Council kicks back port job

Now this is interesting, given the perception held by some that Mayor Villaraigosa heads into his second term weaker than before. At today's City Council meeting, Councilwoman Janice Hahn raised questions about the Port of Los Angeles hiring ex-pol Wally Knox into a newly created $205,000-a-year senior job — amid cutbacks and threatened layoffs. Others joined in, and despite a plea by the mayor's office to OK Knox's soft landing, the issue was kicked back to the harbor commission for reworking. Says an LA Observed reader who was monitoring: "Maybe the measly 55% vote for Antonio gave these folks the fortitude to vote against the mayor?"

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