A major speech by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will "take to task" the two candidates running to replace him for not making L.A.'s schools a priority on the campaign trail, a spokesman for the mayor said.
Villaraigosa, who is termed out, will give his final State of the City address at UCLA on Tuesday night. According to his spokesman, Peter Sanders, the speech will focus heavily on education reform -- an issue that marked the early years of Villaraigosa's administration.
"Precious little has been said about how the next mayor will keep L.A. moving forward on the education front," Sanders said in an email. "He will ask them for a comprehensive vision on education, not just a few sound bites worthy of an attack ad or a mailer."
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will face off in a runoff election to replace Villaraigosa May 21. While the need for economic growth and the city's struggling finances have been major themes, neither candidates has announced major plans for schools.