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Eric Garcetti
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Eric Garcetti is President of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the diverse communities stretching from Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles and across the Los Angeles River.

One of the youngest City Councilmembers in Los Angeles history, Garcetti is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for Americans under 40 who are changing their communities and the Green Cross Millennium Award from former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev for his leadership on environmental issues.

Prior to his election, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. He studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

Garcetti is currently the Chair of the Democratic National Committee's national organization of municipal officials. He co-chaired President-Elect Obama's campaign in California.

Garcetti lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his partner of 14 years, Amy Elaine Wakeland.

Blog Entries by Eric Garcetti

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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