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Where in the World is Antonio Villaraigosa? Africa, Iceland, Topless Pool at Caesar’s Palace…

antoniiotmz.jpgMaybe we’d be better off if the mayor was still running for governor.

That way at least he might muster serve energy to pay attention to the city’s affairs instead of his own. At least to protect his record.

Ever since he declared he was committed to deal with LA’s financial crisis and many other problems, the mayor has been on the road partying.

Africa. Iceland. And now Las Vegas where TMZ got this photo of him with girlfriend Lu Parker, the TV news anchor, at the topless pool at Caesar’s Palace last Monday when he was speaking at the Clean Energy Summit. So there may be more to his passion for environmental issues than just political advantage and billions for his pals.

Meanwhile, there’s a $300 million to $500 million hole in the city budget, the early retirement deal they cut is falling apart and, like the mayor, the City Council is on vacation, too.

Shameless is taking on new meaning. Just say LA.



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45 Responses to Where in the World is Antonio Villaraigosa? Africa, Iceland, Topless Pool at Caesar’s Palace…

  1. Times are tough for Angelenos and Californians, but not for Villaraigosa. Bottles of exquistie wines at fancy restaurants like Mozza. An expensive Cabana at Caesars topless pool. Africa. Iceland. Asia. Israel. But who is paying for all these extravagances? The Ethics Commission needs to do forensic accounting on the mayor’s lifestyle.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Villar is acting like the Don of the LACITY GANG.
    What can be done about it? We need to impeach him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beginning in October, the recall petitions can begin circulating. Perhaps this picture should be on the front of each petition.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m critical of the job that the mayor is doing, but if he wants to spend a few days in Las Vegas with his girlfriend, so what. Just so long as he’s paying for it and not a company lobbying for favors. I hope he has the guts to rework the early retirement plan and insist on a deal in which the numbers add up.

  5. Sandy Sand says:

    Ditto what Jack Humphreville said.
    Our strutting bantam rooster mayor ain’t a gonna like that photo; he’s a gettin’ a paunch. Too much fine wining and dining.
    Speaking of our third world strutting rooster mayor, when’s the city council going to vote on third world roosters — one for each household — in our 3rd world city?

  6. Anonymous says:

    …if he wants to spend a few days in Las Vegas with his girlfriend, so what…
    It’s not just “a few days in Las Vegas.” He’s taken the entire summer off.
    He was inaugurated to a second term on July 1. The next day, he jetted off to South Africa for 10 days. Two weeks later, he was off to Iceland for a weeklong fly-fishing vacation. Now he’s chillin’ in Vegas…
    I don’t begrudge anyone vacation, even elected officials. But there’s a time to work and a time to play. The city is facing an enormous budget deficit and a gigantic financial crisis, and this guy isn’t even trying anymore to look like he cares to lead.
    Old conventional wisdom: He’s more style than substance, but he’s got the potential to be great.
    Real truth: He’s an empty suit whose “charisma” is now revealed to be just a huckster’s charm…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Antonio is bored. If he is not running for Governor there is no reason, in his mind, to work hard-since it was always more about perception and appearance, than the actual work.
    He does have core positions ( not beliefs)which seem to be for the working person, in the form of his steadfast support for the public employee unions. But, that was influenced as much by his need for their support to run, first for mayor, then for Governor.
    What may be a small saving grace, is that since he doesnt need their support for higher office, he can take them on a bit, as he is doing with the Fire Union, and the teachers union UTLA.
    Overall, as a former Antonio supporter, he is very dissapointing to me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh come on.
    If he was staying at Cesear’s Palace then why shouldnt he use their pool — is he suppose to walk in the heat to another pool just to please you fools?
    Also no where in any of the photos is anyone topless, and we know TMZ isn’t afraid to post those pics albeit with a little editting.
    This republican blog is so hypocritical its astounding.

  9. Anonymous says:

    He looks like any paunchy middle-aged guy lounging in the shade (not even sun), in his full shirt and t-shirt getup. No one anywhere else in photo and they’re behind a hedge, couldn’t be less sexy. You got this “idea” from that talk radio jerk who played it up big, wondering if the shirt was covering up tattoos, all the usual nonsense.
    The only real issue is that he seems to be spending too much time away for someone who was going to be rolling up those sleeves to get right down to work. However, it’s not how much time you spend holed up in the office that counts as mayor — he needs to be out and about solving problems.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If he was staying at Cesear’s Palace then why shouldnt he use their pool
    Dear Obtuse at 12:34:
    Nobody cares what pool he uses, topless or not. He shouldn’t be at Caesar’s Palace in the first place. He should be in Los Angeles, doing his job.
    And don’t tell me everybody deserves a vacation. In the six weeks since he was inaugurated, this fool has taken exotic vacations to South Africa and Iceland before this jaunt to Vegas.
    Shit, if the job is this easy maybe Zuma Dogg was qualified after all!

  11. anonymously says:

    12:34 you don’t get it. While Los Angeles is burning Villaraigosa is at Cesears diddeling around. Actually he has been outside the city longer than one month. I said he would be an absent mayor and he is living up to this. The truth is the lights are on in his mind but nobody is home. He has turned out to be a huge dissapointment to the taxpayers of Los Angeles. Starting a recall is useless unless someone with the brains and experience steps up and starts to take charge.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Vote for openness and transparency. Vote Brian D’Arcy for Mayor.

  13. Bruno says:

    When I suggested Antonio stay out of Mozza, I didn’t mean he should hang out in Vegas.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I pine for the good old days when Ron Deaton was running the city. Good times…

  15. Anonymous says:

    I smell “Recall” spirit.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hey all you STUPID speed readers. Why are you skipping over the part that says he was there to speak at the Clean Energy Summit?
    That would be part of the job you elected him for.
    That would mean that the city paid for his part of the trip and that he or his girlfriend paid for hers. All perfectly legitimate.
    Do you understand how incredibly difficult it is to take any of you seriously?

  17. Anonymous says:

    “This republican blog is so hypocritical its astounding.”
    Why. thank you, so you think only the GOP ask for honesty of its public servants? Thank you
    for saying that but I think true Americans no matter which party expect honesty. You sound more like a LIBERAL than an American to me. You can find many places where your kind of politics is a way of life. Why not go where you can be happier?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey, 4:13:
    It was the second National Clean Energy Summit, a one-day brainstorming session on clean energy programs. There were a lot of Big Wheels there: Bill Clinton. Al Gore. Boone Pickens. Tim Wirth. Harry Reid.

    Here’s a story about it in the Las Vegas Review Journal

    I’ll let others judge whether the mayor should be attending this event at all (as opposed to staying at home and working on the city’s massive budget deficit while sending someone who, um, actually works on clean energy iniatives in the city’s massive power utility).
    But even if you make a case that there is a “business” purpose for the mayor to be there, he should not be using it as an opportunity to mooch another taxpayer-funded vacation with this-year’s-model TV reporter/girlfriend.
    The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 on the UNLV campus — far from Caesar’s and the Strip. It’s a one-hour commuter flight from LA that could easily have been done as a same-day trip.
    Southwest has three morning flights out of LAX and a fourth out of Burbank that would have gotten him there well in advance of 10 a.m., and at least five returns that would have gotten him back to LA that night.
    You’re defending the indefensible: The guy’s out junketeering when he ought to be in the city doing his damn job.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Ron Kaye is censoring his blog again without any merit.

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is why the city is in shambles? Angelenos elected a mayor who is more concerned with his celebrity status and traveling than working on city business. When the 11% mayor worked on city business, he raised trash fees, phone tax, DWP rates, etc.
    Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa attends the Chloe Los Angeles Boutique Opening Celebration held at Milk Studios on April 23, 2009 in Los Angeles.
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attends the 2009 GRAMMY Salute honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2009 in Beverly Hills.
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attends the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles.
    Actress Paris Hilton and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attend the grand opening of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills on December 4, 2008 in Los Angeles.
    http://www.celebritywonder.com/picture/Antoni…
    The list goes on and on.
    Celebrity wonder.com
    L.A. Magazine summed it up the best “FAILURE.”

  21. Anonymous says:

    L.A. Magazine summed it up the best “FAILURE.”
    http://www.laobserved.com/assets_c/2009/05/la…

  22. Anonymous says:

    I love that the Democraps have endorsed that loser –
    “The Los Angeles County Democratic Party released its endorsements for the March 3 elections and, to no one’s surprise, they went heavily for incumbents who also happen to be Democrats.
    “The Democratic Party’s endorsed candidates and positions on ballot measures will improve our quality of life for those who live throughout Los Angeles,” Chairman Eric Bauman said.
    On Election Day, let’s vote for change and bring hope and prosperity back to our local communities.”
    Los Angeles City Mayor
    Antonio Villaraigosa*”
    You people got suckered!!!!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Actress Paris Hilton and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attend the grand opening of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills on December 4, 2008 in Los Angeles.
    Let’s hope Mr. Ron Kaye does not censor this link.
    http://www.celebritywonder.com/picture/Antonio_
    Villaraigosa/ActressParis_Caulfield_56312926.html

  24. Anonymous says:

    L.A. Magazine summed it up the best – “FAILURE.”
    http://www.laobserved.com/assets_c/2009/05/
    lamagjune09-191.php
    Please see an example of blog censoring that starts with the links. 8:33 PM, 8:34 PM and 8:49 PM. Hmmmmm!

  25. eagle rock says:

    el panson mayor [FAT MAYOR] looks like is having a hell of a good time .
    somthing will give alway this can not keep on goin forever
    in city hall they all running there owne show
    and cashing on favors left and right
    the ship is goin down

  26. 4:13 says:

    I just read the article and the Mayor was mentioned in it.
    You can try and spin this around into something wrong but it’s not going to work. If he finished the summit at 4 and left to come back to LA immediately, what kind of work would you expect for him to be doing? Nothing. You just want to bitch.
    To the rest of the posters who are bitching about him attending red carpet events…he was invited. Don’t be so jealous.
    I for one, am happy that he is well-liked amongst the people that never invite mayors to their events.
    There is nothing that poor man can’t do that would make you happy and you know what? I find that really sad, especially since I, of all people, have damn good personal reasons to dislike him intensely, but I don’t. You all have faux political reasons when the truth is you’re
    Republicans who probably all loved the worst mayor on record — Riordan. That tells me where your brains are.

  27. Anonymous says:

    To: 11:13
    1) LA is reportedly in serious financial trouble. A mayor that cares about his city wouldn’t waste time with this meaningless summit (what importance does have for LA?).
    2) Why’d anybody be jealous of this ugly, fat, short, pompous, poorly educated philanderer? What is to be jealous about? That he may pork Paris Hilton? He probably has STD from all these *hos* he’s so enamored with.
    3) I’m a Republican & I hated Riordan who was a phony. But Riordan wasn’t the worst mayor because this distinction belongs to Villar.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The drumbeats of recall thump. Let’s stop talking about it and do it.
    I was talking this weekend with a county official who serves in a national position in the association for counties. He is a Democrat in a state far back east from here. Even he is aware of how Antonio is a failure and falling fast in the Democratic party. There is reason Obama won’t be seen with him. He is going down.

  29. 11:13 says:

    To: 11:13
    1) LA is reportedly in serious financial trouble. A mayor that cares about his city wouldn’t waste time with this meaningless summit (what importance does have for LA?).
    A) What? Clean energy isn’t an issue in LA? Are you kidding me? If the Mayor needs to get federal money for anything, don’t you think it helps that he rubs elbows with the likes of former presidents or are you just so hate-filled that you can’t stand it? Even Bush says global warming is real now. Eventually, green jobs will be forming and lucky for us, the mayor is one step ahead of other mayors. Are you against clean energy at the port, LAWA, etc.?
    2) Why’d anybody be jealous of this ugly, fat, short, pompous, poorly educated philanderer? What is to be jealous about? That he may pork Paris Hilton? He probably has STD from all these *hos* he’s so enamored with.
    A) Okay, you just answered my question. You are rude, nasty and hate-filled. No other reason for you to call childish names. Poorly educated? After reading your ramblings, I can see that you don’t understand that he might not have passed the bar, but he DID attend law school and got a degree from UCLA. Where is yours from? More name calling. So television personalities equal whores in your mind. Okay. I don’t even want a visual of what you look like.
    3) I’m a Republican & I hated Riordan who was a phony. But Riordan wasn’t the worst mayor because this distinction belongs to Villar.
    A) It’s obvious you’re a Republican since you don’t have the ability to understand why the mayor of the second largest city would be invited to speak at a “clean energy summit”. Your ex-president even believes now. Get with it. Riordan was the worst mayor we’ve ever had. I hope you’re not one the people out there shouting for change when you don’t know what you really mean or want.

  30. El Quixotian says:

    Anonymous on August 17, 2009 9:53 AM, read the article again, you think he’s speaking at the Clean Energy Summit on his own dime?
    And thanks 8:34 PM for reminding me for “L.A. Magazine summed it up the best “FAILURE.”’
    Did anyone else see the signs downtown after the Trutanich soiree? Across from the Music Center and elsewhere were proud signs proclaiming “Successful*” by merely promising the unlikely 40% Green goal, juxtaposed against the DWP lobby fees to the contrary mentioned elsewhere on this site.
    *I think it read successful…I was so busy laughing/gagging at the brazen attempt to recast the image from the L.A. Mag cover, I forget which not-truism the sign used.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Mirthala was TV Girlfriend Version 1.0…
    Lu is Version 2.0…
    Could next year’s model be on her way???
    ALYCIA LANE TO JOIN KNBC’S WEEKEND TEAM

  32. Anonymous says:

    5.34pm
    Alycia Lane.
    Now we are talking.That`s a real beauty!
    I`am going to start watching the news even if they say nothing

  33. Anonymous says:

    RECALL

  34. KK says:

    The green thing would have been for the mayor to use video feeds and work on LA issues: Here is the press release on the summit, which incidentally had no press pick up from the event itself.
    “Coming on the heels of the recently House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act, the national discussion on renewable energy will move back to Nevada this August. Summit 2.0 will advance the clean energy conversation and provide critical input into the Senate’s deliberations over its energy proposals. Today United States Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Center for American Progress Action Fund President and CEO John Podesta announced plans for the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 to be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Monday, August 10th.
    This is a continuation of the discussion created during last year’s national summit, which was also held in Las Vegas. This year’s focus: jobs. According to a study by the Center for American Progress and University of Massachusetts, the combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the energy bill being considered in Congress, can generate a net 1.7 million jobs in Nevada and nationwide.
    On August 10th, UNLV will host roundtable discussions with industry leaders from Nevada and the entire nation, renowned scientists and respected policy experts, followed by a public town hall forum and keynote address. The distinguished guests joining Senator Reid and Mr. Podesta include former Vice President Al Gore and energy executive T. Boone Pickens.
    “With our state’s vast renewable resources, there’s no better place to host this summit than Nevada,” Reid said. “This event will bring the nation’s top minds to the table to continue building a vision for a sustainable clean energy economy; one that creates jobs, fuels innovation and investment, creates consumer savings for every American and reduces our reliance on oil.”
    “The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 comes at a crucial moment for the nation,” said Podesta. “With the economic recovery taking effect and the recently House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act providing a solid blueprint for Senate action, we must continue to identify areas where additional federal policies and bold leadership will be critical in driving and sustaining private-sector investments in the clean energy economy. I look forward to reuniting with this influential ensemble of leaders from business, government, labor, nonprofits, and community groups to discuss the architecture necessary to create millions of good jobs and lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity.”
    The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 is being sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, US Senator Harry Reid and UNLV. For more information about Summit 2.0, please visit http://www.cleanenergysummit.org.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I saw Zuma Dogg give his 2 mins in front of the council the other day (AKA go apeshit). Funniest part was at the end where he screamed “I hope yall get indicted!!”
    He reminds me of Jim Cramer on Mad Money
    Oh yeah, the guy in the ugly suit who kept waving his arms like an orchestra conductor was funny too

  36. Anonymous says:

    When will people understand that the era of TV personalities- all talk and no substance- is over. Just because movie making and its stars are part of LA, it does not mean, we want a Mayor who emulates them. This city needs intelligent people who know how to balance a budget and provide the basic services required of a municipality. The Mayor like most of his department managers are all show. Ever wonder why we are in the financial mess that we are in. Time for serious change in the whole city management and its structure. We all have a vested interest in how it is managed or mis/managed.

  37. Anonymous says:

    The scummy Mayor slinks out of town with his girlfriend to secretly attend some faux conference. Should he have been proud to attend this conference, and announce it to the major L.A. media? Of course not. He slinks around behind everyone’s back, as if that behavior is anything new.
    Wonder what the excuse was for the Mayor slinking to Iceland?

  38. anonymous says:

    Thoughts about this:
    It wouldn’t bother me if the mayor went to a topless beach in France, since all beaches in the south of France are topless ones.
    Any establishment in the US that allows topless bathing, most likely, is for different reasons (as opposed to getting an even tan line). A man going to a topless pool in Vegas would probably be for the sheer purpose of looking at breasts.
    I really do not care if the mayor went to an Energy Summit or the like. Mayors do that. Nor do I object to any ol’ man just going to a topless pool. However, such an outing for a public official is highly inappropriate.
    Administrative leaves are normally issued if charges are filed (pending conviction or no conviction). For this mayor to place a GM, with a stellar record, on administrative leave for an allegation (have any charges been filed?) and then go to a topless pool is the epitome of hypocrisy. I realize that rape is quite different than going to a peek show. But, this is almost like rubbing the GM’s face in what