Who's In, Who's Out?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ousted his chief of staff  Thursday and replaced her with the head of the city's gang-reduction programs.

Villaraigosa also named a former senior staffer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign  as his chief deputy mayor.

"Today is about the future and I am confident that this new leadership  team will help lead the city in a new direction and bring a tenacious demand  for results," Villaraigosa said.

Robin Kramer, who has served as Villaraigosa's chief of staff since he  took office in 2005, will be replaced by the Rev. Jeff Carr, the city's  director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.

"Over these last four years, she (Kramer) has been a tremendous asset  to me, to our team and to advancing our work, and I will always be deeply  appreciative for her partnership and creative leadership," the mayor said.

Villaraigosa also named Jay Carson as his chief deputy mayor. Carson was  the traveling press secretary for now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's  presidential campaign. He also served as a senior adviser to Clinton when she  was in the U.S. Senate.

Carson also worked for President Bill Clinton and helped create programs  such as the Clinton Global Initiative, which has raised about $46 billion for  worldwide relief efforts, and the Clinton Climate Initiative, which works with  governments and businesses around the world to address issues of climate  change.

Carson will be in charge of the mayor's Education, Housing and Economic  Development; Transportation, Energy and Environment; and Commercial and  Residential Development programs. Carr will oversee Homeland Security and  Public Safety; Gang Reduction and Youth Development; Budget and Finance; and  Strategic Partnerships.

They will assume their posts Sept. 19.

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