AirTalk for January 18, 2011

Taking Los Angeles into 2011

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during a UNITE HERE unionized hotel workers campaign.

Arguably one of Los Angeles’ most colorful public figures, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa never seems to miss a ribbon-cutting or photo opp. Now, halfway through his second term, what milestones have we seen him reach? One goal he set when taking office -- to generate 20 percent of the city’s power from renewable resources by the year 2010 – has just been reached. In fact, Los Angeles just retired its last diesel bus, making ours one of the first major transit systems to go green. We’ve just seen a changing of the guard at the LAUSD – what will Dr. John Deasy do to get our schools back on track, a major priority for the mayor? The Federal Transit Administration has just granted long-awaited approval for the Westside Subway Extension, paving the way for another of Villaraigosa’s pet projects, the “subway to the sea.” and he continues to work with the city council to squeeze every last drop of services out of an ever-shrinking budget. As he heads into the final stretch of his last term, what will Mayor V’s priorities be? How will he accomplish his goals?

Guest:

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles


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