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NRIs Support LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Re-election Campaign
Hosted by Jimmy Sandhu

Artesia, Los Angeles, September 25, 2008
By Dilip Butani

Indian Community strongly supported the re-election campaign of the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. The special reception was held on September 25, 2008 at The Bombay Garden Restaurant, Artesia, CA. The reception was hosted by the young community activist Jimmy Sandhu, who had invited almost every known community leader and businessman. Notable among the invitees were Council members Harry Sidhu of City of Anaheim and Council Member Dr. Prakash Narain of City of Cypress.

The Honorable Mayor came around 5:30 PM and mingled with leaders and members of the Indian Community. Many shook hands with him and invited him to their events. The social hour was followed by the official reception. Jimmy formally introduced the Mayor, who spoke highly about the Indian Community. He said this fundraiser would give a major boost to his campaign for the next election. The Mayor asserted that he would take care of the Indian- American Community and would love to work closely with them in strengthening the growing Indian -American relations.

Antonio Villaraigosa is the first latino Mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. Villaraigosa was first elected as Mayor of Los Angeles in a run-off election on May 17, 2005, in which he defeated incumbent Mayor James Hahn. Prior to his service as Mayor, Villaraigosa was the California State Assemblyman for the 45th District, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and the Los Angeles City Councilman representing the 14th District. Before being elected to public office, Villaraigosa had a long career as a labor organizer. Villaraigosa has also served as one of four national co-chairmen of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign.

As the Mayor had another engagement he left around 7 PM, while others stayed back for a sumptuous dinner. It was a well organized reception



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