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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / Los Angeles

Is he in or out?

People close to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday dismissed a report in the San Francisco Chronicle that he had decided not to run for governor in 2010.

Villaraigosa insiders said the mayor has still not made a decision.

Chronicle political columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross reported Sunday that their sources had told them Villaraigosa had decided not to run, in part because he was facing “bloody political fights” at home.

Villaraigosa begins his second four-year term as L.A.'s mayor July 1. He has said for months that he was considering a run for governor in 2010, but has not offered any rock-solid clues about a decision.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom already has announced a bid for the Democratic nomination. California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is considered another top potential Democratic candidate, although he has not officially announced he is running.

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-- Phil Willon


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