Member-supported news for Southern California
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Support for KPCC comes from:

Villaraigosa and the state of the city: 'L.A. is on the move'

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's $7.7 billion budget was approved by the Los Angeles City Council. (Photo: Mayor Villaraigosa at celebration for Port of L.A. main channel deepening project).
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke on the deck of USS Iowa on April 3, 2013 to mark the completion of the port's main channel deepening project at Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.

Last night, in his final State of the City address before he ends his term on June 30th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the advances made during eight years in office. But what improvements do you have the mayor to thank for? Where has he let you down? How will L.A.’s next mayor take his initiatives to the next level?

Last night, in his final State of the City address before he ends his term on June 30th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the advances made during eight years in office: reducing the city’s carbon emissions by almost 30%, a nearly 50% drop in violent crime and homicides, a shiny new overhaul of LAX’ international terminal and the opening of four light-rail lines.  He also cited an increase in police officers, a friendlier and more prosperous business climate, reductions in city worker costs and a national model for gang reduction.

RELATED: Check out KPCC's Dear Mayor project

The mayor has fallen short of some of his lofty goals, however – such as an initative to plant a million trees.  And reactions to his aggressive attempts at school reform have been mixed.

What improvements do you have the mayor to thank for?  Where has he let you down? How will L.A.’s next mayor take his initiatives to the next level?  What’s next for Antonio Villaraigosa?

Guest:
Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor

Stay Connected