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Villaraigosa Raises Funds--and Eyebrows--in San Francisco

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Fundraising events when re-election campaigns are imminent are nothing all that noteworthy, unless you happen to be the Mayor of Los Angeles getting cash in another Mayor's territory, namely Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.

Tonight at the Neiman-Marcus store in SF's Union Square, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be the central feature of an "invitation-only champagne reception" which is "expected to raise tens of thousands of dollars for his re-election bid next spring," reports SF Gate.

But what is attracting the most speculation is not the fact that he's raising funds in NorCal, but what names are listed as the event co-chairs: SF's former Mayor Willie Brown and District Attorney Kamala Harris. With a gubernatorial race on the horizon, some see this move as laying the foundation for a battle of the big-city mayors for the title of Governor of California, with SF Mayor Newsom as our Mayor Tony's major opponent.