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Yesterday Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in Washington, D.C. to present the program "Main Street Economic Recovery -- Ready to Go," (sounds so 1930s--we love it), an $180 billion public works program. "The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which arranged the event, estimates a direct payment to cities would create more than 847,000 jobs on 11,931 projects. Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, president of the conference, said the projects are in line with President-elect Barack Obama's calls for rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, promoting energy independence." The group is pushing to make sure that funding is spent quickly and not stuck in state or federal bureaucracies, according to Mayor Diaz. Speaking of the 1930s, Gawker recently rounded up a nice collection of WPA-era posters. [Contra Costa Times]