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Villaraigosa welcomes Calderon at a bad time

LA Observed:

Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico, is being welcomed in Los Angeles this evening by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — to promote tourism. "The world comes together in Los Angeles and we are proud that President Calderon's visit will promote tourism and cultural exchange between two great nations," Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Now the news from Mexico, via William Booth (the former Los Angeles bureau chief) in the Washington Post: "The timing couldn’t have been worse. As Mexican President Felipe Calderon was unveiling a new campaign and TV program Tuesday to draw wary tourists back to his country, a gang dumped 35 bodies at a busy intersection in the tourist zone in the coastal city of Veracruz."