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The Battle for Los Angeles: Villaraigosa Goes Back to Washington D.C.

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In a civil war of words and politics (LA v. Rest of the Country), Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of Southern California business leaders and other regional officials to advocate for federal investment in local education, public safety and transportation.

Their reasoning: SoCal's 18 million residents make up part of an economy that ranks 15th in the world. The population of 18 million is larger than 47 states. Yet federal funding is dismal. "The residents of Southern California are taking great strides to invest in the nation*s shared future, but the region does not receive its fair share from Washington, D.C. lawmakers," today's press release said.

The mayor's two-day itinerary after the jump.

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Mayor Villaraigosa will meet with the following officials during his
visit to Washington, D.C.:

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) * Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Representative Robert Scott (D-VA) * Chairman, Subcommittee on Crime,
Terrorism & Homeland Security

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA)

Representative David Price (D-NC) * Chairman, Appropriations
Subcommittee on Homeland Security

George Foresman, Undersecretary for Preparedness, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) * Chairman, Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions

Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza, Organization of American States

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) * Chairman, Committee on Foreign

Representative George Miller (D-CA) * Chairman, Committee on
Education and Labor

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) * Chairwoman, Committee on the
Environment and Public Works

Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Representative John Olver (D-MA) * Chairman, Appropriations
Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban