Antonio Villaraigosa: I’ve met many people who have grown up in alcoholic homes — or abusive homes of some sort, whether physical or psychological — and I say to people, “You gotta take responsibility,” and “You gotta  stop the cycle.”  You’ve got to just say, “It stops here.” And that is not always easy, because you don’t necessarily have the role model for it.  But you’ve got to  stop the violence.  I do a lot of work around domestic violence.  I feel very strongly about it.  I always tell people, “You gotta  break the cycle.” You’ve got to just say, “I gotta take responsibility.”  And I think that’s what I finally did, probably later in life than some.  Probably late teens, early 20s, in college, when I started realizing you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You’ve just got to move ahead.   I think those years when I was kind of getting in trouble and getting kicked out and dropping out and fighting all the time, I think it was a lot of anger, and it was my way of coping.  And then over time — and I think it was in college — where I just said, “You know, you gotta  let it go.  You gotta  move forward. You gotta  take responsibility for your life.”  So I think that is how you break the cycle.  And you talk about it, you can’t be afraid to talk about it.  My dad has never really lived with us since we were five. He gets very upset that I talk about it.  But my mother said to us, “The way out, the way to break the cycle, is to lay it out, just to say what happened, say it was wrong, and to move on.”  And so I do and I have.