POSTED: March 8th 2017

Olympics: Mayor Eric Garcetti re-election good news for LA 2024

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti © Mayor's Office
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti © Mayor's Office

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid was thrilled to see Mayor Eric Garcetti re-elected for a second term in office earning more than 80% of the votes cast gaining the highest margin of victory in almost a century of LA mayoral candidates.

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Garcetti is a strong backer of the LA 2024 Olympic project and one of the first things he did when he originally took up the office was send off a letter to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) adding LA's name to the list of interested cities.

USOC Chairman Larry Probst said, "On his first day in office, Mayor Garcetti wrote to me expressing LA's interest in hosting the Games, and since then his passion for bringing the summer Games back to the United States has only increased. He has been the ideal partner for the US Olympic Committee throughout the bid process and if LA is elected the 2024 Host City I have no doubt that he will be the ideal partner for the International Olympic Committee during those critical, pace-setting first years as an Organizing Committee."

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman, added, "Mayor Garcetti has been LA 2024's leading advocate since day one, and his vision and enthusiasm for this project will be a tremendous asset for us in the final six months of the bid.

"Like all of us at LA 2024, Mayor Garcetti recognizes that our plans align perfectly with the unstoppable upward trajectory of Los Angeles: as City Hall improves the lives of Angelenos, the City of Angels becomes more ready to host a low-risk, high-tech and truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024."

LA Mayor Garcetti noted, "I am honored and humbled to have been reelected as Mayor and entrusted with a second term by the voters of Los Angeles. We Angelenos have achieved a great deal together over the last four years, but we have big dreams and work still to do.

"Now we continue our journey towards opportunity, global leadership on the defining issues of our time and hosting an exceptional Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 that welcomes the world to the city of the future."

Garcetti has proved his mettle during his first term in office cutting the city's unemployment rate in half, boosting the number of new businesses to 170,000 and elevating LA's record breaking tourism numbers.

In 2016 he ushered in the largest transit construction program in the USA with a US$120 billion plan to reinforce rail travel, bus lines and highway improvements to improve mobility and to reduce traffic.

In 2015 Garcetti raised the minimum wage in order to provide greater opportunity for Angelinos launching the largest anti-poverty program in the city's history.

The IOC will vote on their final choice for host city on September 13, 2017 in Lima, Peru. The IOC Evaluation Commission is now set to visit the city May 10-12 with a visit to Paris 14-16 in order to gain knowledge about the bids to compile their evaluation report.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six 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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