LA Roundtable #58: The Mayor, The City, and the Next Four Years - Mar 13, 2009

Now that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been re-elected to a second four-year term, LA Roundtable examines the issues and problems he faced during his first term, how he and the City Council dealt with them, what progress has been made, and what problems still lay ahead. In other words, where is Los Angeles headed and what will Mayor Villaraigosa be doing to get us there in the next four years?

Among the key issues are the looming City budget deficit and other economic problems, public education and the extent of the mayor’s involvements, crime and the size of the Los Angeles Police Dept., street gridlock and plans to increase public transportation options, and the environment. We have a fantastic panel to tackle these issues:  veteran City Council Member Jan Perry; Jill Stewart, Deputy News Editor of the LA Weekly; Franklin Gilliam, Dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs; and Professor Fernando Guerra, director of Loyola-Marymount University’s Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.