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Rainstorms prompt Villaraigosa to cancel Washington trip

January 19, 2010 |  4:27 pm

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today canceled a trip to Washington to monitor the city’s response to the Southern California rainstorms.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Mayor is no longer traveling to D.C. and will remain in Los Angeles to lead the response efforts to the rainstorms," said Sarah Hamilton, the mayor’s spokeswoman.

Villaraigosa had been scheduled to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Villaraigosa, the group’s vice president, was going to speak about the success of the city’s summer jobs program for at-risk youth.

The mayor also had planned to meet with Obama administration officials and congressional leaders about efforts to accelerate the construction of major transportation infrastructure projects in Los Angeles, including the extension of the Red Line subway to Westwood.

-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall

Photo: The Los Angeles skyline shortly after the storm passed. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times