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Villaraigosa wants money -- but not a 'bailout' or 'handout'

December 8, 2008 |  1:44 pm

All this talk by President-elect Barack Obama about huge investment in public works projects has America's big-city mayors -- including ours -- licking their chops. Antonio Villaraigosa joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others in Washington to beg not for a bailout but an "investment," according to City News Service. Our mayor has a lot of places he could spend the money, including the extension of the subway into the Westside. Details:

Villaraigosa met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Reps. Charles Rangel of New York, James Oberstar of Minnesota and David Obey from Wisconsin. At a news conference in the Capitol Building, Villaraigosa renewed his call an investment in infrastructure to create new jobs in Los Angeles. "We are not asking for a bailout. We are providing the road map to recovery. We are not asking for a handout," Villaraigosa said. "Los Angeles and America’s cities are rising to the challenge once again," he said. "The federal government can get the biggest bang for its buck by meeting us halfway. And together with the leadership of our new president and this Congress, the America people will rise up and get our nation moving again.

--Shelby Grad

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