BYD appeal to Garcetti
When Metro staff recommended giving a 60-foot bus contract to a competitor, BYD and its lobbyist appealed directly to Metro directors to override the recommendation. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti received an email to his personal account from BYD marketing director Shaun Kadlec, a former partner of long-time Garcetti aide and adviser Rick Jacobs. Jacobs left his post as deputy chief of staff for the mayor to become his political strategist and head up Accelerator for America, considered a platform for Garcetti’s exploration of a run for the presidency. The email was provided under a public records act request by the Times.
Sources: Los Angeles mayor’s office