Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa: ‘Rome is Burning’

A Democrat former Mayor is now claiming that Los Angeles is dirty and filled with crime.  He forgot to mention that for the past twenty years the Democrats have held the Mayors office and for 60 years they have controlled the City Council.

“In what appeared to be a stinging critique of his successor, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the city he once lead “rudderless” and “adrift.”

“I was born and raised here,” Villaraigosa said Sunday on NBC4’s News Conference. “I have lived here my entire life. I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly… the spread of homelessness… I think there is a lack of clear leadership in this town.”

When pressed, the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles said his criticism wasn’t entirely about Mayor Eric Garcetti, nor did he blame the current mayor for leaving office early to take a job in the Biden administration. Nevertheless, he argued that there was a “lack of leadership” coming from city hall which he hears “all over this town.”

Not a word against a Democrat or the Democrat Party.  Until he does, it is just a bunch of hot air.

Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa: ‘Rome is Burning’

“I was born and raised here,” Villaraigosa said on NBC4. “I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly.”

By Conan Nolan, NBC LA,  10/17/21   

In what appeared to be a stinging critique of his successor, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the city he once lead “rudderless” and “adrift.”

“I was born and raised here,” Villaraigosa said Sunday on NBC4’s NewsConference. “I have lived here my entire life. I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly… the spread of homelessness… I think there is a lack of clear leadership in this town.”

When pressed, the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles said his criticism wasn’t entirely about Mayor Eric Garcetti, nor did he blame the current mayor for leaving office early to take a job in the Biden administration. Nevertheless, he argued that there was a “lack of leadership” coming from city hall which he hears “all over this town.”

“I think, to many, Rome is burning” Villaraigosa said. “I shined shoes on 7th and Broadway and sometimes on 5th and Broadway… I know Broadway and downtown. I remember when we left in 2013 it was booming… and we are going to have to do something. Humane yes, but something, to address the level of homelessness.”

Villaraigosa this week endorsed Rep. Karen Bass in next year’s race for Mayor. The two have known each other for almost 50 years, back when they were both community activists. Both served in the state Assembly and both served as Assembly Speakers.

“We need somebody like her to bring us together,” he said. “To take on these challenges. To treat the issues facing this city with a sense of urgency.”

The 41st mayor also lamented the latest scandal facing city government, with the federal indictment announced this week against city councilman Mark Ridley Thomas.

“I’ve known him as well for 40 years and I have a lot of respect for him and his family… but there is no question all of this has taken together is really undermining a sense of trust in our city government,” Villaraigosa said.

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Comments

  1. In addition to L.A. supporting Governor Newsom’s efforts to continually increase the cost of electricity and fuels in perpetuity, the state is doing a great job of “attracting” the criminal element.

    More and more California cities have “raised” the bar for criminal tolerance by deciding to NOT prosecute low level crimes such as graffiti and low dollar theft.

    Cities have initiatives that change low-level, nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These include simple drug possession and petty theft offenses under $950 in value (petty theft, shoplifting, receipt of stolen property, forgery and writing a bad check). https://www.city-journal.org/san-francisco-crime

    The result is that by NOT prosecuting the low-level crimes, “raising” the bar for tolerance motivates those that want to steal or do graffiti can do so with no reprimands from law enforcement!

    Tough on businesses and the community that can only “watch” their cities go into the toilet!

  2. Do you think this is a stupendous reveal of the ” my dog ate my homework ” attitude that has plagued the Democrats ever since there was a Democrat? Today the Democrats did something that even I thought they were incapable of, they did something so incredibly stupid that created a din so loud that it actually woke some of the imbecilic schmucks up. What I’m referring to is the idea of Congress giving the IRS carte blanc privilege to insert their long noses into the average American’s bank account if a transaction of $600.00 or more was instigated by said American citizen. Of all people, Elizabeth Warren finally noticed the tomatoes flying past her head and said WHOA BOYS! the natives have become restless, perhaps we should oughta’ take another look and see if we can’t come up with something that will maybe settle the people that are paying our salaries, down a bit. They all got together and pooled their brain power and came up with the new figure that allows them to snoop into the average American’s financial history, $10,000.00. Now here’s the clincher, they’re still snooping into your financial transactions. When is the last time in your memory that a Democrat actually did something that was of more benefit to the average American than it was to them. On the night before Obamacare was voted on, one of them inserted a paragraph into the law that removed Congress from inclusion that all Americans were subjected to. The name of the person who inserted that paragraph is a secret, never to be revealed.

  3. ” I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly… the spread of homelessness… I think there is a lack of clear leadership in this town.”

    This coming from the mayor who oversaw LA’s transition to what it is today. A problem that he helped cause and never once tried to correct out of political correctness and political favors. Perhaps Tony Villar (his actual name) should live amongst the criminals and homeless for once. But like all Democrats; turns a blind eye to a problem caused by themselves, while blaming Republicans, and destroying everything they touch.

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