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LA's Mayor Part of Obama Transition Team

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Chicago today, taking part in meetings with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Villaraigosa is serving as part of the Transition Economic Advisory Board, which includes other politicians and businesspeople, including two affiliated with UC Berkeley, Robert Reich (Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Labor, 1993-1997) and Laura Tyson (Former Chairman, National Economic Council, 1995-1996; Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors, 1993-1995), along with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Warren Buffett, Chairman of the Board of Time Warner Richard Parsons, and Chairman and CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and several others from around the nation.

Of his involvement with the Obama team, Villaraigosa said: “I’m honored to serve on the Transition Economic Advisory Board to help President-elect Obama bring economic relief to our families, invest in our infrastructure and to start putting people back to work." Villaraigosa's participation on the team may not come as a surprise to those following the political career of our local head-honcho, considering his rumored yen for a higher office and his growing national profile and despite his previous public support of Obama's onetime Dem ticket rival Hillary Clinton.

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