Antonio Villaraigosa: Eight Years Later, What Did We Get? - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Antonio Villaraigosa: Eight Years Later, What Did We Get?

Posted: Updated:
Los Angeles, CA -

A lot of people have become instant experts on the two terms of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  We were with him on his last Friday to get his sense of what he thinks about what he's accomplished.

When I asked the soon to be ex-Mayor for a moment of his time, he came over and put his arm around me, and looked at the camera and talked about how Los Angeles is ‘'still dreaming'' , how this is the ‘‘Pacific Century''...that arm thing was what endeared him to many, and also what alienated others. He was friendly smiling and open...hard working and dedicated to making Los Angeles better.

He was egotistical , power hungry, fake, and spread too thin, others would say. Probably a lot of both of those things make up Antonio Villaraigosa. Yet as we spent a few minutes together on his ‘‘thank you tour'' at the iconic Pinks in Hollywood (where you can get a Mayor dog with jalapeno for $ 6.95) he was thinking that the best of LA is still ahead of us, that he's charted a strong course in terms of advances in transportation, improvements in education, and reduction in crime.

Even his critics would have to agree we're better off in those areas than we were 8 years ago.  Villaraigosa felt that Mayor Elect Garcetti would easily transition into office and keep the positive momentum going. His style was ‘'hey look at me', whereas Garcetti's is anything but, but hey... it seemed to work for him. No doubt we could've done without the divorce and girlfriend issues,  the ticket taking scandal, but in the big picture of big city politics...yawn???   Through it all he kept that big grin on his face and moved forward, with that attitude that said ‘‘Hey.. I'm the Mayor...I know what I' m doing, leave me alone ." Okay. I mean if you look at his early life on paper, no way does he get where he's been. For that he is an inspiration to many.

As for his future, he's not really committing to anything, there are rumblings of various big time LA figures and companies he could work for, and he has reportedly confiding in some that he will run for Governor. The ego thing. Still. 

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • myFOX Tech

    Sprint Introduces The New Sharp AQUOS Crystal And Family Data Pricing

    Sprint Introduces The New Sharp AQUOS Crystal And Family Data Pricing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:18:48 GMT
    Sprint had some big news today with the introduction of a gorgeous new Android handset, Sharp's AQUOS Crystal, and new Family plan pricing. 
    Sprint had some big news today with the introduction of a gorgeous new Android handset, Sharp's AQUOS Crystal, and new Family plan pricing. 
  • USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:13:27 GMT
    A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out...
    A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.
  • Footage Shows Huge Crocodile Stalking Tourist in Mexico

    Footage Shows Huge Crocodile Stalking Tourist in Mexico

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:30:02 GMT
    MUST WATCH video: A tourist in Mexico was captured on video frantically swimming away from a large crocodile, trying to reach the shore before he was the animal's lunch.
    MUST WATCH video: A tourist in Mexico was captured on video frantically swimming away from a large crocodile, trying to reach the shore before he was the animal's lunch.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices