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Mayor Vetoes Air Rights Sale

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 10:11AM

It was a shame to hear last night that the Mayor has chosen to veto the Convention Center air rights sale. The Mayor says he is in support of the sale, but wants individual projects to come directly to him.

In a veto message to the City Council, Villaraigosa said he wholeheartedly supports the air rights initiative. But, he said, the proposed law behind it violates the City Charter by failing to give him an opportunity to review or reject projects spawned by the plan.

Later in the article City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is quoted as disagreeing with the Mayor's take on what does and doesn't violate the City Charter.

Overriding the veto would require ten votes. The original vote was 12-0, but certainly getting those same 12 votes would be a little tougher when it's seen as going against the Mayor.


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