WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor
Villaraigosa, whose term ends June 30, said again that he would like to be California governor one day.
"But the last time I looked, there is somebody in the job," he said during his visit Thursday. He said he expects Gov.
Villaraigosa was due to meet with
He was hopeful of the Senate passing immigration legislation but was less certain about the Republican-controlled House.
"You have a majority of House members on the Republican side who believe in the deportation of 11 million people," Villaraigosa said. He said the bill’s fate could depend on whether House Speaker
"I think they clearly don't want these new citizens to impact the next few election cycles," he said.
There are elements of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill put together by the so-called Gang of Eight that trouble Villaraigosa, including the 13-year path to legal status and citizenship, which he regards as too long.
"But it's the price you have to pay when there is such a chasm of opinion on the issue."
He said the bill was important to Los Angeles where he said one of 10 residents is undocumented.
Villaraigosa spoke while having lunch with San Francisco Mayor
Villaraigosa said he also is talking with administration officials about a new transportation bond where the federal government would pick up the interest cost "as close to 100% as possible."
Villaraigosa said that after his term expires June 30, he will take time to reflect but plans to remain politically active. He said he will attend the