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  • Villaraigosa call officers who fatally shot man 'heroes'

    09/09/2010 10:52:54 PM PDT · by UncleHambone · 27 replies
    Losa ANgeles Wave ^ | September 9, 2010 | Wire Services
    Los Angeles police who confronted and fatally shot an apparently drunk man with a knife who was threatening a pregnant woman and her child is a hero, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asserted Wednesday. The mayor also defended police Chief Charlie Beck, who was shouted down at a community meeting meant to calm residents in the neighborhood where the officer-involved shooting occurred Sunday afternoon near MacArthur Park. Protesters have taken to the streets in anger three nights in a row — setting fires, dumping garbage and throwing rocks and bottles at police — since an LAPD bicycle patrol officer shot and killed...
  • Mayor Villaraigosa: 'Go home, Texas oil companies!'

    09/02/2010 12:18:03 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | September 1, 2010 | 1:49 pm | Margot Roosevelt
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday rebuked Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., which operate refineries in Wilmington, for bankrolling a measure that would effectively scuttle the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. "Go home, Texas oil companies," Villaraigosa urged at a news conference aimed at encouraging voters to oppose Proposition 23, a November ballot initiative to suspend California's 2006 climate change law until the state's unemployment rate drops. "We won't compromise our environmental and health standards so you can make more money," he said. The sharp tone was an early indication of the battle expected over the measure, which...
  • My Bizarre Mayor Villaraigosa Experience Explained by ‘LA Weekly’?

    06/26/2010 11:16:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    big hollywood ^ | 6/26/10 | John Nolte
    Descending via u-haul from the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live in this one-story ghetto some call Los Angeles was supposed to be only a three-year crisis of middle age, not eight and counting. And so here we are and we do try to make the best of things with some of the unique events only a Hollywood can offer. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks ago my life peaked at the American Cinematheque after exchanging a few words with Pam Grier (male heterosexuals will want to click that link) before a big screen...
  • Los Angeles Mayor May Have Major IRS Problem

    06/25/2010 8:35:06 AM PDT · by Kozman · 40 replies
    News that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa received as much as $100,000 in free tickets to various sports and other events, but either lost or threw away the documentation detailing who gave him the tickets and why, could be a major tax problem for the mayor. Tax accountants I spoke to suggest that more than likely the Mayor should have reported the free tickets as income on his tax reforms...
  • Mystery surrounds Villaraigosa's duties at free-ticket events [L.A. mayor]

    06/24/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | David Zahniser
    At the heart of the current controversy involving free tickets at Los Angeles City Hall, one question stands out: If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended big-time entertainment events because he was conducting city business, why did he not keep better records of those public duties? For weeks, Villaraigosa has argued that he appeared in an official capacity at dozens of concerts, sporting events and awards shows since 2005, from sitting in box seats at Dodger Stadium to attending a 2007 performance by R&B singer Mary J. Blige at L.A. Live. Those duties, he said, exempted him from the law that would...
  • LAPD pushes for exemption of Ariz. boycott [red stoplight cameras]

    06/22/2010 1:09:09 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 28 replies
    abc7 ^ | June 21, 2010 | Melissa McBride
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The LAPD is pushing for an exemption of the city's boycott of Arizona when it comes to a contract with a company that operates L.A.'s red-light cameras. The issue was on the council's agenda for Tuesday, but they decided to postpone discussion until Wednesday. The council has to decide whether to continue doing business with American Traffic Solutions, based in Scottsdale, or honor its pledge to boycott Arizona. The company operates red-light cameras at 32 L.A. intersections, but the city's contract with American Traffic Solutions expires at the end of June. The LAPD urges the city...
  • Arizona Boycotts Could Hit Hispanic Hospitality Workers

    05/21/2010 3:08:51 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 32 replies · 888+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2010 | Staff
    The raft of boycotts being imposed on Arizona over its immigration law could up end hitting Hispanic workers as hard as anyone. Hispanics make up a huge chunk of the state's hospitality and service sector workforce -- and with city governments and organizations pulling the plug on travel and conventions in Arizona, state officials point out that Hispanic workers stand to lose. They say it makes little sense for officials protesting the Arizona law out of concern that it would subject Hispanic immigrants to racial profiling to register their dismay by targeting the tourism industry.
  • Lights Out In L.A.?

    05/20/2010 5:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,289+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: An Arizona official asks a good question: If California wants to boycott Arizona over the way it enforces federal law, what about the electricity California gets from there? The problem with righteous indignation is that when others call you on it and tell you to put your money where your mouth is, it can cause an embarrassing leak in your hot air balloon. Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, has done just that, calling the bluff of the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Pierce wrote Villaraigosa a letter saying in essence that...
  • Los Angeles Contradicts Its Own Official Policy; Mayor Villaraigosa Supports Human Trafficking

    05/15/2010 5:45:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies · 899+ views
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNSNews.com Thursday that illegal immigration has not contributed to his city’s budget problems, but, on the contrary, that illegal immigration adds to the "economic might" of California. "In California, I think there’s a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state," said Villaraigosa. (Snip).........Daniel Nasaw, BBC News, Washington: The Los Angeles city council has voted to boycott Arizona businesses in one of the strongest moves yet against the state's new immigration law. Council members agreed to bar official travel to Arizona and avoid...
  • L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says

    05/05/2010 10:49:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1,051+ views
    Money News ^ | 05/05/10
    L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:20 PM By: Dan Weil California’s finances have deteriorated rapidly since the beginning of the financial meltdown in 2007, and now it’s really getting bad. “Los Angeles is facing a terminal fiscal crisis: between now and 2014 the city will likely declare bankruptcy,” former mayor Richard Riordan wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. “Yet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council have been either unable or unwilling to face this fact.” Riordan’s column was co-authored by Alexander Rubalcava of Rubalcava Capital Management. The basic problem: pension and...
  • Villaraigosa calls for shutting down some city departments amid budget crisis

    04/06/2010 1:47:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies · 728+ views
    LATimes ^ | 4/6/10 | Phil Willon
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for all city agencies -- except for police, other public safety and revenue-generating departments -- to close for two days a week starting April 12 because of the city's continuing budget crisis. "We have to act, and we have to act quickly," Villaraigosa said at a press conference. The mayor said he would direct the city's chief administrative officer to immediately begin planning to set the shutdown in motion
  • Dying city and state governments finally turning on their union masters and it won’t be pretty

    04/03/2010 6:16:47 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 56 replies · 1,739+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 3, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa’s chief of staff made it crystal clear: “Unions have priced themselves out of a job.” America’s big cities have come to a grim choice: the union party is over or the city is over. The costs of union pensions and healthcare coverage have officials in cash strapped cities and states confronting their union masters and demanding dramatic benefit cuts from the same unions that hold them on a leash. Memphis is looking to increase its retired employees’ healthcare premiums by around 15%. Toledo ripped $3.1 million from its fire fighters union contract. At least 17 states...
  • Cash-Poor Cities Take On Unions

    04/01/2010 7:36:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 1,520+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 1, 2010 | Conor Dougherty
    LOS ANGELES—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once organized for a teacher's union here, and later ran a branch of the American Federation of Government Employees. That makes him an unlikely advocate for cutting the benefits of the city's workers. The Union Delegate Conference in Los Angeles. But with the city facing a budget deficit that could drain its reserves by summer, Mayor Villaraigosa wants to re-open contract talks with 45,000 cops, firefighters, librarians and other city employees in hopes of persuading them to contribute more to their pensions and health-care costs. His deputy chief of staff, Matt Szabo, puts it bluntly: "Unions...
  • Showdown brewing between L.A. mayor and city attorney over layoffs

    02/05/2010 5:31:44 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 22 replies · 582+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/5/2010 | Maeve Reston at Los Angeles City Hall
    A day after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the elimination of 1,000 jobs to address the city’s budget crisis, Chief Deputy City Atty. Bill Carter wrote a memo stating the mayor does not have authority under the City Charter “on his own to order layoffs.” In the Friday memo, Carter advised employees in the office of City Atty. Carmen Trutanich that Villaraigosa lacks the power to compel city department heads to lay off employees, an opinion that puts the city's top lawyer at odds with the mayor. Trutanich has strenuously opposed City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana's proposal to eliminate...
  • L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa orders 1,000 job cuts to stem city budget crisis

    02/04/2010 5:05:23 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 11 replies · 409+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/10 | Maeve Reston, Phil Willon and David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved Thursday to eliminate 1,000 city jobs and begin planning layoffs of city employees, one day after the City Council failed to muster the votes to do so to deal with an ongoing budget crisis. “We’re living beyond our means, we have difficult choices to make, we must protect our economic future,” Villaraigosa said during a late afternoon news conference. “Unfortunately, instead of making progress, we are headed in the wrong direction. That ends today.”
  • Groundhog day a long tradition in L.A. politics

    02/03/2010 2:26:43 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Feb. 3, 2010 | Doug McIntyre
    Every year around this time the world waits with bated breath for Pennsylvania's famous furry forecaster, "Punxsutawney Phil," to emerge from his burrow and tell us if spring will arrive early, or must we endure six more weeks of winter. Granted, winter in Southern California doesn't pack the same wallop it does in Cheyenne, Wyo., but since "Punxsutawney Phil" saw his shadow, winter it will be. Not to be upstaged by Pennsylvania, Los Angeles has its own February tradition. With atomic clock-like precision, "PunkTheVoters Paul" came out of his burrow, saw his shadow, and scurried away from the city's massive...
  • Villaraigosa to Run for U.S. Senate?

    12/10/2009 11:45:16 AM PST · by americanophile · 19 replies · 594+ views
    LAist ^ | 12/10/2009 | Zach Behrens
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decided not to run for Governor this summer and media consultant Charles Feldman believes he knows why: "Many have been puzzled by his decision recently not to run for governor; I am not. That's because I think he has already begun seriously entertaining the notion of running for the US Senate," he writes on The Huffington Post. The key to this is the future of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Will she run for Governor and win? Will she retire near the age of 80 when her current term is up in 2012? Or will she go for reelection,...
  • L.A. mayor selects new housing chief from Chicago

    11/21/2009 1:54:59 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1,067+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Nov. 20, 2009 | Phil Willon
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced his selection of Douglas Guthrie to become the new general manager of the city’s Housing Department. Guthrie, a former top official at the Chicago Housing Authority, most recently worked with private ventures focused on affordable urban development and the redevelopment of old public housing into mixed-use city centers. Guthrie served for six years as president of Kimball Hill Urban Centers in Chicago, which built mixed-income affordable housing in many depressed city centers that most traditional developers would avoid, including a project with former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, one of...
  • CA: Pension board member directed funds to a firm with ties to his, documents show

    11/20/2009 10:53:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 387+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/20/09 | David Zahniser
    An appointee of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa voted two years ago to direct millions in public pension dollars to a company that invested in his own private equity fund, according to documents obtained by The Times. Elliott Broidy, chairman of Markstone Capital Partners, served until May on the Fire and Police Pensions board, which provides benefits to the city's retired police officers and firefighters. Real estate company CIM Group invested $500,000 in Markstone's private equity fund in 2004, according to an e-mail to the city's pension agency. Three years later, Broidy voted with his colleagues on the pension board...
  • Los Angeles unveils new police chief

    11/03/2009 2:40:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 976+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/3/09 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A 32-year veteran who helped clean up a corruption-plagued division of the Los Angeles Police Department was unveiled Wednesday as the city's new top cop. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the appointment of deputy chief Charlie Beck as head of the LAPD following the decision of chief William Bratton to resign earlier this year. Villaraigosa said Beck was "the right man to lead the Los Angeles Police Department at the right time." "He's a man of character and integrity. He's a police officer who is tough on crime, and he's a leader with deep respect...