|Official portrait of Garcetti as Mayor|
|42nd Mayor of Los Angeles|
July 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Antonio Villaraigosa|
|President of the Los Angeles City Council|
January 1, 2006 – January 12, 2012
|Preceded by||Alex Padilla|
|Succeeded by||Herb Wesson|
|Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 13th district|
July 1, 2001 – July 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Jackie Goldberg|
|Succeeded by||Mitch O'Farrell|
|Born||Eric Michael Garcetti
February 4, 1971
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Amy Elaine Wakeland (m. 2009)|
|Residence||Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Columbia University
London School of Economics
The Queen's College, Oxford
Eric Michael Garcetti (born February 4, 1971) is the mayor of Los Angeles and a former member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 13th District. He served as Council President from 2006 to 2012.
A member of the Democratic Party, Garcetti won in a nonpartisan election for Mayor on May 21, 2013, defeating city Controller Wendy Greuel; Garcetti is the city's first elected Jewish mayor and its youngest in more than a century. Garcetti is the son of the former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti.
Garcetti was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and was raised in Encino, in the San Fernando Valley. His father, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is of Italian and Mexican descent, and his mother, Sukey Roth, is of Russian-Jewish descent. His paternal grandfather, Salvador Garcetti, was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States as a child after his father, Massimo Garcetti, a judge and emigrant to Mexico from Italy, was hanged during the Mexican Revolution. His paternal grandmother, Juanita Iberri, was born in Arizona, one of 19 children born to emigrant parents from Sonora, Mexico. His maternal grandfather, Harry Roth, who founded the clothing brand Louis Roth & Co., was a Jewish immigrant from Russia.
Eric Garcetti attended elementary school at UCLA Lab School (formerly Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School), and middle school and high school at Harvard-Westlake School. He majored in political science and urban planning and received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1992 as a John Jay Scholar.
At Columbia, he served on the Student Council, was President of the St. Anthony Hall literary society, founded the Columbia Urban Experience, and co-wrote and performed in three years of the Varsity Show, a student-written musical, whose past co-writers include Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Lorenz Hart. Garcetti also received a Masters of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, graduating in 1993. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at The Queen's College, Oxford and also studied at the London School of Economics.
Prior to his election to the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti was a visiting instructor of International Affairs at the University of Southern California and assistant professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College. His academic work focused on ethnic conflict and nationalism and he has lived and studied in Southeast Asia and Northeast Africa. He has published articles and chapters of books on post-conflict societies, Eritrean nationalism, and non-violent action. He served on the California Board of Human Rights Watch.
Garcetti was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001 and reelected in 2005 and 2009. He succeeded Alex Padilla as President of the City Council on January 1, 2006 and was re-elected as President at the beginning of the Council's subsequent terms in 2007 and 2009. Garcetti declared his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles on September 8, 2011.
Garcetti supported recent expansions of the Los Angeles Police Department and the re-implementation of the Senior Lead Officer Program. Crime has fallen in his district by more than forty percent since 2001.
In 2004, Garcetti authored Proposition O, a county stormwater bond which sought to clean the city's waterways. Voters approved the bond with just over 76% of the vote making it the largest clean water bond in the country.
In 2005, Garcetti helped found the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. He authored two of the nation's largest municipal green building ordinances, the first requiring all city buildings to be built to the LEED-certified standard, and the second which mandates all commercial buildings over 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) in Los Angeles be built to a LEED standard. He supported changes in the city's landscape ordinance and plumbing codes to promote water conservation.
In July 2009, the City Council passed a water conservation ordinance he authored, which required all new construction and renovation projects in Los Angeles to be equipped with high-efficiency water devices and aims to conserve one billion gallons of water a year. A longtime electric car driver, he appeared as a proponent of electric cars in the 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
In July 2010, Garcetti, then President of the Los Angeles City Council, led the weakening of a 2009 lawn watering ordinance, allowing watering three days per week rather than two. The 2-day ordinance, passed 13 months earlier by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, helped the city reduce its water use and cope with ongoing drought, but was unpopular and was accused of causing pressure fluctuations and water main breaks. An LA Times editorial called the City Council's weakening of the watering ordinance a "death knell for one of the best collective environmental efforts made by the citizens of Los Angeles."
Housing and neighborhood beautification
At times, Garcetti has come under public scrutiny for developments that unexpectedly demolish and built over cultural, and historic landmarks. The most recent example are three small buildings at historic Sunset Junction which were demolished to make way for a large condominium development. A developer had previously said there was no talk of demolition. However, the Department of Building and Safety granted the company a permit for demolition nearly a month and a half before it happened. Garcetti has also helped preserve historic neighborhoods and landmarks, from the designation of Historic Filipinotown to Hollywood landmarks like the Palladium, which had been threatened by the wrecking ball.
In his district, Garcetti created the Neighborhood Leadership Institute which trains constituents to be active citizens.
Garcetti's volunteer UNTAG program, Uniting Neighborhoods to Abolish Graffiti, has reduced graffiti in his district over 78 percent in its first four years.
During his first term, as chair and member of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee, he helped create a 100 million dollar housing trust fund, at the time, the nation's largest. He has also worked to revitalize the Hollywood area and reduce and reform the city business tax.
Garcetti was one of the first elected officials in Los Angeles to hold "office hours" each month, where constituents can meet with him face-to-face. He implemented a "Constituent Bill of Rights" that ensures that constituents' phone superior calls are returned within a single workday, that constituents are included in all land-use decisions in their neighborhood, and that all constituent concerns are tracked on a computer system that details all actions taken on that particular case.
He drew respect as President by ensuring that the meetings start on time, making all past meetings available on-line, and controlling the timing of public comment and council presentations at meetings. He has also helped more than 1500 local constituents learn about the governmental process by hosting Government and Planning 101 courses throughout the city.
Garcetti endorsed Barack Obama in early Spring 2007 and was the Southern California Chairman and one of six state co-chairs for the Obama Campaign. He traveled to Iowa, Nevada and six other states, and was a frequent surrogate (in English and Spanish) for the campaign. He served as a superdelegate during the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was elected to serve as the Chair of Democratic Municipal Officials, an organization affiliated with the Democratic National Committee that represents all local elected Democrats in the U.S. In this capacity, he serves on the DNC Executive Committee.
From 2010–2012 Garcetti appeared as "Ramon Quintero", the Mayor of Los Angeles on the fictional TNT television show The Closer and its spin-off Major Crimes. Garcetti's father, Gil Garcetti, is a consulting producer on both series.
Mayor of Los Angeles
Garcetti is an avid photographer, jazz pianist and composer. In January 2009, he married Amy Elaine Wakeland, also a Rhodes scholar whom he met while at Oxford. They have a daughter. He also serves as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve Information Dominance Corps. He attends services at IKAR, a post-denominational Jewish congregation founded by Rabbi Sharon Brous, a charismatic figure in L.A.’s Jewish community.
- "Style & Culture; SMALL HOURS; Garcetti, walking the talk; Hollywood hardly shuts down after dark, and neither does the councilman who represents it. Clubs, plays, gallery openings -- he just likes getting out".
- Patrick McGreevy (November 22, 2005). "Quiet Transition Seen for Top Post on L.A. Council". Los Angeles Times.
- Mehta, Seema; Nelson, Laura J. (May 22, 2013). "Garcetti wins race for L.A. mayor; Greuel concedes". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved May 22, 2013. "Garcetti will be the first elected Jewish mayor of the city. At 42, he will also be the youngest in more than a century."
- "ERIC GARCETTI ANNOUNCES RUN FOR L.A. MAYOR". Eric Garcetti- Los Angeles Mayor 2013. September 8, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2013. "A fourth-generation Angeleno, Garcetti was born at Good Samaritan Hospital and was raised in the San Fernando Valley. ... He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow. He taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California before being elected to the City Council."
- Finnegan, Michael (January 2, 2013). "Eric Garcetti invokes Latino-Jewish ancestry in mayor's race". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved May 22, 2013. "Eric's grandfather, Salvador Garcetti, was born in Mexico and grew up in Boyle Heights. Salvador was brought to the United States as a baby after his father, Massimo Garcetti, a judge who had emigrated from Italy, was hanged during the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910, Garcetti says. Eric's grandmother, Juanita Iberri, one of 19 children in a family that migrated from Sonora, Mexico, was born in Arizona. ... Garcetti's maternal grandfather, Harry Roth, turned the family's Los Angeles clothing business, Louis Roth & Co., into a major national brand of high-end suits for men. ... Garcetti, 41, was raised in Encino and attended a public elementary school at UCLA. From 7th to 12th grade, he went to Harvard, then a private boys' school in Studio City."
- Weiner, Rex (October 7, 2011). "Jews and Latinos Seek Common Ground". The Jewish Daily Forward (New York City: Forward Association). Retrieved October 20, 2013. "Garcetti is the product of an Italian-Mexican marriage on his paternal side, while his maternal Russian Jewish grandparents founded Louis Roth Clothing, the first union shop in L.A.’s garment industry."
- Boyarsky, Bill (December 19, 2012). "Eric Garcetti: up close". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (Tribe Media Corp.). Retrieved October 20, 2013. "His father, Gil Garcetti, the former district attorney, is of Mexican and Italian descent. His mother, the former Sukey Roth, is Jewish."
- Medina, Jennifer (October 7, 2013). "Garcetti, New Los Angeles Mayor, Reflects Changing City". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved October 20, 2013. "His father, Gil Garcetti, who as district attorney in the 1990s prosecuted O. J. Simpson, is the son of Mexican immigrants who trace their roots to Italy. Mayor Garcetti’s mother’s family came from Russia in the early 20th century."
- Clark, Justin (March/April 2010). "Eric Garcetti ’92, ’93 SIPA Is Making Tinseltown Green". Columbia College Today. Columbia College, Columbia University. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- "Prop. 187 Protest Has Sympathizers an Ocean Away".
- "Regeneration of War-Torn Societies".
- "L.A. Now". Los Angeles Times.
- LAPD Online website
- "Measure O: Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay Storm Water Cleanup Measure". Smartvoter.org. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- "Silver Lake demolition takes city and neighborhood leaders by surprise". The Eastsider LA. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- "First Lady Michelle Obama Designates Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown a Preserve America Community". BakitWhy. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- Reitman, Valerie (April 12, 2007). "Palladium operator plans major renovation". Los Angeles Times.
- Christina Almeida (May 31, 2006). "After years of decline, Hollywood is LA's hot new address". The Boston Globe.
- Phil Willon (March 5, 2010). "L.A. City Council eases business tax to keep Internet firms from bolting". Los Angeles Times.
- Rick Orlov (January 12, 2006). "A new course for city council on-time start gets garcetti plan going". Los Angeles Daily News.
- "Democratic Municipal Officials". Thedmo.org. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- The Jewish Journal: "Eric Garcetti: up close" By Bill Boyarsky December 19, 2012 | "Garcetti’s wife, whom he met at Oxford when they were Rhodes scholars, is not Jewish"
- Maeve Reston (2013-05-10). "Eric Garcetti woos female voters; says campaign will finish strong". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- "Garcetti has a side commitment: the U.S. Naval Reserve". Articles.latimes.com. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- Weiner, Rex (July 3, 2012). "Eric Garcetti Embodies L.A. Melting Pot". The Jewish Daily Forward (New York City: Forward Association). Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- The Jewish Journal: "Eric Garcetti: up close" By Bill Boyarsky December 19, 2012 | "My parents aren’t practicing, either of them...We celebrated Passover and Chanukah. I went to Jewish camp. I think I have become more of a practicing Jew or observant later in life. I came to my faith in college."
- Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Eric Garcetti's Homepage
- Eric Garcetti Kennedy New Frontier Award Winner
- Garcetti Fined for Ethics Violation
- Eric Garcetti's guest DJ project at KCRW
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
|Los Angeles City Council, 13th district
July 1, 2001–July 1, 2013
|President of the Los Angeles City Council
|Mayor of Los Angeles