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  • Herbalife Hires Antonio Villaraigosa, Preps For Battle With Latino Lawmakers Over Pyramid Scheme

    09/08/2013 3:05:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Fri., Sep. 6 2013 | Gene Maddaus
    In his retirement, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided to enter the exciting world of multi-level marketing, taking on a new role as adviser to Herbalife, the Amway of nutritional supplements. The move comes as Herbalife hires lobbyists and gears up for a battle on Capitol Hill over its business model. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the company is actually operating as a pyramid scheme. villaraigosaherbalife2.jpg Wikipedia Another silly photoshop image Herbalife looks to be signing up Democrats who might have some sway with the Obama administration. Today, the New York Post...
  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for federal immigration reform

    01/17/2013 3:45:02 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA ^ | January 14, 2013 | John North
    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the national spotlight Monday calling for federal immigration reform. With so many priorities in Washington D.C. right now, the mayor said he doesn't want this issue to fall off the radar screen. Villaraigosa spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and called repairing the nation's broken immigration system an economic imperative. He wants a pathway to citizenship as the core of any reforms. "No human being is illegal. No human being should be illegal. We must enshrine this principle into the heart and soul of this country's immigration...
  • L.A. Mayor: Keep “Non-Serious Criminal” Aliens in U.S.—It Will Make Us Safer

    01/16/2013 6:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 15, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said the federal government should stop deporting “non-serious criminal” aliens as a means of making the nation safer. “It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals,” said Villaraigosa. “Our neighborhoods will be safer and our families will be more secure.” …
  • Charlie Sheen apologizes for homophobic slur

    12/30/2012 5:11:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 30, 2012
    Trouble-prone actor Charlie Sheen has apologized for a homophobic slur caught on video during a party Friday. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I offended anyone," Sheen told TMZ.com Sunday after the website posted a video of him at what was billed as "Charlie Sheen's Epic Bar Grand Opening" at the El Ganzo hotel in Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. He added to TMZ, apparently jocularly, "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp." In the video, Sheen at a microphone warms up the crowd for musical guest...
  • L.A. To Give Illegal Immigrants ID Cards

    10/17/2012 5:07:00 PM PDT · by Snuph · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 17, 2012 | Staff
    Los Angeles could soon be the latest of several cities across the nation to make life easier for illegal immigrants by offering them official photo identification cards to help them access taxpayer-funded services and open bank accounts. It’s a necessary measure to help illegal aliens incorporate into civic life, according to lawmakers in the city of about 4 million. Nearly half of L.A. residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a chunk are in the U.S. illegally. One L.A. councilman told a local newspaper that the ID cards will allow illegal aliens “who...
  • Villaraigosa platform flap now the subject of a campaign ad (U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla)

    09/09/2012 5:46:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/07/12
    Villaraigosa platform flap now the subject of a campaign adSeptember 7, 2012 | 3:48 pm An awkward moment for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Democratic National Convention has become the subject of a new television ad for a Republican congressman seeking reelection. U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) announced that his re-election campaign has begun running a 60-second spot on Friday that shows Villaraigosa -- acting in his role as DNC chairman -- being booed by delegates after a trio of voice votes over changes to the Democratic Party’s official platform. Those changes included the reinsertion of the word...
  • The DNC As I Saw It

    09/09/2012 3:57:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took time off from the busy job standing idle while an alarming number of shootings plague his city to come and party for the week. Were he to have an R after his name, the media would’ve crucified him. But he doesn’t, so let the good times roll. Lilly Ledbetter, self-appointed champion of equal pay for women, took to the stage to extoll the virtues of the Obama administration … which pays women in the White House significantly less than male employees. The irony went both unnoticed by the crowd and unmentioned by the media. Nancy...
  • Villaraigosa's handling of platform gets mixed reviews from CA

    09/06/2012 10:59:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/6/12 | Torey Van Oot
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa is still facing questions about his handling of late changes to the Democratic party platform made this week, including from some delegates hailing from his own state. Villaraigosa presided Wednesday over a vote to restore in the platform references to God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The chair declared the amendments adopted after three voice votes from a divided Time Warner Cable Arena audience, drawing objections and boos from some in the crowd who felt the ayes had not hit the two-thirds margin needed for...
  • 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.
  • Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas: Dems Caved to “Conservative [-]” by Restoring God to Platform

    09/05/2012 5:08:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | September 5, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    <p>Well that didn’t take long. The publisher of the vile democrat hate site, the Daily Kos is a tad displeased that the DNC added language back in that mentions God, and recognizes Israel as the capital of Israel.</p>
  • Here Comes the 'Hispanic Obama'

    08/03/2012 2:21:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 3, 2012 | Tom Trancredo
    [SNIP] ....Based on my limited interactions and after reading more about [San Antonio Mayor Julian] Castro, it is clear that he is superficially very different from the older Latino leaders but very similar in other ways. The most prominent Hispanic mayor in America is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Before Castro was born, Villaraigosa was at UCLA leading the openly racist, secessionist, and anti-American group MEChA. After engaging in protests to try to get the ChicanoStudies Department to give money to an openly communist group, he dropped out of UCLA and attended the unaccredited People's School of Law. He took...
  • Villaraigosa seizes moment in spotlight

    09/04/2012 9:17:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/4/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stood confidently in the midst of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, a Democratic "spy" who relished his role aggressively defending President Obama. Villaraigosa mocked the GOP's outreach to Latino voters, likening it to a lousy cook who can only "burn the enchiladas." Now it's Villaraigosa's turn in the kitchen. He chairs the Democratic National Convention that opens Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., and he welcomes both the opportunity to burnish Obama's standing and the chance to discredit the Republican challengers. "You can't say one, and do something else," he said of the...
  • Villaraigosa: Obama ‘doesn’t want to cut taxes for the middle class’

    09/03/2012 6:55:38 PM PDT · by bronxville · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 09-02-2012 | Joel Gehrke
    "Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sounded like a Mitt Romney campaign surrogate for a moment, when he said that President Obama “doesn’t want to cut taxes for the middle class” during an interview on Fox News. “And he actually went beyond them in terms of tax cuts to the middle class,” Villaraigosa, chairman of this week’s Democratic National Convention, told Chris Wallace when asked about Obama’s rejection of his Simpson-Bowles Commission’s proposed deficit reduction plan. “He doesn’t want to cut taxes for the middle class. He’d prefer closing tax loopholes and importantly, allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for...
  • 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.
  • Villaraigosa's star on the rise as he chairs Democratic National Convention

    09/02/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/2/12 | David Siders
    When Antonio Villaraigosa said this summer that he would like someday to be governor of California, he acknowledged an ambition that appeared until recently to have slipped beyond his reach. The mayor of Los Angeles, beleaguered by the weak economy, an extramarital affair and a series of shortcomings at City Hall, was re-elected by an underwhelming margin in 2009. Los Angeles magazine put a photograph of him on its cover behind the headline, "Failure: So much promise, so much disappointment," and Villaraigosa sat out the gubernatorial race the following year. In recent months, however, the former Assembly speaker has regained...
  • 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...
  • Mayor Villaraigosa, KTLA's Lu Parker end relationship

    07/03/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 14 replies
    laslimes ^ | July 2012 | Linthicum, Zahniser
    Mayor Villaraigosa, KTLA's Lu Parker end relationship TV reporter's publicist confirms that the couple have broken up after three years. Villaraigosa declines to answer questions about Parker, who had been living at mayor's mansion. By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times July 2, 2012, 10:26 p.m. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and television news reporter Lu Parker, arm-in-arm regulars on the red carpet and at glitzy charity events in recent years, have broken up, a publicist for Parker said Monday. "I can confirm that Lu Parker ended her three-year committed relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as of May...
  • Lavender lights to shine on City Hall for LGBT Heritage Month [L.A.]

    06/07/2012 7:15:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012 | Kate Mather
    Beginning Wednesday night, the purple-hued lights will shine on City Hall after dark, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office announced. The pylons at Los Angeles International Airport have glowed lavender since the beginning of the month and will continue to do so until Friday. The lights are meant to symbolize the "struggles and progress" of the LGBT community, the mayor's office said. . . "It's all about civil and human rights, which we don't have," Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay candidate to run for and be elected to the City Council, told the crowd gathered in front of City Hall...
  • Debbie Wasserman Shultz gets eviscerated by Doug McIntyre of 790 KABC

    04/02/2012 11:11:35 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 50 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 04/02/12 | Moe Lane
    Hey, who wants to hear Debbie Wasserman Schultz do the rhetorical equivalent of stepping on a Bouncing Betty? Well, we all do, of course. The video below is theoretically 3 minutes, 26 seconds long – but you’ll have to stop it at least twice so that you can recover from your laughing fit.
  • LAPD to Ignore California’s Car Impound Law Because It’s “Unfair” to Illegal Aliens

    03/23/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT · by montag813 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-24-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have become sadly accustomed to California - America's Sanctuary State - sinking lower and lower into utter lawlessness for the sake of naked racial politics. But whatever they do in Sacramento doesn't even come close to the utter madness that is Los Angeles - which makes the rest of the state look conservative by comparison. This week saw the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that it will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - because it is "unfair" to illegal aliens!That's right....
  • 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...
  • Villaraigosa talking to China about investing in L.A. projects

    01/19/2012 5:46:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/19/12 | Ari Bloomekatz
    Fearing a congressional stalemate over transportation funding, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking to the Chinese government as an option to possibly save his ambitious plan to build a dozen mass-transit projects in 10 years instead of 30. Villaraigosa said Thursday that he met with executives from the China Investment Corp. in Beijing during his trip to Asia in December. The group was established in 2007 by the People's Republic of China, according to the corporation's website. Officials with the mayor's office said the meeting was only preliminary and characterized it as "very cordial" and part of the larger...
  • Villaraigosa delays payment of $100 million in personnel costs ( LA )

    01/03/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Zahniser
    Police overtime, unused sick time, agreed-upon wage hikes and an early retirement program are not going to be paid until after the mayor leaves office... Villaraigosa has delayed paying for such obligations as police overtime, unused sick time, contractually agreed-upon wage hikes and an early retirement program that gave 2,400 employees full pensions five years ahead of schedule. The next mayor, and possibly the one after that, will inherit the tab. ... Austin Beutner ... "That's Enron," he told the audience. "That's actually fraud, right?" Beutner was referring specifically to one of the more glaring examples of the city's deferred...
  • L.A. Police Won’t Enforce Safety Law To Help Illegal Aliens (Mayor Villaraigosa&#8203; a disgrace)

    12/14/2011 4:48:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 14, 2011
    The city of Los Angeles is taking its sanctuary title more seriously than most by ordering police officers to stop enforcing a state public safety law because it creates an “unfair burden” for illegal immigrants. A few weeks ago the mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa​, directed the Los Angeles Police Department ​ (LAPD) to stop impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days as per state law. The measure is intended to keep potentially reckless drivers off the road and therefore protect the public. It applies to unlicensed drivers as well as those who have had their license revoked or...
  • LAPD commanders' personal information posted on website

    12/08/2011 2:33:50 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 8, 2011 | Andrew Blankstein
    Personal information about more than two dozen members of the Los Angeles Police Department's command staff was anonymously posted on a website, officials said Wednesday. The LAPD is investigating who may be behind the site, which listed officers' property records, campaign contributions, biographical information and, in a few cases, the names of children and other family members. In the last few months, hackers have tried to break into the servers of several public agencies including the LAPD, the Fullerton Police Department and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
  • LAPD went undercover at Occupy LA

    12/03/2011 11:44:00 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 24 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News, AP ^ | Dec. 3, 2011 | Staff
    Los Angeles police used nearly a dozen undercover detectives to infiltrate the Occupy LA encampment before this week's raid to gather information on the anti-Wall Street protesters' intentions, according to media reports Friday. None of the officers slept at the camp, but they tried to blend in during the weeks leading up to the raid to learn about plans to resist or use weapons against police, a police source told the Los Angeles Times. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing. The undercover work yielded information that some protesters were preparing bamboo spears and...
  • Police action against Occupy LA tonight

    11/29/2011 9:40:15 PM PST · by null and void · 522 replies · 1+ views
    KFI 640 AM | 11/29/11 | nully
    KFI is reporting 500-800 LAPD staging/boarding buses in full riot gear at Dodge Stadium. Darling son reports seeing a bunch of white buses that looked like they had helmeted figures in them in San Jose. Co-ordinated assaults?
  • After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tactics (LA sanitation hauls off 25 tons of debris)

    11/30/2011 1:58:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1+ views
    My Fox Maine ^ | 11/30/11 | CHRIS HAWLEY
    After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tacticsUpdated: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM EST By CHRIS HAWLEY Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week. The camps may bloom again in the spring, organizers said, and next summer could bring huge demonstrations at the Republican and Democratic conventions, when the whole world...
  • City offers Occupy L.A. office space

    11/22/2011 2:33:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 22, 2011
    The office space city officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters to woo them off the City Hall lawn is only a few hundred feet away from the encampment...
  • LA Mayor Gives Occupy LA 10,000 Square Feet of Office Space & Farmland for $1-a-Year

    11/22/2011 6:48:40 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 22,2011 | Jim Hoft
    It was just last week that an #Occupy LA protester was arrested for masturbating on the steps of City Hall. Now the squatters are getting their own private office building. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided to award the lawlessness, lewd acts, shoplifting and drug use of the Occupy LA squatters. He just offered the hooligans 10,000 square feet of downtown office space and farmland for $1-a-year. The LA Times reported: Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their...
  • Occupy L.A. receives offer to decamp

    11/22/2011 3:04:06 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 57 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
    The Los Angeles Times just reported: “Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.” “City officials have offered protesters a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall.” Full Story & Details here: “Occupy L.A. receives offer to decamp; Protesters could get downtown office space and farmland if they leave City Hall.”
  • [L.A.] City officials, protesters meet to discuss Occupy movements

    10/29/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Oct. 28, 2011 | Staff
    City officials and protesters are holding a meeting Friday afternoon at the mayor’s office to discuss the Occupy movements throughout Los Angeles County, a police spokesman said. The meeting includes representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, members of the Occupy L.A. movement and at least one representative of the start-up Occupy San Fernando Valley protest, which is slated to kick off Saturday morning, according to LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The meeting will likely determine the fate of Occupy San Fernando Valley and lay out guidelines if it is to proceed.
  • 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 Faces $28 Million Costs Under Occupy Protest's Plan

    10/18/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 31 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 10-18-11 | Chris Palmeri
    Los Angeles faces tens of million of dollars in additional borrowing costs after the City Council told anti-Wall Street protesters the city intends to cut ties with banks involved in financial wrongdoing, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said. The city may have to pay $27.8 million in termination fees and replacement costs in just one program if it's prohibited from doing business with banks providing letters of credit for an infrastructure program, Santana said today in a memo to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city leaders. Additional debt service would cost $14.9 million a year if it has to refinance commercial...
  • Villaraigosa donor faces fines up to $184,000

    10/11/2011 6:45:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/11/11 | David Zahniser
    A Koreatown real estate developer faces nearly $184,000 in fines for allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2009 reelection campaign of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The city Ethics Commission meets Tuesday to decide how large a fine to hand Alexander Hugh, who was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on charges that he conspired to circumvent campaign contribution limits, procured false documents and committed forgery. Hugh has asked the five-member commission for leniency, saying he suffered major financial setbacks in recent years and has been "deeply" humiliated by reports in the Korean and mainstream media. ... Prosecutors said...
  • City Hall OK With ‘Occupy LA’? Mayor Hands Out Rain Ponchos To Protesters

    10/06/2011 9:30:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    (CBS) ^ | October 6, 2011 9:04 AM | Jon Baird
    Protesters camped out on the lawn outside City Hall said Thursday that — rain or shine — Los Angeles officials are starting to show signs of support for the movement that has spawned demonstrations in multiple U.S. cities. An estimated 400 people are spending their sixth day on the streets of downtown voicing their frustration over the direction of the U.S. economy, jobs, and health care. The group now believes they may be able to stay on the lawn permanently and that sentiment in City Hall for their platform could be growing. At least one official is expressing support for...
  • Villaraigosa lobbies Washington with jobs plan

    08/31/2011 9:07:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/30/11 | Richard Simon
    In an effort to bring down the stubbornly high unemployment rate, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is lobbying Washington officials to give local workers an advantage in winning some of the more than 166,000 jobs expected from transportation projects planned for the region. Federal rules prohibit local hiring preferences on federally funded transportation projects, under the premise that all U.S. taxpayers help to pay for the work and should have an equal shot at getting the jobs. The rule also stems from concern that making local hiring a factor in awarding contracts will increase the cost of projects. But with Washington jittery...
  • 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...
  • FBI seeks wider probe of Los Angeles building department, confidential memo says

    05/31/2011 3:09:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 31, 2011 | David Zahniser
    ........The nine-page memo offers fresh details on the federal and city investigations and a rare insight into a city agency trying to manage a fast-growing scandal. The report was supposed to be confidential but was sent accidentally by Ovrom to hundreds of Building and Safety employees, The Times learned. The department declined to comment on the investigation. The inspectors who pleaded guilty, Raoul Germain and Hugo Gonzalez, were assigned to territory in South Los Angeles. Two others were placed on administrative leave as a result of the city's investigation, according to Ovrom's memo: Frank Rojas, a plan check engineer in...
  • 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...
  • Assembly Speaker John Pérez a Cal dropout, not grad

    05/19/2011 9:54:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/11 | Lance Williams, California Watch
    When Rep. Hilda Solis inserted remarks in the Congressional Record praising Los Angeles activist John Pérez as "an asset to the labor movement," she was recounting the life story of a man who would later become California's Assembly speaker. "After graduating from the University of California Berkeley, John began working on designing and organizing education programs," Solis, then a Los Angeles congresswoman and now U.S. secretary of labor, wrote in 2004. But the record is wrong: Pérez dropped out of UC Berkeley and never returned. For a decade, Pérez's designation as a UC Berkeley graduate went unchallenged in newspaper articles,...
  • 2 accused of illegal contributions to Antonio Villaraigosa, Jack Weiss campaigns

    04/30/2011 4:25:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2011 | By David Zahniser
    A campaign fundraiser for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been charged with illegally funneling $26,000 in contributions to the mayor and former City Councilman Jack Weiss, according to a five-count grand jury indictment unsealed Friday. Prosecutors with the LA County district attorney's office contend that Alexander Hugh, worked with Annette Lee, to have employees at Lee's escrow company give donations of $1,000 or more to the campaigns of Villaraigosa and Weiss. Hugh reimbursed the employees with cash, an illegal practice known as campaign money laundering. Campaign fundraising violations only occasionally result in criminal prosecutions. The most recent concluded in...
  • Documenting the undocumented in L.A.

    04/21/2011 12:45:49 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2011
    Los Angeles -- Elvira Sosa left Mexico for the United States more than 30 years ago, but last year was the first time she'd been counted as part of the U.S. Census. Sosa was among thousands of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles who filled out a census form last year, and city officials said the response, especially among Latinos, might have saved the area money and congressional representation. The increased count was purposeful: A Census Bureau outreach program...included Spanish call centers that would field questions about the census, plus billboards, bus advertisements and fliers with information... The response: The 2010...
  • 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...
  • LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants

    03/16/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    KPCC ^ | March 15, 2011 | Frank Stoltze
    In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers. The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights. Her husband and three sons are undocumented immigrants who drive all the time, even though they're ineligible to apply for drivers licenses in California. “We know well that it’s against the law to drive without a license but it’s...
  • “No Labels” Group Meets … Or Why I Would Prefer You Not Call Me A Lefty

    12/14/2010 3:21:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies · 1+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | December 14,2010 | Jim Vicevich
    If only this were a coalition of the left and the right working out differences. But alas, it’s just a coalition of mostly liberal politicians who used to label themselves by a political party and now would rather fly stealth. Sigh. If you are not familiar with “No Lables”, no worries, it’s brand new and they certainly deserve a Hat Tip for brevity. Here’s their declaration: We are not labels – we are people. We care deeply about our country. We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics. We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges. We are Democrats,...