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The Jewish Journal’s Proclamation of Villaraigosa’s Success

June 15th, 2009 · 16 Comments

While in Pasadena yesterday, I picked up a copy of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, which is a nicely assembled free publication. What prompted me to pick it up was the cover featuring a mega-watt smiling Mayor Villaraigosa with the word “Success” in bold across the center.

Author Peter Dreier penned a response to the Los Angeles magazine’s “Failure” article framing Villaraigosa’s accomplishments in the political climate of larger failures attributed to former President George W. Bush, the governor, and the state legislature. The first part of the piece tries to put the plight of the city and Villaraigosa in that context. It also discusses many initiatives started by the Mayor that are still being implemented, so we cannot definitively say what the end result will be. Also glaringly absent from the piece is the disappointment that many in Los Angeles and in the greater Latino community have felt regarding the Mayor’s personal indiscretions and news of yet another girlfriend, while his divorce from wife Corina Villaraigosa is not yet finalized. The mayor has been criticized for time spent away from City Hall, but it seems that he has plenty of time for photo ops and dating. This playboy persona doesn’t add to his image of success in my view and doesn’t endear him to many of the more family oriented citizens of Los Angeles.

I do think that the suggestions for what Villaraigosa can do in his second term, as offered by Dreier in the article, are good ones. The four suggestions include: making the city cleaner and greener, attracting more green jobs, push for more housing (especially a mixed income housing ordinance), and making neighborhoods more livable with improved public transit. Hopefully, Villaraigosa will take these suggestions in stride, but many still wonder if he will hit the campaign trail and run for governor instead.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jun 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

    The Israeli Lobby has a huge investment in Villaraigosa, and that same Israeli Lobby has steered a lot public monies back towards developers from the local Los Angeles Jewish Community. Naturally, they are going to promote him. Villaraigosa is their boy. But what about the other groups of Angeleno voters who have watched their tax dollars squandered in city projects that hardly benefit the public. Who wants to go downtown and spent the entire day sitting in a car, and then when you get out of the car you are hammered by the 150,000 plus homeless people wandering the street looking for handouts. Villaraigosa is a constant reminder that the genuine needs of the citizens of Los Angeles will never be addressed, nor will he be accountable to the promises he continues to make. City Hall will continue to resemble the Bush 2 Administration as long as Villaraigosa continues his minimal efforts to do city business and sell his office to the highest bidder.

  • 2 BettyM // Jun 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    The Dreier article is very well written. The Mayor should read it and refer to it from time to time, maybe it would help him stay on task.

  • 3 Anna // Jun 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Re: “Also glaringly absent from the piece is the disappointment that many in Los Angeles and in the greater Latino community have felt regarding the Mayor’s personal indiscretions and news of yet another girlfriend…”

    It’s absent because it’s trivial and irrelevant. I hate to break this to you, but if the mayor is separated then he is allowed to have a private life.

  • 4 webmaster // Jun 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “It’s absent because it’s trivial and irrelevant. I hate to break this to you, but if the mayor is separated then he is allowed to have a private life.”

    Tell that to the people in the Central Valley should he run for governor. This is a man who cannot even keep marriage vows, which gets to the essence of his low character.

  • 5 Sandogg // Jun 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Unfortunately, there way too many apologists like Anna in California. That is why we keep getting stuck with incompetent elected officials like Villar.

  • 6 jammer // Jun 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Anna, grow up. I’ll bet you brighten a room just by leaving. You and your degree in Smartology are wearing thin. It must be a heavy responsibility having to attack all the time. No you don’t have to defend your position here. Move on and try to find something positive to say. As for Hizoner…, As I see it he has the same 168 hours in a week as we do. Assuming he puts in 40 t0 60 hours a week doing his job, 30 t0 40 sleeping, 3-4 hours for shopping for Armani, Hugo Boss, and Burberry, it still leaves him plenty of time for mischief and screwing around. So maybe the problem is not how he uses his time but how competent he is…, perhaps that’s where the debate should be?

  • 7 Anna // Jun 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Right now the California budget crisis is threatening to destroy the schools and the social safety net, and Washington wil not intervene. The middle class and the poor, many of whom are Latino, are going to be destroyed by this budget. Some people are going to end up in the street or dead, and nobody in power gives a schitt.

    This is a real issue, not who people are sleeping with. I don’t know why you can’t separate real issues from soap opera, tabloid issues. It’s like an obsession.

  • 8 El Cholo // Jun 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Anna, you’re the one who can’t separate soap opera issues from real issues. You’re too inanely stupid to realize that the leadership, or rather lack of leadership, commitment, and absence of character that is Antonio Villaraigosa has allowed the city of Los Angeles to become what it is. Every Los Angeles Mayor has left his mark on the City. Since Tom Bradley, each Mayor has left the City of Los Angeles in an improved state than when they first took charge. That is not going to be the case with Antonio Villaraigosa.

  • 9 theKaiser // Jun 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    People have been dying in the streets of Los Angeles in greater numbers than ever before. There are over 150,000 homeless people existing in and around downtown. What are you F*@#ing blind Anna? It’s become more and more of a obvious part of the landscape since Villaraigosa has sat in City Hall. He has turned one of the most beautiful cities in the world into a Third World metropolis. You can’t run the city of Los Angeles on 11 hours a month.

  • 10 WhatThe.. // Jun 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Jewish money + (x) = Success
    (x) can be a variable, lets use Mayor Villar.

  • 11 Michaelr // Jun 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    That’s a good point. The Jewish community is simply protecting their boy by writing a positive article. But how far will they go for their boy?

  • 12 Anna // Jun 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Re: “You’re too inanely stupid to realize that the leadership, or rather lack of leadership, commitment, and absence of character that is Antonio Villaraigosa has allowed the city of Los Angeles to become what it is.”

    LOL

    Millions of illegal immigrants have made the city what it is along with the economic crisis. What impact do you think it has on a city to add millions of unskilled people who can’t speak English, or vote, and who use a large share of government services? Formerly middle class areas that used to have a solid tax base are now full of grafitti and populated by millions of poor people. Hmmm…I wonder why. Get a clue. I remember what these areas looked like before. I’m not trying to be mean, but we don’t have the infrastructure to take care of all of these people. What is the mayor supposed to do? The feds won’t help.

    And you mention Tom Bradley. When he was mayor, Los Angeles was still a wealthy city with few social problems and lots of defense contracts from the federal government. Despite that, there was a riot on his watch, the biggest in US history.

  • 13 DoctorH // Jun 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Los Angeles has always had social/race/class related problems. Broadway just didn’t resemble Tijuana’s main streets like it does now, which has brought the negative Latino immigrant issues out in the open. It’s been a long time since we’ve had such an inactive, hands-on Mayor, or a Mayor as cerebrally challenged as Villaraigosa is dealing with social/race/class related problems. It also doesn’t help that several of the city councilpersons who’s districts are predominately immigrant aren’t very active in their communities, or in finding solutions. However, of course the Mayor’s public behavior doesn’t really inspire that. Now does it?

  • 14 El Cholo // Jun 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Now you can add public thief to the resume of Antonio Villaraigosa. Go to http://www.noethics.net./California_Reporter/assymiscabusedave.pdf

  • 15 LA office space // Jun 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I’m curious if the Jewish Journal published their article independantly or as a response to the article in Los Angeles Magazine.

  • 16 Mijo Tell d Truth // Jun 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Mayor V. cut his deal with the Jewish lobby back in 1994. He has been empowering them since then with many plum appointments and more important business opportunities. Even though he’s not smart enough to bring any thing new to the table they will protect him until 2013.

    The article you refered to is just pay back for his support, along with Zionists Jack Weiss, Wendy Gruel, and airhead Janice Hahn, for the slaughter of Palestians in Gaza a few weeks ago.

    In LA crime pays !

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