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Antonio Villaraigosa begins ‘listening and learning tour’

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. rbyer@sacbee.com

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a likely candidate for governor in 2018, told The Fresno Bee on Friday that he is going on a “listening and learning tour” of the state.

Villaraigosa, who decided last month against running for U.S. Senate next year, met Friday morning with The Bee’s editorial board and was scheduled to speak that evening at a Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation gala.

The former Assembly speaker announced in February that he would not challenge Attorney General Kamala Harris in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

In the weeks since, Villaraigosa met with members of the Legislative Latino Caucus in Napa and spoke at a water conference in Palm Springs.

He told The Fresno Bee that Friday’s meeting was his first editorial board appearance since he was mayor.

The race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown is wide open. One candidate, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has announced his candidacy and already is raising money.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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