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  • Report: Mayor Villaraigosa ‘Didn’t Save Any Money,’ Casting ‘Really Wide Net’ For Jobs

    05/23/2013 1:09:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 23, 2013 11:05 AM | Jon Baird with Jill Stewart
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Is the highest-paid mayor in the United States broke? With just over a month left in his second and final term, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will leave office in June reportedly without a place to live or a car of his own to drive, according to a report published Thursday. Jill Stewart, L.A. Weekly’s managing editor, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that Villaraigosa faces an uncertain political – and financial – future when he steps down June 30. In order to maintain his current lifestyle, which includes frequent cross-country travel, a mayoral mansion at the taxpayer-supported Getty House,...
  • Convention floor chaos: Democrats alter platform, disagree (Outrage from Jew-hating, atheist 'Rats)

    09/05/2012 6:01:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/5/12 | Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough
    In a rare display of just how quickly a tightly scripted national political convention can unwind, Democrats on Wednesday struggled to complete a voice vote amending their party platform to include language referring to Jerusalem and God. It took three attempts from Democratic National Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa before the platform was amended, and a loud chorus of delegates yelling "no" met each attempt to pass the changes by voice vote.
  • Obama Dems: Republicans Want 1950s, 1812, Jim Crow, Slavery

    09/02/2012 6:42:52 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 52 replies
    It’s clear that Barack Obama and his Democrats are out of ideas; they are using their party’s ancient and antiquated technique of painting the Republican Party as reactionary. The latest example came today courtesy of fly-by-night Los Angeles mayor and Democratic National Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, he said that the Republican platform “looks like the platform of 1812”, adding “Reagan would be turning in his grave" to hear some of the proposals coming from the GOP.
  • Chuck Todd: Why Do Republicans Have More Women and Hispanic Governors?

    08/31/2012 11:45:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 8/31/12 | Daniel Halper
    MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked the co-chair of the Democratic party's convention, L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, why there are more Republican women and Hispanic governors: "Let me ask you though, this one question, why is it that the Republicans have elected more women governors and have two Hispanic governors and the Democrats don’t?," asked Todd. "Don’t have as many women governors and don’t have Hispanic governors, why do you think that is?"
  • Villaraigosa says he'd like to be governor of California [LA Times]

    07/31/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7-31-12 | Los Angeles Times
    As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to take the gavel for the Democratic National Committee’s national convention in Charlotte this summer, Yahoo! News asked whether the termed-out mayor could be the nation’s first Latino president. Villaraigosa assured his interviewer that he has no interest in national office, but he does have another job in mind after 2013, when he will be forced from Getty House. "The job I've said to people I would like is I would like to be governor of the state of California," he said.
  • Is Antonio Villaraigosa poised to be America’s first Latino president?

    07/31/2012 5:13:21 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 24 replies
    By David Chalian, Yahoo! News ^ | 7/31/12 | By David Chalian, Yahoo! News
    [Try not to Laugh] LOS ANGELES—When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gavels the 2012 Democratic National Convention into session in Charlotte, N.C., this September, his role as prominent cheerleader for President Barack Obama will be clear. It is less clear, for now, if Villaraigosa has designs on the ultimate convention role in 2016—taking center stage to accept his party's nomination on the final night. Despite running the country's second largest city and coming from the fastest growing voting demographic in America, the mayor himself is quick to wave off talk of a presidential run...
  • Police Union Sues LAPD Over Car Impound Reprieve for Illegal Aliens

    04/19/2012 8:32:32 PM PDT · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-20-2012 | John Hill
    Above: Sanctuary City Clowns Villaraigosa and Beck - putting the needs of illegals aliens above public safety. by John HillStand With Arizona Finally, a voice of sanity has emerged to stand against the madness that is America's Sanctuary City - Los Angeles. The Police Protective League (PPL) - the union that represents Los Angeles police officers - has sued the city and Police Chief Charlie Beck this week over his disgraceful new policy that allows illegal alien unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded for 30 days - as California state law mandates.We profiled Beck's announcement...
  • Doug McIntyre: Tony an NYC hit; big flop at home

    03/06/2012 9:51:53 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Doug McIntyre
    Like a beautiful butterfly emerging from his cocoon, a remarkable political metamorphosis is taking place right before our eyes. You won't see this on the Nature Channel; instead you have to watch the savants on CNN and MSNBC to witness Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa transform from a "Failure," as Los Angeles Magazine called him in 2009, into a statesman. From their offices high above New York's Sixth Avenue the editors of Time Magazine have also discovered mayoral virtues invisible from Ventura Boulevard. Adam Nagourney of The New York Times gave "Tony the Butterfly" two thumbs up, claiming, "His record is substantial...
  • Taxpayer Money Used To Maintain Million-Dollar Yacht

    02/09/2012 8:25:31 AM PST · by SZonian · 11 replies
    CBS Channel 2 ^ | 6 February, 2012 | David Goldstein
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — With the city going broke you may be surprised to find out that Los Angeles is the proud owner of a million dollar yacht and it is about to undergo hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations at taxpayer expense. As the head of the Port of Los Angeles raced down the hall, they tried to block our camera and dodged our questions, not wanting to talk about a yacht owned by the port, which is a city agency. But the mayor said that it is not what we think. “It’s not a yacht. It’s a...
  • Mayor Villaraigosa: Occupy L.A. 'cannot continue indefinitely'

    10/26/2011 5:56:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Kate Linthicum
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that the Occupy Los Angeles encampment outside City Hall "cannot continue indefinitely" and has asked city officials to draft restrictions limiting when people are allowed on city property. "I respect the protesters' right to peacefully assemble and express their views," Villaraigosa said. "City officials have been in a continuous and open dialogue with the organizers of Occupy L.A. However, the protesters must respect city laws and regulations, and while they have been allowed to camp on City Hall lawns, that cannot continue indefinitely." A spokeswoman for the mayor said he has also instructed city officials...
  • Los Angeles Mayor Targets California Tax Law in ‘Grand Bargain’

    08/17/2011 9:16:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 47 replies
    Businessweek ^ | August 17, 2011 | James Nash and Christopher Palmeri
    Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed dismantling California’s Proposition 13, which helped begin a nationwide anti-tax movement, in favor of a “grand bargain” that would boost levies on business property. The Democrat who leads California’s largest city called on Governor Jerry Brown not to shrink from making sweeping changes in state tax laws that Villaraigosa, 58, said could produce as much as $36 billion a year in new revenue. Villaraigosa urged the removal of Proposition 13’s limits on commercial-property assessments while retaining its cap for homes. The mayor said boosting tax revenue in the most-populous state...
  • More, More, More

    08/17/2011 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | August 16, 2011 | Staff
    California: Taking a break from leading his city down the path of economic decline, the mayor of Los Angeles lectures the state on how to squeeze more tax revenue out of business. Given his track record, Antonio Villaraigosa hardly seems the one to give advice on how to get California moving again. His city, where he's been chief executive for six years, has been a drag on the state. Its jobless rate (13.9% in 2010) puts it at No. 44 worst among the nation's 50 largest cities. But to this mayor, leading a once-booming city deeper into decline must be...
  • Villaraigosa calls for overhaul of Proposition 13

    08/16/2011 3:43:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/16/11 | Dan Walters
    In what could be an initial foray into statewide politics, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for a renewal of progressive politics in California in the nation, including an overhaul of the state's iconic limit on property taxes, Proposition 13. "Progressives have to start thinking - and acting - big again," Villaraigosa declared in prepared remarks for the Sacramento Press Club, to counteract anti-tax and anti-government drives by the Tea Party and other conservative blocs. "If the Tea Party in Washington and their counterparts here in Sacramento are intent on pitching jobs overboard in the mindless pursuit of ideology...
  • Villaraigosa Ignores Outcry, Will Build 6-Foot Wall Around Mansion (Why Not For US Border?)

    07/01/2011 4:53:00 AM PDT · by drpix · 31 replies
    CBSlosangeles ^ | 6/30/11 | staff
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Despite the objections of his neighbors, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered city officials to proceed with a plan to erect a six-foot wall around the mayor’s mansion. The wall — which would flank the sides of Getty House in Hancock Park — recently drew the ire of local residents in February when Villaraigosa filed a request for a local variance that prohibits any fencing that exceeds 42 inches in height. A proposed design for the wall includes “embedded” security features...
  • Speakers seek halt in deportations

    05/29/2011 9:02:06 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Updated: 05/29/2011 | Kevin Modesti
    VAN NUYS - Immigration activists, officeholders and Christian leaders rallied at a San Fernando Valley church on Saturday, renewing angry calls for President Barack Obama to order a halt of deportations they say shatter the families of legal U.S. residents. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and immigration-reform proponent Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., were among the speakers at La Iglesia en la Camino (The Church on the Way) in what was billed as a bipartisan town-hall meeting. "When communities are terrorized by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children...
  • Mayor Villaraigosa agrees to pay $42,000 ethics fine for accepting free tickets ..

    04/01/2011 8:14:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/1/11 | David Zahniser
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has agreed to pay nearly $42,000 in fines to resolve state and city investigations into his practice of accepting tickets to sports events, concerts and pricey entertainment activities without reporting them as gifts, officials said Friday. In a pact drafted by officials with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and the city Ethics Commission, Villaraigosa admitted that he failed to report free tickets to 34 events during his first five years in office, including Los Angeles Lakers games and concerts at such venues as Gibson Amphitheater. Villaraigosa faced a maximum fine of more than $167,000...
  • Villaraigosa Fights For Taller Walls Around Mayor’s Mansion

    02/25/2011 11:25:56 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | February 25, 2011 | CBSlocal.com
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) —Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked for approval for a six-foot-wall around the Getty House, the mayor’s official residence in Windsor Square, according to city documents. But at least one planning official was “caught off guard” by Villaraigosa’s request for increased security around the taxpayer-owned property. The mayor’s office filed its request on Feb. 2 for a variance to city bylaws with plans to erect a security wall around the property at 605 S. Irving Blvd. Officials say the wall’s design includes “embedded” security features that will save taxpayer money by cutting costs for security staffing. Initially, the...
  • LAPD Special Order 40 lawsuit dismissed

    06/25/2008 12:04:18 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 402+ views
    ABC-TV Los Angeles ^ | June 25, 2008 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the LAPD's controversial Special Order 40, which directs officers not to ask arrestees about their immigration status. The city of Los Angeles and the ACLU had asked the judge to dismiss the suit.
  • The Siege of Los Angeles

    04/21/2008 5:39:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 61 replies · 497+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 04/21/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is off his rocker. This weekend residents of Los Angeles waited with bated breath to hear the State of the City Speech from the mayor. Most Angelenos looked forward to seeing the Mayor once again since it had been while: in the wake of a sex scandal he had all but permanently relocated to the Hillary Clinton campaign bus for the last year and a half. Most residents already knew the State of the City: the City of Angels had become a much harder, more violent place what with the recent murder of Jamiel Shaw...
  • CA: LA mayor makes rare campaign stop for Hillary Clinton (Villaraigosa's Iowa stealth visit)

    12/03/2007 5:31:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 109+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/3/07 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slipped quietly out of the city last week to campaign in Iowa for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a rare public foray into presidential politics since his marital meltdown dominated front pages last summer. Clinton made a splash in May when she snagged the Democratic mayor's endorsement, and even former President Bill Clinton was called in to help lock up Villaraigosa's support. The New York senator said at the time that Villaraigosa, one of the nation's most prominent Hispanic politicians, would be "reaching out to a broad range of voters across the country." In other states prominent supporters...
  • LA mayor and wife separate

    06/08/2007 7:31:28 PM PDT · by granite · 81 replies · 1,951+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/8/07 | UPI
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday he will be moving out of his official residence next week because of a split with his wife. While Corina Villaraigosa remains temporarily in Getty House with the couple's two teenage children, the mayor will return to the home the couple left after his election, The Los Angeles Times reported. "Each of us loves our children more than anything in the world, and we are committed to working together for their benefit," the mayor said in a statement announcing that he and his wife are separating after...
  • L.A. mayor's smooth ride has gotten bumpier

    06/02/2007 5:56:40 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 4 replies · 464+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | June 1,2007 | Duke Helfand
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa soared through his first year in office on a wave of public support that made him a daunting political force almost destined for higher office. But a recent rough patch has raised questions about whether he has lost some of that early luster. The courts snubbed Villaraigosa's plan to gain significant control over Los Angeles public schools. Chicago inched out L.A. for a chance to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. A police riot squad beat immigrant-rights marchers and journalists in MacArthur Park last month, prompting the mayor to cut short a highly promoted...
  • 'Living wage' for LAX hotel staffs blocked

    05/05/2007 7:31:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1,385+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2007 | Joe Mathews and Steve Hymon
    A judge Friday delivered a stinging rebuke to Los Angeles' labor and political leadership, barring the city from enforcing a ballyhooed new ordinance that would have extended the city's "living wage" protections to workers at hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. The eight-page order by Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe went far beyond merely blocking a law that had been considered a point of pride for the city's powerful labor interests. As a practical matter, Yaffe dealt a political defeat to the City Council, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the union that championed the law. During a yearlong political and...
  • Planned Parenthood Heroes [LA Mayor honored by PP]

    04/03/2007 7:54:01 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 24 replies · 787+ views
    Planned Parenthood Heroes LA mayor honored by local and national Planned Parenthood groups for helping defeat parental notification initiative; UFW’s Dolores Huerta also given award Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who describes himself as a “Catholic,” was given Planned Parenthood’s “Hero Award” on Friday, March 30, for his role in the defeat of Proposition 85, the Parents’ Right to Know and Child Protection Initiative. “The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, mayor of the City of Los Angeles, was honored with the Planned Parenthood Hero Award for his support of Planned Parenthood’s mission and contribution to the defeat in November of Prop....
  • LA judge delays living wage law enactment after hotels' challenge

    03/01/2007 9:24:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Los Angeles (AP) -- A Superior Court judge blocked a new law extending the city's "living wage" law to workers at airport-area hotels from taking effect until May at the earliest. Wednesday's ruling came in response to a challenge filed by seven of the 12 hotels that would be required to pay all workers $10.64 an hour including health benefits under a law signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
  • CA: Antonio trade-off with Arnold?

    10/14/2006 11:38:28 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 447+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 10/13/2006 | TONY CASTRO
    Did Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Democrats' rising political star, sell out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides? Literally? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's little-noticed appointment of Villaraigosa's sister to a $149,160-a-year judgeship on the Los Angeles County Superior Court has some Democratic Party loyalists accusing the mayor of a familial financial gain in what they say is his failure to aggressively support Angelides. Mary Lou Villar, 52, the mayor's younger sister, who goes by Villaraigosa's original name, was appointed to the judgeship in April. Villar, a Democrat who resides in Alhambra, is a former legal-aid attorney who had worked for the past 15...
  • The Nuńez-Villaraigosa factor. Tsunami forming? The GOP/conservative mood grows optimistic

    06/28/2006 8:43:14 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 14 replies · 932+ views
    California Public Policy Foundation ^ | June 28, 2006 | William E. Saracino
    I attended a social event last weekend, at which the guests were Republican/ conservative activists of varying degrees of intensity. Among the attendees were a current Southern California congressman, a former GOP state chairman, a couple of GOP nominees for statewide offices, a couple of county chairmen, some technician types, a few finance committee types, and so on. I tell you this not to drop names (as I told Lady Thatcher a few weeks ago, I simply hate name droppers ... ahem) but rather to give you a feel for the kind of folks who were there, necessary to understand...
  • L.A. mayor picks NFL talks over immigrant boycott

    04/29/2006 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 61 replies · 1,183+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/29/05 | Aarthi Sivaraman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in the modern era, will skip huge pro-immigration rallies planned for Monday to meet with pro football officials in Dallas, leaving organizers feeling like "a ship without a captain." Oscar Sanchez, an organizer of the Great American Boycott in Los Angeles, said the mayor's office previously told the group he would speak at a downtown Los Angeles rally on Monday -- then backed out. Instead, the mayor will be in Dallas speaking with National Football League officials about the possibility of bringing a team back to Los Angeles. Activists...
  • Mexican lawmakers will travel to Los Angeles to support immigrant protests

    04/28/2006 12:26:22 PM PDT · by bordergal · 93 replies · 1,868+ views
    SignonSanDiego.com ^ | 4/27/2006 | Ioan Grillo
    MEXICO CITY – Mexican lawmakers issued a declaration of support for immigrant protests planned in the United States on Monday and said they will send a delegation to Los Angeles to show their solidarity. The declaration, issued late Thursday by all the political parties in the lower house of Congress, contrasts with the position of Mexico's Foreign Department, which has said it will discipline any consular officials who take part in the protests. The delegation of lawmakers will meet with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it said in a news release from Congress. “The only thing we are looking for...
  • Governor embraces L.A. mayor's plan for school control

    04/19/2006 9:24:30 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 415+ views
    AP - San Diego Union Tribune ^ | April 19, 2006 | Michael R. Blood
    LOS ANGELES – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday embraced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school takeover plan, giving the mayor a highly visible ally in his drive to gain control of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Mayor Villaraigosa has shown bold leadership,” the Republican governor told reporters in Sacramento. “This is exactly the kind of thing that ought to be done. “I am 100 percent behind him on this and if there's a bill that comes down here, I will sign that,” Schwarzenegger said. “We want to help him in that move, because we all know that it is inexcusable that...
  • Schwarzenegger Names Four to Los Angeles Superior Court (incl Villaraigosa's sister)

    04/21/2006 11:36:11 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 1,586+ views
    Metropolitan News-Enterprise ^ | April 21, 2006 | KENNETH OFGANG
    Schwarzenegger Names Four to Los Angeles Superior CourtRiverside Jurist Nominated to Succeed Justice Ward on Fourth District Court of Appeal Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named three local attorneys and an administrative law judge to fill vacancies on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Administrative Law Judge Mary Lou Villar, civil litigators Steven D. Blades and Juan Carlos Dominguez, and former federal prosecutor Ray G. Jurado, now with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, would succeed one judge who died and three who retired. The governor yesterday also nominated Riverside Superior Court Judge Douglas Miller as...
  • Villaraigosa Irked That He, Bush Haven't Met (Whine alert)

    02/11/2006 12:36:41 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 47 replies · 963+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 11, 2006 | Steve Hymon
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's frustration at not being told personally by the White House about the details of the reported terror plot against the city's tallest building stems from a greater annoyance: Nearly 7 1/2 months after taking office, Villaraigosa said Friday that he still has not succeeded in speaking or meeting with President Bush. Villaraigosa said that his office contacted the White House on two occasions last summer to set up meetings with Bush when the mayor was traveling to Washington, but that the White House turned down both. (snip) Dana Perino, a White House press secretary, said...
  • L.A. Mayor Blindsided by Bush Announcement

    02/09/2006 1:31:15 PM PST · by Thanatos · 159 replies · 4,733+ views
    AP Wires ^ | 2-9-2006 | AP Wire
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent." "I'm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels," the mayor told The Associated Press. "I don't expect a call from the president _ but somebody." Bush has referred to the 2002 plot before but he publicly filled in the details Thursday. Bush said Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of...
  • LA Mayor derides White House in Spanish-language speech ("America can do better,")

    01/31/2006 8:28:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,084+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/31/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in a nationally televised Spanish-language speech, faulted the White House Tuesday for policies he said pushed more Americans into poverty and failed to address a crisis in education. "America can do better," the mayor said in response to President Bush's State of the Union address. "Under this administration, 4 million people have fallen from the working class into the ranks of the poor," the mayor said. "Six million children are on the verge of failing out of school and 11 million Americans can't read a bus schedule or fill out a job application....
  • Prominent political consultant admits molesting LA boys (An adviser to Gray Davis!)

    11/17/2005 5:42:51 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 829+ views
    KESQ.com ^ | 11/17/05 | AP
    LOS ANGELES A consultant to top state Democratic leaders has admitted that he molested two brothers while working at a Y-M-C-A more than 30 years ago. John Robert Stevens was an adviser to former Governor Gray Davis and Assembly speakers Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah), Herb Wesson and Fabian Nunez. In April, he testified in a deposition for a lawsuit accusing the Y-M-C-A of Metropolitan Los Angeles of failing to protect the boys from Stevens' abuse. He admitted he fondled and masturbated the brothers, who were then 13 and 10, when he was youth director of the Rio Vista Y-M-C-A in South...
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenges L.A.: 'Dream with me'

    07/02/2005 9:58:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,392+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/2/05 | Rick Orlov and Beth Barrett
    Calling on Los Angeles to renew its dreams and work with him to meet the challenges of making the streets safer, the schools better and the air cleaner, Antonio Ramo Villaraigosa was sworn in Friday as the city's 41st mayor and the first Latino mayor since 1872. With more than 5,000 officials and residents packed onto the South Lawn of City Hall, Villaraigosa promised to work to bring the city together and urged the public to think big about how the city can become a world leader. "Let's swear a common oath today. Let's make Los Angeles a city of...
  • CA: Student violence breaks out at Taft HS (LA Mayor Villar's first race riot)

    05/18/2005 3:29:13 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 26 replies · 1,540+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 5/18/05 | Josh Kleinbaum
    WOODLAND HILLS - A series of fights broke out today at Taft High School ahead of a scheduled visit by Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa, and school officials disputing claims by parents and students who said the brawls appeared racially motivated. As many as 17 patrol cars and an LAPD helicopter were dispatched to the Ventura Boulevard campus about 10 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. Taft Principal Sharon Thomas said there were three separate fights among ninth-graders lining up to take standardized tests in a multi-purpose room. Six students were detained for questioning and the others were sent to...
  • Antonio Villaraigosa Elected L.A. Mayor

    05/18/2005 1:04:53 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 277 replies · 7,247+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | May 18, 2005 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    LOS ANGELES - Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa unseated Mayor James Hahn on Tuesday to become the city's first Hispanic mayor in more than a century, confirming the rising political power of Latinos in the nation's second-largest city.After a lackluster term tainted by corruption allegations at City Hall, Hahn was turned out of office in favor of a high school dropout and son of the barrio who turned his life around to become speaker of the California Assembly and then a member of the Los Angeles City Council.With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Villaraigosa had 202,861 votes, or 59 percent, to 140,416...