Eric Garcetti

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Eric Garcetti
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Los Angeles City Council District 13
Incumbent
In office
2001-present
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, Los Angeles City Council
2006-2012
Elections and appointments
First elected2001
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sColumbia University
Master'sColumbia University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy Reserve
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 4, 1971
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Garcetti (born February 4, 1971) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council and the mayor-elect of Los Angeles.[1]

Garcetti represents the 13th Council District in Los Angeles. He was the president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 until 2012.

Garcetti defeated Wendy Greuel in the May 21 mayoral general election.[2]

Mayoral campaign

See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

Election results

May 21 general

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

March 5 primary

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, 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

Issues

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.[3] Greuel and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.[4]

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.[5]

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."[6]

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.[7],[8]

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.[9]

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

Consultants

Garcetti's campaign consultants included Bill Carrick.[8]

City Council

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.

Personal

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.[9]

External links

References