LOS ANGELES (CBS) —Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked for approval for a six-foot-wall around the Getty House, the mayor’s official residence in Windsor Square, according to city documents.

But at least one planning official was “caught off guard” by Villaraigosa’s request for increased security around the taxpayer-owned property.

The mayor’s office filed its request on Feb. 2 for a variance to city bylaws with plans to erect a security wall around the property at 605 S. Irving Blvd.

Officials say the wall’s design includes “embedded” security features that will save taxpayer money by cutting costs for security staffing.

Initially, the mayor proposed an eight-and-a-half-foot wall, which was quickly rejected by the Windsor Square Association.

Villaraigosa has scaled down his plans, but the new proposal still exceeds the permitted 42-inch height.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduces Charlie Beck as the new LAPD Chief at the Getty House in Nov. 2009. (Getty Images)

While zoning decisions can often take months, a public hearing will likely come soon after a deadline of April 18 has been set for the ruling.

However, Department of City Planning officials are wary of pledging any final decision before that date, saying the office is already backed up.

After Tom Bradley, Villaraigosa is only the second mayor to reside at Getty House upon his election to office in 2005.

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Comments (49)
  1. I want a Berlin Wall for my house says:

    He’s obviously afraid people might border jump his current wall.

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      He is afraid his ol friends from 18th st might pay him a visit

    2. robert cochrane says:

      hasnt the mayor done enough damage, is he afraid some of our citizens are going to harm for his mistakes, and I dont mean in our city hall ares, he needs to get out of the mansion and live like he grew up. its toomuch a house for him anyway, we are all tired of him and his ways, adios

  2. John Andrews says:

    WHat was it he said about the border fence.. They will just dig under it or build a longer ladder. It won’t stop anyone…. No taller wall for you…

  3. c-man says:

    Villaraigosa is a total dirtbag.

  4. Shut up! says:

    I’m disgusted by mayor villaraigosa–
    why doesn’t he worry about fixing the problems in LA, versus aesthetics for a house that is not his, and will have to give up once he leaves office!
    Let’s do something more useful with his time, like firing those “commisioners” he appointed!

    I’m so sick and tired from all these career politicians who have done nothing for our city or state! No wonder people outside CA hate us!

    1. Hahahaha says:

      Why don’y ya’ll keep voting democrat. Oh wait sorry.

  5. ES says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the Nunez case?

  6. Shut up! says:

    Oh and since it’s tax payer-owned, as a taxpayer–and part “owner,” I say: I don’t need a higher wall, I’m content with the one that’s there now!
    Get real villaraigosa!

  7. Bet U Can't Jump My Fence Now!! says:

    He’s obviously ready to make plans to throw some wild and kinky parties at his house since he divorced from his wife a few years ago. Probably some really hot chicks coming his way..

    Since Antonio is the broker of the new NFL Stadium being built & has a key part in it, he’s trying to figure ways to stash his new found Fortunes. He will take a cut from the new NFL team & AEG live if the stadium and the NFL team is approve to move to LA.

    Antonio is a Mexican but also a sly business man at best, he will rake in a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for himself once they approve the NFL stadium project & the new NFL team. He will get a huge payday for it.

  8. Wall Me Up!! says:

    AEG & NFL team will pay him big bucks if the proposal is approve. He is getting ready to protect his Cash Stash from Gangs & Extortionists.

    He will also have some Super hot chicks coming in so he doesn’t want Paparazzi to take Pics of who he is Mingling with..

    Huge Payday.

  9. diana says:

    This is not your home forever….

  10. Tax Payer says:

    Not his home and he won’t be Mayor for long he is on his way out, just wish it was tar and feathers.

  11. Mike says:

    Good idea! Villaraigosa needs to be fenced in!

  12. david says:

    So no wall for Southern California but a tax payer funded private wall for himself. Cute. P.O.S.

    1. Dz Nuts says:

      Villaraigosa is a hypocrite! Can’t have it for the state, but gotta have it for the house. I guess he’s trying to keep out relatives…I’m just sayin’…

  13. Cesar says:

    Maybe Lu wants to walk around in the buff and not have to worry about nosey neighbors.

  14. B1G W1LLY!! says:


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  15. Brad Norwood says:

    An injunction against his ex-wife and ex-bedbuddies would be much cheaper than a new wall.

    is he on something?

    Do mayors get random drug tests?

    Clearly, they do not have to take IQ tests before running for office.

  16. Roger Wallace says:

    The arrogance of this man never fails to surprise me. Hey, Mr. Mayor, why don’t you start worrying more about getting the streets fixed in this train wreck of a city instead of building higher walls around your little fiefdom?

  17. alan hart says:

    I don’t think a 6′ wall is a good idea. He will still be able to get out!

  18. dee says:

    Maybe the next Mayor will want the wall, how much longer will he be there?

  19. Ed says:

    The little Mexican has a plan any Illegal that makes it over the well in under 20 second’s is granted Amnesty, and for those who don’t make will still get the consolation prize of Welfare, Education, Medical, and if you purchase a car you do not need a driver’s license or Insurance the contest is to begin on May, 5 2011.Viva California!!!!

  20. Ed says:

    The WALL NOT THE well but you can drink out of the taxpayer’s WELL as long as Little Tony Is in Office…..

  21. Concerned_Californian says:

    Is it not strange this man fights a wall or fence at our border yet supports one at his front door…… liberal hypocrisy at work again. So sad California. Look at your city. Look at your institutions. Look at your budget. Check your wallet. Now look at your leaders…, or lack of.

  22. LibsAreCommies says:

    We should sell California to Mexico while it’s still worth something and be done with it.

    1. Tracy Henderson Clayton says:

      dont do that, I dont need 2 border fences, we cant even get one.

  23. socalmal says:

    Jerry Brown says we all need to cut back, so mayor V needs to follow suit.

  24. ContraryMary says:

    Sheesh! This mayor is too much! More messycan than American, defending illegals at the cost of his city and his state, doesn’t want protection at the border but sure does want it around HIS HOUSE. Dump this loser before Cahleeforneeea is completely gone. Is he afraid some of those illegals he professes to love (so they’ll vote illegally for him, of course) will come after him? lol

    What a nasty (and I DO mean nasty) loser he is. DUMP THIS LOSER, L.A. The rest of the world is laughing at the USA and the rest of the USA is laughing at California. You used to be the state everyone wanted to visit or move to…now you’re the state everyone is running from and it’s because of traitors like this one selling your city, and therefore, your state down the river.

  25. Former Californian says:

    Mayor’s mansion?! Where did this vato live before he was mayor? Why doesn’t he live in the same house? Why do the Angelenos continue to elect worms like this and then complain about his lifestyle? It’s hard to fathom how a guy like this is still mayor of LA when the condition of the community is continually deteriorating.

  26. spoofproof says:

    We The People battle it out in the real world every day. Fancy pols like Tony v build higher walls to hide behind. Get real Tony. You ain’t the man you think you are.

  27. Tracy Henderson Clayton says:

    LOL, where you gonna get the money. LA is broke. Why should you get to bypass the law. Build everyone a fence in LA, they need it, just like we in AZ needed it, but instead you tryed to bankrupt us. Bite me Mayor, suffer like the rest of us do. I hope LA dont give you anything but a swift kick in the A%% like you deserve. STAND UP LA DONT GIVE IN TO THIS MAN OR ANY OF YOUR OFFICIALS. THEY ARENT WORKING FOR YOU THEY ARE WORKING FOR THEMSELVES WHILE STEALING FROM YOU.

  28. Brenda Stueve says:

    Most of our leaders like claustrophobia now, fencing themselves in.

  29. mike says:

    hey,, you voted him in to show how “diverse” you are so live with it.

  30. Dave says:

    Maybe if there was a wall on the Mexican border….

  31. Joseph Sneckenberg says:


  32. No Bueno says:

    Clowns like villareconquista love walls when it comes to their own personal safety, but hate them when it comes to keeping Americans safe and their la raza from mexico out.

    This is how these hypocrites live. Argue for open borders and sanctuary cities and then erect walls around their personal homes to keep the trash out, while the rest if us are left to fend for ourselves in the third-world sewer they helped create!

    What’s wrong villareconquista, your open borders, sanctuary city isn’t so safe! TOUGH, you get no wall and can live like the rest of us do!

  33. No Bueno says:

    To use this la raza lovers’ own words in an argument to deny his wall: Building a 6′ wall around your home would be “divisive” and send the “wrong message” to those who are thinking about breaking and entering. After all, they are only “seeking a better life!”

    Wall denied!

  34. drozone69 says:

    when you are involved in illegal activities,you need top notch state of the art electronic protection in order to get a good nights rest in order to do it all the next day.The City will give the puppet what he needs at our tax payers money.He lives there for free and he still is not happy,is it something in the Beans?

  35. zzyzxroad says:

    But the open-borders gang has ALWAYS said that WALLS DON’T WORK.

  36. Liz says:

    So he wants to put more people out of work!!!

  37. Jadams76 says:

    There should be only a portion of the fence built. The rest should be left unbuilt. People should be told not to walk around the fence to break in. If they do however, nothing should be done about it. If the mayor gets upset about the breakins he should hounded in the press as being prejudiced against criminals.

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