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Steve Hymon is reporting from the Metro Board meeting, the one that is pivotal for public transit's future in Los Angeles. It is also important for his "Subway to Sea" dream. "The big, big, big MTA meeting just entered its third hour, and Los Angeles Mayor and MTA board member Antonio Villaraigosa is still not here. Interesting." A call over to the Mayor's office and one representative told LAist "he sometimes goes late to that." Problem: the Mayor is scheduled to be back at city hall at 1:30 p.m. to sign into law the landmark Clean Truck Program. Choices, choices. UPDATE: An e-mail from the Mayor's Press Deputy Matt Szabo: "No he has been here. We were in the back getting briefed. We were listening to public comment all along."