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Villaraigosa snubbed at the DNC and lags on transportation issues back in LA

August 31st, 2008 · 6 Comments

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa was not given an opportunity to give a high profile speech at the DNC last week because he was put in the same category as John Edwards, the subjects of recent cheating scandals that erupted in the public eye. So we’re a little over a year after the affair between Mayor Tony and his now ex-girlfriend Mirthala Salinas surfaced, and he’s still suffering the consequences of this lapse in judgment. Isn’t that a shame?

Well, the editors of the Pasadena Star-News think that Mayor Villaraigosa has blown it with a transportation measure to extend the San Gabriel Valley’s Gold Line, which currently connects Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles.

Villaraigosa shot down funding for the Gold Line extension into Monclair because he doesn’t feel that the Metropolitan Transportation Agency would dole out the money that it has in a manner that would be equitable for the San Gabriel Valley. Instead, the mayor wants to use a half cent sales tax increase on LA County residents to help fund railway projects. Three of the five LA County supervisors don’t approve of Villaraigosa’s plan, including his former mentor Gloria Molina.

I don’t think that higher taxes are going to be popular with anyone in California right now, especially in Los Angeles County, where the cost of living is already much higher than the rest of the country. Additionally, Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature will likely approve a one cent sales tax increase to close the state budget loophole.

Two Latinas in Congress representing the San Gabriel Valley area, Hilda Solis and Grace Napolitano, recently sat down with Congressmen David Dreier (R) and Adam Schiff (D) to express support for the Gold Line Foothill Extension. I agree with the Pasadena Star-News. Let the local congressional delegation take care of this, and perhaps Villaraigosa can work on an issue where he has more local support. If he wants to be a successful candidate for governor, Villaraigosa needs to hit a home run on one of the big issues he tried to tackle when he was first elected to the mayor’s office. The education system and housing crisis are still big problems in LA. Maybe he can devote more time to those issues.

Photo Credit: USA Today, 06/15/05 from back when Villaraigosa was first elected mayor. Doesn’t it look like he’s flashing his “American Me” pose? I only wonder who the Mayor’s cronies mentioned in the linked Pasadena Star-News editorial look like. Are they as scary as Santana’s (Eddie Olmos character) gang?

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Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · Democratic Party · Education · John Edwards · Mirthala Salinas · Rep. Grace Napolitano · Rep. Hilda Solis

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Aug 31, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Edward James Olmos would probably be more successful with the LAUSD, public transportation, and local politics as well. Especially since he has put his life on the line several times for his art, and Villaraigosa has just wallowed through his public career, content to feed off the public trough, and forget his promises. The mayor treats the over taxed citizens of Los Angeles in much the same way he obviously treats women. He loves to just garble big fat lies.

  • 2 YolandaR // Sep 1, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Villaraigosa is an effective leader in alienating local, state and federal legislators/partners LA needs to successfully resolve the mountain of issues it faces. When the cameras glossed over Bill Clinton Wednesday night at the DNC, Villaraigosa was sitting on the row behind him. Both had the same facial expressions. Actually Mayor V didn’t have a half smile like Bill. Picking Hilliary early and obviously the loser too early has its price. Each also knows they turned their backs on the electorate that supported them. Unfortunately, LA will pay the price for another of Mayor V’s mistakes. If only Villaraigso who leaned on the minority values and common purpose shield during his election had remembered it during the Dem primaries. Oh well…..

  • 3 Yes, snubbed - Notes from Los Angeles // Sep 2, 2008 at 10:32 am

    [...] possibilities attempt to explain why Mayor Villaraigosa was snubbed: a) Hillary, b) Mirthala, or c) the mysterious decline of his oratory [...]

  • 4 theKaiser // Sep 5, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Villaraigosa and his buddy Fabian Nunez were really hoping to ride the Hillary Clinton bandwagon into the White House and obtain cabinet posts. Especially since their political merits all by themselves aren’t enough to extend most political careers. If they were WASPs it would be one thing, but they’re not. Villaraigosa has missed numerous opportunities to showcase his LAUSD case to the world, and his failures with the MTA are piling up. He now doesn’t seem up to the task of leading the city of Los Angeles up to the heights he promised during his campaign. Now his charisma and IQ seem to be on hold, and gradually slipping backward. What he claimed to be in the beginning doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

  • 5 Bearguez // Sep 5, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    That performance on Charlie Rose did not help Villaraigosa’s image. What happened to all those coalitions that he claimed he had formed to get things done in this city? Have they abandoned him now that its obvious his IQ isn’t what they thought it was?

  • 6 DoctorH // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Villaraigosa is the role model for Fabian Nunez. So there should be no surprise how very little has been accomplished in the City of Los Angeles. The crime is how much these local politicians are paid. They are the highest paid local politicians in the country, and you wonder why the City of Los Angeles is always running in a deficit? Look for Jose Huizar to be the next Latino city councilmen to be caught with his hands spending public money for personal things. The LA Times published an article last month, but they were so gutless following up they missed the huge theft. Maybe Huizar, in his Bonaparte fashion discouraged them.

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