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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
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Politics 2014: Endorsements for McConnell not coming in from Tea Party

Politics 2014: Endorsements for McConnell not coming in from Tea Party

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a darling of the Republican Party's conservative wing, didn't offer support for party leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, when asked if he would back McConnell over Tea Party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in the primary.
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Eric Garcetti says he'll be a 'back to basics' LA mayor

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- Longtime City Council member Eric Garcetti was sworn in as Los Angeles' mayor, pledging to be a "back-to-basics" leader of the city's economic recovery.

Prop 8 proponents go back to court to try to stop same-sex marriages

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in California went back to the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to try to stop an appellate ruling opening the way for gays to marry.

Los Angeles launches rooftop solar feed in tariff program

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Los Angeles has launched the nation's largest urban solar rooftop feed in tariff program.
Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Eric Garcetti to be next Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- Los Angeles City Council Member Eric Garcetti was declared the winner of the mayoral race, becoming the city's first elected Jewish mayor.

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Schwarzenegger hosts forum on immigration reform

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger argued for immigration reform at a Los Angeles forum, using his own story as an example.
Bloomberg donates $350,000 to LA school reform campaign

Bloomberg donates $350,000 to LA school reform campaign

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $350,000 to a Los Angeles school board campaign backed by the Coalition for School Reform, records indicate.

Crime in Los Angeles declining in 2013

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Violent crime in Los Angeles was down 14 percent for the first quarter of 2013 from the same period last year, police said.

Riverside, Calif., withdraws Dorner reward

RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- Riverside, Calif., officials said the city withdrew its $100,000 reward in the case of a murder suspect who died after leading police on a 10-day manhunt.

Groups balking on paying Dorner reward

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Some donors to a reward fund in the case of a murder suspect who died after leading California police on a 10-day manhunt say they are rethinking their pledges.

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Los Angeles wants 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles wants 2024 Olympics

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee saying the city is interested in hosting its third Summer Olympic Games.
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Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks to the crowd during a rally against California's controversial Proposition 8 in Los Angeles on March 4, 2009. The rally, organized on the eve of the opening of the case going before the California Supreme Court, was held in support of overturning the recently-passed proposition which banned gay marriage in the state. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa (pronounced /ˌviː.əraɪˈɡoʊsə/; born January 23, 1953), born Antonio Ramón Villar, Jr., is the 41st and current Mayor of Los Angeles, California, the third Mexican American to have ever held office in the city of Los Angeles and the first in over 130 years. He is also the current president of the United States Conference of Mayors. He was elected mayor on May 17, 2005, defeating incumbent mayor James Hahn, and then re-elected for a second term in 2009. Prior to his election as mayor, Villaraigosa was the California State Assemblyman for the 45th District, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and the Los Angeles City Councilman representing the 14th District. Villaraigosa is unable to run for a third term in 2013 due to term limits.

Before being elected to public office, Villaraigosa was a labor organizer. Villaraigosa served as a national co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and as a member of President Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board.

Born Antonio Villar in the City Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles County's Eastside, Villaraigosa attended both Catholic and public schools. His father abandoned the family when Villaraigosa was 5 years old. At the age of 16, a benign tumor in his spinal column briefly paralyzed him from the waist down, curtailing his ability to play sports. His grades plummeted at Cathedral High School. The next year, he was expelled from the Roman Catholic institution after getting into a fight after a football game. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, and, with the help of his English teacher Herman Katz, went on to attend East Los Angeles College. Villaraigosa eventually transferred to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but he did not graduate by the time that he left in 1975. At UCLA, Villaraigosa was a leader of MEChA. At this time, he went by the name "Tony Villar" but began using his birth name, Antonio, in the 1980s.

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