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For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. , his recent trips to Washington, D.C., Dallas and other parts of the country are leaving a gap at home -- and opportunities for others.
Take, for instance, charismatic San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Frequently mentioned as a future candidate for governor, Newsom was working the state Democratic Convention while Villaraigosa was at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.
Among those Newsom was courting were leaders of the California Teachers Association The California Teachers Association (CTA), initially established in 1863 as the California Educational Society, is by far the largest teachers' union in the state of California. It is considered by many to be the most powerful union in California. , who wanted to talk about the relationship of big-city mayors and the school districts within their jurisdictions.
Newsom made a point of telling CTA An abbreviation for cum testamento annexo, Latin for "with the will annexed." leaders that he had backed off from a Villaraigosa-type approach of having near total control. Instead, he chose to supplement the district with preschool and after-school funding.
``He never knocked Villaraigosa, but he made the point that he was an official the teachers union could work with in the future,'' one observer said.
Villaraigosa is a former organizer for United Teachers Los Angeles, but the mayor and the union have been at odds over much of his district reform effort.
Los Angeles school The Los Angeles School of Urbanism is an academic movement emerged during the mid-1980s, loosely based at the University of Southern California and UCLA, that poses a challenge to the dominant Chicago School of Urbanism. officials say it was simply a matter of a missed deadline -- but it is looking more like a case of bruised egos.
A social studies textbook on American history was rejected by the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. for use this coming year because it was not submitted to educators in time to review, officials said.
Coincidentally, the book was the only one of three submitted that prominently featured a picture of Villaraigosa being sworn in as the city's first Latino mayor in 150 years.
But, as far as satire goes, Mayor Villaraigosa is in with some fine company these days.
An unidentified prankster has developed a personal Web page for Villaraigosa on the popular Myspace.com site.
To access it takes some dexterity, however, and the long Internet address of:
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So far, there is no indication that any other local officials have pages mocking them, but among those for whom pages have been created are California Sen. Barbara Boxer, former Vice President Al Gore, New York New York, state, United States
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It was a torturous political path for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. leading up to last week's decision to appeal a court ruling limiting police officers' ability to arrest the homeless.
For more than two weeks, Delgadillo had avoided answering questions over who had the authority to decide the appeal -- whether he could do it on his own or whether he needed the City Council's approval -- and even if the case should be appealed.
His lack of a clear ruling left council members stewing and uncertain on what course to take.
Finally, a frustrated Councilwoman Jan Perry was able to force the council to meet in closed session to consider the matter just two days before an appeals deadline.
The issue also has created some consternation among the more liberal members of the council, who voted to support Perry's call for an appeal.
There had been heavy lobbying to try to convince Council President Eric Garcetti, in particular, to oppose the legal challenge, but he agreed to the appeal.
The only three council members to oppose the lawsuit were Jose Huizar, Bill Rosendahl and Jack Weiss.