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Mayor Villaraigosa Embarks On 24-Hour Bus Tour As He Exits Office

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Friday marked Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s last day in office.

Villaraigosa embarked on a 24-hour bus tour that stopped at various landmarks, where he thanked constituents and said goodbye after two four-year terms as mayor.

The outgoing mayor told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that he doesn’t technically consider this his last day on the job.

“My last day will be Sunday, working all the way to the end, 11:59 (p.m.) and 59 seconds,” Villaraigosa said. “At midnight, Mayor-elect Garcetti and I are gonna toast to his administration, to the next four years.”

Villaraigosa joined LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to announce the 2013 mid-year crime statistics at 9:30 a.m.

“This has never happened before. There has never been a time in recorded history where crime has dropped this precipitously,” said Beck.

“I just want to thank you, Charlie. You’ve really been a great partner,” said Villaraigosa.

The soon-to-be former mayor also made an appearance at Pink’s Hot Dogs on La Brea Avenue at 2:30 p.m.

“If I can’t find a job, I’m gonna come and work at Pink’s,” he joked.

Around 6:15 p.m., Villaraigosa officiated the first gay wedding in Los Angeles County since the Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8.

As for the future?

“I’ll be making some announcements, I guess, but mostly focused on some reflection, a little writing, a little public speaking, affiliate with a university or a think tank, maybe a little work in the private sector,” Villaraigosa said.

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