Cory Booker and Antonio Villaraigosa: Strong Schools, Strong Cities
ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA
Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Mayor, City of Newark
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Cory A. Booker
Cory Booker is connected to the people of New Jersey and the challenges they face every day. Since winning election to the United States Senate in October 2013, Cory has been innovative, persistent and put partisanship aside, bringing people together to get things done for New Jersey. Cory has focused on creating new jobs, improving economic opportunity for all New Jerseyans, speeding the pace of Hurricane Sandy recovery and addressing the economic squeeze facing middle class families.
Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and has held the office since 2005. During his first term, Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950s, and developed LA’s first comprehensive anti-gang strategy. Having dedicated much of his first term to reforming LA’s public schools, he now oversees the Partnership for LA Schools, which runs ten of the lowest-performing schools. With the launching of Green LA, Villaraigosa has set the city on the path to becoming one of the greenest large cities in the nation. Among the many improvements in becoming greener, LA has met the Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule, has met the first target of getting 10 percent of energy from renewable sources, and is on track to reaching 40 percent by 2020.
"We have begun to tolerate a level of failure," says Newark Mayor Cory Booker, in an emotional appeal for Americans to get serious on the issue of education reform. "The greatest natural resource this country has is the children in our schools right now, and we are wasting that natural resource."