On Wednesday, January 18, 2011, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters. Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st mayor of Los Angeles and has held the office since 2005."
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.
Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Antonio Villaraigosa, Conference of Mayors President and Mayor of Los Angeles, warned that fiscal and political realities could mean President Obama's coming budget will have "draconian" cuts to programs held dear by progressives.
The fact that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax rate is the same as many "police and firefighters" shows the need to close American tax loopholes, said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
Getting away from partisan bickering, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said finding a fair tax system "shouldn't be that difficult" and called for a lower corporate tax rate alongside a higher capital gains rate.
City (pop., 2000: 3,694,820), southern California, U.S. The second largest city in the U.S., it is situated between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Bisected by the Santa Monica Mountains, which separate the neighbourhoods of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Pacific Palisades from the San Fernando Valley, it is near the San Andreas Fault, and earthquakes are frequent. It began in 1771 as a Spanish mission; in 1781 settlers claimed the land as El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles (the Town of the Queen of the Angels). Taken by U.S. forces in the Mexican War, it prospered in the wake of the 1849 gold rush. Incorporated in 1850, the city grew rapidly after the arrival of the railroads in 1876 and 1885. In 1913 an aqueduct was built to supply it with water from the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. It was struck by a major earthquake in 1994. Sites of interest include early Spanish missions, the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Educational institutions include the University of Southern California, Occidental College, and the University of California at Los Angeles.