Politic365

 
 


Grito

12:33am June 4, 2013

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Leaving Office with $265K Party

8074224031_881686908a_c

Outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will get a $265,000 send off at this year’s Celebrate LA event. President Clinton will be in attendance as will many celebrities including Placido Domingo, Pepe Aguilar and Ryan Seacrest.

The entire cost of the Celebrate LA “block party” won’t be absorbed by taxpayers, as Time Warner Cable, Wells Fargo, Disney, the Bohnett Foundation, LA 2050, and the Department of Water and Power and Port of Los Angeles will donate $190,000 for the event. However, the remaining $75,000 will be paid for by public funds for police and street services.

A union that represents city employees isn’t pleased about public funds being used for the celebration in light of budget cuts. In the past five years, Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council have cut the city workforce by 5,300 positions, and in late April, Villaraigosa suggested that the new mayor forgo giving raises to city workers for four years to create a surplus.

Villaraigosa has said that after his term is up at the end of the month that he wants to “ride into the sunset for a bit,” but he has chosen to go out with bang.

The outgoing Mayor has been scrutinized before for how much time he has spent “on task” engaging in policy and in city business. A recent analysis by the LA Weekly shows that in 2012, 42% of Villaraigosa’s work time was spent on out of town trips, while 15% of his official work time was spent in the city working on city business.

 



About the Author

Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
crop1

Record Number of African Americans Running Statewide in 2014

A record number of African Americans are running statewide for the midterm elections.  Below is a chart of the candidates who will be on the ballot on Tuesday.
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
dccc1

DCCC Begs for Cash Again, Finally Mentions a Black Person Running for Congress

The Hill, Mike Lillis: ”Democrats have raised $163 million to the GOP’s $125 million. That’s an enormous discrepancy, especially considering that Republicans control 34 more House seats than Democrats … The DCC...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
2278029793_90f710fd59_b

Will Latina Voices Be Heard on Election Day?

By Maria Elena Perez, National Institute of Reproductive Health As we come to yet another important election season, in which our basic right to choose hangs in the balance, we must ask: what is at stake for Latinas’ access t...
by Guest Contributor
0

 

Advertisement
 
Kay Hagan immigrants

Immigrant activists target Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan with billboard campaign

This week a group of immigrant activists in North Carolina unveiled a billboard campaign taking aim at Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for her immigration positions. Hagan was one of the five Democratic senators who opposed the DR...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
o1

Why Do Democrats Think They Can Bash Obama and Get Black Votes?

Here are a few election time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes?  Why should Black voters be motivated to turnout after months...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>