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April 10, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that city employees should pay considerably more for their healthcare and retirement benefits to avoid “giant balloon payments” in coming years. Appearing on KTTV's “Good Day L.A.,” Villaraigosa argued that workers should contribute as much as 20% of their salaries toward their retirement benefits, up from the 11% that most pay now. “If we're going to keep [pensions], they've got to be sustainable,” he said. “Even 11% is not enough.
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.
May 1, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pick to run the city's pension system for public-safety employees has dropped out of the running, saying Wednesday he "didn't want to get wrapped up in the politics. " Ray Joseph, 40, had been slated to appear Wednesday before the City Council for a final confirmation vote. But the Maryland resident told The Times he had grown concerned about the possibility that the next mayor, who takes office July 1, would want somebody else to run the retirement system.
August 22, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Ask Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa whether he covets Gov. Jerry Brown's job and he answers: "If this were about running for governor, I wouldn't be tacking Prop. 13 on my forehead. " That certainly makes sense, at least based on conventional wisdom. As Villaraigosa pointed out in a Sacramento Press Club speech last week, the revered property tax limitation law is a political "third rail," although he challenged Brown to muster "the courage to test the voltage. " The governor brushed off the mayor.
November 25, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds at 12:01 a.m. Monday, saying officials can no longer "maintain the public safety of a long-term encampment," according to a statement issued Friday. Villaraigosa said the city's General Services Police Department, which enforces the law in city parks, will walk through the encampment handing out bilingual fliers and give verbal notice that the park will close. Social workers will also visit the encampment, according to the statement.
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.
May 23, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began the formal transition of power to his successor Thursday, hosting Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti for breakfast at Getty House, where he told reporters that the city councilman had his “full support.” Garcetti, who defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel on Tuesday, will not take office until July 1. But he and his team have already begun to prepare the policy initiatives that he hopes will allow him to...
May 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might be leaving office at the end of next month, but he nonetheless got a personal audience Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The meeting came in advance of Xi's scheduled trip to California June 7-8 to meet President Obama. Xi, who officially stepped into the presidency in March after his elevation last year to head the Chinese Communist Party, has been holding a flurry of diplomatic meetings in recent weeks, but it is somewhat outside protocol for the president to receive a mayor.
June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and gave him a jersey of Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant. Villaraigosa, on a seven-day trip to Israel, said he was a longtime friend of Olmert. Villaraigosa is leading a delegation of 40 people and will meet with terrorism experts, water conservation specialists and environmentalists.
March 30, 2011 | Tim Rutten
In politics, as in commerce, there are times when you have to grow to survive. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa believes that's the case with his 30/10 transportation initiative, which is why he's in Washington on Wednesday arguing for a national version of the plan that its improbably bipartisan backers are calling America Fast Forward. Essentially, 30/10 proposes using federal loans to leverage the half-cent sales tax increase to which 67.9% of Los Angeles County residents agreed when they passed Measure R. Those loans, which would be secured by the sales tax revenues, would allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build the 12 transit projects specified in the measure in a single decade rather than over three as originally anticipated.
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