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Topic - Antonio R. Villaraigosa
President Obama is losing another trusted member of his Cabinet with the announcement Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving the administration.
The heart of car culture may be beating in Los Angeles, but the nation's second-largest city has allowed two-thirds of its new automobile dealerships — and the sales tax revenue they generate — to slip away during the past quarter-century.
A bipartisan chorus of mayors nationwide is crying foul over a House Republican proposal to slash funding for a popular grant program, warning that everything from job training and child nutrition to homeless shelters and senior care will be devastated.
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa announced last week that he wants to eliminate business taxes on new car dealers in an effort to lure them back and keep the dealers that are left.
"For too long, L.A.'s business tax has driven auto dealers outside the city limits," Mr. Villaraigosa said. "It's time to reform the way we tax auto dealers so that we can bring more jobs and more sales tax to our city."