Job creation is destined to become one of the policy buzz words of 2010: everyone badly wants to turn around a seemingly desperate unemployment situation, from the President to the legions of unemployed workers sitting on the sidelines. Mayor Villaraigosa is jumping into the fray with his own program, beginning with the appointment of a jobs czar who has been given the assignment of making Los Angeles a more hospitable place to open and run a business. But with an unclear mandate and a budget deficit surpassing $200 million, how much can a jobs czar really do? What can the Mayor and city government do to create new jobs?
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles