Councilman, Los Angeles City Council
Councilmember Eric Garcetti represents the Thirteenth District, comprising the communities of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Temple-Beverly, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Filipino Town.
A fourth-generation Angeleno whose grandparents and great-grandparents were immigrants to Los Angeles from Mexico and Eastern Europe, Eric was sworn into office on June 15th, 2001, one of the youngest city councilmembers elected in the city’s history. He serves on the Council’s leadership as Assistant President Pro Tempore. He chairs the council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, and is the Vice-Chair of the Environmental Quality Committee and the Ad Hoc River Committee. He also serves on the Budget and Finance and the Information Technology and General Services Committees.
In his first two years in office, Councilmember Garcetti led the creation of a $100 million Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the establishment of the country’s largest environmentally-sensitive Green Building Initiative, and the expansion of health care provision and living-wage jobs through a new Healthcare Career Ladder.
As the Chair of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, Councilmember Garcetti has promoted affordable housing, strengthened youth intervention programs, community and senior centers, and overseen the expansion of after-school programs. He also authored legislation that created and funded year-round homeless shelters in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Community Housing Corporation honored him for his advocacy of affordable housing.
Through the committee and in his district, Councilmember Garcetti has fought to expand job training, protect and promote living wage and union jobs, and reduce and streamline business taxes. He has pushed for responsible community redevelopment projects, helped attract entertainment industry jobs back to Hollywood, and spearheaded a No Sweat Ordinance to build on the City’s Responsible Contractor Ordinance by eliminating scofflaw, poverty-wage companies from city contracts.
A committed environmentalist, Councilmember Garcetti also serves as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Quality Committee. The Councilmember’s dedicated “green” deputy is assigned to promote pocket parks and community gardens citywide, and to provide access for all residents of Los Angeles to green space and recreational opportunities through the creation of a Neighborhood Parks Trust. The councilmember has consistently pushed policies that clean up our water, from the Los Angeles River to our city lakes and bays. Global Green and former President Mikhail Gorbachev awarded the councilmember with a Green Cross Millennium Award in recognition of his environmental work.
Councilmember Garcetti has a long record of human rights work, both in Los Angeles and abroad. He serves on the California Committee of Human Rights Watch, which honored him in June 2002 as the first recipient of the Olson Award for Human Rights Activism. As a councilmember, he has promoted civil rights for immigrant workers, he successfully expanded the city’s Equal Benefits Ordinance to cover the domestic partners of thousands more workers, and he has fought to implement the provisions of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Prior to his election, Garcetti was a professor of public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. In 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation selected him as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow.
Councilmember Garcetti has a long history of community involvement. He is a Founding board member of the Pobladores Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation, and has served as a board member of the International Criminal Court Alliance, Parents International Ethiopia, Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, and the Roth Family Foundation.
Garcetti studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. He is an avid photographer, jazz pianist and composer. He lives in Echo Park with his partner of eight years, Amy Elaine Wakeland.