Yeah boi! One thing we can say about Mayor V, is his ability to put Los Angeles on the map.
First elected in 2005 after a 180 year drought of Latino Mayors in Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has seen the ups and downs of being a high profile elected official. Certainly not shy to lights, camera, action! Mayor V’s re-election victory party at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles was a celebration of sorts.
Exited supporters waving their signs, Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A” playing loudly in the background, and an introduction by Lakers legend Magic Johnson, this victory party marked not only a historic re-election, but a rebirth of Los Angeles.
With a 10.1% unemployment rate and 1 out 10 people without jobs, the state registers office reports this is the highest unemployment rate since June 1983.
Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” was on top of the charts and it seems—not much has changed, we’re still working hard!
Although the economy is in shambles, and the “Dream with Me” Mayor had certain fidelity indiscretions, there is still a sense of hope.
That hope, is the stuff that got Obama elected. And while some cry that the Mayor likes to be in front of the camera too much, or that he really had no competition and that in many ways Democracy in Los Angeles is dead – whaa -whaa, cry me a river and get over it.
So for the man in charge of the second largest city in the nation, a city in debt, low employment rates, a crumbling school system, and god knows what else, L.A continues to be one of the most desired cities to live in: we got the weather, the beach, the mountains, the entertainment, the bars, the clubs, the nightlife, we be big pimpin’! Spending G’s!
And we need a Mayor that understands that!
As well as a Mayor that can secure Los Angeles a huge portion of that stimulus package. You know, for all the official business of job creation, infrastructure and economic development.
Now, if only we knew for sure he’s going finish his term. Rumor has it that Governorship can be pretty enticing…
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