“As Mayor, I have a responsibility to ensure city government is making life better for all Angelenos, especially those whose past hard work laid the foundation for the city we enjoy today. Whether someone is born here, or comes here for college, career, or retirement, I want L.A. to be a place that welcomes all generations”
– Mayor Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor of Los Angeles in 2013. He previously served four terms on the LA City Council as Council President. Prior to being in public office, Mr Garcetti was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College.
In early 2020, Mayor Garcetti launched LA’s Green New Deal, a 10-year plan to combat climate change. The plan aims to plant 90 000 trees by 2021, to provide 100% electric transport by 2030, for 70% of all water to be locally sourced, and recycle 100% of waste water by 2035. The city aims to be powered with 100% renewable energy by 2045 (55% by 2025, 80% by 2036), create 400 000 green jobs, be 100% net zero, and divert 100% waste from landfill by 2050. The City of Los Angeles has converted its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles and partnered with other organisations to support green goals. Partnership initiatives include the free installation of solar panels on low-income homes, development of an app reporting water quality data on local beaches, installation of public drinking water fountains, building upgrades to enhance energy efficiency, building zero-emission homes, cycling safety classes to promote cycling as a form of transport, electric vehicle purchase rebates, deliveries being completed by electric scooter rather than vans, expanding bus routes and the introduction of electric buses, establishment of an air quality academy to study the health impacts of air pollution, community compost schemes, gardening internships and workshops, increasing vegetation for urban cooling, and urban planning efforts to increase green space within a 10-minute walk from homes.
In response to the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on the local economy, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with institutional and corporate philanthropy, have created the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund. The regional fund offers loans and grants to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits. The fund seeks to provide support to community members unable to access Federal assistance programs. The fund offers grants for businesses and non-profits operating in Los Angeles County, loans to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit across the LA region, and coaching and technical assistance to all support applicants.
Los Angeles City Council has a Comprehensive Homeless Strategy (CHS) outlining measurable actions the city is taking to combat homelessness. The aim of the strategy is to enhance collaboration between city departments, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and Los Angeles County, and end homelessness in Los Angeles. Strategy commitments include a working party identifying critical short and medium-term needs, the implementation of city development strategies that maximise temporary and permanent housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, the provision of case management, training and paid work experiences to homeless jobseekers, greater availability of safe and accessible shelter and increased access to hygiene resources (showers, drinking water). There is also an outreach program to identify and assess the needs of homeless people, and connect them to services and shelter. The strategy aims to provide 1500 beds in temporary shelter in each district.