L.A. is a global city and so is our city's economy, which is why I'm in Mexico City right now on my first trade mission as Mayor. I am joined here by representatives of our Port, Airport, and Tourism & Convention Board as well as a business delegation organized by the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.
Trade between Mexico City and L.A. tops $2 billion annually, while our region's overall trade with Mexico nears $15 billion. I want to build on that foundation to create jobs and generate investment in Los Angeles.
1. The budget is a document that reflects our city's priorities. Our goal is to focus on what matters most -- building a stronger Los Angeles that is prosperous, safe, livable and well-run.
I just left DWP headquarters where I announced my nomination of Marcie Edwards as the new General Manager.
Marcie began her career at DWP at age 19 as a clerk typist. Today, she will make history as the first woman to lead the largest public utility in the nation. She shares my belief that LA's ratepayers should be treated like shareholders in a great company. She has the toughness and expertise necessary to take on the status quo and deliver real, lasting change for DWP’s customers.
Welcome Marcie and this new era for DWP by adding your name to our Fix DWP petition.
By adding your name to our petition, you make it clear that you want DWP to be the best public utility in the nation. Marcie and I are counting on you and your support as we bring reform to this critical institution.
Show your support by signing the petition.
I have exciting news to share: U.S.A. Track & Field has chosen Los Angeles to host the 2016 Olympic trials marathon.
L.A. has a long and rich history of hosting the greatest sports events in the world. We’ve held two Olympic Games here, including the first ever Women’s Olympic marathon in 1984. That memorable race inspired the creation of the annual L.A. marathon, which remains one of the world's premier races. Now, the 2016 Olympic trials cement our city's place at the pinnacle of the sport.
Many talented track and field athletes have already competed in our city, including Joan Benoit, Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses, and Babe Didrickson, and we’re looking forward to introducing the next generation of Olympic hopefuls to our thriving city. All Angelenos should be excited for what will be a world-class event that will showcase the best of L.A. and the best of athletic achievement.
I am pleased to invite you to present your ideas to be a part of People St, a program to transform neighborhoods across our city. People St was developed by the Los Angeles department of Transportation in collaboration with our departments of Public Works and City Planning, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, all of whom will work closely with community groups on this effort.
People St represents one of the many tools in our Great Streets toolbox as we work to change the way Angelenos interact with the built environment, while using existing government resources to make City Hall work better for our residents and businesses. Fundamental to People St is its bottom-up, community-based approach. I am proud of our city’s transportation and planning experts, but no one knows more about our neighborhoods than you.
So make your voice heard and find out how you can participate by RSVPing to one of the events below:
1/27/14 - Van Nuys Community Meeting
1/30/14 - Harbor Community Meeting
2/3/14 - Downtown Community Meeting
2/4/14 - Hollywood Community Meeting
2/24/14 - Westside Community Meeting
It is fitting that such an innovative program will be taking root here in Los Angeles, where we are experiencing a fundamental shift in how we make our city streets safer and more enjoyable. I look forward to hearing your ideas and seeing the results transform our city.
Today Mayor Garcetti signed Council File 13-1459 - final approval for a new DWP employee contract with no raises for three years, a new pension tier that will create huge savings for ratepayers, and a pathway for further reforms at the DWP. Garcetti said, "I want to thank the voters of Los Angeles. This contract is only possible because of you. You delivered a clear mandate to reform the DWP and gave us the strongest possible negotiating position for this contract."
L.A. is a big city made of many unique neighborhoods. So when it comes to finding out what is best for your street, your local park, or your intersection, a lot of people have an opinion but few know better than you.
That's why my office is proud to announce that we are partnering with Nextdoor, so we can connect with communities to find out how we can better serve our constituents. In addition to myself, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will also be joining Nextdoor so we can stay close to those we serve.
You joined Nextdoor because you care about what happens in your neighborhood. Let’s work together in 2014 to build great neighborhoods and -- in turn -- bring out the greatness in our city.
You can start here by participating in this survey which will tell us what needs to be done to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood.
Thank you for being a good neighbor!
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time to give thanks.
And this year, we have extra thanks to give as the first day of the festival of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving, an event unlikely to happen again in our lifetimes.
Regardless of our faith, let Chanukah and Thanksgiving serve as an occasion for all of us to reflect on the miracles within our lives, what we are thankful for, and how we can help our neighbors and those in need. Let’s together commit to improving our surroundings and beyond.
No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving and no one should go hungry in our city period – let’s commit to that.
Significant and sustainable change in our communities is possible. It requires investment from everyone – neighborhood councils, business owners, community-based organization, friends and neighbors.
And it requires action. Here are a few things you can do this holiday season to help bring hope to a person in need:
I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Happy Chanukah, and a Happy Holiday Season.
Today, the EPA and the US Department of the Interior signed letters to show their support for the selection of Alternative 20 to restore our river. Read the letters below on the value of the L.A. River as a natural resource for both economic and environmental justice as well as a vital habitat zone.
This was only possible with your support. The decision isn't yet final as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must still decide on a plan for the river. These letters make it clear that the best choice for our city, for our economy, for our environment is Alternative 20.
Read the letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior here.
Read the letter from the EPA here.
Thank you again for all your support for Los Angeles and the restoration of our River.