LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today laid out his vision to expand hope, prosperity, and opportunity to every corner of Los Angeles, as he swore the oath of office on the steps of City Hall for the second time.
City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin, and eight members of the City Council were also inaugurated today. Mayor Garcetti was sworn in by his mother, Sukey Garcetti, who was flanked by First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and their daughter, Maya.
“We know … the future is already here. We must decide whether our whole city will own its share of that future, or whether we will watch it pass us by while our greater number watches from behind a glass,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We decide, here, now, and walking forward, whether that future will be offered to one in a million with a lottery ticket, or whether every child growing up here will know it is her birthright. We must connect. We must succeed — at sustaining middle class jobs, at strengthening education, at protecting our environment while growing our economy — because right now, it’s on us to show the way forward.”
This evening’s ceremony, witnessed by thousands of Angelenos who gathered on Spring Street, marks the official beginning of Mayor Garcetti’s second term as mayor. He won reelection on March 7 with a record-setting 81% of the vote.
The Mayor’s second term comes after four years of extraordinary economic growth across Los Angeles. He began his first term by navigating the City through the end of the Great Recession with ambitious steps that helped to bring billions of dollars of investment to the City, create nearly 160,000 new jobs, and slash the unemployment rate in half.
Mayor Garcetti has also taken visionary action to bring long-term prosperity to Los Angeles. He led the campaigns to pass Measure M and Proposition HHH — two of the boldest housing and infrastructure measures in American history — raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, developed the City’s first ever Sustainable City pLAn, brought the historic Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Exposition Park, and has carried Los Angeles to the brink of hosting a third Olympic Games.
In his second term, Mayor Garcetti will build on that success, and continue to confront L.A.’s most difficult challenges. He will work to end the City’s homelessness and affordable housing crises, and continue the effort to make Los Angeles safer, and more prosperous for all Angelenos.
The Mayor will also focus on implementing the plans and initiatives set forth during his first term. He will make sure that the funding voters approved with Measure M and Proposition HHH is invested in housing and transportation projects as quickly and effectively as possible; continue working to create good-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class; and expand successful programs like Hire L.A.’s Youth, which he has already grown threefold since taking office.
The inauguration program celebrated Los Angeles with L.A.-centric performances by Boyle Heights native George Takei; KCRW's Jason Bentley; singer Angel Joy Blue; UCLA’s Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute Ensemble; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The full text of Mayor Garcetti's inaugural address is available here.
Video of Mayor Garcetti's inaugural address is available here.