Although Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wasn't able to complete many of his campaign promises, he still made a positive impact on the political landscape of his city and, this day and age, that's pretty incredible.
I couldn't have imagined saying this a few years ago, but I wish Antonio Villaraigosa could run again for mayor of Los Angeles.
You can look at broken promises and judge the mayor a flop: too many potholes, and not enough cops.
But I think his legacy is bigger than that. And most Angelenos, it seems, agree. More than half the voters surveyed by Times pollsters last week said they view Villaraigosa favorably.
That public endorsement shocked local pundits, who consider the mayor all style and no substance.
But style counts in Los Angeles. His ego may be bigger than his intellect, but the mayor has managed to leave his mark in ways that matter more than fixing sidewalk cracks.