Beth Kennedy, the film liaison under former L.A. mayor Tom Bradley, has gotten a final farewell from the city, some nine months after she was let go when Richard Riordan moved in as mayor.
The city is now threatening to sue her for being overpaid $ 156.95 in travel expenses.
‘Close the book’
“I’d like to close the book on the city and my job there; I’m sorry I ever did it,” Kennedy said about her job on Tuesday.
While city officials could not be reached for comment, Kennedy said her quarrel with the city began shortly after she left.
She was notified in June 1993 that she was being dismissed, as one of Bradley’s many appointees who were being asked to pack up as Bradley left office.
Yet Bradley himself, unaware that Kennedy was to be included in the bunch, called Kennedy a day later and told her to stay on the job, at least until she could meet with incoming mayor Riordan.
While Kennedy says she pursued such a meeting, it never took place and Riordan never contacted her. A couple of days later, she informally learned that she was out of a job and was not being paid for the additional days she had been working.
At the time, Kennedy claims, she submitted an expense form for about $ 600 and said she has yet to receive any recompense.
“I was willing to write off the expenses, but I’m not going to do it now that the city is threatening to sue me,” she said.
In a letter dated March 24, Victor Takayama, an investigator with the city attorney’s office, wrote Kennedy a standard collection letter threatening legal action if the $ 156.95 was not paid. The money was related to overpayment for travel expenses.
When reached Tuesday, Takayama referred the matter to his boss, Mark O’Brien, who was not available for comment.
No one from the mayor’s office could be reached for comment.