Mayor Garcetti's Back to Basics agenda focuses on making Los Angeles more prosperous, safe, livable, and well-run. Here's a snapshot of his first year in office:
Per capita crime is down to 1949 levels. A record 42 million tourists visited Los Angeles this year. Mayor Garcetti launced the 10,000 Strong veterans hiring initiative and 10,000 summer youth jobs program as part of his new Summer of Success initiative that also serves youth with online and in-person educational and positive outlets to give them skills that will translate into better grades and better jobs in the future.
In addition, Mayor Garcetti's "Back to Basics" agenda has accomplished the following:
- 405 carpool lanes opened months ahead of schedule
- The Purple Line to the Westside and a regional rail connector advanced with $2.1 billion brought home from Washington, DC.
- Trains to planes -- a real connection to LAX that fixes a huge mistake of the past
- Real reform at the DWP, starting with a new employee contract that freezes salaries for three years, delivers billions in pension savings.
- A website where you can track our progress and see how your tax dollars are being spent.
- Victory for our $1 billion dollar plan to restore our Los Angeles River
You can watch Mayor Garcetti outline his agenda in his first State of the City address, delivered on April 10, 2014, right here.
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Bringing City Hall "Back to Basics"
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the nation’s second-largest city to focus on the basics
Published by The Washington Post.
It’s primary day in California and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is spending his morning extolling the virtues of neighborhood beautification to a sidewalk crowd in the city’s Northridge neighborhood.
The speech sounds like one that might be delivered by the mayor of a smaller city, focusing on simple improvements that have reinvigorated neighborhoods in the past, such as providing trash cans, encouraging community art, and beautifying medians—a contrast with the often-lofty initiatives launched by his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa.
The purpose of this particular speech is to unveil the first 15 streets of Garcetti’s “Great Streets Initiative,” an effort to revitalize neighborhoods by improving their main thoroughfares and the subject of his very first executive directive in office.
To some the effort may seem narrow, but to Garcetti there’s nothing small about Great Streets or his broader Back to Basics agenda, with its focus on fixing and improving the most fundamental functions of city government, which he argues are too often ignored in favor of more-ostentatious goals.
Hiring LA's Youth
Los Angeles meets its target, finds summer jobs for 10,000 youths
Published by Daily News.
Mayor Eric Garcetti met with local business leaders on Tuesday to thank them for their work in helping Los Angeles again find summer jobs for the city’s youth.
“I’m proud to announce that Monday was the first day of work for 10,000 young Angelenos age 14-24 through my Hire L.A.’s Youth summer jobs program,” Garcetti said.
“We know that youth are the key to the success and prosperity of this city, and Hire L.A.’s Youth, a part of my Summer of Success initiative, gives our younger generation the chance to leap ahead this summer, with safe and productive ways to learn, earn and play.”
Speaking at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Garcetti voiced his appreciation to the city‘s partners in the program, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, JPMorgan Chase, the California Endowment and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The initiative previously hit the 10,000 mark in 2010 under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was able to utilize federal stimulus funds. Garcetti aides said the number had dropped to 5,000 jobs in recent years, so he is especially pleased with the upswing.
Data LA launches at #techLA conference
Mayor Garcetti unveils new city data website at tech event
Published by the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a new website Saturday loaded with information on how the city works, including numbers tracking stray animals, bicycle lanes, graffiti cleanup and other services.
The website is part of a broader push to make city government more open and accountable through technology.
The website was unveiled at the start of a buzzing technology conference that drew more than 1,500 registrants for seminars on “big data,” the tech economy, self-driving cars and the digital divide between Angelenos with and without Internet access. Mayoral aides billed the event as the first technology conference ever held at Los Angeles City Hall.
As part of the weekend event, Los Angeles officials threw open their newly accessible data to teams competing in a “hackathon.” Challenges included creating new apps to boost economic development, transform underserved communities and make Angelenos safer, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs. Techies and students huddled around laptops on the 10th floor of City Hall, strategizing about how to battle local problems.
Restoring the LA River
All or Nothing: Mayor's L.A. River Lobbying was 'a High Stakes Gamble'
Published by KCET.
The tireless work of L.A. River advocates was rewarded on Thursday when the Army Corps of Engineers recommended an ambitious $1 billion plan that would pump new life into the long-neglected waterway.
Known as Alternative 20, outlined as part of the ARBOR study, the plan would focus on 11 miles of the 51-mile river, restoring 719 acres of habitat between Griffith Park and downtown. The decision was the culmination of months of lobbying by advocates including Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose numerous visits to the White House to fight for the more comprehensive plan helped to secure the deal. The Army Corp previously had been in favor of the $453-million Alternative 13.
At the announcement at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley on Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti thanked President Barack Obama for giving him the opportunity to speak to him about the importance of revitalizing the L.A. River. Also in attendance at the event were councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, and Mitch O'Farrell, who commended Mayor Garcetti's efforts.
In an exclusive interview immediately following the event, Mayor Garcetti told us why the L.A. River is so important to the city's past and future, and to him personally; his thoughts on the NELA Riverfront Collaborative (of which we are the media partner); as well as an insight into the city's relationship to the federal government when it comes to projects like the L.A. River revitalization that could benefit the country's economy as a whole.