POSTED: December 15th 2016

Olympics: LA 2024 meets with 15 Los Angeles city council districts to get insight on the bid

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman notes that 88% of Angelenos support bringing the Games back to Los Angeles © LA 2024
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman notes that 88% of Angelenos support bringing the Games back to Los Angeles © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Leaders from the LA 2024 Olympic bid held community forums with residents in all fifteen Los Angeles council districts in an effort to work closely with the local citizens and to get feedback for the city's Olympic and Paralympic plans.

Los Angeles is bidding for the 2024 Olympics against Budapest and Paris.

So far LA 2024 has participated in meetings in Atwater Village, Chatsworth, Downtown LA, Encino, Hollywood, Lake Balboa, Lincoln Heights, Mar Vista, Mid City, Pacoima, Reseda, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, South LA, Studio City, Universal City, Van Nuys, West Hollywood, Westchester and Westwood.

Community manager Joslyn Treece has led the community program that is providing LA 2024 with valuable feedback to work on their plan for low-risk, high-tech and sustainable Games that will serve people of Southern California.

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman noted on the feedback, "LA is a city that lives and breathes sport, and our conversations with Angelenos over the past year have reinforced the notion that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are truly a part of our city's DNA.

"Excitement for bringing the Games back to the US for the first time in 28 years is overflowing in Los Angeles - 88% of Angelenos support hosting the Games in 2024, according to a poll conducted independently by Loyola Marymount University. Angelenos' enthusiasm has inspired our work to bring the Games back to a community that loves the Olympic movement and deliver a transformative Games in 2024."

Joslyn Treece added, "On behalf of LA 2024, we are humbled and inspired by the support Angelenos have shown for our low-risk, high-tech and sustainable New Games for a new era. Every single community meeting we have participated in this past year has resulted in enlightening and productive conversations with residents who care deeply about the neighborhoods they call home.

"We look forward to continuing these meetings in the new year, and to using the input received to refine our offering to the IOC and the Olympic Movement."  

Meetings last night at the San Fernando Valley's Pacoima City Hall marked a milestone of over a year's worth of community exchanges as is agreed in the January 2016 Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Los Angeles.

LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans commented, "From an athlete's perspective, it's difficult to emphasize enough what an asset it is to compete in front of passionate fans, in a warm and welcoming environment.

"Having attended many of these community meetings, I have no doubt that Angelenos would relish the chance to welcome the world's greatest athletes to our city. It would be our great honor to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the people of Los Angeles.

"That's why our Games Plan includes sport parks in various areas of our city - from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach - so that an LA Games would truly be a city-wide Games made to be enjoyed by all Angelenos." 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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