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Posts Tagged ‘Antonio Villaraigosa’

Charlie Sheen Pays for Paparazzo’s Funeral

When he’s not rubbing elbows (allegedly, not allegedly, those two need to come up with a story and stick to it) with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Charlie Sheen continues to prove he has a heart of gold.

The actor cut a check for $12,000 to pay for the funeral services of 29-year-old paparazzo photographer Chris Guerra, who was killed New Year’s Day in a tragic accident while chasing after what he thought was pop singer Justin Bieber.

“A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject,” Sheen told TMZ. “It’s an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved.”

I didn’t exactly hear Bieber wanting to help Guerra’s family out. Total class act move by Sheen.

[H/T TMZ, LAist]

 

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Charlie Sheen, Antonio Villaraigosa Aren’t Really BFFs

You’ve probably seen the photo by now of actor Charlie Sheen and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sharing an awkward man-hug.

Well, the Mayor went on NBC’s News Conference to shed some light about how the two ran into each other.

Both guys were in Cabo San Lucas and Sheen asked to take a photo with Villaraigosa.

“I’m in the picture taking business,” Villaraigosa said on NBC. “I’ve never said no to anyone that wants to take a picture…I was on vacation. I deserve a vacation from time to time.”

Let this be a heads up to anyone who happens to run into Mayor Villaraigosa as he plays out his term — ask him for that picture and make sure to put it on Instagram.

[H/T LA Observed]

Lu Parker and Mayor Villaraigosa Are Done

KTLA reporter Lu Parker and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have called it quits.

“I can confirm that Lu Parker ended her three-year committed relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as of May 25,” Juliette Harris, Parker and KTLA’s publicist, told the LA Times.

In a city not exactly known for its hardcore coverage of civic affairs, Parker and Villaraigosa’s relationship was an anomaly. It probably got more press than the LA County Board of Supervisors. Couldn’t have helped things being under that kind of microscope. Then again, the Mayor probably could have expected the scrutiny based on the similar coverage he got for his previous relationship with Telemundo 52′s Mirthala Salinas.

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To Chagrin of Handlers, Mayor Villaraigosa Answers Personal Question

Earlier this year, we wrote about LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s surprising and shocking admission during an interview with CBS LA reporter Stephanie Abrams. In connection with a city initiative addressing domestic violence, he recalled some deeply personal memories of growing up with an abusive father.

Though not quite as earth shattering, Villaraigosa on Wednesday made another candid revelation during a Q&A at Loyola Marymount. Per a report by KPCC senior online reporter Alice Walton, he admitted that his biggest regret is the way he handled the break-up of his marriage after his affair with a Telemundo reporter became public knowledge:

In an interview with KPCC after the event, the mayor said he believes it is possible to succeed politically while maintaining a strong marriage and family life.

“I think there are a lot of people who have done that a lot better than me. My staff would like me not to answer those questions, but I do it anyway because I think it’s important to be real, and I do think that was the one thing that I looked at and I just didn’t do it right,” Villaraigosa said.

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Venice Resident Filing Complaint Against Blogger

We admit it.

Sometimes bloggers can cross the line.

And sometimes we need to be put in check, like Venice Beach resident Karen Wolfe plans on doing to Venice Stakeholders Association president and blogger Mark Ryavec.

Ryavec (who sounds like a bit of a nutjob) listed the names and home addresses of 10 politicians, journalists and activists — including Wolfe — on his website as places where the homeless could set up camp and sleep overnight because he considered them advocates in the ongoing battle between Venice residents and transients.

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Emerson College Breaks Ground on Satellite Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new $85 million Emerson College satellite facility in Los Angeles.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, councilman Eric Garcetti, Emerson College president Lee Pelton, Emerson alum Henry Winkler, and architect Thom Mayne were on hand. The 10-story building is expected to be completed in 2014.

“Today, we celebrate the first steps toward what will be an ambitious new endeavor that will further benefit our students, the fields we serve and the city of Los Angeles itself,” Pelton told the audience, per The Boston Globe. “In doing so, we extend Emerson’s distinctive curricular footprint across the entire continent, from the shores of one ocean to the shores of another.”

Photo Credit: Ed Menezes

Musicians Protest Outside Grammy Awards Over Ethnic Category Eliminations

Thirty-one categories were cut from the Grammy awards this year, mostly in Ethnic music fields, and the affected artists are fighting back. A petition to reinstate the axed categories, which include Latin jazz, Native American, Hawaiian, regional Mexican, Zydeco & Cajun music, has over six thousand signatures. Artists including Paul Simon and Carlos Santana have openly criticized the cuts. And then there was Sunday night’s protest. From Billboard:

About 70 artists and their supporters took to the streets near the Staples Center while the Grammy pre-telecast was taking place. After the demonstration the group was scheduled to perform at a showcase at Mama Juana’s nightclub in Studio City as a way to celebrate their music, show unity and send a message to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) that rallying will continue to bring back the categories.

At a recent Grammy event, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expressed sympathy for the protestors. “I understand that what people are looking for is inclusion,” Villaraigosa said. “We’ve got to celebrate that.”

CBSLA Lands Major Villaraigosa Scoop

Score one for CBS Channel 2 reporter Stephanie Abrams and her team. In an interview broadcast last night and posted today to the station website as well as Yahoo!’s hyperlocal news beta, she got Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to speak publicly for the first time about memories of an abusive, alcoholic father.

It’s powerful stuff, regardless of how you feel about the city official’s politics. Villaraigosa, whose dad split when he was five, says he retains vivid memories of cowering under a bed with his younger sister as his mother was beaten by his father:

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FOX Employee Tells of Police Brutality at the ‘Peaceful’ Occupy LA Raid

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has lauded the raid of the Occupy LA encampment as “peaceful and orderly” and praised the LAPD for their professionalism and restraint. But in an open letter to the Culver City Crossroads tells a very different story.

Patrick Meighan, a writer for the FOX series Family Guy, was one of 292 Occupy LA protesters arrested in front of City Hall during last week’s raid. And according to his account, excessive force was used on protesters, himself included:

I… informed the LAPD officers that I would go peacefully and cooperatively. I stood as instructed, and then I had my arms wrenched behind my back, and an officer hyperextended my wrists into my inner arms. It was super violent, it hurt really really bad, and he was doing it on purpose. When I involuntarily recoiled from the pain, the LAPD officer threw me face-first to the pavement. He had my hands behind my back, so I landed right on my face.

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LAPD Roughs Up Occupy LA Photographer

While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is singing the praises of how well the LAPD handled the Occupy LA raid, we wanted to share this clip of a photographer getting manhandled by the police.

I guess he wasn’t one of the “lucky” 12 media members that were credentialed.

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