For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA — The nonpartisan nonprofit PolitiFact California rated John Chiang’s attack against Antonio Villaraigosa “false,” noting Chiang’s ad “distorts the facts and creates a narrative that’s simply not supported.”
PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols said on Capital Public Radio, “Another thing that the ad leaves out, and it’s a big thing, is the fact that this backlog was eliminated – not just reduced – but eliminated under Villaraigosa’s watch… Under his leadership, the police force, the city, did go through and test all these thousands of kits.”
Law enforcement organizations and leaders have come out against the inaccurate attack ad and are calling on television stations to refuse to air the ad.
“Public safety was a top priority for Mayor Villaraigosa, and he was personally involved in making sure the rape kit backlog was eliminated in Los Angeles. This was a prime example of a successful partnership and not only did it bring justice – we saw a 20% decline in rapes and made the city safer. Not only is John Chiang misleading voters with false claims, he is dishonoring the efforts of Mayor Villaraigosa and the LAPD in bringing justice to these victims. He should remove this ad from the airwaves immediately,” said Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
“Antonio Villaraigosa always stood for justice and prioritized public safety, even during economic declines, just as he did as mayor of Los Angeles when he partnered with law enforcement to tackle the decade old backlog of untested rape kits. As reported back in 2011, his leadership led to the backlog being cleared, and more importantly, the arrest of many serious sexual predators,” states Jennifer Tejada, Director at Large for the California Police Chiefs Association.
The inaccurate ad also attacked Mayor Villaraigosa’s financial management of the city during the recession.
“The great recession crippled Los Angeles’ finances,” said former Los Angeles City Administrator Miguel Santana. “Faced with an extremely difficult situation, Mayor Villaraigosa stepped up and made the tough calls to keep the city solvent and operating, and we came through it stronger than ever. He brought Los Angeles back to financial health and saved our city from bankruptcy. In a crisis, you need a leader who can bring people together and get things done. He saved our city.”
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36, representing over 11,000 men and women, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
“As a union organizer, Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has consistently fought for good jobs that offer workers dignity and respect,” said Robert Smith, Political Director of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36. “We are proud to endorse Antonio, he has spent a lifetime fighting for working families and we know the he will continue to be a champion for every working Californian as Governor.”
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 is the latest major labor organization to endorse Villaraigosa for Governor and now joins Teamsters JC 42, United Farm Workers, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Peace Officers Research Association.
For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2018
Los Angeles – The Antonio for California campaign released its second television ad: “I Believe.” The 30-second ad began airing over the weekend. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has long been a champion for core California values of equality, justice and opportunity.
Villaraigosa is running on a platform of bringing people together to build a stronger California. “I Believe” reinforces his pledge to be a Governor for every Californian, in every part of the state. The ad lets voters know that Villaraigosa will be on their side and fighting for them, not catering to the wealthy or powerful special interests.
The Villaraigosa campaign has the momentum in these final weeks of the primary campaign. Villaraigosa has picked up the endorsements of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and La Opinion, in addition to elected officials and community leaders throughout California.
The ad can be viewed below.
Script: ‘I Believe’
This is the kind of governor I’ll be.
I believe in standing up for people who work hard.
I believe in focusing on better jobs and better schools for kids who have no other way up.
I believe in taking on the school establishment that cares more about what used to be, than what should be.
I believe in protecting DREAMers and immigrants.
And healthcare for the people in danger of losing it.
I’m not a Democrat for the powerful, I’ll be a governor who empowers you.
San Francisco – Today, former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin and former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
“I’m thrilled to have these outstanding San Francisco leaders join our campaign. I look forward to working with them to bring people together to create middle class jobs, build affordable housing and improve our public schools,” said Villaraigosa.
“For me, it’s a very easy decision. He is the best one to represent not only Los Angeles and San Francisco, but every city in California. From homelessness, affordable housing, and education, Mayor Villararigosa has demonstrated a commitment to doing the nitty gritty of the job with success. He will do the same thing when he goes to Sacramento,” noted Art Agnos, Former Mayor of San Francisco. Agnos served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1988 – 1992 and served as the Regional Director of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development during all eight years of President Bill Clinton’s two terms in office.
“We have a choice between a candidate who stands on principle and a candidate who sued his own city to overturn voter approved environmental protections. I chose the candidate who stands on principle – Antonio Villaraigosa,” declared SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin. Peskin is serving his fourth term on the board. Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon appointed Peskin to the California Coastal Commission in 2017. He also serves on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Peskin is recognized for his advocacy for affordable housing and environmental protection.
“Antonio Villaraigosa is the candidate of opportunity, and he understands we will not be one California united until we are united in the opportunity we provide to every man, woman and child. Throughout his entire career, this has been Antonio Villaraigosa’s passion and mission – equal opportunity. That’s why I’m proud to support him as Governor,” said former San Francisco County Supervisor David Campos. Campos served on the SF Board of Supervisors from 2008 – 2016. Campos is now Deputy County Executive for Santa Clara County. On the Board, Campos worked to provide safe zones for Planned Parenthood clinics, protect undocumented immigrants, and promote youth programs. Campos was appointed to the Board by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to fill a vacancy.
Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council and as Speaker of the California Assembly. The primary election is on June 5.
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO, CA (May 9, 2018) – The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) released the organization’s endorsement for the upcoming gubernatorial race in California. The statewide organization voted to endorse Antonio R. Villaraigosa for his strong and committed pro-small business stance on policy issues. This is the first time in the CHCC’s history that a candidate for governor has earned its endorsement. The endorsement was approved during the organization’s second quarterly directors meeting in Oakland, CA. The CHCC Board considered every candidate.
“The CHCC Board of Directors voted to endorse the Former Mayor of Los Angeles and Speaker of The California Assembly. For the small business community, job creation and economic prosperity will be the determining factor when casting their votes in the upcoming elections,” said Frank Montes, Chairman of the Board. “Antonio is a dedicated public servant who has earned the trust of communities across the state by engaging in both urban and rural settings and presenting his stance on numerous issues important to both small business and the general population,” Chairman Montes added. Mayor Villaraigosa has participated in several CHCC events; whereas, candidate Gavin Newsom has not responded to any of the organization’s invitations during the last four years.
As Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Villaraigosa reformed the city’s permitting process for new development, including establishing a Development Services Case Management Office to streamline the bureaucracy from requiring interactions with multiple departments into one centralized and streamlined process. Furthermore, Mayor Villaraigosa used procurement dollars to grow small business and create jobs by setting concrete goals to increase the number of small, women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses that bid successfully for City contracts, including passing a Local Preference Ordinance, giving an eight percent competitive advantage to L.A. County businesses to help them compete.
As Governor of California, Mayor Villaraigosa will bring both large and small business leaders together to listen to their concerns and experiences and work to reach pragmatic solutions to difficult problems of regulation and standards. Mayor Villaraigosa is committed to making business and job creation a top priority beginning with making sure government is doing its part as well and as effectively as it can and by building on the work that the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has undertaken. The CHCC is committed to keep him accountable for that promise.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. I recognize how important small business is to employing workers and growing our economy. As Mayor, I worked to create opportunities for small businesses to thrive — like championing the adoption of a three-year exemption from the gross receipts tax for new businesses. As Governor, I will work with our entrepreneurs to identify best practices on what we should change, what we should improve and what we should eliminate,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“This race is too important for small business, and the Hispanic community, to support a strong leader who can get the job done for all Californians. That is why for the first time in the CHCC’s forty-year history, we are proud to endorse Mayor Villaraigosa for governor,” said Julian Cañete, CHCC President/CEO. “Mayor Villaraigosa recognizes the importance of supporting small business, and the correlation to job creation and the state’s economic growth.”
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has a network of over 50 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the State of California. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business association, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000 Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s Emerging Businesses. For more information, please visit www.cahcc.com
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018
San Jose, CA – Former California Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa participated in the final gubernatorial debate of the 2018 primary season, and demonstrated he is the candidate best prepared to be the next Governor of California.
“There are so many challenges facing California, but there’s one clear solution: more middle-class jobs. That’s what our campaign is all about – fighting for the millions of Californians who are checking every single box, but still not getting ahead,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “We come from many places, but we all want the same things: a home we can afford; great schools for our kids; universal health care; affordable colleges; and lifelong learning that keeps families in the middle class.”
“Politicians attacking each other won’t solve our problems. We need to come together…to move forward together. This has been my life – fighting to lift everyone up. We can keep the California Dream alive. It isn’t going to be easy, but we can do it, together,” added Mayor Villaraigosa.
Voters statewide tuned-in to watch the gubernatorial candidates discuss their plans to address the economy, health care, education, immigration and job creation. Leaders from across the state voiced their continued support for Mayor Villaraigosa as the candidate that will best expand economic opportunity and equality for the people of California.
“Now more than ever we need a leader in California who is willing to stand up to the harmful policies of the Trump administration. Tonight’s debate showed us that Antonio Villaraigosa is the best candidate for Governor to do just that.” – said Arturo Rodriguez, President, United Farm Workers.
“Watching the debate tonight there was a clear message: Antonio Villaraigosa is the candidate who can effectively bring people together to solve the tough issues facing our state. He is committed to keeping Californians safe, and representing all of our residents as Governor.” – said David Swing, President of CA Police Chiefs Association.
“ Californian’s got to kick the candidates tires tonight and it was clear that Antonio Villaraigosa was the best choice for Governor. We need a Governor who will get the state moving by working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Antonio has done that and more. He will fight for us.” – said Josh Raper, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, local 743.
“Antonio demonstrated the leadership qualities tonight that made him so successful as Assembly Speaker and Mayor. He is clearly the best experienced to bring people together and face our state’s many challenges. Once again Antonio has shown his commitment to protecting our healthcare and creating good middle class jobs.” – said Assemblyman Tom Daly (CA-69).
“Tonight’s debate showed that Antonio is best prepared to lead California and combat Washington’s attack on our health care system. As Governor, he will work to ensure access to quality care for all Californians, regardless of their social or economic status.” – said Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (CA-31).
“Antonio Villaraigosa was true to form tonight, fighting to provide economic opportunities for all Californians. He showed again why he is the candidate of jobs and economic opportunity,and I’m glad the people of California got to see that as they start receiving their ballots.” – said Assemblyman Ian Calderon (CA-57).
“I heard a lot of promises tonight to help under-served communities in the state. But Antonio Villaraigosa is the only candidate on that stage that I know will follow through on those promises to work toward a California that works for all of us.” – said Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price.
“Antonio Villaraigosa is the leader we need to unite all of California. During tonight’s debate, nobody could stand up to their track record on jobs, the environment, economic development and civil rights like Antonio did. California is at a critical juncture, and Antonio Villaraigosa is the champion that our state needs — and tonight that came across loud and clear.” – said Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo.
“Antonio Villaraigosa was inspiring on the debate stage tonight. He has a clear vision for a California that serves all its residents.” – said Blanca Alvarado, past Santa Clara Supervisor and San Jose City Councilmember.
The primary election is June 5, 2018 with vote-by-mail already underway.
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018
Los Angeles – Today, former California Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled an innovative college affordability plan that would help students pay for up to two years of college in exchange for up to two years of full-time service to their community.
“The California Dream Corps does more than reduce the cost of college, it teaches from day one that we share a common purpose as a state, and we need to unite to move forward,” said Mayor Villaraigosa.
“There’s no way around it: college is out of reach for too many families, that’s why as Governor, I will propose a new California Dream Corps that would offer students a year of free state college or university in exchange for a year of community service,” added Mayor Villaraigosa. “Studies show that college graduates go on to earn an average of $1 million more in their lifetimes and sending more young people to college is vital to growing our economy.”
The California Dream Corps would build on the foundation of successful service programs such as AmeriCorps and the California Conservation Corps.
Right now, the very successful California Conservation Corps only accepts 1,500 applicants per year. And the focus of much of the training is on skills that do not require a college degree. Mayor Villaraigosa proposes to expand on this proven program.
Specifically, after completion of a year of service, any California student between the ages of 18 – 25, would be eligible for financial aid to cover 100% of tuition and books at a public college or university. After receiving federal financial aid and scholarships, additional grants from the California Dream Corps Fund would be available to make up the difference. Because tuition costs are only one of the barriers to affordable college, Villaraigosa’s plan also address the cost of books and living expenses.
“As Mayor of Los Angeles, I made it a priority to bring people together for community service, I convened citywide Days of Service, where people volunteered in their neighborhoods. We showed the power of uniting communities in common purpose,” Villaraigosa said.
With the California Dream Corps, more Californians will have the opportunity to attend college. And we will all benefit from a renewed sense of common purpose, driven by the energy and enthusiasm of young people giving back to their communities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2018
Elected Officials and Faith and Community Leaders Cite His Record on Education, Housing and Jobs
Los Angeles – Today, more than a dozen African American elected officials and faith leaders joined together to announce their support for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor outside of the iconic Los Angeles Sentinel, one of the oldest African American newspapers in the nation.
Los Angeles Sentinel executive editor Danny Bakewell, Jr. said, “Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t one of those politicians who just shows up at election time. He’s stood with us, year in and year out, for decades. When he’s Governor, he’ll bring that understanding of our community right into the Governor’s office.” The Los Angeles Sentinel was founded in 1933 and is one of the most successful African American newspapers in the country, with more than 150,000 subscribers.
Former Assembly Speaker and Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson, Jr. commented, “I worked with Antonio Villaraigosa to build affordable housing when he was Mayor and I know he’s committed to doing even more as Governor. Antonio understands that affordable housing gives more families the opportunity to reach for their dreams.”
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Curren D. Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson endorsed Villaraigosa, joined by LA City Commissioners Gail Willis, Felicia Brannon and Cheryl Turner.
Local elected leaders outside of LA also came together to support Villaraigosa. Inglewood Mayor James Butts noted, “Antonio Villaraigosa is committed to lifting up every part of California, so that kids in every neighborhood have a fair chance at success.” Compton Mayor Aja Brown added, “Antonio Villaraigosa pushed through the most ambitious transit system expansion in history, and made sure that every part of LA County got its fair share. Now that’s becoming a reality.”
Inglewood Councilmembers George Dotson and Ralph Franklin, and Carson Mayor Pro Tem Jawane Hilton and Carson Councilmember Cedric Hicks also appeared to endorse Villaraigosa.
Faith leaders joined together today to provide their support for Villaraigosa. Pastor Xavier Thompson, Baptist Ministers Conference President shared, “For too long, our schools were ignored. As Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa put our kids first, building new schools and boosting graduation rates.”
Other faith leaders supporting Antonio Villaraigosa include Rev. Chip Murray, retired leader of First AME Church, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Bishop Noel Jones of City of Refuge, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of First AME Church, Pastor Frank Oliver of Power of Faith, Pastor Bernard Jackson of Phillips Temple CME, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church and Rev. Darryl Barnes of Paradise Baptist Church.
For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Today, Former California Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement on the decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education to name Mr. Austin Beutner as superintendent.
Said Mayor Villaraigosa:
“Every child can learn and every child should have an equal opportunity to get a quality education. We dramatically improved educational achievement in Los Angeles when I was mayor, and Austin was a key part of that effort. The school children of Los Angeles will have a true champion with Austin Beutner.”
This article originally appeared in La Opinión.
In the June primary elections for governor of California two good candidates lead: Antonio Villaraigosa who was a Union leader, President of the California Legislative Assembly, Councilman and Mayor of Los Angeles. Gavin Newsom, is the lieutenant Governor, former supervisor, former mayor of San Francisco and entrepreneur of the wine industry. Both are highly qualified and respected for their public service.
Of both, La Opinión supports Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California. As he generated pride in the community by being elected the first Latino Mayor of modern-day Los Angeles, his election as governor will honor the community.
We must establish that Antonio Villaraigosa is a better [candidate] than Newsom. Today, Newsom supports sanctuary cities and said he is willing to go to jail to support the undocumented. He promoted the legalization of gay marriage and opposed Donald Trump. This is great. But it was not always like this.
In 2008, as Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom abandoned the existing sanctuary policy and, while ignoring the Board of Supervisors, allowed minors to be arrested by ICE, and lead to deport them. Although he changed his policy in subsequent years and defended the immigrant community, he was inconsistent. In 2010, he held his position; then changed it.
The impression is that historically, Newsom has taken the topic of immigration, as an objective without any likely commitments. His attitude was inconsistent.
Villaraigosa has a commitment to the community in terms of immigration, due to having decades of activism in Southern California and growing up in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, he has showed to be an organic part of it.
Villaraigosa’s critics point to a confrontation with the teachers, in whose union he had a long career. We believe that he had no other alternative. In response to the crisis in schools, he looked for alternative models to create better learning structures. The union did not forgive him and now supports Newsom.
Villaraigosa was Mayor during the Great Recession, a difficult time that included a lack of funds for the city. However, his time in office had a positive local impact on the future of public transport, the reduction of crime and the management of the economy.
Within Latino traditions, we know that sometimes he is judged differently and more severely than others, for personal reasons. We think that perspective is now unnecessary and outdated.
The next governor of California will have to confront the frontal assault of the Trump administration. We believe that Antonio Villaraigosa can lead us on this front and represent the vital interests of our state.
Of the various candidates for governor, the first two will go to the November election. Villaraigosa deserves be one of them.
The former Mayor of Los Angeles has the necessary conditions, experience and values for the position. Vote for Villaraigosa for Governor of California.