Antonio Villaraigosa is a Democrat who has been Los Angeles' 41st mayor since July 1, 2005. He was President of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2011-2012. He has previously been the Democratic leader and Speaker of the California State Assembly and a member of the Los Angeles City Council. He was also Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September 2012. In the past, he was a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union and United Teachers Los Angeles, and then President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Federation of Government Employees.
Ties to Pete Peterson's "Fix the Debt"
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem."
Villaraigosa is on Fix the Debt's steering committee. In a statement about his controversial support of Fix the Debt (which he has been asked to drop, in a petition bearing more than 20,000 signatures as of December 11, 2012), he said, "I believe we can -- and must -- reform Social Security and Medicare as part of a balanced approach to the nation’s fiscal challenges. These reforms are needed to strengthen our essential entitlement programs for generations to come."
This article is part of the Center for Media and Democracy's investigation of Pete Peterson's Campaign to "Fix the Debt." Please visit our main SourceWatch page on Fix the Debt.
|About Fix the Debt|
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem." Through a special report and new interactive wiki resource, the Center for Media and Democracy -- in partnership with the Nation magazine -- exposes the funding, the leaders, the partner groups, and the phony state "chapters" of this astroturf supergroup. Learn more at PetersonPyramid.org and in the Nation magazine.
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- City of Los Angeles, Biography of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, official city government website, accessed January 2013.
- Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel, Villaraigosa will chair Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2012.
- Fix the Debt, CEO Fiscal Leadership Council, organizational document, accessed January 2013.
- Frank Stoltze, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa under fire for "Fix the Debt" association, 89.33 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, December 12, 2012.
- Directors, Campaign for America's Future, accessed October 20, 2009.
- People, Liberty Hill Foundation, accessed November 19, 2010.