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    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he won't wait to get a COVID-19 booster shot after he tested positive for the virus on Wednesday while being fully vaccinated.Garcetti is currently overseas in Scotland. He said he received both doses of the Moderna vaccine and is showing signs of improvement as he isolates in a hotel room."I'm exercising here in the room, I'm trying to eat as healthy as I can," said the mayor during a Zoom interview with Eyewitness News on Friday. "This is a reminder of how real this thing is. That even with vaccination you could have these breakthrough cases. I'm lucky that it's not more extreme, probably because of that."He said he believed he may have gotten a false positive result from his initial COVID test, but after getting re-tested, that wasn't the case."I got the rona," the mayor said jokingly. "I got a second [test] and yes, it is positive."The mayor is in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. He was attending the conference with about seven staff members, all...
    The mayor of Los Angeles has tested positive for COVID-19 and must quarantine in his hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland. Mayor Eric Garcetti was attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference when it was revealed on Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19. Garcetti is fully vaccinated against the virus, according to his team. "Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today," the mayor's Twitter account said on Wednesday. "He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated." JEN PSAKI TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) November 3, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 vaccines may not be "100% effective at preventing illness" but stresses the "risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated." Los Angeles is implementing a vaccine mandate . Beginning Nov. 8, all Los Angeles residents are required to get vaccinated against...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the coronavirus while in Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference. The Los Angeles Times reports: The mayor is attending a United Nations conference on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland. He was originally set to moderate a panel Wednesday “on international finance to support city climate action” before participating in another discussion regarding solutions and challenges to tackling climate change, according to a schedule released by his office. “Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated,” the mayor’s office said in a statement shared to social media. Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated. — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) November 3, 2021 The UN climate change summit organizers did not issue a statement regarding the matter. Last year, Garcetti’s daughter was infected with the coronavirus, “Our family is incredibly careful and what’s happening in our home this...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is on a trip to the U.N. climate conference in Scotland, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, his office said in a posting on his official Twitter account. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks a press conference at the new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport Monday, May 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) LA MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI SAYS HE TURNED DOWN BIDEN ADMINISTRATION POSITION "He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated," his office said in a tweet. The tweet did not specify the location of the hotel, but Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar confirmed that the mayor was in Glasgow. FILE - Joe Biden walks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign event at United Firefighters of Los Angeles City on January 10, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Garcetti's office did not immediately disclose any additional information.
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID while attending the COP26 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID while attending the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow. Garcetti, who is fully-vaccinated, is now isolating in his hotel room in Scotland, and does not appear to be suffering from any severe side effects. His office announced the diagnosis in a tweet that said: 'Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. 'He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.' It is unclear if any other leaders who have been in close contact with Garcetti have since gone into isolation as a precaution. He tested positive hours after President Biden left COP26, , whose full name is the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to return to Washington DC. Biden spent Monday and Tuesday at the conference. Biden did not see Garcetti at the event, a White House official told DailyMail.com. But John Kerry was spotted walking through the crowded venue with the mayor on Monday - both men were wearing...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Wednesday morning. Garcetti, who is fully vaccinated, “is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room,” according to a statement posted on Twitter. The mayor is attending a United Nations conference on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland. He was originally set to moderate a panel “on international finance to support city climate action” before participating in another discussion regarding solutions and challenges to tackling climate change, according to a schedule released by his office. Garcetti, 50, got his first vaccine dose in January. At the time, he wasn’t in line to receive the vaccine, but medical personnel recommended he get the shot because he was working at Dodger Stadium as part of the city’s vaccination effort. It’s unclear at this point what specific vaccine Garcetti received, or whether he’s gotten a booster shot. Garcetti’s young daughter also tested positive for COVID-19 last December.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID-19 while in Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) and the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti before boarding a train to Glasgow for the Cop26 summit, at Euston Station, London. Nov. 1, 2021. (Getty Images) READ MORE: McDonald's Begins Testing Vegetarian McPlant Burger At Manhattan Beach, El Segundo LocationsThe mayor’s office confirmed Wednesday that Garcetti had tested positive. READ MORE: New Vending Machines Dispenses Books At Several Corona-Norco Unified Schools“He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room,” his office tweeted. “He is fully vaccinated.” MORE NEWS: LA County Health Director Presents Criteria For Lifting COVID Mask MandatesThis is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates. 
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, city officials announced.Garcetti, who is fully vaccinated, was said to be "feeling good" as he isolates in a hotel room, according to a tweet. Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) November 3, 2021DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday threatened to fire any city employee who refuses to take the coronavirus vaccine by December 18, saying they “should be prepared to lose their job.” “The city’s employee vaccine mandate is critical to protecting the health and safety of our workforce and the Angelenos we serve,” Garcetti said on Wednesday. “Employees must be vaccinated by December 18, and we are putting a rigorous testing program into place in the meantime. Let me be clear: Any employee who refuses to be vaccinated by this date should be prepared to lose their job.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center left, speaks at a joint press conference with California Governor Gavin Newsom, right, for an update on the Getty Fire, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa) Los Angeles’ initial vaccination deadline for city employees was Wednesday. However, under a pending city council proposal, workers will have until December 18 to show proof of vaccination. Under the new proposal, unvaccinated workers will have to submit to coronavirus tests twice a week, and $65 will...
    Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slammed the current city administration in an interview on Sunday with NBC Los Angeles, suggesting that Mayor Eric Garcetti — recently tapped to become U.S. ambassador to India — had failed. NBC-4 reported: In what appeared to be a stinging critique of his successor, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the city he once lead “rudderless” and “adrift.” “I was born and raised here,” Villaraigosa said Sunday on NBC4’s NewsConference. “I have lived here my entire life. I have never seen this town so dirty, I’ve never seen crime go up so quickly… the spread of homelessness… I think there is a lack of clear leadership in this town.” When pressed, the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles said his criticism wasn’t entirely about Mayor Eric Garcetti, nor did he blame the current mayor for leaving office early to take a job in the Biden administration. Nevertheless, he argued that there was a “lack of leadership” coming from city hall which he hears “all over this town.” Garcetti, now in his second term, has promised for years to...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – One day after Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted on federal corruption charges, a scheduled meeting of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, which Ridley-Thomas chairs, was cancelled. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Authorities Looking For Justin Ricardo Jauregui, Man Missing from East Rancho DominguezLA Mayor Eric Garcetti commented on the indictment Thursday at a North Hollywood event. “While I know nothing more than what we read, this is a case, which if the facts are true, is incredibly disturbing, and as I’ve always said, if you break the law, be prepared to pay the price.” The case against Ridley-Thomas alleges he conspired with former University of Southern California Dean of the School of Social Work, Marilyn Flynn, to funnel campaign money through the college to a nonprofit run run by his son, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. “I’m a big believer in due process, but I’m a believer in consequences,” Garcetti added. Ridley-Thomas was a county supervisor at the time of the alleged crime. His attorney released a statement on Thursday, reading...
    Hunter Biden hosted an art show in Hollywood on Friday for several California elites, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti was a national co-chairman of President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and was nominated by the president to serve as the U.S. ambassador to India. Also in attendance was Shepard Fairey, creator of the Obama /Hope poster, and the musician Moby. HUNTER BIDEN STILL HOLDS 10% STAKE IN CHINESE FIRM Approximately 200 people reportedly attended the Hollywood event that took place in a large white room in Milk Studios, Mother Jones reports . Hunter Biden's gallerist, George Bergès, is reportedly charging up to $500,000 per piece of artwork , the Atlantic reports . Critics argue the event presents a conflict of interest, with buyers writing large checks directly to the president's son. To address the ethical concerns, the White House partnered with the gallerist to lay down some ground rules. Hunter Biden, for example, must not know the identity of any of the buyers or discuss the sale of any of the pieces of...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León is entering the race to replace Eric Garcetti as mayor in next year's election.The former leader of the California State Senate announced his candidacy at a Tuesday morning news conference.De León focused his message on affordable housing, citing his own family's difficulties as a child, saying it's time to chart a new course.This comes as a petition to recall him from office was recently approved by the L.A. City Clerk, though it would need several thousand more signatures by mid-December to get on the ballot.De León is the third City Councilmember to be targeted for a recall.DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently signed into law an ordinance that criminalizes homelessness in most parts of the city, a motion that has drawn just as much fierce support by some as it has opposition by others.  The law specifies certain times and locations where it will be 'unlawful for a person to sit, lie, or sleep, or to store, use, maintain, or place personal property in the public right-of-way'.  The ordinance, which will go into effect 30 days from last Thursday, makes it illegal to sit, lie, sleep, or set up encampments within 500 feet from 'sensitive use' properties, which include schools, parks, libraries, overpasses, underpasses, freeway ramps, tunnels, bridges, pedestrian bridges, subways, washes, spreading grounds and active railways. The ordinance also makes it a crime to sit, lie, sleep, or set up encampments within 1,000 feet of or on a 'street, sidewalk, or other public right-of-way'. Individuals who violate the law will be issued a citation from the City's Administrative Citation Enforcement Program. However, individuals who refuse to comply or obstruct a city employee from enforcing the...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was warmly greeted by residents and Los Angeles Police Department officers at South Park Friday. He heard about how things have changed here since his office created the Community Safety Partnership Bureau one year ago when the city saw a major surge in crime. Last July, the Community Safety Partnership Bureau brought the city’s 10 CSP sites under a single command. The sites were selected in high-crime communities. CSP places specially trained and selected officers in a 5-year assignment in one place so they can become part of the community and develop relationships with the people they serve. READ MORE: Rehabilitated Mountain Lion Released In Santa Ana Mountains “So we know this isn’t just good in terms of community relations, it’s good for bringing crime down,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Because when people trust the police when the police trust the people, that’s the model we want to see.” The mayor’s office says over the past year, violent crime has gone down by 10% across the CSP sites. At the South...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new vaccine mandate for city employees on Tuesday. All employees will either have to show proof of vaccination, or be forced to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests, if they want to retain their jobs. The mayor’s announcement came as L.A. County has reported a sharp uptick in the daily average testing positivity rate, which is now over 5%, after dipping to below 1% in June. Many new cases are among the unvaccinated population. The city may struggle to enforce the mandate, however, since the vaccines do not yet have full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, which has caused other cities to delay the implementation of proposed mandates. The Los Angeles Times reported: Los Angeles will require city employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing to show they have tested negative, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez announced Tuesday. Garcetti, announcing the new requirements, cited “an alarming spike in cases among our city workforce.” … Many details about the plan remain to be worked out, but city...
    LOS Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has led the city for just under a decade. Garcetti is President Biden’s nominee to become ambassador to India, the White House announced. Who is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti? Eric Michael Garcetti is an American politician serving as the 42nd and current mayor of Los Angeles since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected in the 2013 election and reelected in 2017. Garcetti was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe. Garcetti received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and later at the London School of Economics. He is also a jazz pianist and photographer. Beyond his time at City Hall, Mayor Garcetti has served his country as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College. He and his wife, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, have one daughter,...
    Second-term Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India, according to a White House announcement Friday afternoon. If confirmed by the Senate, he will resign his position as mayor of L.A. Garcetti, who has been in office since 2013, would be leaving his city at a time of crisis and change. L.A. is suffering a rapid rise in homelessness, a problem Garcetti vowed to solve, but which has only become worse during his tenure. Under Garcetti’s leadership, the city secured $1 billion from the Obama administration to rehabilitate portions of the Los Angeles River. The city also received $1.35 billion from President Joe Biden’s massive “COVID relief” stimulus law. However, Garcetti has faced increasing criticism from residents due to the soaring crime rate, a problem that has grown in the year since he announced he was cutting up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget — more than 10% of the total. Though the city is now flush with cash from the federal government, and Garcetti’s “justice budget” aims to...
    More On: ambassadors Haiti’s president killed by ‘well-trained professional commandos’: ambassador Biden’s German ambassador pick is president of university that paid him nearly $1M Biden names Cindy McCain as ambassador to UN food agency US, Russian ambassadors to return to their posts: Putin President Biden announced Friday that he has tapped Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as his nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to India.  Speculation over whether Garcetti was in talks with the president for a position within the administration began to emerge in May.  Garcetti was first elected to his position as mayor in 2013, previously serving as a city councilman and council president. He also served 12 years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve Component. Following the announcement, Garcetti touted his record as a public servant and claimed he will “help strengthen Los Angeles’ place on the world stage.” “Today, the President announced that I am his nominee to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India. I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role. I have committed...
    President Joe Biden nominated his political ally Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India, the White House said on Friday, setting up a tricky confirmation battle amid claims the Los Angeles mayor failed to act on sexual harassment allegations leveled at his adviser.  Garcetti, 50, was long seen as frontrunner for the post and, if confirmed, would be taking on one of the most difficult diplomatic jobs at a time when India remains in the grip of the coronavirus crisis. But his nomination sets up tough Senate hearings. Republicans will have plenty of ammunition from a lawsuit alleging that Rick Jacobs, a former top staffer, sexually harassed one of the mayor's police bodyguards while Garcetti ignored it or laughed it off.    Matthew Garza claimed Jacobs sexually harassed him on multiple occasions.  Garza, who spent some six years on the mayor's security detail, said Garcetti had witnessed Jacobs' alleged harassment several times and failed to take any action to correct his behavior. Joe Biden could face an uphill battle against Senate Republicans after nominating LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured last January) as...
    President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India, the White House said. Garcetti, a onetime presidential prospect, was a prominent Biden surrogate throughout the 2020 race, serving as national co-chair for the Biden campaign and a co-chair of the vice presidential nominating committee. He was viewed as a shoo-in for a top administration post before several controversies related to his mayoral office surfaced publicly. According to reports, a top aide was accused of sexual harassment, and another staffer was accused of mocking labor leader Dolores Huerta. BIDEN SAYS US HAS GIVEN AFGHANS 'ALL THE TOOLS' TO FEND OFF THE TALIBAN Garcetti has lately faced criticism for his city's coronavirus response, and he has been accused by restaurant owners of decimating their businesses through onerous and unpredictable restrictions. Other appointments detailed in the announcement Friday include Denise Campbell Bauer, a top Democratic Party donor, who was named ambassador to Monaco. Bauer led Women for Biden during the 2020 campaign and served previously as ambassador to Belgium under former President Barack Obama. ...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been selected by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. ambassador to India, the White House announced Friday.Garcetti, if confirmed, would be dispatched to India as it has been overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. A previous version is below. Garcetti served as co-chair of Biden's campaign and said in December that he turned down an unspecified position in the administration to remain L.A.'s mayor.LA shifting to smaller COVID vaccine sites, more appointment-free options opening upEMBED More News Videos The city of Los Angeles' mass COVID vaccination site at Dodger Stadium will close at the end of May, and L.A. will shift attention to other city sites. Also, more appointment-free options are opening up. The appointment as India's ambassador would come as the nation of 1.36 billion people deals with a spike in COVID-19 cases, with more than 20 million people testing positive for the virus and an official death toll over 220,000, which is believed to be...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has led the city during a period of booming development, a worsening homelessness crisis and a devastating pandemic, will be President Biden’s nominee to become ambassador to India, the White House will announce Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Garcetti would become the first L.A. mayor to voluntarily leave office before the end of his term in more than a century. He was originally scheduled to step down in December 2022, when he would have finished a second term that was extended by 18 months when the city changed its election calendar. In making the announcement, the White House will emphasize Garcetti’s sweeping responsibilities and Los Angeles’ global role, highlighting the mayor’s oversight of the busiest container ship port in the Western Hemisphere and one of the world’s busiest airports. Garcetti has also networked with counterparts around the globe to push stronger policies on climate change, including in India. Garcetti’s nomination appears to signal that the Biden White House is willing to look past the high-profile accusations that have engulfed the mayor’s...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is set to announce he's selecting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as his ambassador to India, pending Senate confirmation, according to a White House official. Garcetti's selection, which has long been anticipated, is one of four picks in the latest round of ambassadors coming from the President.The other three set to be nominated for ambassadorships are: Denise Campbell Bauer, for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the French Republic and to the Principality of Monaco; Peter D. Haas, for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to People's Republic of Bangladesh; Bernadette M. Meehan, for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chile.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. Garcetti, if confirmed, would be dispatched to India as it has been overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. READ MORE: CDC Says Fully Vaccinated Teachers, Students Dont Need Masks In Schools The White House also announced Friday that Biden is nominating Democratic fundraiser Denise Bauer to serve as ambassador to Monaco, career foreign service officer Peter Haas to serve as ambassador to Bangladesh and former Obama-era national security aide Bernadette Meehan to serve as ambassador to Chile. Garcetti, who considered a 2020 White House bid and later became part of Biden’s inner circle, emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join Biden’s Cabinet last year. But he took himself out of the running, saying the raging coronavirus crisis made it impossible for him to step away. The two-term mayor would leave LA with an uneven record. He has...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a coalition of American mayors on Friday launched an initiative to work toward reparations for Blacks in an effort to recompense for slavery and centuries of systemic oppression."We've never had a serious solutions-oriented conversation about restitution to enslaved people or to their descendants. We've never adequately addressed the fact that in America the average Black family earning $100,000 a year lives in a neighborhood with an average income of $54,000 a year. Or that in my city, not just the 10 to one wealth gap but a nearly 100 to one wealth gab between white and Black families exists,'' Garcetti said.The mayors in the Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE) coalition have committed to:-- supporting HR 40 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would establish the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans;-- forming advisory committees made up of local Black-led organizations in their cities to formally advise the mayors on an approach to reparations and identify funding sources; and-- establishing pilot reparation programs targeting...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose city is suffering from homelessness, economic disruption, and drought, launched a nationwide commission on slavery reparations on Friday, Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE). Garcetti appeared with several urban mayors via streaming video as the federal government observed Juneteenth for the first time as a public holiday (since June 19 is on Saturday this year). Garcetti cited past racist policies in the U.S, including segregation. “These are tough things to face, for many in America,” he said. “But they are part of our collective history.” Garcetti said mayors were coming together “with an open heart, and a determined gut.” He said it was impossible to address inequality between blacks and whites “without addressing the trauma of slavery,” though it ended 156 years ago. Garcetti, citing an author he called “Ta-Nahasi Coates” [sic], quoted Ta-Nehisi Coates’s admonition to his teenage son in his recent bestselling book about race: “The entire narrative of this country stands against the truth of who you are.” MORE, he said, would unite mayors in three commitments: first, to...
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is political royalty in the City of Angels. His father was a former district attorney. Eric Garcetti won his last election with over 80% of the vote. There were even rumors he would run for president in 2020. Now, there is speculation that the Biden administration will tap Garcetti as the U.S. ambassador to India. And people from Kolkata to Calexico are saying ... huh? Him? Today, we speak to L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez, who says Garcetti’s ambition might actually make him good for the position, and to former City Council candidate Dinesh Lakhanpal, who’s open to the idea, if a bit skeptical. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez, and Indian-American businessman and former City Council candidate Dinesh Lakhanpal More reading: Garcetti likely to be named ambassador to India, source says Column: If Garcetti leaves early for India ambassador post, how will he be remembered? Letters to the Editor: Eric Garcetti as ambassador...
    As President Biden edges toward nominating Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India, questions remain over whether White House counsel or the FBI have reviewed potentially explosive depositions - some under seal - in the vetting process involving a harassment suit filed by an LAPD officer who was part of the mayor's security detail.  Cop bodyguard Matthew Garza sued the city last summer claiming top mayoral advisor Rick Jacobs sexually harassed him on multiple occasions in the case allegations also surfaced that Jacobs hurled anti-Asian slurs at another aide.  Garza, who spent some six years on the mayor's security detail, claimed Garcetti had witnessed Jacobs' alleged harassment several times and failed to take any action to correct his behavior. Garcetti is not a defendant in the case but testified in a deposition taken earlier this year.  The mayor flatly denied allegations that he kept mum when Jacobs 'screamed' an anti-Asian slur at another aide out the window of Garcetti's car and that Jacobs sexually harassed Garza in his presence 'hundreds' of times.    Joe Biden could potentially face...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday approved the city’s $11.2 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, a budget he said would provide unprecedented funding for homelessness and other social service programs to support the city’s most vulnerable populations. Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday signed the city’s $11.2 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. (CBSLA) “This budget is about more than recovering from a once in a generation crisis; it’s about bending the arc of our city’s history in the direction of greater equity and justice,” Garcetti said. “This moment demands nothing less than our most courageous efforts to lift up those in need, and this budget charts a course to meeting our highest ambitions, restoring what we’ve lost, and building on what makes Los Angeles the best city in the world.” READ MORE: Deadly Agua Dulce Firehouse Shooting Started With Workplace Feud, Sources Say The budget includes more than $1.7 billion for the Los Angeles Police Department, a 3% increase from last year; a total of $955 million to address the city’s homelessness crisis; $62 million to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to announce he is nominating former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve as his ambassador to China and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be his ambassador to India, according to a person familiar with the matter. With the selections, Biden is turning to a seasoned diplomat and a longtime political ally to serve in two of the country’s highest-profile diplomatic postings. READ MORE: LAX Officials Say Travelers Should Arrive Early For Memorial Day Weekend Flights It was not clear when either nomination would be announced, according to the person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to publicly comment on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. The White House declined to comment on either Burns or Garcetti and noted that “no one is final until they’re announced.” The Associated Press has previously reported that Biden has settled on former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as his ambassador to Japan and former deputy secretary of State Tom Nides to be ambassador to Israel. Neither of those selections has...
    President Biden reportedly plans to nominate Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the next U.S. ambassador to India.  Garcetti, a close Biden ally who served as co-chair for the president's 2020 campaign, had been considered for a cabinet position, but a sexual harassment lawsuit against one of his aides may have lessened his chances, Axios reported Tuesday.  In December, Garcetti said he turned down a potential position at the White House because of the coronavirus crisis.  "As the administration reached out to me about serving," he said, "I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, and that I want to be here, and that I need to be here." India is facing a resurgence of the virus that has overwhelmed hospitals.  Biden could reveal nominations for more than a dozen ambassadorships as early as next week, many of which are expected to go to close allies and donors, the outlet reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.  "The ambassador doesn’t work for the State Department," former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ambassador to China under...
    The Biden administration is reportedly in talks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiHillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium to shut down by May French-American Foundation selects new president with fundraising background MORE (D) on a potential appointment as the U.S. ambassador to India or another top ambassadorship role.  The conversations were first reported Tuesday by Axios, based on details shared by people familiar with the matter, and two sources later told NBC News about the talks.  Garcetti, who has served as Los Angeles mayor since 2013, is one of several candidates being considered for the India posting, a person familiar with the matter told Axios.  However, the sources noted that no final decision has been made. President Biden is expected to announce his first batch of ambassadorship nominations later this month, Axios reported.  Garcetti, who endorsed Biden in January 2020 during the Democratic presidential primary race, co-chaired Biden’s inaugural committee and was previously among a list...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – President Joe Biden is considering Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for an ambassadorship to India, according to a report. FILE — Then Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (L) walks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign event at United Firefighters of Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Axios reported Tuesday that the 50-year-old Garcetti is one of multiple candidates being considered for the ambassadorship to India. READ MORE: Garcetti Proposes Nearly $1B To Battle LAs Homelessness Crisis The selection would be significant given that India is currently in the grips of a COVID-19 crisis. It has recorded more than 20 million cases and 226,000 deaths. It has averaged more than 380,000 new cases per day over the past week. “Today’s Axios story is speculative,” Garcetti’s communications director, Alex Comisar, said Tuesday. “We aren’t going to engage in speculation. We’re 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city.” READ MORE: Judge Denies Request To Delay Shelter Offer To Skid Row’s Homeless Garcetti was...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- President Joe Biden is reportedly considering Mayor Eric Garcetti for an ambassadorship, possibly to India.According to the news site Axios, which cited people close to the matter, Garcetti is one of multiple people being considered for the post."Today's Axios story is speculative,'' Garcetti's communications director, Alex Comisar, told City News Service. "We aren't going to engage in speculation. We're 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city."Garcetti served as co-chair of Biden's campaign and said in December that he turned down an unspecified position in the administration to remain L.A.'s mayor.LA shifting to smaller COVID vaccine sites, more appointment-free options opening upEMBED More News Videos The city of Los Angeles' mass COVID vaccination site at Dodger Stadium will close at the end of May, and L.A. will shift attention to other city sites. Also, more appointment-free options are opening up. The appointment as India's ambassador would come as the nation of 1.36 billion people deals with a spike in COVID-19 cases, with more than 20 million people testing positive...
    President Joe Biden is considering appointing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a diplomatic post — likely U.S. Ambassador to India, according to a report Tuesday evening by Axios. The second-term mayor was an early backer of Biden’s campaign. But in December, he turned down an offer to serve in the Biden administration. As Breitbart News, citing Politico, reported at the time: “Joe Biden has told me for the last two years that he was very interested in me coming to Washington, D.C., and there were things on the table for me,” Garcetti said. He added: “As the administration reached out to me about serving, I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, and then I want to be here and that I need to be here.” However, Garcetti’s calculations may have changed, as Axios reported (original emphasis): President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive for the nation’s second-largest city...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s name has surfaced again as a possible nominee for a position in the administration of President Biden, five months after he said he had turned down a federal post. Garcetti is one of several candidates under consideration for the position of U.S. ambassador to India, the political news site Axios reported on Tuesday. In December, the mayor said he had turned down an unspecified job with the Biden administration and would stay in Los Angeles to lead pandemic relief efforts. However, Garcetti hasn’t publicly ruled out leaving before his second term ends in December 2022. His spokesman Alex Comisar called the Axios report “speculative.” “We aren’t going to engage in speculation. We’re 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city,” Comisar said Tuesday. Comisar declined to comment when asked if Garcetti was being vetted by Biden’s team. The mayor was an early supporter of Biden in the presidential race and served as a co-chair of his campaign committee. California Transportation secretary job is...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –  On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti reacted to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Officer found guilt on three counts in the murder of George Floyd. READ MORE: Johnny Santos Moreno Pleads Guilty To Attacking Transgender Woman In Costa Mesa In his remarks, the mayor referenced the trial of four Los Angeles Police Officers who were videotaped beating Rodney King in March of 1991. When the officers involved in the King beating were acquitted a year later of excessive use of force by a jury in Ventura County, five days of rioting ensued in Los Angeles, resulting in 54 deaths, some 2,400 injuries, scores of destroyed buildings and other property damage, and more than 12,000 arrests. The acquitted police officers were later convicted of violating Rodney King’s civil rights in a federal court trial. “All of us who lived through Rodney King, I think woke up with our darkest fears this morning,” Mayor Garcetti said. “It’s difficult to describe my emotions because there’s no joy in this verdict. And there’s...
    The mayor of Los Angeles has announced plans to introduce a guaranteed basic income for the city's poorest families as part of his more than $1 billion budget to get people off the streets. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed a pilot plan which would see $24 million in taxpayer dollars being used to provide $1,000 a month to 2,000 struggling households for a year as the city grapples with an out-of-control homeless crisis. The plan will be the largest guaranteed income pilot of any city in the US - and there are no strings attached to the fund.  In his annual State of the City address, Garcetti said he hopes the basic income scheme will 'light a fire across our nation' with other cities following in their footsteps in the future.   The move is part of the mayor's mission to 'end America's addiction to poverty' and to show the nation there is a way to fulfill Martin Luther King's 1967 call for basic income for all.  Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed a pilot plan which would see...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his annual State of the City address Monday, with his upcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year budget proposal expected to be the main focus.Similar to last year, when the speech took place just weeks into the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the speech will be an understated event compared to the usual pomp and circumstance that surrounds the State of the City address.Check back here at 5:15 p.m. to watch the mayor's speech live.Garcetti is expected to speak about the details in his budget proposal ahead of its release on Tuesday. Among the expected topics will be how to put the $1.35 billion allocated to the city from the federal American Rescue Plan to use, including through investment in small businesses and infrastructure.The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Garcetti will propose spending $791 million in the upcoming fiscal year to combat homelessness. Garcetti also is looking to use $160 million that was allocated for homeless issues this fiscal year but has not yet been spent, the Times reported.Other topics expected during the speech are...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his annual State of the City address Monday, with his upcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year budget proposal expected to be the main focus.Similar to last year, when the speech took place just weeks into the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the speech will be an understated event compared to the usual pomp and circumstance that surrounds the State of the City address.Check back here at 5:15 p.m. to watch the mayor's speech live.Garcetti is expected to speak about the details in his budget proposal ahead of its release on Tuesday. Among the expected topics will be how to put the $1.35 billion allocated to the city from the federal American Rescue Plan to use, including through investment in small businesses and infrastructure.The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Garcetti will propose spending $791 million in the upcoming fiscal year to combat homelessness. Garcetti also is looking to use $160 million that was allocated for homeless issues this fiscal year but has not yet been spent, the Times reported.Other topics expected during the speech are...
    Democrat Mayer Eric Garcetti was booed loudly on Friday, as fans were welcomed back to Dodgers Stadium on Friday. The Dodgers handed out World Series rings to the World Series champs, but Dodgers fans handed down a chorus of disapproval when their mayor was introduced before raising the banner. WATCH: Yikes…LA Mayor Eric Garcetti got booed bigtime by the limited capacity crowd at the Dodgers game. https://t.co/lifQIB1JvC — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 9, 2021 While the crowd was limited to only 14,000 due to social distancing guidelines, clearly, they booed to near full capacity level. “Garcetti and embattled Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom have faced widespread scrutiny over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic,” Fox News reports. “Critics have argued that some of the strict guidelines enacted during the pandemic were ineffective and hurt local businesses.” The Dodgers beat the Nationals 1-0.
    Democratic Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti was greeted by a chorus of boos on Friday while attending the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first home game of the 2021 season. Garcetti was on hand for the ceremony commemorating the Dodgers’ victory in the World Series last fall. When the mayor was introduced as the team prepared to raise its championship banner at Dodger Stadium, fans responded with jeers. FOX LA reporter Bill Melugin noted that Garcetti got "booed bigtime" despite the limited number of fans in attendance. One Twitter user quipped that fans "would have cheered if he took [the] mic and resigned." The Dodgers were expected to have roughly 14,000 fans in attendance for their home opener. That figure amounts to roughly 24% of capacity at Dodger Stadium. While current guidelines allow larger venues to operate at 33% capacity, the Dodgers were expected to allow slightly fewer fans in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.   CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Garcetti and embattled Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom have faced widespread scrutiny over their handling of...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti described himself as “ecstatic” over the $1.35 billion that the city will receive from the $1.9 trillion “COVID relief” bill passed by Congress on Wednesday and set to be signed into law by President Joe Biden. Coronavirus relief bills have been enacted repeatedly for a year, mostly by President Donald Trump, and often after delays by Democrats, who were reluctant to see Trump take any political credit. The new bill, however, includes payments to cities and states, as well as pension bailouts for unions, and money devoted to long-term “progressive” Democratic Party policies. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday: L.A.’s political leaders have been buffeted by bad budget news since the outbreak of COVID-19 — business shutdowns, plummeting tax revenues, a hollowed-out tourism sector and a financial gap that has steadily grown to $750 million. On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders received an unmistakably positive sign of a turnaround, with passage of a massive federal relief package that’s expected to send $1.35 billion directly to Los Angeles. Garcetti said this week that he was “ecstatic”...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that “there is no place for racist imagery” when asked to respond to the ongoing controversy about Dr. Seuss, whom the city has honored in the past. The company that handles Dr. Seuss’s books withdrew six of his books from publication this week over concerns about early caricatures, and the left has been critical of Dr. Seuss for preaching racial tolerance without concern for “structural power imbalances.” Breitbart News asked Garcetti about the issue during a press briefing on Thursday night. Of course, there are images that are blatantly racist that have no place in 2021. And you can’t just look at a book and say, “Hey, 99% of this is great,” and there is a blatantly racist picture of somebody who is presumed to be Chinese or African. So, I know there is this whole back-and-forth about whether people are canceling folks. This is not about canceling. This is about standing up against blatant racism where we see it, and just making sure that that no longer is part of our canon. And...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday urged property owners to sign up for the city’s Lease-Up program, which matches landlords with tenants who need a home, with rent guaranteed by the government. “For property owners, it’s a dream come true. That rent is guaranteed to come to you each month without having to hit anybody up for it, without anybody missing a month,” Garcetti said. READ MORE: Restaurants Hopeful Orange County Will Soon Move To Red Tier, Allowing Indoor Dining To Resume The program has added 1,200 homes since November, according to Garcetti. READ MORE: Former CA Senator John Moorlach Infected With COVID-19 People can sign up for the program here. MORE NEWS: Country Music Star Trisha Yearwood Tests Positive For COVID-19, Husband Garth Brooks Negative (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mayor Eric Garcetti has the authority to “commandeer” hotel rooms to house the homeless and protect people’s lives during a local emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, City Attorney Mike Feuer opined in a report to the City Council, submitted Wednesday. Feuer said Los Angeles Administrative Code Section 8.30 gives the mayor authority to “commandeer local private property as is needed for the protection of life and property of the people.” RELATED: LA County Adds 3,489 New COVID-19 Cases, 160 Deaths; Health Officials Warn Against Gathering For Holiday Weekend The city has to provide fair market value for the property, and Feuer said that because the demand for hotel and motel rooms has decreased during the pandemic, the rental value of the rooms is likely lower than historic market rates. Feuer’s report was in response to a motion introduced by Councilman Mike Bonin and Councilwoman Nithya Raman on January 26. The motion asked Feuer to report on steps that could be taken for the city to commandeer hotels and motels to use as housing for people experiencing...
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