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Villaraigosa offers bet on Lakers-Suns games


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, touching on immigration enforcement in Arizona, offered a wager Monday to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon over the outcome of the NBA battle between the Lakers and the Suns.

Should the Suns win the NBA Western Conference Finals,  Los Angeles will "humbly accept ownership of 'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio," Villaraigosa said in a letter to Gordon.

Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, has been praised and criticized for his tough stance against illegal immigrants.

"Perhaps a stint in Los Angeles would teach him that you cannot deduce immigration status simply by looking at a person," Villaraigosa wrote.

Should the Lakers win, Los Angeles would give Phoenix California Republican gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman, both of whom are "currently battling for supremacy on the issue of illegal immigration," Villaraigosa said.

"Perhaps some time in Arizona," Villaraigosa said, "would show them both that being governor isn't always all it's cracked up to be."

--Robert J. Lopez
 
Comments () | Archives (38)

I give our mayor allot of credit, because he's not only trying to show support for the many people this new law involves , but he's also showing that how much strength there is in number's as well as races! It's not just the mexicans that are on the list of the immigration law but just the target's!

Oh you poor ignorant gabachos. When we're the majority, we'll treat you with the same respect you treated us. No more no less. Back across the Atlantic you go. You murderous dogs broke our ancestors laws. Just returning the favor.

PHOENIX THIS IS AS FAR AS YOU WILL GET HE HE DONT MESS AROUND WITH THE REAL CHAMPS ...... WHOS YOUR DADDY?

if Mayor Tony had his way he'd change the name "Los Angeles" "to New Tijuana" and make the Lakers AND Dodgers wear Los Lakers and Los Dodgers for EVERY game. If it wasn't for Hollywood, LA would be just another one of Mexico's cities.

Instead of wasting time on this, he should concentrate on 10 E fwy jams from Kellog interchange to 605, 10 miles strech takes us 1 hour almost everyday.

Contact me for a solution to this problem. I am tired of going through this everyday. It seems that nobody is going to do anything about it, it has been like this for the past 5 years. Believe me, I have a solution if anyone wants to listen.

Ah yes, the conservatives out in force once again on the Comment board. Why do I waste my time?

How about if the Lakers win, Villar resigns. And if the Lakers lose, Villar resigns.
Posted by: DavidAdner

Good one, David! There's a recall going on for our infamous Mayor Villaraigosa. I urge those who are tired of the nonsense going on in our once great city to sign the petition and pass the word along.

www.recallcityhall.org

If Mayor Villaraigosa wants to offer a real bet, may I give an option? How about if the Lakers win, all of Arizonas illegal imigrants can come stay in Los Angeles. If the Suns win, Mayor Villaraigosa will resign and move to Mexico. Sounds fair to me. If this were the bet, even as a Lakers fan, I must say....GO SUNS!

This is a bit difficult to understand. The best way to protest a law you view as unjust is to engage in trafficking human beings (i.e. trading a sheriff for two gubernatorial candidates).

I only wish the people in jurisdictions like Santa Monica, Burbank, Pasadena, etc., who are victimized by your terrible leadership could vote on your fate.

Heck, I'll take Arpaio over our sorry excuse for a mayor any day! At least he follows the law!

How about we trade Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Phoenix for a mayor to be named later! He has run LA into the ground!

To Arizona,, do not waste your breath replying to this idiot Mayor. Just sent all the illegals immigrant here to Los Angeles. He will welcome them in open arms.

Save the money on all the legal process. Give each illegals immigrant $50 pocket money and sent them on a high end tour bus to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Funny; coming fron someone who doen't have a chance, nor comes close, to being our next Govenor, unless he banks on his name like he did in the Mayor's race(s). Maybe he needs to be swapped out to Arizona to at least learn how to take a tough stance on JUST ONE of the many issues facing L.A.

 
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