Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the end-of-summer holiday weekend. LA Fleet Week will offer Angelenos greater access to ships, equipment, and sea service life than ever before.
“As a Navy reservist, representing a City and Port with a rich military history, it’s an honor to announce the addition of Los Angeles to the Navy’s annual Fleet Week roster,” said Mayor Garcetti. “LA Fleet Week at America’s Port will be a great annual tradition for Angelenos to visit the LA Waterfront, tour ships, enjoy a variety of activities, and gain a deeper appreciation of our enlisted men and women.”
“LA Fleet Week will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the greatest fleet and Sailors in the world and further strengthen the connection between the citizens of Los Angeles and their Navy,” said Vice Admiral Nora Tyson. "We look forward to participating in this exciting event and appreciate the opportunity to bring the Fleet to L.A.”
“We are excited to host LA Fleet Week on the LA Waterfront,” added Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. “It’s our goal to work with partners — like the Battleship IOWA, the United States Navy League, and a host of other local stakeholders — to develop LA Fleet Week into a world-class event and honored Labor Day holiday tradition here in Southern California.”
"We are thrilled to welcome Dave Roberts back to Los Angeles as the new manager of our beloved Dodgers. Dave brings passion and a championship pedigree to an organization that is built to contend for the World Series each year. With Dave in the dugout, the team not only secures a top notch baseball mind, but it also makes history, bringing the first person of color to this important post. It is good to have Dave back home, ready to inspire Angelenos on and off the field.” - Mayor Eric Garcetti
"A year ago today, President Obama announced sweeping changes for immigrants to help make their lives better. His plan for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) expansion and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) would allow families to lawfully work to support themselves and help grow our economy.
Today, we stand with the Obama Administration as they ask the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas v. U.S, which blocked the implementation of the President's initiatives.
Los Angeles was built by immigrants and their contributions are felt throughout our City every single day. We can no longer afford to wait. These hard working men and women deserve the opportunity to become a part of our nation, free from the fear that they will be separated from their loved ones. That speaks to the core of our founding principles and the values we all hold dear." --Mayor Eric Garcetti
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21, in Paris next month.
As one of 13 members of the Steering Committee of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Mayor Garcetti will participate in meetings on December 3-4, including the C40 Awards and the Climate Summit for Local Leaders co-hosted by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg.
"It is critical to show the world how cities are leading the way in combating climate change," said Mayor Garcetti, who hosted the first-ever U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in September. "Recent events have only reaffirmed my resolve and desire to stand with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo as she hosts leaders from around the world. I am proud to join former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and my fellow mayors for this historic summit.”
Mayor Garcetti continued, “As Mayors, it is our mandate to create more livable cities, but it is our calling to create a more livable world.”
Details on Mayor Garcetti's agenda to follow.
Mayor Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn
sets targets to reduce GHGs, including the groundbreaking target of 45% reduction by 2025. Los Angeles is among the largest cities committing to 80% GHG reductions by 2050. With Houston Mayor Annise Parker Mayor and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor Garcetti co-founded the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda to tackle shared opportunities and challenges cities face in measuring, reporting and reducing GHGs in the US. Mayor Garcetti also hosted the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, where he was the first mayor to sign the Under 2.0 MOU along with MOUs with Shenzen and Beijing to cooperate on emission reduction strategies.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that a record 2.1 million travelers will pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this Thanksgiving, an increase of 6.9% over last Thanksgiving’s record of 1.96 million actual passengers. According to online travel company Orbitz.com, LAX will be the busiest U.S. airport this Thanksgiving for the third year in a row.
"As more people choose to work, visit, study, and play in Los Angeles, LAX keeps on breaking records," said Mayor Garcetti. "L.A. is a world-class destination for visitors from around the globe, and this is great news for our local economy."
Alliance will work to ensure L.A. region is prepared for a new wave of self-driving vehicles expected on the market in the coming years.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the formation of the Coalition for Transportation Technology, an alliance established by the City of Los Angeles, Metro, and Caltrans to help ensure that the L.A. region is among the first to benefit from the coming wave of connected and autonomous vehicles.
“Connected and self-driving cars promise to not only transform how we commute — but also how how we think about the safety and convenience of all automotive travel,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This coalition will ensure that the demands and challenges of this new technology are fully considered as we invest in our infrastructure and plan for L.A.’s transportation future.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined Vice President Joe Biden and leaders in the clean-technology industry for a roundtable discussion on renewable energy, green business, and public-private partnerships in Los Angeles.
The roundtable was held on the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown L.A. — home of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). There, entrepreneurs are developing new ideas and companies that will create green jobs and build a more sustainable future.
“One year ago, I said that Los Angeles would become one of the most sustainable cities in America,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are delivering on that pledge: cutting emissions 80% by 2050, getting off coal by 2025, and embedding sustainability into everything we do. Here at LACI, the City of Los Angeles is leveraging federal dollars to support a state-of-the-art innovation campus and non-profit incubator that helps the private sector envision the future — then build it in ways that are more sustainable and innovative than many of us ever thought possible.”
"Los Angeles is seen to be leading and believing in the potential of innovation more than any other part of the country, because your Mayor has a vision and a sense of optimism," said Vice President Biden.
"This incubator brings together innovative minds with the courage to take a chance on a new idea," continued Vice President Biden. "There is a power in technological and financial resources coming together to take ideas from paper to product to marketplace."
"My thoughts and prayers are with all those in Paris. I am heartbroken and outraged by these senseless acts of violence. Los Angeles stands united with those around the world against these terrorist activities." --Mayor Eric Garcetti
New data collection initiative will help City and School District more efficiently serve children whose parents or guardians are veterans or active-duty servicemembers
Joined by parents and students at Leland Elementary School in San Pedro, Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled a new program that will help deliver essential resources to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students whose parents or guardians are either veterans or active-duty service members.
Through a new collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, LAUSD, the University of Southern California’s Building Capacity Project and the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, the school district will now immediately, upon enrollment, identify students from military families by adding a few simple questions to the district’s mandatory student emergency information forms.
“For too long our city has been unable to strategically target resources in a way that directly and efficiently supports our military community,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This small change will radically increase our capacity to support veterans and their families as they adjust to life during and after military service.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) “Drop 100” campaign, which, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, aims to save 100 million gallons of water each year by increasing water efficiency in commercial buildings across L.A.The Drop 100 campaign encourages innovative water-saving solutions in commercial buildings, which account for 19% of water use within the City.
“In the midst of our state’s historic drought, Los Angeles is rising to the challenge — we are reducing our water use, and residents and businesses across the city are working every day to find new ways to cut back,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m proud to partner with the L.A. Better Buildings Challenge, and our city’s business community, to help our commercial buildings get even smarter about water conservation.”