Antonio Villaraigosa: I grew up in a home of domestic violence and alcoholism, and with a mom of just unconditional love and this indomitable spirit to overcome.  And she gave all of her kids — all four of her kids, but the three that I grew up with — she gave us this really sense of self, this strong character that we all have, this belief in the possible. She always emphasized education.  She would say to us things like, “Maybe you’re poor, but nobody can take away your education.  Education is very, very important.”  So my mom was, without question, the most important influence in my life and the person who I owe the greatest debt of gratitude to.  There are a lot of people who have come in my life that I have looked to and look up to, but nobody has had the influence on my life that my mom has.