What’s Next for Outgoing L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began the formal transition of power to his successor on Thursday, hosting Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti for breakfast at Getty House where he told reporters that the city councilman had his “full support.”
Garcetti, who defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel on Tuesday, will not take office until July 1. But he and his team have already begun to prepare the policy initiatives that he hopes will allow him to “hit the ground running on day one,” as he said during a news conference afterward.
Though the two men have had any icy relationship in recent years as the city has struggled to right its finances, Villaraigosa said he “couldn’t be more excited” to welcome Garcetti to the official residence and had valued his friendship over more than a decade.