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Eric Garcetti Sworn In As Mayor
Posted by Nashfa Hawwa on Jun 30, 2013 - 8:49:40 PM

Eric Garcetti, with wife Amy Wakeland.
LOS ANGELES—Eric Garcetti, 42, was sworn in as the Mayor of Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30. The inauguration began at 6 p.m. outside of City Hall on the Spring Street steps.  Garcetti spoke for about 10 minutes and promised to re-boost the economy of Los Angeles.


"These times demand a back-to-basics mayor focused above all else on our economy and jobs. And that's what I intend to be," Garcetti said in the speech. "I will make my share of mistakes in this job," he also stated.

He highlighted his agenda on providing jobs that will form partnerships with business executives and universities, as well as nurturing job growth by reducing red tape, and stopping the flight of Hollywood productions. "You'll have a local government that's off your back and on your side," he promised.


His speech reflected his long-standing promises that he will focus on the economy “like a laser beam.’ He also promised to recover jobs that were lost during the economic recession, and his vision as a mayor is for all the workers in the city to contribute to the costly health care system, as well as renovate the some of the crumbling infrastructure of the city.


"We'll fill the potholes, pave the streets, fix the sidewalks and trim the trees," he stated. He also spoke about the budget which is a pressing issue for the city. He assured the city that he would make government ”Ëśleaner and more efficient’ and make it more transparent using more technology.


He replaced fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, 60, who had served two terms in office as Mayor. Villaraigosa had tried persistently to improve the schools in the city even though he had no direct control over them. He had expanded rail lines to alleviate trouble of boisterous traffic in the bustling city.


After the ceremonial oath, Garcetti held free public festivities that featured comedian Jimmy Kimmel, music from Moby and carnival games. Kimmel acted as the master of the ceremonies. Garcetti will take over the job as Mayor on Monday, July 1, for the city of 4 million people.


Garcetti is challenged with the problems that are familiar to one of the world’s biggest cities: escalating unemployment rates, decrepit roads, traffic-jammed freeways, and poor school systems. Others that were sworn into office today include Ron Galperin who was sworn in as City Controller, and Mike Feurer who was sworn in as City Attorney.


Eight other members were also sworn into the City Council, including six newcomers. New council members include Mitch O’Farrel, who succeeded Garcetti in the 13th District; Curren Price who left his seat in the state Senate to replace Jan Perry in the Ninth District; Bob Blumenfield in the Third District in the west San Fernando Valley; Gil Cedillo who succeeded Ed Reyes as the new First District Council member and is going to represent northeast Los Angeles; Felipe Fuentes who succeeded Richard Alarcon in the Seventh District in the eastern San Fernando Valley; and Mike Bonin who succeeded Bill Rosendahl, and who is going to represent the 11th District that includes Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Venice and Westchester


Garcetti is the city’s first elected Jewish mayor and like the city’s vibrant diversity, his own background includes Italian and Mexican roots. He attended Columbia University, is a veteran city councilman and son of a former prosecutor.


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