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Villaraigosa paid to attend only one of dozens of events

June 11, 2010 |  8:29 pm

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa paid for tickets to only one of dozens of sporting and entertainment events he has attended in the Los Angeles area since taking office in 2005, a lawyer for the mayor acknowledged Friday.

Villaraigosa has accepted free tickets to as many as 81 sporting, concert and awards show events, but has said he considers the appearances to be part of his official duties as mayor to promote and represent Los Angeles.

Still, the mayor’s office kept no records of who provided the free tickets, and aides still are searching for records to determine what official duties Villaraigosa performed, said Brian Currey, counsel to the mayor.

“We don’t have a documentary record of who provided the tickets, how much they are worth or how many there were. There were no logs kept," Currey said. “There’s just not much documentation.’’

Currey said Villaraigosa paid to attend a U2 concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in October, but did not pay for any other events. The mayor’s office cannot even confirm he attended all 81 events, only that they were on his official schedule.

--Phil Willon