Eric Garcetti

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Eric Garcetti
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Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
Term ends
Years in position 2
President, Los Angeles City Council
Base salary$232,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected2001
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Los Angeles City Council District 13
Bachelor'sColumbia University
Master'sColumbia University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy Reserve
Date of birth2/4/1971
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Garcetti (born February 4, 1971) is the current Mayor of Los Angeles, California.[1] He was first elected on May 21, 2013. Before becoming mayor, Garcetti represented the 13th Council District in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2013. He was the president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 until 2012.[2]

Garcetti is Los Angeles' first Jewish mayor and, at 42 years old, was one of the youngest individuals ever to be elected mayor in the city's history.[3]

Following California Senator Barbara Boxer's announcement of her plans to retire in 2017, rumors began to circulate that Garcetti might make a run for her seat. Shortly afterwards, however, Garcetti released a tweet making it clear that he had no intention of vacating his position as mayor: "I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here."[4]


Garcetti was born in Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Columbia University, where he studied Urban Planning and Political Science. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. His professional experience includes teaching public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.[5]

Garcetti is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve[2]


Below is a brief outline of Garcetti's political career.

  • 2013-Present: Mayor of Los Angeles
  • 2006-2012: Los Angeles City Council, President
  • 2001-2013: Los Angeles City Council, District 13



On December 16, 2014, Garcetti delivered a presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee, arguing that Los Angeles would make an ideal setting for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. After the presentation, he told reporters, "I think our bid was the most affordable. L.A. is an Olympic town. We’re wired for the Olympics."[6]

According to the L.A. Times, Los Angeles has already hosted the Olympics twice: once in 1932 and again in 1984.[6]

Garcetti began publicly discussing his plans to make a bid for the Olympics in August 2014, when he proposed the idea to a group of local business leaders at a luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.[7]

On January 8, 2015, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that it had selected the city of Boston as its bid for 2024.[8]

Urban infrastructure

In early 2014, a proposal to cover costs for repairing the city's roads and sidewalks came under discussion in the Los Angeles City Council. The proposal sought to raise the city's sales tax by half-a-cent, and use the increased revenue to increase the pace of road and sidewalk repairs. Garcetti refrained from supporting the proposal.[9]

Minimum wage

On September 1, 2014, Garcetti announced a proposal that would raise the city of Los Angeles' minimum wage from $9 per hour to $13.25 by 2017. The proposal would also tie the city's minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. Garcetti cited economic reasons as the catalyst for his proposal, saying, "[o]ur recession is lagging because we don't have buying power at the bottom end of the economic scale. That means poor people have no money to spend in our shops and everything else is suffering." Business leaders in and around Los Angeles spoke out against the proposal shortly after Garcetti's announcement, claiming that raising the minimum wage could negatively impact local businesses by forcing them to raise prices or even cut jobs. As of September 5, 2014, the specifics of the proposal have not been made public.[10]

Campaign themes


See also: Issues in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest

Pension reform
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.[11] Greuel and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.[12]

Sales tax
Garcetti opposed the City of Los Angeles Sales Tax Increase, and the measure was defeated on the March 5, 2013 ballot.

If approved, the sales tax would have increased by half-a-cent on the purchase of goods and services made within the city.[13]

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."[14]



See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

Garcetti won the March 5 primary election, defeating the other 7 candidates on the ballot. He defeated Wendy Greuel, who came in 2nd place on March 5 in the May 21, 2013 mayoral general election.

Mayor of Los Angeles, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 54.2% 222,300
     Nonpartisan Wendy Greuel 45.8% 187,609
Total Votes 409,909
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk
Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Jan Perry 15.9% 58,472
     Nonpartisan Emanuel Pleitez 4.1% 15,263
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 33.1% 121,930
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Greuel 29% 106,748
     Nonpartisan Addie M. Miller 0.5% 1,810
     Nonpartisan Kevin James 16.3% 60,154
     Nonpartisan Norton Sandler 0.5% 2,002
     Nonpartisan Yehuda "Yj" Draiman 0.4% 1,543
Total Votes 367,922
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk (dead link)

Campaign fundraising


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.[15][16]

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.[17]

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
Eric Garcetti $4,341,755 $4,958,067 $249,988 $667,000
Wendy Greuel $4,400,365 $4,935,141 $327,245 $667,000
Jan Perry $1,591,529 $2,142,366 $101,898 $667,000
Kevin James $444,328 $732,843 $33,878 $266,986
Emanuel Pleitez $252,618 $554,128 $64,118 $299,265


Garcetti's campaign consultants included Bill Carrick.[16]


Garcetti is married to Amy Wakeland. Wakeland is the co-chair of the advisory board of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a pro-labor, anti-Wal-Mart advocacy group.[17]

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External links


  1. Daily Breeze, "Filing period opens for March elections in South Bay, Los Angeles," November 11, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 LA Mayor, "Bio," accessed on October 17, 2014
  3. Washington Post, "Who is Eric Garcetti?," May 22, 2013
  4. LA Sun Times, "Mayor Garcetti says he isn't running for the U.S. Senate," January 8, 2015
  5. Eric Garcetti, "Press Releases," accessed on October 17, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 LA Times, "Los Angeles makes its bid for 2024 Olympics," December 16, 2014
  7. Los Angeles Register, "Mayor Garcetti outlines Olympics bid," August 18, 2014
  8. NBC Washington, "USOC Selects Boston Over D.C. for 2024 Olympics Bid," January 8, 2015
  9. Governing, "Does Eric Garcetti Have a Big Enough Vision for L.A.?," August 2014
  10., "Mayor Eric Garcetti announces minimum wage proposal for Los Angeles," September 1, 2014
  11. Los Angeles Times, "Riordan agrees to debates over city retirement benefits plan," November 15, 2012
  12. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. mayoral candidates debate Riordan pension overhaul plan," November 15, 2012
  13. Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles City Council votes to put sales tax hike on March ballot," November 13, 2012
  14. Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles mayoral candidates unite against proposed sales tax hike," November 14, 2012
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Greuel, Garcetti campaigns for L.A. mayor are ahead in fundraising," January 10, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti edges Wendy Greuel in L.A. mayoral race fundraising," October 11, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti says donations don't break anti-Wal-Mart pledge," July 27, 2012
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