Source: Los Angeles Times
On July 2, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "In a festive ceremony that drew politicians from across the nation, Antonio Villaraigosa took the oath of office Friday as the 41st mayor of Los Angeles... the city's first Latino mayor in 133 years paid tribute to a city and a country that gave the son of an immigrant from Mexico the opportunity to lead the nation's second-largest city." On July 2nd, the Los Angeles Times published excerpts from Villaraigosa's inaugural address. [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-speech2jul02,1,3174665,full.story] In his address to the people of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa says, "I am asking you to dream with me... Dream with me of a Los Angeles where it doesn't matter whether you're African American, Latino, Caucasian or Asian. Whether you're Jewish or Muslim, Protestant or Catholic. Whether you're from Watts or Westwood. Where every Angeleno is an equal stakeholder in our city's future."