2006: Uses his first State of the City address to announce that he will ask the Legislature to give him overwhelming authority to run the city's embattled public schools.
2007: A day after Villaraigosa publicly accepted responsibility for their separation, his wife of 20 years, Corina Villaraigosa, files for divorce on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences." Mayor acknowledges dating TV reporter.
2007: Achieves his goal of greater influence on the school board by raising money to elect endorsed candidates in three of four board races.
2009: Vows to end the Department of Water and Power's reliance on coal-fired power plants and instead secure 40% of its power from renewable resources.
2009: Unveils his "30/10" plan to fast-track new rail projects.
2011: Orders the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds.
2012: Garnered high-profile role as Democratic National Convention chair
2013: Hails continued decline in crime across Los Angeles. Later leaves office after serving the second of two allowed terms; he is replaced by fellow Democrat Eric Garcetti.