Los Angeles political, business leaders in Washington for annual lobbying trip

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at the launch of the unaffiliated political organization known as No Labels December 13, 2010 at Columbia University in New York City.

If you’re looking for the political or business leadership of Los Angeles County this week, you’ll have to go to Washington, D.C.

More than 150 Angelenos are lobbying Congress and the White House on issues ranging from energy to health care to homelessness. L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa says this is the fifth year for “Los Angeles on the Hill.”

He says when people want to know "why we would bring so many people to Capitol Hill, this is where so much of the money that we need to put people back to work comes from."

Villaraigosa says his top priority is his proposal for federal transportation loans to start building L.A. County transit projects now – not in the 30 years it will take to fully fund them with a voter-approved half-cent sales tax.

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