Mayor Villaraigosa Talks to Westsiders at Town Hall Meeting

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl had the pleasure of introducing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the featured speaker during a town hall event in LA’s Westside on Monday night.

Rosendahl, who chairs the City’s Transportation Committee, gave the Mayor a hat tip for his efforts to improve mobility for Angelenos. Rosendahl also mention the successes of  Measure R which is responsible for the rapid Metro rail developments.

The Monday evening event at the Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center in West Los Angeles was sponsored by the Westside Regional Association of Councils.  The town hall was free and open to the public and allowed constituents to meet with City leaders on a variety of issues.

Audience questions during the evening spanned the board from infrastructure and core services to tax reform and billboard sign regulation. A recurring answer to many of the issues were related to budget constraints.

“The fact is, we had to make cuts,” Villaraigosa said, in response to one question on fire prevention in Pacific Palisades. Villaraigosa added that fire and safety are his main priorities.

During another moment with the Mayor, a Mar Vista Neighborhood Councilmember held up a draft of 21 infrastructure initiatives. The constituent asked Villaraigosa who he could hand it to.

“Me. Give it to me,” said Villaraigosa as he walked into the audience and received the document personally.

Dee Olomajeye, President of the Palms Neighborhood Council,  said she was surprised the Mayor was so personable.

“It was probably as frank as a politician can get,” said Olomajeye.

“You can only change government by being a part of the process,” said Allen Bridges. He’s concerned about apron parking in his neighborhood on Beverly Glen.

The Mayor is in his final term in office.

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