In May, about a month before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa left office, he led a trade delegation to China. Now some of the the bills from that trip are becoming public.
Los Angeles World Airports, operator of LAX, paid $5546.50 for Villaraigosa’s plane ticket, documents show. The price appears to suggest Villaraigosa flew in business class. The airport also paid the same price for Michael Lawson, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners. The airport also paid $2,095 for the plane ticket of mayor’s office employee Martha Preciado, documents show.
LAWA and the Port of Los Angeles — both self financing city departments — combined to pay for the trip. The two entities estimated they would each pay about $40,000 in total. The goal was to stimulate trade and build relationships with China’s political and economic leaders.