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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces the Launch of The Los Angeles Regional Export Council

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the launch of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) on Monday, a public-private partnership between government, business, and educational institutions that will coordinate export services in the Los Angeles region. “We in Los Angeles are not waiting for Washington to create jobs,” said Mayor […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa: 3-Year Tax Holiday On New Businesses Should Never Expire

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Speaking to the United Chamber of Commerce Annual Mayor’s Luncheon in Woodland Hills, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said for the first time on Tuesday that the three-year tax holiday on new businesses that he implemented in 2010 should never expire. The policy is currently set to expire in 2012.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, Council President Garcetti Announce Los Angeles’ First Annual Nonprofit Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday joined City Council President Eric Garcetti in Council Chambers to declare the City of Los Angeles’ first annual Nonprofit Day. The event was organized by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Patnerships and featured organizations including Peace Over Violence, City Year, Downtown Women’s Center and Conservation Corps.

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Signs Low Impact Development Ordinance

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an ordinance into law last Friday that will drastically improve the way Los Angeles deals with its stormwater. The Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance calls for development and redevelopment projects to manage the stormwater in a way that helps clean it and re-use it.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Applauds Obama Adminstration’s Acceleration of Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Project

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement on Tuesday about the Obama Administration’s announcement that the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project is among 14 major infrastructure projects across the nation that will receive accelerated environmental and permit reviews. Mayor Villaraigosa’s office has worked closely with Washington to push this project […]

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Class Action Suit Filed Against ‘Barkworks’ Claiming Pet Stores Deceived Consumers About Selling Dogs from Alleged Puppy Mills

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This morning, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed suit in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County against Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain, claiming the stores repeatedly engage in fraud and false advertising in an effort to conceal from customers that they allegedly source […]

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‘Questing for Uberjoy,’ a New Book from Konrad Ventana, Takes the Reader to New Heights of Action, and Adventure

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Just Released: Konrad Ventana’s ‘Questing for Uberjoy’ (ISBN: 978-1-46202-953-2) is now available as Hardcover, Softcover, and eBook versions. In this stunning new novel, Ventana sweeps the reader off into a world of high drama and adventure in the remote Himalayan mountains of Nepal and Tibet where lofty ideals clash with the myth of the conquering hero until nothing, not even the evening stars, will ever appear quite the same.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Streamline Environmental Review and Fast-Track Job Creation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Taking action to fast-track the creation of thousands of jobs, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Tuesday signed legislation to streamline environmental review for key construction projects. The two bills, signed during a ceremony at the proposed site of the Farmers Field stadium, are expected to drive hundreds of millions in economic investment while ensuring all projects meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) criteria.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill to Accelerate NFL Stadium/Convention Project Development Promises Thousands of Jobs in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 292 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The new law will accelerate the approval process for an NFL football stadium and a modernized convention center in downtown Los Angeles.

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California Senate Approves Padilla’s Los Angeles NFL Stadium Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to SB 292 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill will help bring a new stadium and convention center to downtown Los Angeles and create more than 23,000 jobs, including 12,000 jobs during the construction process and another 11,000 permanent jobs when finished. The legislation now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla and Speaker John Perez Announce L.A. Stadium and Convention Center Legislation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ –Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) were joined by business and labor leaders at a press briefing today to announce legislation that could bring a new sports arena and convention center to downtown Los Angeles.

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Mayors Unveil USCM Common Sense Jobs Plan Before Labor Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — During a time of historic unemployment and stagnant job growth, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Vice President Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Second Vice President Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith released the USCM Common Sense Jobs Plan.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomes New Farmers Insurance Facility That Benefits From Citywide Development Reform Efforts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Dennis Zine, and city officials joined Farmers Insurance representatives to welcome the company to their new Woodland Hills facility that directly benefited from the City’s recent development reform efforts.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Major Solar Installation Project In Central Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and city officials on Friday celebrated the completion of a major solar panel installation project in central Los Angeles.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to Film Industry: Let’s Keep Los Angeles The Entertainment Capital of the World

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today participated in a roundtable discussion at Variety headquarters with film production and location managers to highlight the cost-saving opportunities and film-friendly policies the City has implemented to keep production in Los Angeles.

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L.A. Mayor Challenges Sacramento to Take On Prop. 13 Reform To Increase Education Funding and Train California’s Future Workforce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With California facing a deficit of one million college degree holders in 2025, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered a speech to the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday about the need to invest in California’s education system to train our future workforce and keep our state globally competitive.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Gaye Williams As New Chief Of Staff

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today he has appointed Gaye Williams as his new Chief of Staff. Williams, who has served as Senior Managing Director in the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy as well as Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations to Mayor Richard Riordan, will serve as Chief of Staff for the remainder of Mayor Villaraigosa’s term.

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Signing Of New Project Labor Agreement At The Port Of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Cindy Miscikowski and labor leaders celebrated the signing of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday (June 28). The agreement ensures safety, quality, and timely construction on the Port […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement On Retirement of Chief Millage Peaks

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement Tuesday, on the retirement of Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks: “For over 35 years, Millage Peaks has served in the Los Angeles Fire Department with an unwavering commitment to his fellow firefighters and the residents of this City. In […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Appoints Sung Won Sohn To The Board Of Harbor Commissioners

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the appointment of Dr. Sung Won Sohn to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday (June 28). ”Having served as an economic advisor at the highest levels of government, Sung Won Sohn will bring invaluable economic and practical expertise to the Board of […]

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Long Beach Welcomes U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program Participants from Latin America

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Partnering with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) announces the 2011 Latin American Art Reception welcoming international arts professionals from Bolivia and Colombia. Community leaders, diplomats and members of IVCLA will welcome these outstanding delegates at […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement On City’s Largest ‘Operation Pothole’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Tony Cardenas filled a pothole at the intersection of Gilmore and Cedros streets on Monday (June 6) to celebrate the success of this year’s “Operation Pothole,” the City’s street resurfacing push that deployed over 100 street services crews over two days. A month ago, […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa To The Small Business Community: Los Angeles Is Dedicated To Your Needs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa issued a statement today urging small business owners to take advantage of the unprecedented City resources available to grow and start new enterprises. “As National Small Business Month comes to a close, Los Angeles remains committed to the specific needs of the more than 300,000 […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Urges Los Angeles Unified School District To Implement Partnership For Los Angeles’ Schools Parent Engagement Initiatives District-Wide

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa issued the following statement on Tuesday (May 17) urging the Los Angeles Unified School District to implement the Partnership for Los Angeles’ parent engagement initiatives district-wide after an education town hall with Superintendent John Deasy, parents, teachers and members of the community. “Parents play a […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement On Los Angeles’ Latest Step Towards Becoming The Cleanest, Greenest Big City In The Nation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The two met on Friday (May 13) to announce the upgrading of the public electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Exposition Park. “In the next several years, tens of thousands of electric vehicles will be […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Kicks Off Asian And Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined by members of City Council and the Asian and Pacific Islander American community, on Friday (May 13) officially launched this year’s Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month celebration. This year, the Mayor recognized three female honorees: Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, and Tia Carrere. […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck And Chief Centeno Announce Enhanced Security Measures At LAX

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck and LAWA Police Chief George Centeno announced on Thursday (May 12) the addition of new canines specially trained to detect a moving person carrying explosives at Los Angeles International Airport. “Our highly trained canine bomb detection unit, combined with our […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, LAPD Announce Third Year of Citywide Gun Buyback Initiative

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, gang intervention and prevention service providers, and victim advocacy organizations, announced on Friday (May 6) the third citywide Gun Buyback program aimed at reducing the levels of gun violence in Los Angeles. The Gun Buyback will be held […]

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Santa Monica Welcomes U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program Participants at Westside Global Mixer

Santa Monica, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Partnering with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) announces the Westside Global Mixer welcoming international leaders from Austria, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic and Spain. Community leaders, diplomats and members of IVCLA […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding the President’s news tonight that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces: “Tonight, we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the brave men and women who serve under our flag around the world, as well as to our […]

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Statements From L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa and Council President Garcetti on Ratification of Pension and Healthcare Agreement by a Majority of Coalition Employees

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Council President Eric Garcetti issued the following statements today on the ratification of the pension and healthcare agreement by a majority of employees represented by the Coalition of LA City Unions: Statement from Mayor Villaraigosa: “States and cities across the country are grappling with burgeoning […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces New Construction at LAX Will Generate Nearly 40,000 Local Jobs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Hahn, LaBonge and Rosendahl, and Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey announced on Tuesday (April 19) the findings of a report released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) which concludes that new construction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement On The Retirement Of Ramon Cortines

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today issued the following statement on the retirement of LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines: “On behalf of the people of Los Angeles, I want to thank Ray Cortines for his dedicated service to the youth of our City and wish him the best in his retirement. For […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement on the Retirement of Austin Beutner

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today issued the following statement on the retirement of First Deputy Mayor and CEO of the Office of Economic and Business Policy Austin Beutner. “At the start of my second term, I promised to make job creation job number one. Austin Beutner accepted the challenge and […]

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L.A. Mayor To Teachers: Let’s Create A Contract That Puts Students First And Teachers At The Center Of Reform

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Villaraigosa delivered his sixth State of the City Address at Jefferson High School today, where he outlined his education reform priorities and reaffirmed his commitment to transform failing schools and improve learning throughout Los Angeles. “Now is the time to challenge the status quo by putting teacher effectiveness […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Hall and Recording Artist Norwood Young Announce Resolution Declaring April 2011 Child Abuse Prevention Month

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) will join book author and recording artist Norwood Young, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, Compton City Council Members and child abuse prevention advocates to announce the introduction of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 24, declaring April 2011 Child Abuse Prevention Month in California. […]

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Global Music Rights Panel at the California Copyright Conference

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Every day brings news affecting the rights of songwriters, music publishers, and holders of intellectual property. This has led the California Copyright Conference to present an evening exploring “Music Rights from a Global Perspective” on Wednesday, April 13 in Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles). “This is an event where everyone […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmember Hahn Announce Five-Year Project Labor Agreement At The Port Of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Janice Hahn yesterday (March 17) announced that the Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved a Port-wide, five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure safety, quality, and timely construction on the Port of Los Angeles’ capital projects that will provide job and apprentice opportunities for local […]

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