The Downtown News reports that Padilla, who represents the east San Fernando Valley, told the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum on Wednesday that he's interested in the job once Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office.
"I'm definitely looking at it," Padilla is quoted as saying. "This is home. I love the city. After seven and a half years I know City Hall fairly well."
Padilla, a Pacoima native, is somewhat of a Valley golden boy of politics, having been the youngest City Council president in history and a graduate of MIT.