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Villaraigosa Joins USC as a Policy Professor

Villaraigosa Joins USC as a Policy Professor
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It's official. Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is getting more work than Robert Downey Jr.

See also: Villaraigosa Joins Mega-PR Firm Edelman.

Villaraigosa turned his post–City Hall career into a six-pack by taking on his sixth job this week, this one as a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, the university announced today.

Such a Mexican. The guy only has a half-dozen jobs:

Just this week it was also announced that Mayor V. would be joining the world's largest PR firm, Edelman, as a "senior adviser."

The guy will be giving a lot of advice. He also has advisory gigs at Herbalife and Banc of California and will serve as a fellow at Harvard and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

On top of all that, he's getting a $97,380-a-year pension for his time at City Hall and in Sacramento.

USC says Mayor V. ...

... will work on innovative, large-scale approaches to the significant policy issues facing California.

He's being given the title of "professor of the practice of policy," which is reserved for "individuals who have made significant contributions in the public practice of their field of expertise," the school says.

Villaraigosa will spearhead a project called "USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream," which will focus on state government, public-private partnerships and "social innovation," USC says.

The former mayor says:

I am excited about working with the school to propose solutions to some of the state's and nation's critical policy challenges.

We'd be excited by six paychecks, too.

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