AirTalk for September 29, 2011

Mayor Villaraigosa talks realignment, infrastructure and jobs

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks to the media after a meeting with President Obama. The mayor discussed local efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth.

Between the looming prison realignment starting this weekend, the sign-off from the Governor on Los Angeles’ Farmer’s Field and sundry infrastructure projects, LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a lot on his plate right now.

Last week, Villaraigosa led a delegation of mayors in urging President Obama and Congress to work together to create jobs and rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. And earlier this month one of his pet projects, the expansion of the Expo line, broke ground.

Mayor Villaraigosa was also one of the earliest supporters of the new football stadium that will be built in downtown, and with the Governor signing a bill to fast track environmental complaints on the project, it looks like we could have a team on the gridiron by 2013.

WEIGH IN:

Will the Mayor’s major projects bring jobs to the city as he promises? What impact will the prison realignment have on an already stretched police department? And, will Villaraigosa’s focus on infrastructure make a difference in LA’s city streets, sidewalks and public utilities?

GUEST:

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles


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