Kailbourne Smooths Waters in L.A.


Adelphia Communications Corp.'s interim CEO Erland Kailbourne personally visited local authorities in Southern California July 22 and 23 in an attempt to reassure regulators that bankruptcy will not disrupt cable service.

The visit was necessary: franchise regulators said there was a "crisis of confidence" in the cable provider. Those who received the Adelphia officials said questions regarding local operations were "adequate" for the time being.

The CEO met Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills with the region's most vocal critic, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. According to Delgadillo's spokeswoman Ana Garcia, the meeting was cordial and Adelphia promised to pay its quarterly $1.7 million franchise fee payment before July 31. But executives did not bring a check to the meeting.

After the meeting, Garcia said, "Nothing has been taken off the table." An independent audit by the city indicates Adelphia underpaid $3.3 million and Delgadillo wants the company to pay up, and offer consumers video service rebates as a penalty for the slow rollout of high-speed data.

The company also published ads, signed by Kailbourne, in local papers vowing uninterrupted service, and a rededication to efforts to bring expanded programming and products including Power Link high-speed access and digital cable.