2005: Newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on one of the city’s beaches.As mayor, Villaraigosa aggressively promoted tourism while vigorously defending the region’s environment and quality of life.Over the next few years he won a reputation in labor circles as a gifted advocate.He became President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, and of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The couple elected to merge their surnames, and would henceforth be known as Antonio and Corina Villaraigosa.Corina had filed for divorce in 2007 after 20 years of marriage.
At UCLA, Tony Villar, as he was then known, was active in student politics and the movement opposing U. With his ambitions for a legal career on hold, he became a field representative and organizer for the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA).
I have the utmost faith in Lu Parker’s abilities.” At the time, Parker had moved from the morning to evening news program.