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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 / ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told 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...
  • Head of L.A.’s water and power utility steps down

    10/02/2009 1:07:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies · 790+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Oct. 2, 2009 | Phil Willon
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's top executive, H. David Nahai, has resigned from the agency effective immediately, the mayor's office announced this morning. In a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Nahai said he was leaving to take a position as an advisor to former President Clinton's climate initiative. Nahai had served two years as a DWP commissioner before Villaraigosa elevated him to the post of chief executive and general manager in 2007. Ever since, he had been under fire from an array of forces. He drew strong criticism from the head of the powerful International Brotherhood of...
  • Union Port of Call--Congress may abet a Teamsters takeover.

    09/16/2009 10:54:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 689+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2009 | Editorial
    President Obama gave a corker of a campaign speech yesterday at the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, promising to deliver on his promise to ease the rules for union organizing. If you want to know what this means in action, consider the current Teamsters play to control California ports. The dispute concerns the Clean Truck Program announced in 2007 by the Port of Los Angeles to ban the dirtiest trucks from carrying port cargo. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, seized on the program as an opportunity to help his Teamster friends. Current law doesn't let the Teamsters organize...
  • Heavily Sleeping Mayor Snoozes Through Law Breaking

    08/28/2009 9:15:44 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies · 751+ views ^ | 08/26/09 | Joel Grover and Matt Goldberg
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- apparently a heavy sleeper -- was on the defensive Wednesday about why he's been violating the city's watering law. At a news conference celebrating the city's reduction in water use, the mayor said his home's sprinklers were in use during illegal times because of a glitch in the system. "Thank you for alerting me to this issue," Villaraigosa said Wednesday. The mayor told NBC4's Joel Grover that he was unable to hear the sprinklers because he's a heavy sleeper.
  • LA Unified School District chooses private-sector competition (Blind Pig alert!)

    08/26/2009 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the nation’s largest and most troubled school districts finally got desperate enough to try something new to rescue its schools: private-sector competition. The Los Angeles Unified School District approved a plan to turn 250 of its schools to the private sector for management as charter schools, after winning a battle with the teachers union. Union officials threatened to take the school district to court, while Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa practically dared them to try
  • Villaraigosa-joins-rally-in-support-of-schools-resolution

    08/25/2009 2:37:17 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 1 replies · 279+ views
    LA Times ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | Jason Song, Howard Blume
    Villaraigosa joins rally in support of schools resolution August 25, 2009 |  2:12 pm Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa added his voice to a rally in support of a plan to give charter schools access to 50 new schools scheduled to open over the next four years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Villaraigosa spoke outside district headquarters before a crowd of at least 2,000 charter-school parents and supporters who drove or were bused in for the occasion. Most wore light blue shirts emblazoned with the slogan: “My Child, My Choice.”“We’re here today to stand up for our children,” Villaraigosa...
  • LAT: A California constitutional convention for all

    08/23/2009 12:38:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,819+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/23/09 | Editorial
    It was a town hall, certainly, but without the sense of chaos, the hint of danger, that we've come to associate with the words "town hall" in recent weeks. No gun-toting patriots, no dark portents of tyranny. No energy, in fact, at least not at the start of things. It was a blazing July morning, a Saturday, and several hundred people were clustered around tables in a subterranean conference room at USC. They were talking about overthrowing the government, and trying to stay awake. It was taking awhile for the coffee to kick in. ... "A small group of extremists...
  • L.A. mayor's chief counsel tapped to lead MALDEF

    07/15/2009 10:51:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 319+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/15/09 | Phil Willon
    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...
  • Los Angeles will end use of coal-fired power (by 2020 - prices expected to rise)

    07/04/2009 2:59:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,836+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/02/09 | Bernie Woodall
    Los Angeles will end use of coal-fired powerThu Jul 2, 2009 4:33pm EDT By Bernie Woodall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles will eliminate the use of electricity made from coal by 2020, replacing it with power from cleaner renewable energy sources, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. Consumers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest city-owned utility in the United States with 1.45 million electricity customers, will see higher power bills in the fight against climate change, he added in his inaugural speech for his second four-year term as mayor on Wednesday. California does not have any...
  • Villaraigosa not running for governor

    06/22/2009 2:33:07 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 31 replies · 558+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/22/09 | Josh Kraushaar
    Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that he will not running for governor of California, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this afternoon. He said he made up his decision “for a long time” but waited until now to make an official announcement. “I can’t leave this city in the middle of a crisis. This was an agonizing decision," Villaraigosa said. “I was re-elected by the people of the city, they’ve given me the honor of a second term. I feel compelled to complete the promise I made to them.” In 2005, Villaraigosa became the first Hispanic mayor of...
  • Mayor Don Juan Villaraigosa

    06/02/2009 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Welcome2thejungle · 3 replies · 372+ views
    June 2, 2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    Back in the day Angelenos seemed to have a preference for nondescript business-like mayors who kept a relatively low profile and were soft spoken such as Mayors Jim Hahn, Richard Riordan, and Tom Bradley. Now we're stuck with a narcissistic, egomaniac, skirt chasing, ambitious little caudillo who with a penchant for young reporters and news anchors. His first fling was with a young hot tamale reporter working for a Spanish language television station. Mirthala Salinas's job was to cover the mayor. She certainly did. The little caudillo's fling with her cost him his marriage. His wife forgave him once one...
  • L.A. mayor is dating local newscaster

    06/02/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies · 1,372+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/02/09 | Phil Willon
    A Los Angeles television reporter is dating Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, about two years after his extramarital affair with another local newscaster led to the breakup of his 20-year marriage. KTLA-TV Channel 5 reporter Lu Parker, a former Miss U.S.A., has been dating Villaraigosa since March, station officials confirmed Monday. On Sunday, while working as a weekend anchor, Parker announced a story about the likelihood of Villaraigosa running for governor in 2010. "Now that we're aware of the relationship, she will no longer be covering local politics," said KTLA-TV news director Jason Ball, who defended the journalist's ethics but declined to...
  • Doug McIntyre: How a Failed Mayor Can Win ( Los Angeles )

    05/27/2009 8:32:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 505+ views
    Daily News ^ | 05/26/2009 | Doug McIntyre
    FROM the time we are little kids and see that first big red "F" scrawled across the top of a quiz, we try to steer clear of failure. Failure is personal - which is why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa must be very unhappy these days. A trip to the grocery store or even his beloved LAX newsstands will be joyless for the entire month of June, thanks to Ed Leibowitz and those killjoys at Los Angeles Magazine. "Failure" is the headline plastered on the cover of the latest issue. Right there in big letters across the mayor's body, an epitaph to...
  • (Los Angeles) Mayor To Sacramento: Keep Your Mitts Off Our Money

    05/25/2009 4:07:39 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies · 809+ views
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a message for Sacramento: hands off my dough. The mayor plans a high- profile lobbying trip to the state capitol Tuesday to protest potential confiscation of local government money by the nearly-bankrupt state government. Villaraigosa will be joined by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego and Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana. Villaraigosa's office said Monday that one state proposal to partly fill a $21.3 billion budget deficit would divert 8 percent of local government revenues to the state, which would reduce the Los Angeles general fund by $68 million. The...
  • Los Angeles Magazine cover grades Villaraigosa: "Failure"

    05/22/2009 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 1,038+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/22/9 | Peter Hecht
    If Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa does decide to run for governor - as many expect he will - he won't be using the cover of the latest issue of Los Angeles Magazine for his campaign launch. Emblazoned across a cover photo of a nattily dressed Villaraigosa is a giant headline: "Failure."
  • Villaraigosa Calls On City Council To Declare A Fiscal Emergency [Dismantle Public Ed Now!]

    05/12/2009 9:21:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 870+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 12th 2009
    Villaraigosa calls on City Council to declare a fiscal emergency In light of L.A.'s $529-million budget deficit, the mayor seeks the authority to layoff and furlough thousands of city workers. The council is to consider the matter later this week. By Phil Willon May 12, 2009 With Los Angeles facing a $529-million budget deficit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday urged the City Council to declare a fiscal emergency that would grant him the authority to layoff and furlough thousands of city workers. The request signals a more hard-line tack by the mayor to win salary and benefit concessions from the...
  • Villaraigosa asks council to declare fiscal emergency

    05/13/2009 12:12:07 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 560+ views
    Posted: 05/12/2009 08:20:23 PM PDT Warning that Los Angeles could run out of cash this winter, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked the City Council on Tuesday to declare a state of fiscal emergency, which would allow the city to impose furloughs and layoffs on its 40,000-member work force without union consent. The move, believed to be unprecedented in the city's history, comes as Los Angeles struggles to close a $530 million deficit in the mayor's proposed $7 billion budget. The gap could grow to $1 billion next year. "The gravity of the fiscal emergency that we face is enormous," Villaraigosa wrote...
  • Villaraigosa pension board appointees quit in SEC inquiry (NY pension fund blowback? 'kickbacks')

    05/07/2009 7:31:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,226+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/7/09 | David Zahniser
    Two of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees to a city pension board resigned today, one month after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking them to identify income they had received from companies doing business with their agency. Sean Harrigan and Elliott Broidy, two members of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions board, were asked to provide information to the SEC, which is investigating allegations of kickbacks at a New York state pension fund. Appearing at today's board meeting, Harrigan said the inquiry had created "a frenzy of media activity" that had placed him in...
  • CA: There's lots of hope in mayor's budget (Villaraigosa)

    05/04/2009 9:02:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 432+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 5/4/09 | Rick Orlov
    There is a unique dance that always surrounds the Los Angeles city budget. But this year it appears to be one where the music is off-key and the dancers are bumping into one another. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his $7.04 billion budget on April 20 and it was immediately branded as an "I hope" budget as in: "I hope the unions will agree to cutbacks. I hope revenues come in as projected. I hope for an improving economy." For instance, the mayor's plan to bring in $80 million from public-private partnerships is running into trouble with the City Council's Budget...
  • L.A. to partner with 3 universities on clean technology (compete for climate change institute)

    04/16/2009 10:30:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/16/09 | Maeve Reston
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a partnership Wednesday with three local universities aimed at positioning the city to compete for hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for clean technology research and a proposed state institute to study climate change. The partnership with Caltech, UCLA and USC is part of the agenda Villaraigosa outlined in his State of the City speech Tuesday to lure and retain companies that focus on green endeavors such as solar, wind, battery and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. Villaraigosa said the CleanTech LA alliance, which also includes the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business...
  • "Guess" Who's Running for Governor (Guess Jeans Co-Founder Georges Marciano)

    04/13/2009 9:46:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,270+ views
    Georges Marciano, a co-founder of the Guess clothing empire, is the latest person seeking to become governor of California. The one-time fashion magnate's paperwork was recorded on Monday with the secretary of state's office, allowing him to run as an independent in 2010, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is termed out. The 62-year-old Beverly Hills resident plans to campaign on a platform that focuses on exposing and eliminating political corruption and putting "the power of government back in the people's hands," said his publicist, Rod Harrell. "He doesn't really want to be tied into the same old good-old-boys network," Harrell said....
  • CA: Antonio, Baca back Arnold's props for May ballot

    04/11/2009 4:20:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 413+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4/11/09 | Rick Orlov
    Arguing that the short-term pain of increased taxes is worth the long-term gain of permanent budget reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger picked up some major Los Angeles endorsements for a raft of ballot propositions designed to rescue state finances. "One of the most important things on issues is to get local political leaders, law enforcement leaders and business leaders to support us," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference staged at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and Chamber President Gary Toebben announced their support for the six measures on the May 19 special election...
  • California jobs go to those with connections (politicos rewarding "their own", read on)

    03/27/2009 9:05:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 443+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/27/09 | Patrick McGreevy
    Unemployment in California may be at its highest since 1983, but there are jobs with the state Legislature for the well-connected. Yolie Flores Aguilar, a longtime friend and political ally of some powerful California Democrats, last year supplemented her income as vice president of the Los Angeles school board with more than $32,000 as a consultant assigned to a state Senate committee that, during her tenure, did not meet or release any reports. State Sen. Rod Wright (D-Inglewood) was paid at least $27,900 by the state Senate last year for miscellaneous tasks as he was campaigning for his current job....
  • Solar energy proposal goes down to defeat (in Los Angeles)

    03/20/2009 7:28:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 430+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | David Zahniser
    The solar energy ballot measure known as Measure B went down to defeat Thursday as Los Angeles election officials finished their count of the remaining 49,000 mail-in, provisional and damaged ballots. Sixteen days after the election, city officials announced that Measure B had fallen short of a majority -- with 50.5% of voters opposing the plan and 49.5% in favor of it. The final count left Measure B trailing by 2,644 votes. The defeat dealt a blow to the hopes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who had spent $145,000 from a campaign committee on behalf of the measure and appeared in...
  • L.A. mayor leads delegation to D.C. (Villaraigosa,"shovel ready", in search of $6.8 Billion)

    03/10/2009 9:47:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 384+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/10/09 | Rick Orlov
    Carrying a wish list for more federal funding and a message about the economic clout of Southern California, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and 230 business and civic leaders will launch a lobbying assault today on Washington, D.C. Leading the Access Washington trip taken annually by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Villaraigosa plans to use his access to the Obama administration to push for a bigger chunk of the federal economic stimulus package. Villaraigosa has traveled to the nation's capital three other times in the last months to meet with federal officials about funding for Los Angeles. "The mayor is...
  • Mayor of Los Angeles Wins a Second Term (Viva La Raza!)

    03/04/2009 5:36:05 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 33 replies · 2,372+ views
    ap ^ | March 4, 2009 | ap
    LOS ANGELES -- The mayor of Los Angeles easily won re-election after a bumpy first term in the nation's second-largest city, fueling speculation that he will be among contenders next year to succeed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the first Hispanic mayor in more than a century, was rewarded Tuesday with a second, four-year trip to City Hall despite an uneven first term that saw the breakup of his marriage and the defeat of his signature plan to reform city schools.
  • Eve of Justice Candlelight Demonstrations Planned for Prop 8 (Against - Gaystapo Alert)

    03/03/2009 3:53:51 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 606+ views ^ | 3 March 2009 | some faggot persumably
    Eve of Justice Candlelight Demonstrations Planned for Prop 8 This Wednesday, March 4th, Eve of Justice will hold candlelight demonstrations in cities across the state of California in solidarity against the passing of Proposition 8. The event will fall on the evening before the California Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the validity of Prop 8. In Los Angeles, the demonstration will be held at 5:30 PM on Olvera Street, Downtown LA. MC’s will be Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Lisa Powell. Also expected to attend is Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal, who will be arguing before the Supreme Court...
  • Report: Thomas Saenz to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division

    02/24/2009 6:04:53 PM PST · by RightWingConspirator · 5 replies · 653+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog ^ | February 24, 2009 | Ashby Jones
    This just in: The Los Angeles Daily Journal is reporting that President Obama has tapped Thomas Saenz to head the civil rights division at the Department of Justice. Saenz, 42, the former vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles, is currently serving as counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ... Civil rights attorneys and academics in southern California praised the choice. “I don’t think the president or attorney general could make a better selection,” said Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. “He’s a throwback to the...
  • Mayoral challengers attack incumbent Villaraigosa

    02/24/2009 3:11:00 PM PST · by AreaMan · 6 replies · 526+ views
    L.A. Daily News ^ | 23 Feb 2009 | Jerry Berrios
    Mayoral challengers attack incumbent Villaraigosa By Jerry Berrios, Staff Writer Updated: 02/23/2009 05:29:15 AM PST TUJUNGA - As election season winds down, five of the nine candidates hoping to dethrone Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took some jabs at the well-financed incumbent at a mayoral forum in Tujunga Sunday afternoon. Sunday's forum was yet another debate at which the mayor was a no-show. During a recent editorial board meeting with the Daily News, Villaraigosa said his campaign would focus on his achievements and he would not debate the mayoral challengers. On Sunday morning, Villaraigosa did attend a meeting of San Fernando...
  • Pastor Rick Warren headlines L.A.'s Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

    02/15/2009 10:01:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 439+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/15/09 | Margot Roosevelt
    Evangelical minister Rick Warren brought a message of unity and civility to some 1,400 people who attended the city's annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, avoiding mention of his opposition to gay marriage and abortion. Warren, pastor of Orange County's Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling "The Purpose Driven Life," acknowledged that "sometimes I'm a little controversial." But as in his recent invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration, he preached on the universal themes of God's love and service to the poor. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was less circumspect, acknowledging his support of gay marriage and "a woman's right to...
  • Analysis calls ambitious L.A. solar plan 'extremely risky' (and more costly)

    12/19/2008 8:30:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 694+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/19/08 | David Zahniser
    When members of the Los Angeles City Council agreed last month to put an ambitious solar energy plan on the March 3 ballot, they talked effusively about their desire for cleaner air and "green" technology jobs -- the kind that could boost the economy during a recession. What they didn't discuss was an analysis by a city-hired consulting firm that called the solar plan "extremely risky" and considerably more expensive than was being portrayed by the Department of Water and Power. Measure B, which calls for unionized DWP workers to install solar panels on rooftops and parking lots across the...