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It's no secret that for a city to prosper, you have to have competent civic leaders who exude passion, determination, and enthusiasm in every endeavor undertaken. Without the proper leadership, a city remains stagnant. Los Angeles is a city that has undergone change a number of times in its relatively short lifetime. But only as of late has it seemed like the city is finally making significant strides toward becoming a much better city. The 'Fab Five' is the group of Antonio Villaraigosa, Eli Broad, Tim Leiweke, Gina Marie Lindsey, and Michael Delijani; the civic leaders who I feel are playing the most important roles in creating a more positive outlook for the future of Los Angeles. Thanks to their efforts, we as a city have realized our vast potential and are well on our way.


The Fab Five

Antonio Villaraigosa - As the mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa has made it one of his top priorities to increase public safety by adding an additional 1,000 officers to the LAPD workforce. He has been responsible for the sharp declines in crime rates and gang violence, thanks to several education and youth development programs. Not to be overlooked are his green initiatives - planting a million trees city-wide, mandatory LEED certification of private sector buildings over 50,000 square feet, creating new parks, and cleaner trucks at Port LA/LB. Who could forget his 2006 Asia Trade Mission, the economic benefits of which we still reap even to this day. Lastly, and probably most importantly, is his transporation plan. Though the MTA is drafting the region's Long Range Transportation Plan, Villaraigosa's strong support of the affectionately titled 'Subway to the Sea' plan has generated lots of renewed interest in the subway extension down Wilshire Blvd. from Angelenos.

Eli Broad - The billionaire philanthropist that is largely responsible for elevating LA's cultural profile. He is associated with institutions like Walt Disney Concert Hall, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Broad Art Center, Grand Avenue project, LAUSD High School #9, LA Opera, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Thanks in large part to Broad, papers from around the world can't stop talking about our vibrant arts scene.

Tim Leiweke - The President of AEG who is overseeing the development of LA Live, a project that will inject billions of dollars into the local economy. Thanks to LA Live, bookings have increased at the Convention Center. More than its economic and aesthetic appeal, LA Live represents the rebirth of Downtown and a new urban model for LA. Leiweke's most recent project has been to land the NFL draft in LA.

Gina Marie Lindsey - Despite her recent public accusations of cronyism, Gina Marie Lindsey seems to be a very competent Executive Director of LAWA. I have faith in Lindsey's ability to modernize LAX via the development of the Midfield Satellite Concourse, automated people mover, consolidated car rental facility, North Airfield solutions, new concessions program, and the renovation of all terminals. Thankfully, one of the most competent of leaders is running LAX at its most critical point in time.

Michael Delijani - The owner of several Broadway theaters, Delijani will play a large role in the revitalization of Broadway. Maybe we'll finally have a true theater district. We'll see.


What are your thoughts? Is someone else worthy of joining the Fab Five?
 

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Roger Snoble - Completely changed public opinion on our transit agency. From national outcry against it to great accolades from many in LA. He definitely deserves some recognition.
 

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If Ed Roski can build LA Stadium and a team comes, he should be considered in the Top 5 in future years to come.
It is so funny to see the high praise that Tim Leiweke gets..To us Kings fans, he is known as Tim Lie-weekly..Because of his empty promises when he was in charge of the Kings...Thank God he has no more say in the Kings, he left the hockey operations, to people who know the sport
 

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David Geffen is an honorable mention. He deserves lots of credit for wanting to buy back the Los Angeles Times.
 

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Eli Broad and Ron Burkle also deserve credit for wanting to buy back the Los Angeles Times.
 
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