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Villaraigosa to lead national group of mayors

Jun 18, 2011 11:11:38 PM- latimes.com
The position could help Mayor Villaraigosa secure federal support for local projects and might be a springboard for the next phase of his career.

In a new role that will raise his national profile, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa assumes the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday, putting him on the front lines in the fight over federal budget cuts and in a good position to secure Washington's help with his pet project: speeding expansion of the transportation system back home.

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