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News: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Demonstrates He Is the Candidate Best Prepared to be Governor of California

News: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Demonstrates He Is the Candidate Best Prepared to be Governor of California

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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018

MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA DEMONSTRATES HE IS THE CANDIDATE BEST PREPARED TO BE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA

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.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces California Dream Corps, Program to Make College More Affordable

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces California Dream Corps, Program to Make College More Affordable

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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces California Dream Corps, Program to Make College More Affordable

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.

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News: African American Leaders Choose Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

News: African American Leaders Choose Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2018

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS CHOOSE VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

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.

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Statement by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Regarding Austin Beutner Named Superintendent of LAUSD

Statement by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Regarding Austin Beutner Named Superintendent of LAUSD

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For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2018

Statement by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Regarding Austin Beutner Named Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District

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.”

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La Opinión: The Next Governor of California Will Have to Face the Trump Administration Head On

La Opinión: The Next Governor of California Will Have to Face the Trump Administration Head On

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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.


NEWS: Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

NEWS: Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
April 29, 2018

CENTRAL VALLEY CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ENDORSES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Rep. Costa says Antonio has shown his commitment to improving California’s water and transportation infrastructure

Fresno, CA – Today, California Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) endorsed former California Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor. The two leaders were joined by area residents and local elected officials at a Fresno canal where Rep. Costa and Mayor Villaraigosa discussed the issue of water for the Central Valley.

“Canals like this bring water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, but there are too many times when they run dry. We need a governor who is committed to fixing California’s broken water system,” said Rep. Costa. “Antonio Villaraigosa has shown his commitment to improving California’s water and transportation infrastructure. I’ve known Antonio since my days in the California Legislature, and I’m confident he will fight for Valley farmers, farm workers and all Californians.”

“I’m honored to have the support and endorsement of my good friend and former colleague, Jim Costa,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “I have spent a lot of time in the Central Valley listening to farmers, farm workers, business owners and elected officials about the challenges they face. I know that residents of the Central Valley are hard working people and as Governor, they will have an ally in Sacramento that will focus on creating more good paying jobs, fixing our water systems and expand opportunities for more families to reach the middle class.”

Rep. Jim Costa was sworn in as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, 2005. His committee assignments allow him to effectively advocate for the district he represents. Costa uses his position on the Natural Resources Committee to fight for the Valley’s fair share of water. This includes securing funding for dams, working to overturn unfair federal water regulations and increasing Valley water allocations. On the Agriculture Committee, Costa has worked to increase federal support for Valley agriculture through the Farm Bill and other programs.

Momentum continues to grow in the Central Valley for Villaraigosa’s bid for Governor with the recent backing of the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the United Farm Workers, Nisei Farmers League and the African-American Farmers of California, as well as the following area leaders:

Tony Coelho Former Congressman
Joaquin Arambula, State Assemblymember
Sarah Reyes, Former State Assemblymember
Dean Florez, Former State Senator, Member, California Air Resources Board
Leticia Perez, Supervisor, District 5 Kern County
Miguel Villapudua, Supervisor, District 1 County of San Joaquin
Henry R. Perea, Former Fresno County Supervisor
Carlos Villapudua, Former Supervisor, County of San Joaquin
Rolando Castro, Mayor, City of Mendota
Raymond Lerma, Mayor, City of Corcoran
Manuel Cantu, Mayor City of McFarland
Raymond Lerma, Mayor City of Corcoran
Daniel Parra, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Fowler
Joseph Amador, Former Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Mendota
Esmeralda Soria, Fresno Councilmember, District 1
Oliver Baines, Fresno Councilmember District 3
Paul Caprioglio, Fresno Councilmember, District 4
Freddy Valdez, Councilmember, City of Firebaugh
Espi Sandoval, Councilmember, City of Kerman
Willie Rivera, Councilmember, Ward 1 City of Bakersfield
Alex Garcia Councilmember City of Wasco
Laura Soria Cortes, Councilmember City of Lindsay
Miguel Arias, Trustee, State Center Community College District
George Turegano, Chief of Police, City of Huron

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NEWS: Antonio Villaraigosa Launches Television Ad Campaign

NEWS: Antonio Villaraigosa Launches Television Ad Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 27, 2018

VILLARAIGOSA LAUNCHES TELEVISION AD CAMPAIGN

“Three Buses” tells story of Mayor Villaraigosa’s accomplishments

LOS ANGELES – Today, the Villaraigosa for Governor campaign released “Three Buses,” its first television ad of the primary. The 30-second ad begins running in the Los Angeles media market this weekend.

“Three Buses,” tells the story of Antonio Villaraigosa’s successful tenure as Mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 – 2013. The ad can be viewed here:

“I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish during my time as mayor, building 20,000 affordable housing units, nearly doubling high school graduation rates and building more new rail lines than any other city in America,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “The response we’re getting on the campaign trail is terrific, and I’m confident we’re on the road to the runoff.”

Starting in 2017, the Villaraigosa campaign has run digital ads to reach targeted voters online. The digital ads can be viewed on YouTube here.

Script: “Three Buses”
In kindergarten, my sister and I took three buses to get to school.
As mayor, I remembered that.
And despite the recession, we built more new schools and rail lines than any city in America.
Added 200,000 living wage jobs, built 20,000 units of affordable housing and nearly doubled graduation rates.
I know how far a bus can take you.
As governor, the life story that will mean the most to me is yours.

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News: The Nisei Farmers League Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

News: The Nisei Farmers League Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

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For Immediate Release
April 24, 2018

Fresno – The Nisei Farmers League is proud to endorse former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor.

“Antonio understands the needs of agriculture. He appreciates the growers and farmworkers that provide food to our nation. He shares our passion to protect the immigrants and dreamers that are here in working in California and will work to bring water to our Valley.”

Manuel Cunha Jr. President of the Nisei Farmers League

Nisei Farmers League, represents farmers, farmworkers, farm labor contractors, packers, processors and many other industries that depend on the agricultural community.

NEWS: African-American Farmers of California Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

NEWS: African-American Farmers of California Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

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For Immediate Release
April 24, 2018

Fresno, CA – The African-America Farmers of California are proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for California Governor.

“Antonio understands the needs of the small farmer. He appreciates the hard work that the small farmer commits to keeping agriculture alive in our local communities. He understands water is the lifeblood for the small farmer, our Valley and our State’s economic well-being.”

Will Scott Jr.
President of the African-American Farmers of California

The African-American Farmers of California represent about 80 small farmers, farmworkers, and their farm families in California.

Labor Icon Maria Elena Durazo Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Labor Icon Maria Elena Durazo Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
April 10, 2018

Labor Icon Maria Elena Durazo Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Los Angeles – Longtime labor leader Maria Elena Durazo endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California today – saying, “Thousands of families are better off because Antonio heard them, stood with them and acted on their behalf.”

Durazo, who is the past president of UNITE HERE Local 11 and has also served in prominent national union leadership, said: “Antonio Villaraigosa has been my friend for decades. He has always fought on the side of the poor. Beyond understanding what Cesar Chavez fought for, Antonio has acted.

“Thousands of families are better off because Antonio heard them, stood with them and acted on their behalf.

“If I am fortunate enough to win my campaign for the State Senate, Antonio will be a true partner in the Governor’s Office. We will not allow our communities, our people, to be left out, left behind, pitied or ignored. We aren’t going to ask for what’s right; we are going to fight for it.

“I know that Antonio and I will do great things for millions of Californians.”

Villaraigosa said: “I am proud to have marched, struggled and worked with Maria Elena for decades for a common purpose – making sure that people who work so hard for the California Dream can earn dignity, security and respect. We share more than a background in the farmworker’s struggle and the labor movement. We share a common goal, to make sure that California is still a land of opportunity.”

Villaraigosa said: “We have millions of Californians working harder than ever before, but too many are falling behind. We need a governor who will work hard making sure our economy works for everyone.”

Durazo joins the United Farm Workers, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Southern California Teamsters Joint Council 42 and thousands of other elected and community leaders in support of Villaraigosa for Governor.

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