Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's goodbye party has sparked some transition drama this week with Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.
As we reported last week, Villaraigosa is throwing himself a big, $265,000 bash at Grand Park on Friday night, with special guests Ryan Seacrest, Wanda Sykes and Bill Clinton, and with some of the funds provided by hard-working taxpayers like you. The bash was billed as a chance to say goodbye to Villaraigosa and hello to Garcetti.
But until yesterday, Garcetti had not confirmed his attendance.
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Garcetti was still leaving Villaraigosa hanging, according to the mayor's office.
Late Wednesday, however, Garcetti's spokesman, Yusef Robb, said that Garcetti will be on hand.
“The mayor-elect is going to be there to say a few words to wish the current mayor best wishes,” Robb said.
The point of waiting to confirm seems to be to underscore the point that this is Villaraigosa's party and that any blowback about the cost should be directed at him.
“This isn't our party,” Robb said. “The mayor-elect was invited to attend, and we're happy to attend.”