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L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Cruise control

Why is this man smiling?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finishes his first four-year term on a perch that any big-city politician would envy -- no strong opposition, cash in his campaign coffers and a City Hall that is closely in sync with his agenda.

His most formidable potential challenger, billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, announced Friday that he would not run for the city's top office this year. While Caruso was explaining that decision, Villaraigosa was in Chicago appearing onstage with President-elect Barack Obama.

A second term would give Villaraigosa the opportunity to make further progress on goals he set out in his 2005 mayoral campaign, some of which have not been achieved. As he seeks reelection March 3, he will be in a position to strengthen his hold even further on L.A.'s political institutions -- ones with the power to shape policy on crime, education, transportation and the environment.

The City Council rarely challenges Villaraigosa's broader policy wishes. Two of the mayor's closest allies, council members Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel, are seen as front runners for city attorney and city controller, respectively.

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--David Zahniser and Phil Willon

Backfill: As the noon deadline passed Saturday for candidates to enter Los Angeles' mayoral, City Council and school board elections in March, several new names emerged in various races, but there were no major surprises. More from Howard Blume.

Photo: Associated Press

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hello there im just woundering if the new law under renter who land lord house falls in foreclouser is for the hole county of los angles. or just for the city of losangles .because im liveing in a foreclouser house that defaulted with my land lord. so i call houseing affairs and they said that they really dont know if foreclouser law that pass . is for county to... but for the city parts of los angles only is county and city apply under the new law which was sign by mayor antonio villarigosa thanks russ

I saw the mayor's comments today on KCAL9 regarding the budget deficit and the possible layoffs of at least 1,000 city workers. Are you kidding???!!! Quit giving so much to illigals, send them back where they came from or send THEIR country the bills for food, medical, legal fees, jail time, county services, etc., etc. Give me (and all of us who were born here before 1970), a big fat break!!! People come here from all kinds of countries and TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, without giving back.


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