This is good news. Antonio Villaraigosa is one of the people that Hal Netkin -- the guy who ran over peaceful anti-race hate protesters in Garden Grove, California -- was opposing. It's great seeing that someone that racists object to has gotten elected by the actual American people of this country.

Update: The police claim they reviewed video tape of the assault and have allegedly released this suspect without criminal charges, trying to claim that the video shows the peaceful anti-hate protesters surrounding and pounding on the suspect's vehicle. That's highly doubtful and hopefully the good guys will sue and subpoena copies of that alleged video. Were such claims even remotely true, attempted murder should still have been an indictment, in my opinion.

Hispanic is elected mayor of Los Angeles
By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles
(Filed: 19/05/2005)

Los Angeles yesterday elected its first Hispanic mayor since its pioneer days in the 19th century, highlighting the growing power of Latinos in America's Sunbelt.

Antonio Villaraigosa, the son of impoverished Mexican immigrants and a high school dropout who once sported a tattoo proclaiming "Born to Raise Hell", won a landslide victory to take control of the second largest city in the US.

His win over the Republican incumbent, James Hahn, reflected for the first time the real influence of Latinos in California, where decades of population growth has so far failed to be matched by political power. It also made Los Angeles the largest city in America to be led by a Hispanic mayor.

One academic yesterday called Mr Villaraigosa, 52, a liberal Democrat, "an effective prime minister for Latinos of the south-west". Luis Miranda, a New York pollster, said that his election "will become an instant symbolic victory for Latinos nationwide".

The last Latino to lead Los Angeles, Cristobel Aguilar, left office in 1872 when the city was a dusty outpost of a few thousand residents. Today Latinos form the largest ethnic group in Los Angeles, comprising nearly half the city's 3.7 million population.


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