Villaraigosa landslide

In a 59-41 landslide, Antonio Villaraigosa upset the incumbent, becoming first Hispanic mayor of Los Angeles since 1872.

From LA Times columnist Steve Lopez

Whatever’s in Mayor-elect Villaraigosa’s eyes this morning, it ain’t relief. He’s probably looking in the mirror right now and asking himself:

“What was I thinking?”

Campaign promises aside, the mayor has limited power in a traffic-choked city of sprawling needs, beginning with a desperate shortage of living-wage jobs, scandalously high dropout rates and a critical housing shortage, to hit just a few of the highlights.

Top of the morning to you, Mr. Mayor.

The LA Times had a weblog on election night with interesting mini-think piece commentary.

No one predicted it would be a blowout like this. No one.