Antonio's big tent

I've also copied below the Villaraigosa transition's list of diginitaries attending the Friday swearing-in. It's for readers whose enjoyment is in the details. I count 43 consuls-general and Mexico's ambassador to the United States, plus a bevy of Dems and a couple of Reeps. I'd have included the list of religious figures attending the interfaith service, but it's too long even for me.

In addition to virtually every elected and government official from the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor-elect is pleased to welcome guests from throughout the country, as well as many dignitaries from other countries. A partial listing of confirmed guests include: Former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressmembers Maxine Waters, Grace Napolitano, Joe Baca, Howard Berman, Nancy Pelosi, California Governor and First Lady Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, California Treasurer Phil Angelides, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuņez, Former Governors Gray Davis and Pete Wilson, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Washington, DC Mayor Anthony Williams, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Douglas Palmer, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, Dearborn, Michigan Mayor Michael Guido, San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Jorge Santini, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, Anaheim Curt Pringle, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Glendale Mayor Rafi Manoukian, Inglewood Mayor Dorn Roosevelt, Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Sheriff Lee Baca and LAPD Chief Bill Bratton.

Among the foreign dignitaries attending are the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., and the Consul Generals of Columbia, Pakistan, Jamaica, Malaysia, Australia, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Romania, Indonesia, France, Philipines, Israel, Guatemala, Chile, Kenya, Thailand, Republic of Armenia, South Africa, El Salvador, South Korea, Argentina, Burundi, Britain, Canada, Honduras, Lebanon, Peru, Ethiopia, Netherlands, Guyana, Mexico, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ireland, People's Republic of China, Croatia, Pakistan, Morocco, Austria, and Belize. Also attending are the Governors of the States of Michoacan and Jalisco, the Mayors of the City of Leon and Tijuana, and several Senators from Mexico.

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