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Villaraigosa Thrashes Hahn; Rosendahl Edges Krisiloff

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Los Angeles, you have a new mayor: Antonio Villaraigosa.

Little analysis is necessary: Villaraigosa had name recognition, three times the cash, and an LA record to run on (though there is MUCH debate about what he's actually done on the Council). Hahn had scandals, a horrific staff, and eroded his base in Secession and by firing Bernie Parks. What else do you need to know?

The real question is this: What kind of mayor is Antonio Villaraigosa going to be? We don't know the answer. What do you want or expect out of him? What do you feel the mayor should prioritize? What plans do you think he should implement? What can he do that will be any different from Hahn?

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Take these questions as a challenge. You might not know that the Mayor has relatively little direct authority over City matters. He basically does three things: writes the proposed budget, appoints general managers and commissioners, and handles intergovernmental relations for the City. Unlike in several other cities, the Mayoralty in LA isn't a meat-and-potatoes, fill-the-potholes kind of job. So we send it back to you: What's Villaraigosa going to do, and how can he do it, based on what powers the Mayor is given?

In the other competitive race, it looks like (around midnight Wednesday morning) that Bill Rosendahl will pull out the 11th council district race to replace outgoing member Cindy Miscikowski. This race actually got surprisingly nasty in the latter weeks of the campaign, with Flora Krisiloff's consultant, Rick Taylor, and Rosendahl trading barbs through the press.

Rosendahl has pledged to fight development in the district and work with the community, the same kind of boring drivel we've heard before. Perhaps the most interesting upshot of the race is that Rosendahl's advisory team has come largely from what was formerly District 6 (Venice, Mar Vista, and Westchester) under Ruth Galanter, and those people are likely to make up his staff. Meanwhile, Krisiloff's base was in "historic CD-11," Brentwood and the Palisades. Will those communities get the short end of the stick in terms of City services? We shall see!