After being termed out of the State Assembly, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council (2003) and served until he was elected Mayor (2005).
Villaraigosa is a member of the Democratic Party, and was a national co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, a member of President Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board, He ran for Mayor in 2001 against Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn, but lost in the second round of voting.
“Mayor Villaraigosa doesn’t really have a national presence yet to be talked about on my Website, but he sure has a way to get the local (L.
A.) media to talk about him and his public and private lives,” Hilton told the Daily News in an e-mail. with the budget deficit and (the challenge of) maintaining city services,” Banks said.
“I think there’s just a real lack of judgment here.” Marks noted that it will be hard for KTLA Channel 5 to remove Parker from coverage of news involving the mayor, because that’s “everything — it’s education, it’s the police department, it’s the budget …” But from other corners, word of the Villaraigosa-Parker romance inspired only shrugs.
The alarm was from media ethicists and others who think Villaraigosa and Parker should have learned a lesson from the mayor’s earlier entanglement with a pretty, brunet, much-younger television journalist.He said his bride-to-be is Patricia Govea and that they have been dating since last year.Villarigosa, 63, mentioned the news at a lunch-time appearance at Town Hall Los Angeles in downtown then followed up on Twitter.Villaraigosa told an audience at Loyola Marymount University last week that how he handled the breakup of his marriage was his biggest regret as mayor.Parker, a special assignment reporter at KTLA, founded the Lu Parker Project to help homeless and abused animals and penned “Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition,” a portrait of pageant life with insights from her year as Miss USA in 1994.