Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the city’s first Hispanic mayor since 1872. He was elected to the position on May 17, 2005 and took office on July 1, 2005. The 55-year old politician studied in UCLA, People’s College of Law. He started his professional life as a labor organizer, before he became a California State Assemblyman for the 45th District, Speaker of the California State Assembly, and then L.A.’s City Councilman to represent the 14th District.
Antonio Villaraigosa gave was his “A City of Purpose” inauguration speech when he became Los Angeles’ Mayor in 2005.
The US News tells the story of Antonio Villaraigosa’s life before his election in the article “Leading with his Life.”
One of the Mayor’s plans for sustainability includes an extensive solar power plan which could become one of the world’s largest solar power projects.
With the financial crisis predicted to get worse in the coming year, city officials are strategizing just how they can close the budget gaps. City Controller Laura Chick and Mayor Villaraigosa are looking at the possibility of creating more government-private company collaborations.
In order to address short term budget concerns, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in negotiations with the city’s employee unions on a voluntary retirement plan.
Antonio Villaraigosa makes it clear he has no intention of leaving Los Angeles to join President Obama’s economic team.