Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles

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How good is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?
Mayor of Los Angeles, USA

City Mayors invites its readers to assess the performance in office of Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles. Please rate his overall performance by awarding him marks out of ten. '1' signifies an extremely poor performance, while '10' would rate his performance as outstanding. Please also provide details of what in your opinion are the mayor’s best and worst decisions.

Over time, Mayor Monitor will provide a valuable track record of the mayor's successes and failures as well as his popularity among residents and a wider public. The results will be published on the City Mayors website and updated regularly.

Please assess Mayor Villaraigosa not more than once a month. In order to eliminate multiple submissions and/or fraudulent as well as organised rating by political friends and foes of the mayor, all submissions are processed manually and, if deemed questionable, cross-checked. Thank you for participating. How good is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?

Performance index:
July 2010: 5.37 points out of 10
June 2010: 5.45 points out of 10
May 2010: 5.60 points out of 10
April 2010: 5.65 point out of 10
March 2010: 5.65 points out of 10
January 2010: 5.68 points out of 10
October 2009: 5.71 points ut of 10
August 2009: 5.57 points out of 10
July 2009: 5.40 points out of 10
June 2009: 5.18 points out of 10
April 2009: 5.22 points out of 10
January 2009: 6.14 points out of 10

Thumbs up:
• LAZ (Los Angeles): Repairs to sidewalks.
Mario B V (Los Angeles): He did well during this summer's fires.
• NG (Los Angeles): Reduction in crime, but I think the outgoing police chief had more impact on that.
Rene M (Los Angeles): The city taking over school system and another is the cities low crime rate in a long time
• Jose F (Los Angeles): Thank you for deciding not to run for Californian governor.
• Mary Jane H (Antelope Valley, CA): Antonio Villaraigosa has done more for the city of Los Angeles than any other mayor. I wish to God that we had him for our mayor in the Antelope Valley! Unfortunately, I live outside of the district, and therefore I cannot cast my vote for him. However, I tell everyone in Los Angeles, regardless of their party affiliation to vote for him, because he truly loves the city of Los Angeles and the Angelinos. He has done more to unite our city than any other official. My prayer is that he will continue to stay focused and encouraged and I will continue to do everything I can to support him!
He may not have gotten all of his programs passed....but it was not because he did not try. You need people to cooperate if you are going to get the desired results. He has done his part. The failure, if there was any, is on our part.

Thumbs down:
• Wanda N (Los Angeles): Turning Los Angeles into Mexico, by encouraging the use of the Spanish language, instead of English. Examples; as a practice, when he‚s speaking, the Major will either request a Spanish interpreter, or deliver the message in Spanish himself. And all of us do not wish to be referred to as "Angelinos". I feel like he is speaking to Mexicans only. Mexicans should be forced to learn proper English, including the Mayor, instead of forcing their language on us. You can't go to France and insist on everything being in English, you must learn to speak French if you plan to reside in France. It's unheard of, and we're foolish to have let this happen. I now feel like I'm in a foreign country, when I am a native of Los Angeles, California. My grand-daughter's graduation was awful last week, with 90% of the entire ceremony being in Spanish to accommodate and celebrate one race of people only, the Mexicans. I'm not against anyone coming here for a better way of life, but I believe their plot is more about trying to take over, by becoming the majority. The point is, if I wanted to live in Mexico, I would have moved there, so I don't appreciate Los Angeles becoming Mexico with the help of our Mayor. And everyone who is not a Mexican, along with some people who are Mexican, share my feelings. The Mayor needs to be replaced with someone who cares about all of us!
• Carolyn M (LA): I am mortified that Mayor Villaraigosa would stoop so low as to boycott the great state of Arizona. What a slap in the face to legal citizens and legal immigrants who pay taxes and your pathetic salary! Actually, maybe more boycotting from the idiodic mayor would be good because it will bankrupt the whole city. Who are you going to ask for money? The illegal immigrants? Maybe Presidente Phillip Calderon will loan some money to the city of LA. This is definately going to come back to slap him in the face twofold! By the way, I will not be patronizing LA anytime soon. Any sworn in leader or official of our government who will not uphold the laws of this country is against our laws and protecting our borders should be thrown out of office immediately!
• Nicole (USA): I think he is a disgrace to the United States of America and should leave the country and take up residence in Mexico! All he does is support the ILLEGALS because he is Hispanic and hopes to get their votes which are ILLEGAL anyway! He doesn't care that his salary is paid by citizens of the United States of America - not Mexico. How dare he "approve" boycotting Arizona? This is one of the most absurd "issues" ever debated. If you are in the country illegally, you should be deported. I don't care about your ethnicity, or how many family members you have here (legally or not), or what job you have. Laws were passed for a reason. We expect our laws to be enforced. If the Congress and the President can't get past the politics of the issue, then Arizona should enforce it's own laws and the rest of you should mind your own damn business! He will be voted out of office - just wait and see! Terrible Mayor - worst ever!

• Gene (USA): Boycotting Arizona, which is a majority of hispanics... The new law is word for word the same as the federal law..
Because the feds don't enforce the border protection, the state decided to do it boycott the state of AZ is deplorable for a mayor.
• Doreen D (USA): Did not even know you existed until you went to war with Arizona. Arizona is following the "rule of law". Therefore, I cannot say you have achieved anything but anarchy in your city as was demonstrated on the news. We usually take our trip to California once at the end of each year and spend $10,000 at Cabazon shopping, Disneyland, Knott‚s Berry Farm, etc. You have lost our patronage because your lack of a law abiding value system. We earn the bucks. We decide on where we spend it. Who lost here? You decide.
• C King (LA): Besides his affair....Supporting a boycott on Arizona. At least the governor had the intestinal fortitude to follow through on her decision and sign SB 1070. They don't hate Latinos, they are against "illegal" immigrants, as we all should be. This has opened Pandora's Box and other States will follow. If the Feds followed their own laws, this would never have been an issue. Myself and many friends will definitely support those corporations in Arizona and boycott the City of Los Angeles for being afraid to do what's right. I've heard that many vendors for the City have canceled and will continue to cancel their vendor contracts with the City of LA. You and the City Council have driven many loyal tax payers out of the City. I hope the illegal immigrants can make up the difference. I know it's difficult to stop being a politician for a moment, but look inside yourself for the answer. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
• Garykats (LA): Quit worrying about Arizona's immigration law and worry about the myriad of problems we have in Los Angeles. You need to worry about upholding our state's immigration law Penal Code 843B! We are not a sanctuary for illegal aliens! Bravo Arizona.
• Robin C (USA): Boycotting the fine state of Arizona The Mayor knows not what he does . We have many former Los Angeles residents in our state and see this man as the reason for the downfall and decline of a beautifull city. We boycotted Los Angeles first.
• Jeanette (USA): Overspending on special interest groups. Not getting rid of illegal aliens. I support Arizona. Close the border, Amercians have had enough.
• Andrea H (Los Angeles): Mayor Villaraigosa spends too much time on photo ops. He didn't take action when the city budget started to go south. He should have jumped in and demanded some small cuts before things got out of hand. His latest plan is to actually have the city shut down two days a week. Most people can't have their services cut by that much, and employees can't have their paychecks cut by 40%.
• Shawn F (Los Angeles): Having an extra-marital affair reflected his true character and motives. I don't believe he will ever be trusted agian as he was before the affair.
• Dismayed (Los Angeles): The mayor had the nerve to propose personnel cutbacks EXCLUDING his office which has grown in size tremendously. The most galling is the rolling cuts in fire stations and looming reduction in the police force.
• Jorge (Los Angeles): He taxes way too much. On TV he looks awkward and unprepared always searching for words. That's very annoying.
• James (Los Angeles): The mayor always seems to be presenting himself as a celebrity, not a leader. Cut back on the botox and tanning beds, and focus on getting our city out of this financial MESS! Not to mention the ever worsening traffic problem.
• NG (Los Angeles): The mayor is more interested in smiling for the cameras than solving any problems.
• Mary Ann S (Los Angeles): The budget. The debt. Fear of the unions. The potholes that stay fixed for only 1 week. The showboating. Not asking for help from someone who hasn't contributed big time to him. It's so sad.

• Fred N (Los Angeles): For visiting Israel at tax payer cost for no gain! ALSO for allowing the Michael Jackson memorial and other tributes to go ahead at a terrible cost, unreasonable police protection personell while the city is realing under finacial distress and even police underpaid !
You are foisting debt on tax payers while no reduction in your or other city officials reduction in your excessive pay, pensions and personal travels for your own benefit!!
You are the epitamy of our federal, state and city personal gain at tax payers cost especially the poor. Shame on you and forget reelection !!
Julie (LA): Nothing is being done about undocumented aliens. They are costing Los Angeles $1 billion annually. Why are they allowed to work "off the books" but the mayor imposed hefty fines on 1099 contract employees who never heard of his city tax. Why wasn't there a mailing or official statement mailed out ahead of time regarding this? Even the people I spoke to that work at the Office of Finance were unaware of it and I was told that it hardly seemed ethical. I will be contacting the tax payer advocacy regarding this.
• Paul (LA): Not following the laws as they relate to illegal immigrants. The key word here is illegal. How do you support and create rights for persons not allowed by law to be here. My familiy are immigrants. They came the hard way; Green card, military, citizenship, they learned English. If you don't like the law, change it. But don't evade it, just because you don't like it. That's no way to protect the citizens of Los Angeles. Who commits over 70% of crime? What are the worst maintained yards? How much money do I and my legal fellow citizens pay for illegal aliens?

• Anon (USA): I do not believe you do enough to help the homeless . You do not have nor have you had a program in place since you have been in office. Your comment when asked about what The Lancaster Mayor Office has done was incorrect. You do not have a plan and you do send them away to Lancaster and Lancaster sends them back.

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