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Antonio Villaraigosa HeadshotSpeaker: Antonio Villaraigosa


Thursday, November 30, 2017


Donato Enoteca
1041 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Antonio Villaraigosa, former Assembly Speaker and Mayor of Los Angeles, seeks the governorship to do big things—starting with rebuilding our middle class by investing in our schools and repairing our infrastructure.

His campaign is about giving a voice to everyone. Antonio intends to make his service as governor about making sure the people are heard and their priorities are addressed.

Antonio grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, raised by his mother. A high school dropout until a public school teacher, Herman Katz, gave him a second shot, Antonio knows firsthand how an education can open doors and change the course of a life. Instilled with a passion for justice by his mother, Antonio volunteered with the farm workers’ movement and led student walkouts.

Antonio was one of those kids many didn’t think was going to make it, but he was blessed to live in a state that gave kids like him a second chance. Antonio might have gotten into UCLA through the back door, but he walked out through the front door—with a life-changing college degree in his hand. Antonio then went to the People’s College of Law, a school dedicated to public interest.

In his mid-twenties, Antonio was elected President of the American Federation of Government Employees, a local union representing employees who enforced civil rights laws in five states. Over the next fifteen years, he continued to work as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, United Teachers Los Angeles and then served as President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 1994, Antonio was elected to the California State Assembly, and three years later, he was elected Assembly Speaker. While serving, he authored the Healthy Families program for nearly three quarters of a million uninsured children and passed a $9 billion school bond measure, the largest to that date.

In 2001, Antonio ran for Mayor of Los Angeles and lost, but was elected to the City Council in 2003.

In 2005, Antonio was sworn in as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles.

As Mayor of Los Angeles, he led an effort to make Los Angeles one of the safest big cities in America, while building a 21st century transportation system, achieving fundamental and far-reaching education reform, spurring economic development by eliminating government red tape, streamlining the city bureaucracy and making Los Angeles a national model of sustainability and green growth.

The numbers tell the story of what happens when we focus on big things together. While Mayor, he worked to double the number of high-performing schools and graduation rates went from 36% to 72%. He expanded the public transit system and, with Measure R, raised $40 billion for transportation projects, including new rail and bus lines. Los Angeles was the first big city to set a goal to become independent of coal by 2025, and during his tenure, the city reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30 percent.

Antonio wants to be California’s next governor because he believes that we need to bring this state together around a shared vision—lifting more families into the middle class and creating high wage jobs by improving our schools and investing in our infrastructure like roads, bridges, transportation, ports and waterways. We can rebuild a California that gives every family the chance to succeed.

Antonio would be proud to become the state’s first Latino governor since 1875, but would be prouder still to be everyone’s governor and work every day to unite our incredible state in the service of lifting more families into the middle class.

California is the epicenter of innovation, and real innovation is making sure people who work hard have the chance to make it to, and stay in, the middle class. Innovation is continuing to be the 6th largest economy in the world while ensuring that every child has access to a quality education, everyone has access to quality health care and an affordable home, and everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her own California dream.

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