03/24/2013 01:54 pm ET Updated May 24, 2013

Villaraigosa Leaving Office Without Regrets, Or Job -

LOS ANGELES -- Antonio R. Villaraigosa has been a mayor whom this city loves to love and loves to hate. The red carpets. The late-night parties. The lofty promises, many met and some not. The disintegration of a marriage and a relationship with a television reporter while in office, all covered with the flashbulb ferocity befitting a Hollywood personality.

"I love life," Mr. Villaraigosa, 60, said in an interview at his City Hall office, scattered with the mementos of his eight years as mayor. "And I get beaten up about the fact that I love life, from time to time. If there's a concert, I'll get up and I'll dance with Aretha Franklin. Yes I will."