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.