POSTED: Monday July 3rd 2017

Mayor Garcetti Inauguration Offers Tributes to LA 2024

Garcetti begins second term as 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, Eric Garcetti began his second term as the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles with a City Hall inauguration that offered many tributes to the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Garcetti was reelected as Mayor with 81% of the vote on March 7, 2017.

In his speech, Garcetti laid out his vision for his second term and for building a city of the future that "throws open every door ever shut on a hope or a dream." He continued, "if you were born here, if you were drawn here, if you came from down the block or across the sea, I want you to have a stake in this city." The inaugural address marked LA's investments in building new transit lines and housing, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, developing the city's first sustainability plan and cutting the unemployment rate in half.

As part of the ceremony, several thousand attendees were treated to fencing and table tennis demonstrations from the Avant Garde Fencers Club, SilverLake Fencers and California Table Tennis, accompanied by a recording of Angeleno John Williams' famed Olympic Fanfare and Theme.

Highlighting the city's Olympic dream, Garcetti said: "We fight for the Olympics not just to watch its torch blaze a third trail through our city, but because we know that torch will call our children out of their homes and into our parks and our playfields. We know that universal access to sports will make Los Angeles the healthiest city in America. We know that playing a sport may make the difference between a dropout form and a diploma in our children’s hands."

Mayor Garcetti's inauguration reflects LA 2024's alignment with the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, Recommendation #1, which calls on Candidate Cities to “present an Olympic project that best matches their sports, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs.” And the inauguration comes on the heels of 190 other Southern California cities endorsing the Los Angeles bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, announced on Saturday.

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