Where's Antonio? Visiting His Cousin in Sacramento, Cutting a Ribbon at Costco
Time again for another head-scratchin' update of the daily comings and goings of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also known in some circles as the "11 Percent Mayor." (see ending for explanation)
This week, Villaraigosa seemed obsessed with the 2010 U.S. Census and dabbled in one of his favorite time wasters: hitting the campaign trail for someone else.
On Monday, March 1, the mayor held no public events in Los Angeles, according to City News Service, because he went out of town to Sacramento to attend the swearing-in of the new California State Assembly speaker, who happens to be Villaraigosa's cousin, John Perez.
The swearing-in took place in the early afternoon, which probably killed Villaraigosa's work schedule for a nice chunk of that day.
On Tuesday, Villaraigosa was back in Los Angeles and held a 10 a.m. press conference with City Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Paul Krekorian about the "outreach campaign" for the 2010 U.S. Census.
"By spending 10 minutes of your time filling out this (census)
questionnaire," Villaraigosa told reporters, "you can help frame the
next 10 years."
Villaraigosa, according to City News Service, "estimated the city lost
about $206 million in federal and state funding over the last decade
because 76,800 Angelenos were not counted in the 2000 census."
On Wednesday, Villaraigosa spoke at the America's Business Forum at UCLA at 8:30 a.m., talked again about the 2010 census at a town hall meeting at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at 12 p.m,, and then showed up on the steps of City Hall for a 1 p.m. campaign rally of sorts for former California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, who's now running for Congress.
"We need representation in Congress that understands the needs of this city, the complexities of this city, the diversities of this city," said Villaraigosa, who's endorsing Bass. (Bass, by the way, endorsed his cousin, John Perez, for assembly speaker.)
Apparently one of the needs of Los Angeles, which is facing a major budget crisis among other crises, is the opening of a brand new Costco.
On Thursday, Villaraigosa and Councilman Richard Alarcon met up again for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at "Los Angeles' first new Costco in 14 years," according to City News Service. That camera-mugging event took place at 7:30 a.m.
The mayor was then chauffeured, most probably by his ever-present LAPD security detail, to the San Fernando Valley Community Faith-Based Census Leadership Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. at the Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church.
Yes, you read that right: more census talk.
Later that same day, at 5 p.m., Villaraigosa once again spoke about the census at the "State of Latinos: Census 2010" town hall at Azteca America.
The mayor wrapped up his day at 7 p.m. with Hollywood Reporter editor Eric Mika at a "welcoming celebration of the 2010 Academy Awards." Villaraigosa and Mika co-hosted "the first-ever" Nominees Night at the Getty House, the official, swanky residence of the mayor.
Today, Villaraigosa is scheduled to announce the winners of the African American Heritage Contest at the Los Angeles Times building at 11:30 a.m.
Then he'll scoot over to the California Science Center to testify at a 1 p.m. hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the impact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Contact Patrick Range McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Explanation: L.A. Weekly published a 2008 feature story
about how Villaraigosa only worked 11 percent of his time on
nuts-and-bolts issues during a 10-week period that year. Bloggers and community
activists have now taken to calling Villaraigosa the "11 Percent Mayor.")
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.