Other components of the mayor’s speech include his plans to raise trash rates to hire 1,000 more police officers, reduce traffic congestion and plant 1 million trees. He also will outline his plan for closing the $295 million gap between revenues and expected expenditures. The State of the City address, started by former Mayor Tom Bradley with a low-key speech to the City Council in his chambers, has broadened over the years to serve as a stage for the city’s top elected official to cite his accomplishments and lay out a broad agenda for the coming year. [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Taking his campaign for education reform to a citywide audience, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to use tonight’s State of the City address to ask the public to back his efforts to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even with the city facing a budget deficit of $295 million and controversial increases in trash fees and utility rates, Villaraigosa will focus on education because of its importance to the future success of Los Angeles, a spokeswoman said. “Reforming our public school is the central challenge facing Los Angeles,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. In addition to calling for a greater effort by educators, students and parents, he also will detail his vision for the city’s public schools, including the system of governance.