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February 14, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been selected chairman of this summer's Democratic National Convention, elevating his role as a surrogate in the Latino community and raising his national profile at a time Villaraigosa considers his political future. A formal announcement was scheduled Wednesday in Washington, with the mayor planning to join President Obama on Wednesday night for a presidential fundraiser in Los Angeles. As convention chairman, Villaraigosa will wield the gavel during the event in Charlotte, N.C., which opens with a festival on Sept.
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February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
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February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday formally endorsed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn job protections for California teachers that are among the most extensive in the nation.  Villaraigosa called the lawsuit “a case that really addresses the fundamental issue of our time.”  The litigation targets laws that regulate laying off, firing and granting tenure to teachers, asserting that, individually and collectively, these...
OPINION
July 18, 2008
Re "Mayor urges Latinos to back Obama," July 13 In an address at the National Council of La Raza conference, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged Latinos to vote for Barack Obama as the best hope to reform the federal immigration policy. In his address, he invoked immigrants at Ellis Island and was thankful that there had not been a wall to keep Irish immigrants out. The mayor is either ignorant of the facts of Ellis Island immigration or just blatantly misstating them. Those who arrived through Ellis Island applied to enter the country legally, and not all who applied were admitted.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA -- The last person many would expect to see at the Republican National Convention is the chairman of the Democrats' rival effort next week. But there was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday night, mixing and mingling with reporters and GOP strategists at a late-night dinner here. Villaraigosa, who will head up the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C., was spotted at the swanky Mise en Place supper club after dining with GOP strategist Ana Navarro.
OPINION
July 19, 2012
Re "Promises, promises," Opinion, July 16 Jim Newton doesn't give L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa enough credit. Congress' passage of the transportation bill, including the America Fast Forward provision that Villaraigosa championed, was a giant step forward for transit advocates. For the first time, a national transportation bill provides a funding vehicle that allows local transit agencies to borrow federal funds to build transit projects now, with the commitment that the funds will be paid back over time.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa applauded President Obama for "doing what's right by our values" after the administration announced it would halt deportations for some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, a priority for Latino voters. "This is the right thing to do. I applaud the president for doing it, and I think it's going to mean a great deal to the many families who live in terror that their kids may get deported through no fault of their own," Villaraigosa, one of the most prominent Latino surrogates for Obama's reelection campaign, said during a conference call with reporters Friday.
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May 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The centerpiece of the modernized Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport will be named in honor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa because of his contributions to airport development. The city's Board of Airport Commissioners decided Tuesday that the cavernous Great Hall in the center of the expanded Bradley terminal will carry Villaraigosa's name. Commissioners noted that the mayor, who leaves office June 30, played a pivotal role in settling a 2006 lawsuit brought by a coalition of cities and neighborhood groups that challenged plans to modernize the airport, the third busiest in the nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV as a senior advisor to help the 4-year-old television network gain traction. The network, based in Burbank, is banking on Villaraigosa to give it greater visibility and pull in additional advertising dollars to better compete with established giants, including Univision Communications and NBCUniversal's Telemundo. Estrella TV becomes the latest employer of Villaraigosa since he departed City Hall last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
This just in: Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been hired to replace Dodger manager Don Mattingly and will also take over as West Coast adviser for Cheetos. In other new jobs Villaraigosa has lined up on his recent cash acquisition sprint, he will become weekend weather anchor on KCAL-9 beginning Saturday, and also help manage the fallout from the Bank of America mortgage fraud judgment. OK, I made it all up. But I almost didn't have to. USC announced Friday that Villaraigosa will be a part-time professor, the news coming the same week as the announcement that Villaraigosa will be an advisor to the global PR firm Edelman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Add one more job to the already busy schedule of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- this one at USC. Villaraigosa has been appointed a part-time professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy and will focus on such issues as state government, planning and transportation, USC officials announced Friday. In his new role, Villaraigosa is expected to lecture to undergraduate and graduate students and lead a new think tank called “the USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream,” which will sponsor forums and reports on major policy issues, according to the school.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
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.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer and David Zahniser
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.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Evan Halper
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
May 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waded into the increasingly negative campaign for mayor, calling for the removal of two ads that attack mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel but were not created by either candidate's campaign. Appearing at a news conference focused on reform of the Los Angeles Police Department, Villaraigosa criticized a new TV ad from the independent expenditure group Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti, saying it wrongly described Greuel as a supporter of Proposition 187. That 1994 ballot measure sought to deny illegal immigrants access to public education and other services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By
Police have evacuated a section of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office at City Hall because of a suspicious package. According to mayoral spokesman Peter Sanders, an employee in the mayor's office alerted officers after he opened a letter that contained a white powder. Police evacuated a section of the third floor of City Hall, where the mayor's office is located, in order to investigate, he said. Villaraigosa was in the office at the time the letter was opened but left for a meeting shortly afterward, Sanders said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Michael Finnegan
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.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Karin Klein and Jon Healey
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.
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