Paramount Pictures played host last week to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and an audience of about 500, including elected officials and civic leaders, for the Mayor’s annual State of the City speech. The occasion was a homecoming of sorts for Mayor Villaraigosa, who was first sworn into public office here in 1994 as a State Assemblyman.
Before the attendees, Villaraigosa remarked on how the Hollywood location has always been part of the City he’s represented, and how it remains a special place for him.
Now in his seventh year of office, Villaraigosa talked about his goals for his final term, including working with Washington “to make the smart investments we need in transportation, infrastructure and workforce development.” Mass transit has been a significant focus for the Office of the Mayor. From funding for major freeway projects to improving local transportation to connecting communities across LA via rail and bus lines, more transit initiatives for Angelenos also means more jobs.
“It means making Los Angeles the capital of sustainability, not smog. It means remaking the face of LA and finally taking us beyond sprawl,” he said.
The Mayor urged people to think big and be bold. He closed by saying, “Los Angeles is a city where people make miracles happen every day, and this is why Los Angeles has always been the destination of so many dreamers around the world.”
This summer, the Mayor will serve as chairman of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The full text of his speech can be read here.