Skip to comments.L.A. mayor's chief counsel tapped to lead MALDEF
Posted on 07/15/2009 10:51:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's chief counsel, Thomas Saenz, has been tapped to become president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the organization announced Tuesday.
Saenz has been one of Villaraigosa's closest advisors since taking the post in August 2005, recently serving as the mayor's lead representative in negotiations with city labor unions over salary and benefit concessions to help close the city's $530-million budget gap. And he helped to successfully defend a city ordinance that required hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a "living wage" to workers.
Saenz also was one of the main architects of Villaraigosa's unsuccessful effort to gain control over the Los Angeles Unified School system. The school takeover plan, one of Villaraigosa's top priorities in his first term, was rejected by the courts.
"Tom Saenz has been a trusted advisor .. " Villaraigosa said.
Among his priorities as head of the Latino civil rights organization, Saenz said, is ensuring that all children have equal access to a quality public education. The fund also will continue to combat anti-illegal immigrant sentiment that has been on the rise in some parts of the country. He said comprehensive immigration reform is a critical challenge for the Obama administration and Congress.
Before coming to City Hall, Saenz served as MALDEF's lead counsel for 12 years, and successfully challenged Proposition 187, a voter-approved initiative prohibiting illegal immigrants from having access to social service and healthcare benefits as well as public schools.
Saenz had been approached by the Obama administration earlier this year to oversee the Department of Justice's civil rights division, but his candidacy was withdrawn to avoid a confirmation fight over immigration issues, according to some civil rights leaders.
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I guess the racist Hispanic Ku Klux Klan group snagged themselves another incompetent
Does this person get to recieve a pension/buyout/other income and services into the future—along with his new salary?
Double dipping all over the California landscape.
MALDEF is from the Latin “MAL” meaning “bad” and “DEF”, meaning unable to hear anything except racist anti-American mob chants.
Does this include the massive numbers of illegal workers in the hotel industry?