L.A.’s Villaraigosa Leaves Office Popular, Accomplished—And Patting His Own Back

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On a recent day at Los Angeles City Hall, outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handed out copies of a colorful, glossy book titled, “Straight from the Heart of L.A.: The Villaraigosa Years.” The 62-page magazine prepared by his staff details a wide range of achievements, from a decrease in violent crime and coal power to an expansion of public rail and green space. “Do you promise to read that?” the mayor asked. “You’ll get the full flavor.” Modesty has never been Villaraigosa’s strong suit.

In the days before the twice-elected, term-limited mayor leaves office on June 30 to be replaced by former city council member Eric Garcetti, Villaraigosa is on a mission to secure his legacy. Last week, he headlined an event to showcase progress on a $4.1 billion modernization of LAX, even though the upgrade isn’t finished. The airport announced plans to name a pavilion after him. And earlier this…

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