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Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.

Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.

Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.

Entries by Eric Garcetti

Ban the Bullhook

(22) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 1:23 PM

The California Senate has sent the Assembly an important elephant protection measure that would prohibit the menacing weapon called the bullhook that is used in circuses and other entertainment to control captive elephants through fear and pain. Senate Bill 716 comes at a time of unprecedented change in the way...

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This Is How We #DroughtHack

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:20 PM

2014-10-28-garcettibytheriver.jpgL.A. is water. Our story begins on the banks of the L.A. River -- and it was man-made rivers we built that provided the lifeblood that allowed our city to grow from its original pueblo into the global metropolis we...

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Horrific and Unacceptable

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Each holiday season, I participate in toy giveaways for needy families. These are always events that remind us of the innocence and joy of children. But this Saturday, as I handed out wrapped presents in Boyle Heights, I was haunted by an image of presents that would forever remain unopened...

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Black Friday Reminds Us How to Get L.A. 'Into the Black'

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Black Friday may have just passed, but I wish Los Angeles were seeing more green today.

Black Friday gets its name from the chaos that can reign in stores as people crowd-in for once-a-year sales, and because it's when many retailers are said to finally turn a profit -- or...

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L.A. Team Needs L.A. Owner

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:57 PM

As a City Councilmember, if I don't help maintain streets, clean up graffiti or fill empty storefronts, I drive over the potholes and see the blight myself -- because I'm an Angeleno. And if there is something I've missed, someone will certainly tell me about it at the grocery store...

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A Call for Angelenos to Take the Lead on Gun Violence Prevention to Unite our American Family

(32) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 3:07 PM

Americans across the country are still mourning the killings in Tucson. Our prayers continue for the recovery of the survivors, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and we are inspired by the courage of those who stepped in to stop the shooting and aid the victims.

At the same time, we...

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Leveraging Technology for a Better City

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 4:24 PM

In government, you can't wait for people to come to you - you need to give residents the tools to empower themselves in the most convenient way. Whether it's blogging, tweeting, or just good old fashioned door-to-door canvassing, I love promoting government at people's doorstep or, even better, in the...

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Mayor and City Council Agree: Failure on City Budget Is Not an Option

(8) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 7:23 PM

Our city is facing the toughest economy we have seen since the Great Depression, and it will take a focused and concerted effort by all city leaders to balance our budget while continuing to provide key services that are essential to getting our economy back on track.

Last October, the...

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Think Broader on Jobs Tax Credit

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 10:59 AM

President Obama's announcement that he plans to accelerate job-creation efforts was welcome news. Though the recent plunge in national unemployment statistics was heartening, big problems remain in some parts of the country.

Nowhere is that more true than Los Angeles, with unemployment at 13.9 percent, far above the national...

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 2:39 PM

Welcome to Los Angeles! It's great that the Huffington Post's LA blog has arrived. I know that many of your readers and contributors have been in Southern California all along, and HuffPost itself has strong local ties.

But let's face it: up to now, much of the focus of Huffington...

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Going Local: Building a Smarter Recovery Package

(21) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 10:50 AM

Congressional leaders and President-Elect Barack Obama are moving to create an economic-recovery package ready to sign as soon as Jan. 20. That's great news for a reeling economy. But while a no-strings bailout to struggling state and local governments, as some are seeking, may ease painful decisions ahead, Congress should...

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