Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti


Statement: Mayor Garcetti on Passing of Marva Smith Battle-Bey

“Marva Smith Battle-Bey was one of a kind. She was a fighter, fearless in her work to help people get access to good-paying jobs — no matter who they were or where they lived. She transformed lives by helping people dream beyond their circumstances, turn those dreams into goals, and make those goals into progress for themselves and their community.

Businesses thrived because of Marva’s tireless efforts to broaden opportunity in South L.A. — and under her indispensable leadership, the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation was instrumental in rebuilding after the civil unrest of 1992. Her passing is a tremendous loss for all of Los Angeles. We must honor her memory by recommitting ourselves, every day, to our calling to make seat at the table for everyone in the city she loved." -- Mayor Eric Garcetti