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Villaraigosa quips about Mayor Bloomberg's money in video promoting downtown L.A. stadium

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office shot a video to promote the city’s quest for an NFL team -- a production that features firefighters, mariachis, a surfer and, of course, the mayor himself.

In the one-minute spot, Villaraigosa promises viewers that taxpayer money will not be used to build a proposed downtown football stadium, planned near Staples Center. “This project will be 100% privately funded, but not by me. Who do you think I am? Mayor Bloomberg?” Villaraigosa quipped in a reference to New York’s billionaire mayor.

Although Anschutz Entertainment Group plans to build the stadium itself, the company is expected to seek a $1-per-year lease for the land under it, according to city officials. That land is owned by the city. The stadium proposal is linked to a plan to rebuild a portion of the Convention Center, which would require the city to issue $350 million in bonds.

Under the proposal, the bonds would be paid back with new tax revenue from the stadium and convention center. AEG has promised to make up the difference if there is a shortfall.

The video, which went up on YouTube on Monday morning and quickly showed up at la.curbed.com, was put together by the mayor’s new media aide and a group of interns, said Villaraigosa spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton. Those who appeared in it, including children from Hollenbeck Middle School, volunteered their time, she said.

Hamilton said the spot was meant to be “lighthearted” and focus on a team, not a new stadium.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

 
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I don't see anything wrong with having a billionaire Mayor. Perhaps Villaraigosa should try being one? :P

After all being on the 500 plus team of Mayors against illegal guns, shouldn't he follow the leader/Chairman?

It would not harm to have a couple of more DWCs around town.
There are still some 200 women coming to the Day Center that have no home yet.

All I know is I'm ready for a new mayor!

They keep saying that the stadium is not going to use any of the taxpayers money but the city is issuing 350 million in bonds. Isn't that taxpayer dollars? Who's going to pay for the remodeling of the convention center which is public land? Who's going to pay for the infrastructure changes? This is a lie told straight in the tax payers faces. This is why the US is the way it is corrupt politicians and greedy businessmen. I hope their environmental report gets thrown back in their faces.

$1 a year to lease city property and a 350 million bond is NOT city money- yeh right mini mayor!!!!!!

Please, we don't need the NFL here in L.A. This city is Lakers and Dodgers (Ok Clippers too). We don't need to spend money on a stadium that gets used a handful of times a year. Besides, why would we want to get rid of the Auto show when it is used for more days than a football game. Seriously, we are talking about a stadium that will be used for how many home games a year? Does anyone remember who shows up to football games?

Little Tony doesn't have the big money because he's never had a good idea of his own, much less acted on one. He's always relied on unions funding his life style or the tax payers.

So after years of shallow, ego-pumping stories intended on painting the mayor in a positive light, The Times is now trying to dig (and, dig hard) for negative stories about the mayor? What a ridiculous story and placed on the home page no less. I'm not the biggest fan of the mayor's, but it was a harmless joke. Thanks for wasting my time with this inane non-story.

I'm glad to hear that L.A. has found a big pot o' money, so you can build a big, expensive stadium down town. Of course, L.A., you won't make any profit on it. You will be paying the police to do the traffic duty, and dealing with the drunks.

My sister who lives in the Valley, will be happy to hear about that big pot o' money. There are one or two things she thinks should be seen to.

Look, I don't live there anymore, so it isn't any money out of my pocket, but the NFL is going to suck multi-millions out of your economy, when you don't have money to pay your teachers. And it doesn't stop there. If they want a stadium, let them pay for it. Los Angeles is a Great City without a football team. You don't NEED one. I think they need you. It is one thing to give them a piece of property, which is probably worth a pretty penny, and let them build their stadium. (That is what San Francisco did for the Giants.) It is quite another to build the damn thing for them.

Don't let the NFL and the Mayor spook you into spending money you don't have, for something you don't need. By the way, can you tell us what we can do with an unused Candlestick Park? It has a little earthquake damage.

A 350 million dollar bond that is presumably meant to be paid off with revenue from the project. How many other cities in the U.S. spent or obligated big bucks for sports ventures only to find themselves on the hook for repaying bond measures and such. If you say no cost to the taxpayer, then mean it. No obligation whatsoever.

The Pint Size Mayor is just blowing smoke, and nothing more to give his friends a free ride on tax payers money.

Did I see school children in that commercial? Wasn't an LA High School Coach written up and given time off for having put some of his football players in a magazine shoot for the film Bruno? What gives? Is the mayor using students from schools under his "guidance" to act in this lousy promo? Is he trying to one up the Bell city council? I certainly hope an NFL team has the good sense to stay away from Los Angeles. The fans here are too fair weather. They only climb on board when their teams are doing well, and stay away when they are playing poorly. Also, when the Raiders were in town, fights broke out at the LA Coliseum almost every game. Why would I want to go to a game fearing for my life or the life of my family? This is the reason why I don't go to Laker games.

Well now I see where the Mayor is ....promoting anything and everything except EDUCATION...how sad to use our HMS students for his gain....PLAS should be ashamed.


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