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Mayor Villaraigosa Sworn in for 2nd Term, Talks 5 Goals for L.A.

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Jobs, environment, public transit, crime and education were the focus of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's second inaugural address today on the south steps of City Hall. "I stand, hopefully a little bit wiser as well, chastened and enlightened both by our successes and failures over the last four years," he said. "Angelenos, I offer this oath today. In the next four years, we are going to judge ourselves plain and simple — based on what we build. We intend to write our record in concrete rather than poetry, focused on deadlines over headlines. And you have this in writing, we are going to track our promises and put the results online. And we are going to build our efforts around five clear goals for the next four years."

Of note in his lengthy speech, was about the building of twelve rail projects funded by Measure R, the additional sales tax that began today in LA County. "The people did their part," he explained, "now it’s time to do ours; to get that investment off the drawing board and into the ground; to connect the eastside to the airport, and Downtown to West L.A; to build housing for our workers along transit lines and near job centers; to take action to build all 12 Measure R rail projects on time or ahead of schedule."

The full address, which also includes his plans for job creation, environment, crime fighting and education, is below: