one has yet been charged with any law-breaking, let alone convicted. Today was Lydia Kennard's first board meeting as executive director of the city's airports since she left, reportedly due to Stein's interference, midway through Hahn's term.

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