Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be part of a group of more than 30 mayors lobbying on Capitol Hill today for a bill intended to create jobs in their
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be part of a group of more than 30 mayors lobbying on Capitol Hill today for a bill intended to create jobs in their cities. (File photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be part of a group of more than 30 mayors lobbying on Capitol Hill today for a bill intended to create jobs in their cities.

    Villaraigosa and his fellow mayors will try to "push federal lawmakers to put aside partisan differences and quickly pass a jobs bill that will put Americans back to work and invest in Main Street metropolitan economies," an aide said.

    The mayors plan to hold a morning news conference, then spend the afternoon and evening holding "strategy sessions" about the jobs bill.

    Mayors have been working with Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, on the jobs bill, which also calls for accelerating the growth of green jobs in cities through federal stimulus funding.

    On Thursday, Villaraigosa plans to meet with members of California's congressional delegation to discuss investing more federal resources into job creation.

    Villaraigosa met with congressional leaders in Washington Tuesday in an attempt to get more funding for transportation projects.

    Villaraigosa is seeking to complete a dozen projects, including the so- called "Subway to the Sea," in 10 years instead of 30, saying it would create a half-million jobs through 2020.

    Villaraigosa was planning a similar set of meetings last month in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but he canceled the trip because of the storms that hit the Southland.

    Villaraigosa has traveled extensively since being sworn into a second term July 1, with destinations including South Africa, Iceland, Mexico and a European trip in December with stops in Berlin, Copenhagen, and London.