October 23, 2013 |
It looks like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who we heard was intent on keeping his political options open when he left City Hall this summer -- a run for governor was mentioned -- has instead decided to go for the money. The question is how many conflicts of interest this onetime rising Democratic star can juggle at once. Villaraigosa's newest deal is an advisory contract with the big public relations firm Edelman. That's curious, because Edelman also handles PR for hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has been on a months-long campaign to bring down the Los Angeles multilevel marketing firm Herbalife Ltd. -- where Villaraigosa is also a paid advisor.
October 22, 2013 |
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa landed a new job Tuesday as an advisor to global public relations firm Edelman. One person surprised by the news was Bill Ackman, who has employed Edelman in his well-publicized campaign against Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., which he says operates an illegal pyramid scheme. In September, Villaraigosa took a job as an advisor to Herbalife, praising the company for its "strong presence within the Latino community.
October 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is taking on another job, and this time it is not at an embattled multilevel marketing company. Villaraigosa is the newest senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Washington-based think tank announced Monday. His role there will be to help develop proposals on infrastructure investment, education and immigration reform. “At a time when our government has been shut down and Washington is mired in a partisan meltdown, I couldn't be prouder to work with an organization that works with both Democrats and Republicans to move our government and nation forward,” the former mayor said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 |
Four mayors, three of whom struggled for years to modernize Los Angeles International Airport, were guests Wednesday at the grand opening of five new passenger gates and other improvements designed to vastly enhance the foreign travel experience at the nation's third-busiest airport. Richard Riordan, James K. Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa and current Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting for the new south concourse and grand central hall at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing a $2-billion overhaul.
September 6, 2013 |
Lose cred now. Ask him how. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to work for Herbalife, the much-maligned company that pitches dietary supplements to people eager to be as trim as, well, the former mayor. It also happens to be fighting allegations that the company's multi-level marketing plan is actually a pyramid scheme. We're almost speechless. Almost. Herbalife's less-than-sterling reputation is an odd thing for a erstwhile top city official to associate his name with, especially if he has any remaining political ambitions, as Villaraigosa certainly had at some point.
September 6, 2013 |
The leader of a key Latino civil rights group said he's disappointed that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took a job advising nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., which has been accused of preying on Latinos. The Los Angeles company, battling allegations for more than eight months that it operates an illegal pyramid scheme, announced Thursday that it had signed Villaraigosa as a special advisor to chief executive Michael O. Johnson and its board of directors.