Hometown: Los Angeles
Age: 52 Years
Wife: Amy Elaine Wakeland
|Full name||Eric Michael Garcetti|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 80 kg
in pounds- 176 lbs
|Eye Colour||Light brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt & pepper|
|Political Party||Democratic Party
|Political Journey||• 2001: Elected as a member to Los Angeles City Council District 13
• 2005: Re-elected as a member to Los Angeles City Council District 13
• 2006: Became the council president
• 2009: Re-elected as a member to Los Angeles City Council District 13
• 2012: Resigned as a member to Los Angeles City Council District 13
• 2013: Appointed as the mayor of Los Angeles
• 2017: Re-elected as the mayor of Los Angeles
• 2021: Nominated for the position of the US Ambassador to India
|Awards & Honours||• Won Green Cross Millennium Award for Local Environmental Leadership in 2003
• Won New Frontier Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 2006
• Won 'Person of the Year' Award by the National Association for the Advancement of the Coloured People (NAACP) in 2014
• Honoured with Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Whittier College in Whittier, California in 2015
• Honoured with the Green Cross Millennium Award for his environmental work by former President Mikhail Gorbachev
• Won a Tiger Award from the Valley Industry and Commerce Association for spearheading business tax reforms
|Date of Birth||4 February 1971 (Thusday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||52 Years|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Hometown||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|School||• UCLA Lab School, an elementary school, in Los Angeles, California, United States
• Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles California, United States
|College/University||• Columbia University in New York
• School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York
• Queen's College, University of Oxford, England
• London School of Economics, England
|Educational Qualification||• Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and urban planning from Columbia University in New York
• Master of International Affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York Columbia College
• Pursued a PhD in ethnicity and nationalism at the London School of Economics, England Canvassing Works
|Religion/Religious Views||He is a follower of Judaism. Reportedly, he attends services of IKAR, which is a leading-edge Jewish community in Los Angeles. According to sources, Rabbi Sharon Brous, the founder of IKAR, and Eric Garcetti studies Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism, twice a week. The Times of Israel In an interview, he revealed that he developed his faith in Judaism while he was studying in college. He said,
"I always felt myself to be Jewish and Latino very comfortably. Weekends were both filled with bowls of menudo and lots of bagels. My parents aren’t practising Judaism, either of them. We celebrated Passover and Chanukah. I went to a Jewish camp. I think I have become more of a practising Jew or observant later in life. I came to my faith in college." Jewish Journal
|Ethnicity||Eric Garcetti belongs to an Italian-Mexican paternal family and Russian-Jewish maternal family. Forward|
|Hobbies||Playing jazz piano, doing photography, composing music
|Controversies||• Woman Hit by his LAPD Car
Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, was a passenger in an LAPD vehicle on 14 January 2014. In the heart of Los Angeles, a pedestrian was struck by the LAPD police car as it was transporting the mayor eastbound on Second Street. At around 12:20 pm, a 59-year-old woman was struck by a car near Second and Spring streets. The woman allegedly caused the car accident by crossing the street against a red light. The mayor allegedly did not see the reporter cross the street because he was on the phone with a reporter, according to the mayor's office. NBC After the crash, she was taken to the hospital, where Eric Garcetti visited her the following day. In an interview, he discussed his encounter with the woman and expressed his wish for her quick recovery and said,
"I had the pleasure of meeting Juliet Nicolas this morning at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. We had a nice conversation and I am very pleased that she is in good spirits. I wish her a speedy recovery." NBC
• Criticised for Cursing in Public
On 16 June 2014, he gave a speech at a Los Angeles Kings hockey team Stanley Cup celebration event. He addressed the crowd while wearing the Kings jersey and said,
"There are two rules in politics – never be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear." Los Angeles Times
Later, he held up an empty bottle of beer and jokingly said,
"But this is a big fucking day." Los Angeles Times
Players from the Kings hockey team as well as the audience gave him a standing ovation after he dropped the f-bomb. After the incident, he did encounter some criticism. Eric Garcetti reportedly received PG-rated social media messages. He appeared on the American late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on the evening of the same day, when the incident had occurred. When the host of the programme asked him about the incident, he responded that it was hockey and not a game of lawn bowls. He went to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza the following day for a business lunch and apologised to anyone who found the statement offensive.
• Unintentionally Endorsed Hilary Clinton
On 5 November 2015, using a work email account, Eric Garcetti unintentionally sent a message endorsing Hilary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president. People were greatly confused as a result of the email. According to city and state law, political figures or public employees are not permitted to use government resources for campaigns or endorsements. This includes a government email account. He should have used his campaign email instead of accidentally using his official.gov account. Bill Carrick, the campaign manager for Garcetti's re-election committee, had no idea how the endorsement mail from the mayor's office was sent out to him. Sources reported that Eric Garcetti and the Clintons don't get along well, despite the fact that in the 2008 US presidential election, Garcetti supported Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton's opponent. According to reports, the mayor's office acknowledged that an intern had used the incorrect e-mail address. Vanity Fair
• Donations Tied to Turf Terminators
In 2016, In his State of the City address, Eric Garcetti appreciated Turf Terminators, a landscaping business. In February 2016, it came to light that the former CEO, staff, and other company members had given $45,000 to the mayor of Los Angeles' fund for the city and the mayor's re-election campaign prior to his speech. Former company CEO Ryan Nivakoff gave the "Garcetti for Mayor 2017" campaign $1,400 on 12 March 2016, the maximum amount that can be donated under the law. 13 legal contributions were made to Garcetti's campaign four weeks prior to the mayor's speech by Turf Terminators staff members, friends, and family. However, Ryan Nivakoff's mother, Rosemary Arway, revealed that there was no connection between the donations and Turf Terminators and that the timing of the events was just a coincidence. When asked in an interview about the timing of the donations and mentioning Turf Terminators in his speech, he responded,
"No way, I didn't even know about those preceding the speech. But this was highlighting a great company, a company that's been able to, with Angelenos, save a record amount of water." CBS
• The Woolsey Fire
In 2019, The Woolsey fire, one of the most destructive in the county's history, occurred in 2018 in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Los Angeles County reported the errors made by the government while managing the fire and discovered that some firefighting units were unavailable during crucial moments. Politicians reportedly asked firefighters to check out specific locations, which made it more difficult for them to contain the rapidly spreading Woolsey fire, according to a Los Angeles Times report. According to Los Angeles reports,
"Politicians asking firefighters to check on specific addresses complicated their ability to fight the fast-growing Woolsey fire. But in a move that government accountability experts called legally questionable, L.A. officials provided The Times with heavily redacted records of the communications, obscuring key details such as specific addresses." Los Angeles Times
The Woolsey fire allegedly destroyed a neighbourhood in Ventura County in November 2018, and Eric Garcetti allegedly messaged Ralph Terrazas, the fire department chief, to inform him about the situation. A couple of hours later, Eric Garcetti and Ralph Terrazas exchanged texts regarding the gated community of Bell Canyon in eastern Ventura County, California. When Ralph questioned Eric about whether he wanted any specific homes to be checked, Eric gave him the address of one; however, the address was withheld because it would have been "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." Los Angeles Times
• No Actions Taken Against Sexual Misconduct
On 13 July 2020, Matthew Garza, a Los Angeles Police Department officer who worked in security to protect Eric Garcetti, filed a lawsuit for sexual misconduct against Rick Jacobs, Eric Garcetti's senior advisor. He claimed that Rick used to hug, squeeze his biceps, and grab his shoulders in an effort to touch him forcibly. Matthew Garza in his complaint said,
"Mayor Garcetti was present on many, if not most of the occasions when Jacobs made sexually inappropriate comments, but the Mayor took no action to stop the comments from being made or even identify the comments as being inappropriate. On some occasions, the Mayor would laugh at Jacobs’ crude comments." Yashar
On 19 October 2020, American journalist Yashar Ali claimed that Rick had harassed him sexually. Eric Garcetti was aware of the sexual assault and harassment but did nothing to stop Rick Jacobs. In his newsletter on October 20, 2020, Yashar Ali discussed the sexual assaults that had occurred to both him and Matthew Garza. He said,
"Over the course of a decade, from 2005 through 2015, Jacobs used to forcibly kiss me on the lips when I encountered him through my previous work in politics. After Garza’s lawsuit became public, I confronted Jacobs via text message and also alerted one of Garcetti’s top city hall aides about my past experiences with Jacobs." Yashar
• Cut-off Water and Power Supply
On 5 August 2020, Eric Garcetti authorised the city to cut off water and power if any large house parties or gatherings are reported from any property, in violation of public health directives intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. In an interview, he talked about the announcement and said,
"If the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties reoffending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that the Department of Water and Power shut off service within the next 48 hours." NPR
The announcement was not well received by many; some even called it a use of power.
• Mask Off!
On 30 January 2022, Eric Garcetti attended a Los Angeles Rams game and took pictures with Magic Johnson of the LA Lakers. Magic Johnson shared photos of himself with Eric Garcetti, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed on social media. All of them failed to comply with the COVID-19-related stadium, city, and county mask requirements while posing for photos; this caused controversy.
When he was questioned about why he did not wear the mask during a press conference at SoFi stadium, he defended himself by saying he wore it the entire time and only took it off while clicking pictures. He said,
"I wore my mask the entire game and when people ask for a photograph I hold my breath and put it [mask] here and people can see it. There’s a 0% chance of infection from that. It’s funny, on the way out, I had friends who said ‘you seem like the only guy wearing the mask the entire game’ and I woke up the next morning to that shock." Fox 11
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Amy Elaine Wakeland|
|Marriage Date||4 January 2009
|Wife/Spouse||Amy Elaine Wakeland
|Children||Daughter- Maya Juanita Garcetti (adopted)
|Parents||Father- Gilbert Salvador Iberri Garcetti (politician, lawyer)
Mother- Sukey Roth
Sister- Dana Garcetti Boldt
|Food||Tommy’s Burgers’ chilli cheeseburger|
|Car Collection||Chevrolet Bolt
|Salary (approx.)||$283,827 (as of 2021) Government Compensation in California|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Eric Garcetti
- Eric Garcetti is an American politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was appointed as the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles in 2013 and is also the first Jewish mayor of LA. In 2006, he became the president of the Los Angeles City Council. In 2005, he began serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy’s Information Dominance Corps and US Navy Reserves. In 2021, he was nominated by US President Joe Biden for the post of United States Ambassador to India.
- While growing up in a neighbourhood in the San Fernando Valley region in Los Angeles County, California, he completed his schooling in Los Angeles.
- While studying in high school, he became a member of a national civic engagement organization named the Junior State of America, where he participated in debates on topics related to political issues.
- When he was studying at Columbia University in New York, he was selected as the president of an American fraternity and literary society named St. Anthony Hall. Later, he was selected as a member of the student council in college.
- He used to participate in performing arts in college. While studying political science and urban planning at Colombia University, he also co-wrote and performed musicals for three years at the Varsity Show, a performing arts presentation of Columbia University.
- While studying at the University of Oxford, he was selected as one of the members of the Oxford University L’Chaim Society. Later, he became a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership.
- He met Amy Elaine Wakeland, his wife, when he was studying at Queen’s College in England. Both of them were studying there on Rhodes scholarships.
- Before entering politics, he worked as a visiting instructor of international affairs and an assistant professor of public policy, diplomacy, and world affairs at Occidental College, the University of Southern California. While working as a professor, he wrote books and articles about post-conflict societies, Eritrean nationalism, and non-violent action.
- He was a member of an NGO named the California Board of Human Rights Watch.
- He is a member of the advisory board of Young Storytellers, a Los Angeles-based arts education NGO.
- He is one of the members of the Inter-American Dialogue, which is a US-based think tank.
- On 1 July 2001, Eric Garcetti defeated Michael Woo by 52 to 48 per cent votes and became a member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 13th district.
- In 2003, he was selected as L.A.’s Favorite Elected Official chosen by alternative press readers of Los Angeles.
- In 2004, he was mentioned among the 25 Angelenos, who displayed their outstanding potential to shape lives in Los Angeles, by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
- In 2004, he introduced Proposition O, a city stormwater bond, to keep the waterways of Los Angeles city clean. 76% of the voters were in support of the bond, which made it one of the most strongly supported clean water bonds in the USA.
- In 2005, he supported the founders of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. He introduced two municipal green building laws. According to the first law, all the city buildings were supposed to be constructed as per the LEED-certified standards, and according to the second law, all commercial buildings of more than 50,000 sq ft were also expected to be constructed by following the LEED-certified standards.
- In 2006, he was mentioned as ‘the rising star’ in the Los Angeles magazine.
- He supported the conversion of Historic Filipinotown into a Preserve America Community.
- From 2010 to 2012, he played the role of Roman Quintero on TNT’s show ‘The Closer’ and its spin-off ‘Major Crimes while he was appointed as the city councilman of Los Angeles.
- While being a member of the Los Angeles City Council, he favoured the demolition of cultural and historic landmarks for development, which was criticised by many. In 2011, he was in support of demolishing the three small buildings at historic Sunset Junction to construct a large condominium. Reportedly, the land of the Sunset Junction was left vacant for more than 10 years after the demolition.
- He helped in the creation of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to make the constituents active citizens.
- He supported the creation of the Uniting Neighborhoods to Abolish Graffiti (UNTAG) program; the aim of the program was to end graffiti art in LA city. In the first four years of the implementation of the program, graffiti art was reduced by 78%.
- While he was a member of the Los Angeles City Council, he chaired the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee and helped in creating a $100 million housing trust fund. He also worked towards the restoration of the Hollywood area and reformation of the taxation on city business.
- On 21 May 2013, he defeated Wendy Greuel in the mayor elections with 53.9% of the votes and became the mayor of Los Angeles on 1 July 2013.
- In 2013, he guaranteed that 5% of the firefighters in the Los Angeles Fire Department would be female by 2020.
- In August 2013, he declared that he would sign off from a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers. The deal was signed to save money by terminating the predefined pension benefits given to newly hired workers and the workers that did not get any pay raise in the past 3 years. After making some changes to the deal, he accepted the agreement as it included the latest healthcare system, a new pension tier for the new workers, a labour management council to evaluate the work rules of LADWP workers that add to their salaries and reduce the disparity in salaries when compared to that of other cities workers.
- In April 2014, he introduced a ‘hold-the-line’ budget, which suggested the idea of making modest increments in the number of some of the city services and not reducing the business tax. According to the budget policy, the workforce of LA city, including police officers and firefighters, was not supposed to receive any kind of raise in 2015. The policy also included the collaboration of the city’s police and fire dispatch centres to increase the efficiency of response time to emergency calls on 911 by forming an innovation fund of $1.4 million for making modifications in the city services.
- According to his commitment to enhancing accountability among the officials of Los Angeles, in August 2014, he revealed that he would start the annual review of the general manager of every city.
- According to sources, in 2014, he forced California governor, Jerry Brown, for making a significant increase in the film production tax credit. He also proposed the idea of increasing minimum wages in Los Angeles to reach $13.25 in the next three years. This idea of his was supported by several members of the city council. According to the ordinance, the businesses were supposed to increase the wages of workers from $9 in 2014 to at least $10.25 in 2015, $11.75 in 2016, and $13.25 in 2017. In 2015, he supported the ‘Fight for 15’ movement to raise the hourly rate of minimum wages to $15.37.
- In January 2014, he introduced a new plan to take care of safety during earthquakes on the 20th anniversary of the destructive Northridge earthquake. Later that same year, his administration department and LADOT, together introduced a multi-national road traffic safety project named Vision Zero, to decrease the number of deaths due to road accidents by the year 2025. He motivated architect Frank Gehry’s collaboration with Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation for the River LA project, which was created to revitalise the Los Angeles River.
- In June 2014, he promised to provide 10,000 jobs to veterans by 2017. He also accepted the challenge to terminate veteran homelessness in Los Angeles in the upcoming 17 months. In 2016, he won approval for Proposition HHH, which was signed to drastically increase the number of apartments constructed in the city. In an interview, Eric Garcetti talked about the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) study in 2019, according to which about 60,000 people were homeless, which is a 16 per cent increase from the last year. He said,
Skyrocketing rents statewide and federal disinvestment in affordable housing, combined with an epidemic of untreated trauma and mental illness, is pushing people into homelessness faster than they can be lifted out.”
- In July 2014, Eric Garcetti declared that the Los Angeles Police Department would put an end to entertaining most of the federal requests for holding detained arrestees to be investigated for deportation. Later, after talking with a federal agency, he announced that Los Angeles would assist in providing shelter to immigrant children, who were detained after crossing the border. He joined hands with the supervisor of Los Angeles County, Hilda Solis, to form a $10 million L.A. Justice Fund to provide legal aid to illegal immigrants, who were facing deportation.
- In 2014, he became the co-founder of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, an association of US mayors, along with Annise Parker, mayor of Houston, and Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia. The main aim of the agenda was to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
- He supported environmental sustainability and encouraged the construction of several boulevards for pedestrians, cyclists, and small businesses. In April 2014, he cleared a new waste franchise agreement, which helped in expanding recycling to apartments and businesses. In an interview, he said that his ultimate goal is to recycle 90% of all the trash in Los Angeles by 2025. In April 2015, he introduced an economically and environmentally sustainable long-term plan for Los Angeles city.
- In 2016, he made his first appearance on TNT’s show ‘Major Crimes’ after being appointed as the mayor of Los Angeles.
- In 2016, he appeared in the pilot episode of the TBS’ sitcom ‘Angie Tribeca’ by Steve Carell as a desk security guard working in the mayor’s office.
- In 2016, he made a cameo appearance in the episode ‘Take a Break’ of the American talk show ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden.’ James Corden, the host of the show held the position of mayor of Los Angeles for a few hours in the show. In the episode, James Corden was escorted away by Eric Garcetti’s security officers at the end of the episode and Eric Garcetti regains his position as the mayor of LA.
- In 2016, he promoted Measure M, which is a half-cent sales tax measure for funding the spreading of the metro rail network of LA; however, he was not in favour of Measure S, a NIMBY referendum to restrict large-scale development in Los Angeles.
- In July 2016, he was selected as one of the members of the 25-person contingent, which was made to support Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The contingent travelled to Rio de Janeiro for the bidding. In November 2016, the general session of the Association of National Olympic Committees was conducted in Doha, Qatar, where he presented alongside Allyson Felix, a six-time gold medal sprinter. later, International Olympic Committee decided that Paris would host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles would host the 2028 Summer Olympics. To prepare for hosting the games in 2028, he launched an initiative titled ‘Twenty-eight by ’28 strategy’ to give top priority to the most important transit infrastructure projects of Los Angeles city.
- In 2017, he became a member of Hollywood Post 43 to honour the military history of his family and help his fellow veterans.
- In 2019, he was appointed as the chairperson of C40 at the C40 World Mayors Summit held in Copenhagen.
- In 2020, he was cast to play the role of Mr G in the American romantic comedy film ‘Valley Girl.’
- In 2020, he appeared in a cameo role on ABC’s TV show ‘Black-ish.’
- In 2022, he appeared on the cover of Los Angeles magazine.
- In 2022, he opposed California state legislation removing parking areas for building houses close to public transit stations.
- Reportedly, he is a fluent speaker of Spanish.
- According to sources, he is the youngest politician to be selected as the mayor of Los Angeles in over 100 years.
- He is an avid photographer and regularly posts pictures clicked by him on social media.
- He is well-versed in playing the piano and also knows how to compose music.
- When he was studying in high school, he visited Ethiopia to provide medical supplies to the people living there and likes to share his experience of visiting Ethiopia with everyone.
- According to sources, he spends 18 hours a day working in his office. In an interview, he revealed that he does not want his daughter to grow up in the USA as he does not consider the environment suitable for her.
- On 12 January 2022, Eric Garcetti’s nomination for US Ambassador to India was accepted by the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee; however, on 10 March 2022, the senator, Chuck Grassley, suspended his nomination. He alleged that Eric Garcetti knew about the sexual harassment and assaults done by his top advisor, Rick Jacobs and did not take any strict action against him. On 3 January 2023, the Senate returned his name to the White House after the expiration of Eric Garcetti’s nomination; however, Joe Biden renominated him for the position of US Ambassador to India.