|Los Angeles City Council District 13|
|Years in position||13|
|President, Los Angeles City Council|
|Elections and appointments|
|Service/branch||U.S. Navy Reserve|
|Birthday||February 4, 1971|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, CA|
Garcetti represents the 13th Council District in Los Angeles. He was the president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 until 2012.
- See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013
May 21 general
|Mayor of Los Angeles, General Election, 2013|
|Source: Los Angeles City Clerk|
March 5 primary
|Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Addie M. Miller||0.5%||1,810|
|Nonpartisan||Yehuda "Yj" Draiman||0.4%||1,543|
|Source: Los Angeles City Clerk|
At a campaign forum held in Koreatown on November 14, Garcetti opposed a City of Los Angeles Pension Reform Initiative, and the measure failed to appear on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The pension reform measure was sponsored by former mayor Richard Riordan. Greuel and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.
If approved, the sales tax would have increased by half-a-cent on the purchase of goods and services made within the city.
Garcetti said with respect to the proposed new tax, "I think we need to have an emphasis on growing our economy. We can't tax our way out of this."
Through December 31, 2012, Garcetti had raised slightly over $4 million for his campaign, including matching funds. This put him in a virtual dead heat with Wendy Greuel in the fundraising sweepstakes. In this sweepstakes, Jan Perry was a distant third, having raised about $2.2 million (including matching funds) by the end of 2012.
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor lobbied the mayoral candidates not to take any campaign funding from retail giant Wal-Mart and Garcetti announced that he intended to comply with their request.
This chart shows fundraising totals for the mayoral election's "Big 5" candidates through February 27, 2013:
|Candidate||Contributions rec'd||Expenses||Cash on hand||Matching funds|
Garcetti's campaign consultants included Bill Carrick.
Garcetti was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001 and re-elected 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 is married to Amy Wakeland. Wakeland is the co-chair of the advisory board of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy; this is a pro-labor, anti-Wal-Mart advocacy group.
- Daily Breeze, "Filing period opens for March elections in South Bay, Los Angeles", November 11, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Riordan agrees to debates over city retirement benefits plan", November 15, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "L.A. mayoral candidates debate Riordan pension overhaul plan", November 15, 2012
- Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles City Council votes to put sales tax hike on March ballot", November 13, 2012
- Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles mayoral candidates unite against proposed sales tax hike", November 14, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Greuel, Garcetti campaigns for L.A. mayor are ahead in fundraising", January 10, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti edges Wendy Greuel in L.A. mayoral race fundraising", October 11, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti says donations don't break anti-Wal-Mart pledge", July 27, 2012