Last night, in his final State of the City address before he ends his term on June 30th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the advances made during eight years in office: reducing the city’s carbon emissions by almost 30%, a nearly 50% drop in violent crime and homicides, a shiny new overhaul of LAX’ international terminal and the opening of four light-rail lines. He also cited an increase in police officers, a friendlier and more prosperous business climate, reductions in city worker costs and a national model for gang reduction.
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The mayor has fallen short of some of his lofty goals, however – such as an initative to plant a million trees. And reactions to his aggressive attempts at school reform have been mixed.
What improvements do you have the mayor to thank for? Where has he let you down? How will L.A.’s next mayor take his initiatives to the next level? What’s next for Antonio Villaraigosa?
Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor