Since taking office in 2013, Mayor Garcetti has acted to make Los Angeles a safer, more prosperous, more innovative and livable city for all Angelenos, improving basic city services, strengthening working families, opening pathways to the middle class, and leading major initiatives to prepare Los Angeles for the future. Click on the items below to expand each section.
Economic Growth, Social Justice, and a Stronger Middle Class
Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour
L.A. is the first big city in America to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage, putting more money in the pockets of 550,000 Angelenos so far and leading the charge nationally to lift incomes for working families.
Guarantee one free year of community college for LAUSD high school graduates, and add a second year for the students who completed the first
In Mayor Garcetti’s 2017 State of the City Address, he announced his College Promise program, making the first year of community college free for all LAUSD students in need. One year later, community college enrollment of these public school graduates had increased by more than 56%, and the Mayor announced that Los Angeles will send the current College Promise class back to school with a second year of free tuition.
Expand the state Film and TV Tax Credit and increase the annual number of filming production days within the city
Mayor Garcetti led the statewide effort to triple the California Film and TV Tax Credit, bringing nearly $6 billion back into the City’s economy and resulting in $2.25 billion in wages for our middle class -- and he’s ensured that L.A. remains a prime destination of film production and entertainment industry jobs by appointing a film czar, creating our first Entertainment Industry and Production Office, and designating film liaisons in every City department.
Permit 100,000 housing units by 2020
To tackle our City’s unprecedented housing crisis, Mayor Garcetti streamlined development of new housing, established incentives for the construction of more affordable units, and set an ambitious goal of permitting 100,000 new housing units by 2021. L.A. is on track to reach and surpass that target ahead of schedule.
Make sure the Port of L.A. remains the #1 port in the nation by cargo volume
While staying on track to reduce emissions and cut pollution, the Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than any year in its history, shipping more than 9.3 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), the most by any port in the Western Hemisphere.
Pledge to invest $2.6 billion in capital improvements at the Port of Los Angeles
Invest $400 million in public access projects at the LA Waterfront
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino and the Port of Los Angeles to push a $100 million revitalization of the Ports O’ Call Village that will include dining, retail, and open space -- to re-energize the area and improve ocean-side access for both locals and tourists.
Increase tourism to 50 million people a year by 2020
Tourism supports upwards of 500,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector, and the industry is growing stronger, as L.A. has welcomed a record number of visitors for seven years running -- and we are well on our way to seeing the number of tourists surpass 50 million people by 2020.
Create 10,000 veteran jobs by 2017
By working with local non-profits, City WorkSource Centers, and the Employment Development Department, Mayor Garcetti surpassed his goal of connecting 10,000 veterans with employment in August 2017, with 10,500 veterans working at more than 200 companies across the L.A. area.
Pass an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee
Mayor Garcetti fought to enact the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, which will double L.A.’s production and preservation of affordable housing, put incentives in place for more mixed-income developments, and create more than 900 good-paying jobs for Angelenos every year; he signed it into law in December 2017.
Establish the Mayor’s Office of Reentry
Mayor Garcetti was the first mayor since Mayor Tom Bradley to dedicate city resources to assisting formerly incarcerated individuals when he created the Mayor’s Office of Reentry in 2015. The office supports a variety of reentry efforts including a year-long employment program to help stabilize justice-affected individuals, eliminate barriers to employment, and help them find jobs.
Revitalize Jordan Downs to help create more affordable housing in Watts
The Jordan Downs public housing development revitalization project will erect at least 710 new apartments and townhomes, 9 acres of green space, and a community center to breathe new life into the neighborhood, creating a mixed-income, vibrant urban village.
21st Century Transportation and Infrastructure
Pass Measure M, the largest local infrastructure initiative in American history times two
Measure M represents the nation’s boldest and largest investment in infrastructure, with $120 billion to reduce traffic, fix freeway bottlenecks, build new rail lines, make earthquake retrofits to bridges and overpasses, and create nearly 800,000 good-paying jobs.
Break ground on Crenshaw Line
By breaking ground on the Crenshaw/LAX Line light-rail project, Mayor Garcetti and City leaders initiated construction on a transit project that will connect historically underserved Angelenos in the Crenshaw, Inglewood, and LAX communities -- and to the Green and Expo Lines that reach across the L.A. area.
Extend Expo Line all the way to Santa Monica
Marking the first time in a generation that passengers can take a train from Downtown L.A. to the coast, the Expo Line now stretches for 15.2 miles, extending all the way to Santa Monica, with the goal of easing congestion on the I-10 freeway.
Finish 405 Widening Project
With state backing from SB1 funds, a $35 million project will widen the 405-110 freeway connector, in hopes of easing traffic in a major corridor.
Repave 800 miles/year of streets and sidewalks
Mayor Garcetti launched “Complete Streets” — a first-of-its-kind program to fix streets, repair damaged curbs and gutters, expand our infrastructure to capture stormwater, and install safety measures across Los Angeles, beginning with a 2.3-mile stretch of Roscoe Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.
Increase the number of international flights out of LAX
LAX added 11 new international non-stop flights in 2017 alone, from Acapulco to Shenzhen to Vienna, helping the airport break its record for total number of passengers for the fourth consecutive year.
Overhaul eight different LAX terminals
LAX is undergoing a $14 billion modernization program to improve all eight terminals, update intermodal transportation facilities, and greatly reduce congestion with a world-class Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect a consolidated rent-a-car center and the Metro Green Line extension to the airport.
Build an Automated People Mover (APM) at LAX to connect airport terminals directly into the public transit system
In April 2018, the City Council unanimously voted to approve the APM, a free and electric train system at LAX, the largest contract ever awarded in the City’s history.
Integrate ride-share service into LAX by enabling Uber and Lyft to begin making airport pickups
In January 2016, Los Angeles World Airports announced the addition of UberX to a growing list of airport pick-up options, giving travelers expanded transportation options.
Provide real time traffic and parking information at LAX
In an effort to address traffic congestion and parking concerns at the airport, LAX now provides an online resource for travelers to check traffic and parking availability in real time.
A Sustainable City
Create 20,000 new green jobs
Creating 20,000 new green jobs was a part of Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, introduced in 2015, and we met the goal ahead of schedule, all while reducing our unemployment rate -- more proof that sustainability and prosperity go hand-in-hand.
Make L.A. the solar capital of America
To lead the fight to combat climate change, Los Angeles boasts the most installed solar power of any city in America -- and the Mayor unveiled a new 2.21 megawatt solar installation on the roof of our Convention Center to keep us on-track to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Adopt aggressive emissions standards through the Clean Air Action Plan
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update to usher in a new era of aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the busiest container port complex in the nation and a critical source of job creation in our region.
Reduce average per capita water use by 20%
In 2017, Mayor Garcetti announced a 20 percent reduction in the city’s per capita water use, meeting an ambitious goal he set less than three years earlier and reaching a key conservation standard set in the Sustainable City pLAn.
Double recycled water production
A new $50 million expansion of the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant will double the facility’s capacity to recycle water and help Angelenos save more than 12 million gallons of potable water every day.
Change 20,000+ street lights to LED
Our City is replacing thousands of old street lights with LED bulbs that use less energy and save money, and we’re using those savings to attach EV charging stations to streetlight poles; improve the infrastructure for traffic, mobile broadband, and public safety; and transform L.A. into a leading smart city.
Hit 1,000 EV chargers by 2017
Los Angeles surpassed the Mayor’s goal of installing 1,000 public EV chargers ahead of schedule, and we are on track to reach over 10,000, including 1,000 on City property and utility poles, in the next five years.
A Safer City That Works for You
Improve diversity in LAPD recruit classes
The “Our LAPD” campaign — a collaboration between the Mayor’s Innovation Team, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department — is a strategic initiative to increase diversity in law enforcement and help more young Angelenos earn money and attend college while preparing for careers in our police force.
Expand the GRYD program to help reduce gang violence across the city
Mayor Garcetti added $5.5 million to his Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development, which has successfully reduced gang-related violence in all 23 GRYD zones.
Maintain LAPD force of 10,000 officers
As of April 28, 2018, LAPD Sworn Deployment is 10,046.
Reduce 911 call wait times
Since 2014, Los Angeles Fire Department call processing response times have been reduced by 12 seconds.
Expand LAPD Metro division
In his 2015 State of the City address, Mayor Garcetti announced plans to double the number of officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division to quickly saturate any neighborhood in the city with additional personnel and community-based policing efforts when crime spikes.
Expand LAPD Community Safety Partnership
In 2017, Mayor Garcetti announced an expansion of the highly-successful Community Safety Partnership which makes neighborhoods safer by building trust between specially-trained Los Angeles Police Department officers and Angelenos; the officers don’t just police the community, they become part of it.
Launch LAPD Community Policing Division
With the appointment of new police commissioners -- and a mandate to strengthen public trust, de-escalate violent encounters between officers and civilians, and improve training for new and veteran LAPD officers -- the LAPD has become a national leader in adopting the recommendations of former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing: establishing a Community Relationship Division, increasing the use of technology, putting body cameras on every patrol officer, surveying residents about law enforcement, and expanding the Community Safety Partnership in L.A.’s public housing developments.
Develop a citywide gun policy
Under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, the City has taken critical steps to reduce gun violence, including but not limited to banning high-capacity magazines; instituting gun lock requirements; expanding background checks; implementing a robust Gun Buyback program as part of larger Gang Reduction and Youth Development efforts; and standing up a Mayor’s Student Council to End Gun Violence to enhance school safety across Los Angeles.
Expand Summer Night Lights
In 2014, Mayor Garcetti expanded the highly successful Summer Night Lights program to 32 sites and extended the initiative into the Fall, offering activities, job opportunities, and a safe place to spend evenings for at-risk youth and their families at city parks until 11:00 p.m.
Expand the number of Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART)
Mayor Garcetti expanded our Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) from 10 LAPD divisions to all 21 divisions across the city, providing an array of critical services and interventions in the immediate aftermath of a victim calling 911.
Complete Earthquake Resilience Plan with USGS
Mayor Garcetti used cutting-edge research and lessons learned from past earthquakes to develop a city-wide resiliency plan which focuses on fortifying our buildings, our water system, and our telecommunications networks, making Los Angeles a national leader in seismic preparedness.
Expand the City’s 3-1-1 system to include 24/7 customer service
The City’s 311 service is now available 24/7 for a number of departments, part of Mayor Garcetti’s “back to basics” agenda to spur job creation, solve everyday problems, and improve services for Angelenos.
Unveiled as part of Mayor Garcetti’s “Clean Streets L.A.” initiative, CleanStat is an open data portal that will provide quarterly, block-by-block assessments of street cleanliness across L.A., and drive a more informed, efficient city response.
Build Reserve Fund to record levels
Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City has taken new steps to protect the City’s fiscal health and strengthen its financial resilience -- increasing the Reserve Fund to record levels and pushing the Budget Stabilization Fund past $100 million for the first time.
Establish a DWP Customer Bill of Rights
Mayor Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) unveiled a Customer Bill of Rights to promote timely, clear, and consistent customer service; safe and sustainable power; reliable and high-quality water; and a collaborative approach to implementing customer programs like rebates and incentives.
A Center of Sports, Education, and Culture
Bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to Los Angeles
The Olympics are a central thread of L.A. history, an event that brings the world to our City and inspires Angelenos to build safer, more prosperous, more connected communities. Inspired by the legacy of the 1932 and 1984 Games, we will spur lasting investments in youth sports, transportation, housing, and sustainable development, as we prepare to bring the Olympics and Paralympics home in 2028.
Establish Girls Play LA
Girls Play L.A., a program conceived by the First Lady, has dramatically increased girls’ participation in sports and fitness programs from 25% in 2015 to over 40% today.
Open 10 new parks
L.A. has opened ten new parks, added more than 2,000 acres of park land, and made open space accessible to nearly 250,000 additional residents over the past five years -- clear markers of progress toward the Mayor’s goal of ensuring every Angeleno lives within a 10-minute walk of a public park or recreation center.
Restore Sunday hours at 9 regional libraries
http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/11/local/la-me-ln-libraries-reopen-... After years of closures driven by the tight budgets of the Great Recession, nine L.A public libraries re-opened their doors on Sundays, giving thousands of children and families a safe place to read, learn, and gather all week long.
Bring a professional football team to LA
After 21 years in St. Louis, and 56 years in San Diego, Mayor Garcetti welcomed the Rams and the Chargers home to Los Angeles. The return of these teams further cements our City as the epicenter of the sports world.
Bring the Lucas Museum to LA
After extensive lobbying from Mayor Garcetti, Exposition Park was selected in January 2017 for the site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, best positioning the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community.
Establish “Summer of Learning” program
In the summer of 2014, Mayor Garcetti brought together museums, libraries, cultural centers, and other community organizations to offer creative, interactive and interest-driven learning opportunities educational opportunities without barriers.
Expand the city’s investment in after-school programs
For two consecutive years, Mayor Garcetti expanded the LA's Best Summer Learning Program to serve a total of 7,000 children throughout the course of the calendar year with meals, enrichment activities, trips to colleges, museums, and State Parks, as well as physical activity.