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usual, when Howard comes by, he's got my ear. I have a lot of respect
for him," Villaraigosa says. "I believe then and now that we shouldn't
be robbing Peter to pay Paul. We shouldn't be charging the university
to make up for shortfalls in other public services. When he was
able to convince me that this legislation would cost the university
hundreds of millions of dollars, I was not willing to allow that
the meeting ended, there was a common sigh of relief as Villaraigosa
assured them the bill would not leave the committee in a form that
was unacceptable to them. He assigned a staffer to work on a compromise.
But when no common ground could be found, the bill languished for
months in committee without ever getting a hearing.
supporters made one last-gasp effort to resuscitate it in the final
days of the session, Welinsky again ran interference. "It was like
a bad horror movie with a monster that keeps resurrecting," recalls
Welinsky, who again called on legislators.
finally died in committee, and there's no doubt in my mind that
Howard made the difference," Arditti says.