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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.
September 5, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., battling allegations that it operates an illegal pyramid scheme, has a new and unexpected advocate: former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The former mayor, who left in June after eight years in office, will serve as a senior advisor to Herbalife Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson and the company's board of directors, the company said in a news release. Villaraigosa will counsel Herbalife on “strategic business development and global community outreach,” the company said.
August 21, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Marshall Tuck, the longtime head of a nonprofit overseeing 15 Los Angeles campuses, will run for state schools superintendent, setting up a challenge to incumbent Tom Torlakson, who has been strongly backed by California's teacher unions, The Times has learned. Tuck confirmed in an interview that he plans to file his candidacy papers Wednesday; the election is next year. The role of state schools chief, Tuck said, is "to ensure that we're leading fundamental change in our schools, making sure we're shaking up an education bureaucracy from one that often blocks innovation to one that's facilitating and supporting it. " In challenging Torlakson, Tuck, 40, is taking on not only an incumbent, but almost certainly one of the state's most powerful interest groups as well.
July 16, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Alejandro Lazo
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making his first foray into the private sector, taking a post as a strategic advisor at the Banc of California - an aggressively expanding community bank led by specialists in high finance. Villaraigosa's part-time position advising the bank's chief executive, Steven Sugarman, as well as its board, will allow him to continue pursuing speaking engagements, an affiliation with a university or think tank, and a potential run for governor when Gov. Jerry Brown steps aside . The former mayor declined to reveal his salary or how his compensation would be structured.
July 10, 2013
Just before leaving City Hall after serving the maximum eight years in office, then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at length with Los Angeles Times political reporters Maeve Reston and Michael Finnegan about his legacy and political future. LAT: Everyone is wondering what you'll do next. Accepted any job offers? AV: "The answer is - I said. I made it pretty clear when I ran in 2001 that I really wanted to be mayor - that I was born and raised here; that my family had deep roots here; my grandpa had come 100 years ago. I've been focused on finishing strong all the way to the end. So I don't have a job after this.
July 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
In a conscious shift of power and priorities, the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday selected Richard Vladovic as its new president, replacing Monica Garcia, who lacked support to extend a string of six one-year terms. The choice has symbolic importance, signaling that the board majority intends to exert more control over Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy. The ascendancy of Vladovic also marks the decline in influence of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Garcia was Villaraigosa's most loyal ally on the seven-member body; he left office Sunday.
June 30, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office, the city's voters are deeply split over his tumultuous eight-year tenure, according to a new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll. Villaraigosa will turn over the reins of the city Sunday night to Eric Garcetti in a markedly different environment from the euphoric one that greeted him in 2005, when he was elected the first Latino mayor in the city's modern history. He came into office with soaring marks - nearly two-thirds of the city's voters viewed him favorably.
June 27, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume
In the middle of Watts, at one of the worst-performing high schools in Los Angeles Unified, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in his element. As he sat with Jordan High students late last year, he shared snippets of his life story, as he's done during scores of school visits during his eight years as mayor. He was raised without a father, was kicked out of one school and dropped out of another before graduating from Roosevelt High with a 1.4 GPA - because his mother and a teacher believed in him, he told students.
June 20, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Although work at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal is still incomplete, Los Angeles International Airport officials celebrated their success anyway on Thursday with outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Instead of marking the Bradley's completion, which has fallen behind schedule, a series of airport special events will showcase the substantial progress that has been made transforming the outdated terminal and LAX, which has long received mediocre grades from travelers. “We've gone from worst to best,” Villaraigosa declared as he strolled through the soaring Great Hall of the Bradley 10 days before he leaves office.
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