ANTONIO Villaraigosa swept into the Mayor's Office in 2005 in large part due to a promise to reform Los Angeles' monumentally failing public education system. Villaraigosa immediately set in motion an unprecedented reform revolution within the Los Angeles Unified School District simply on the strength of his political capital.
The final piece was getting his own deputy mayor of education, Ramon Cortines, appointed as superintendent of schools and ousting the obstructionist leader picked by the previous board. Unified - with its abysmal test scores, appalling rates of reading comprehension and 50 percent dropout rate - was beyond salvage, the experiment in reform started to show results.As mayor he has used patronage to keep his friends in jobs where they can help him reach power to implement his long-term goals.Villaraigosa said of Mitt Romney earlier this summer, “I think it’s pretty clear that he has amnesia.” But the one who’s pretending to have amnesia is Villaraigosa; his past radicalism is the nasty undercurrent in every move he makes.(Before It's News) Villaraigosa, whose original name was Tony Villar, entered UCLA as a transfer student from East Los Angeles Community College in 1972.He joined the UCLA chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MECh A), and was leading it by 1974.Recently, the Daily News kicked off an editorial series calling on the mayor to get back to work, and we've laid out suggested agendas on various issues.This week, we're outlining a strategy for Villaraigosa to take control of the reform process he began five years.As head of the UCLA chapter, Villar called on the Chicano Studies Center (CSC) Director Rudolfo ‘Rudy’ Alvarez to resign from his post, accusing him of “trying to alter the concept behind Chicano studies.” , the campus newspaper, reported on July 25, 1974: “Chicano students are considering filing a class action suit against Rodolfo Alvarez, Chicano Studies Center (CSC) director …‘Where at one time the Steering Committee composed of students, faculty, and community people was the policy making body of the Center, now Rudy is its sole dictator,’ said Tony Villar.” continued: “Both Villar and Garcia attacked the Alvarez-directed CSC for working only with government-sponsored drug programs ‘instead of community organizations like the National Committee to Free Los Tres.’” The “National Committee to Free Los Tres,” was created by former MEChistas to defend three members of the militant Chicano organization Casa Carnalismo who were convicted of assaulting a federal narcotics officer posing as a drug dealer in East Los Angeles."This year you're going to see an unprecedented number of people here in Los Angeles, primarily because of what's going on with TrumpÃÂ ..., a candidate for governor, was among those taking part in the march.Alter Net Amnesty Axis of Logic BBC BBC/Americas Black Star News CIR online CSM Committee to Protect Journalists Common Dreams Consortium News Democracy Now Fact Check Google Guardian IPS IWPR Independent Indypendent It\'s Our Economy Mathaba Media Matters Miami Herald Mint Press News My Antiwar NEWSiness News Junkie News One News Oil Price Op Ed News Project on Government Oversight Reader Supported News Real News Reuters Santa Monica Mirror Scoop Scotsman Seattle Times Toward Freedom UN News Center UPI Wash.Eva Longoria keeps it casual chic while stepping out for dinner with friends at Casa Tua on Thursday (December 29) in Miami, Fla. ” PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Eva Longoria Last week, Eva was spotted flashing a smile while dropping by Anastasia Beverly Hills salon in Beverly Hills.LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Star Magazine is reporting that Eva Longoria is secretly dating Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.