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A Lot Can Happen in One Year

One year ago today, the voters entrusted me with the honor of serving as Mayor. I promised to get City Hall back to basics and focus on making our neighborhoods prosperous, safer, and more livable, and to make our city the best run city in the nation. And I'm proud that with your help, we are changing L.A.

I'm writing to you from Washington, where I just joined with the Secretary of Transportation and Senator Boxer to secure $2.1 billion to extend the Purple Line into the Westside. It's something that will create thousands of jobs, cut traffic and reduce pollution, and it's just one of the ways we're advancing our back to basics agenda.

I also just received news that City Council has passed my first budget as mayor. It's a balanced budget that restores city services and focuses spending on back-to-basics priorities. You can see it for yourself with my Open Budget portal which shows spending from department to program in easy-to-use, interactive visualizations. Check it out.

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Help Change LA

Now that the election results are in, it is time to get to work. We're running a focused transition that will ensure we hit the ground running on July 1 with an agenda to create jobs and solve problems for L.A. residents.

I will get City Hall back to basics so that all of our neighborhoods are places where families thrive and businesses succeed. Through my experience helping revitalize neighborhoods like Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Atwater Village, I know first-hand that the best government is one that partners with the people.

I want your help and your ideas. Please go here to get in touch.

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This Victory Is Yours

Thank you.

This was a people-powered campaign and this victory is yours. Now it's time to take the next step in our journey together that began 623 days ago.

I am looking forward to working together with you to put the recession in the rear-view mirror, balance the budget, and build a stronger Los Angeles for us all.

Thanks again for your support. It means the world to me.

Eric

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The Best of LA Election Day Tweets

#TeamGarcetti is lighting up Twitter. Here is a sample of LA's election as told by Angelenos:

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CA State Senator Ted Lieu might just be the Most Interesting Endorser in the World:

Last minute campaigning brought about some unorthodox tactics from Eric's celebrity supporters:

See more tweets after the jump

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Five videos that will make you want to vote for Eric Garcetti

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I can't even imagine what this video of Will Ferrell is worth. 

It's election day, and across our city people are voting. If you haven't already, click here to find your polling place and go vote now.

Before you go, take a minute to share this post with a friend who might still be making up their mind. These videos feature some of our favorite supporters talking about why they support Eric. 

Comedian Will Ferrell, a.k.a "Sweetbuns", about how he's known Eric since they were babies:

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Watch the rest of the videos after the jump.  

 

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Vote Today!

When is Election Day?

Election day is today Tuesday, May 21st, 2013.

If you are planning to vote in person:

Polls will be open 7am-8pm.

Click Here to find your polling place in Los Angeles.

If you still have your mail in ballot:

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAIL IN YOUR BALLOT AFTER May 16th. It's too late to be counted.

Take your ballot to any polling place in Los Angeles. (Click here to find a polling place.)

May 20th, 2013 is the last day to vote a "Vote-By-Mail" ballot in the Election Division Office.

If you encounter irregularities at the polls:

Please report voter intimidation or any other illegal activity to poll workers immediately.

If this does not resolve the matter, call our Noah at our office at 818-358-3484 or the CA Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at 800-345-8683

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Help Team Garcetti Get Out the Vote -- 5/20 - 5/21

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Election day is May 21st and we need your help to get our supporters to the polls. Below, find a list of every Team Garcetti get out the vote event. We've got events all weekend. Find the event closest to you and sign up for a volunteer shift now. Eric is counting on you. 

Monday, May 20

Studio City 

Eagle Rock 

South LA

Westside 

Central LA/CD13

Westchester

San Pedro

Tuesday, May 21st – ELECTION DAY

Studio City

Northeast Valley

Eagle Rock 

South LA

Westside

Central LA/CD13 

Westchester 

San Pedro 

Chatsworth

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Welcome TechCrunch Readers!

about-image.pngWe're very excited to announce that TechCrunch's CrunchGov has endorsed Eric for Mayor, citing his work to champion and support LA's startup community. You can read some of the endorsement here:

"An overwhelming number of startup founders agree that Garcetti is the best candidate to bring out the best in Silicon Valley’s sister city to the south."

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"Given the strong desire by L.A.’s startup community to see Garcetti in office, and his impressively geeky record as a city councilman, I’m compelled to endorse his candidacy and urge Angelenos to elect him as its next mayor on May 21st."

Techcrunch's Greg Ferenstein continues, "Nearly every startup we spoke to not only knew of Garcetti, but knew him personally. We cannot think of a policymaker in L.A. who has dedicated more of his time to our readers."

If you're just finding our site because of the endorsement, welcome! Make sure you join our email list, and, if you're in LA, sign up to help us get out the vote this weekend.  And please share this endorsement within the technology and startup communities.

Read the full article on Techcrunch. (It's full of incredible quotes about Eric from LA tech stars including Jason Nazar, Tara Tiger Brown, Sam Friedman and Alexander Israel, Jason Lehmbeck, Adam Lilling, Greg Cohn, Marc Mitchell, and Jason Rapp.)

 

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Rocky Delgadillo and Greig Smith Endorse Eric

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Building on the support he has already received from city leaders, Eric has been endorsed by both former Los Angeles Council Member Greig Smith and former City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. 

"Our next Mayor must now manage our recovery – not to merely rebuild what was," said Greig Smith, "but to shape the future of Los Angeles with vision, balance and with the experience and independence that we expect and deserve. I strongly believe that Eric Garcetti is that leader."

“We’re at crossroads in our city," said Rocky Delgadillo. "We need a mayor who will provide the kind of leadership that the city needs to rebuild and reinvest in our communities. Eric Garcetti has the passion and vision for making Los Angeles a better place to live for all of its citizens. His approach to governing is about creative problem-solving and marshaling all the right resources to get the job done.”

If you believe Eric is a leader with a vision for Los Angeles, join Greig and Rocky and endorse Eric today!

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Volunteer Spotlight-Jason

JLS_Photo.jpgOur volunteers are the backbone of Eric's campaign. Today's Volunteer Spotlight highlights Jason, an enthusiastic volunteer from the South L.A. Office.

We asked Jason a few questions about why he supports Eric and his experiences on the campaign. Here's what he said:

What’s an issue close to your heart?

Higher education and leadership development for aspiring college students and young professionals.

Find out more about Jason's experiences on the campaign, as well as his favorite place to hang out in L.A., after the flip.

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Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, Endorses Eric

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Today, Eric earned the endorsement of Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. At an event, he said:

"Throughout his entire career, Eric Garcetti has stood up to protect our kids and communities from gun violence through local action and national advocacy. His proven track record of leadership against gun violence demonstrates the kind of Mayor he will be in protecting L.A. neighborhoods and in leveraging L.A.'s legislative might in Sacramento and Washington. I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for Mayor."

Dan became president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2012 and has mobilized hundreds-of-thousands of new activists in the face of increasing gun violence. 

Join Dan and endorse Eric!

 

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Volunteer Events 5/7-5/14

Team Garcetti is reaching out to voters in every corner of Los Angeles with events where you can volunteer to help make Eric Garcetti the next mayor of Los Angeles

This week Eric will be appearing in debates and we'll be hosting special phone banks and walks to make sure every Angeleno knows who's the best choice to lead LA as our next mayor. Here are some of our featured events this week. 

Walk & Phone Bank at the Doll Factory
Join Team Garcetti for a Walk and Phonebank this Saturday
Saturday, May 11th, 10am - 3pm 

RSVP for Debates
There only two televised debates left, come out and show your support for Eric  

Meet & Greet with Councilmember Jan Perry
Meet and hear from Councilmember Perry on why she is working hard to elect Eric as LA's next mayor.
Saturday, May 11th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

We also have events across Los Angeles. See the full list of volunteer events this week after the jump.

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Eric Endorsed By the LA Business Journal

We're thrilled that Eric earned the endorsement of the LA Business Journal. You can read the entire endorsement here, and here's a key excerpt (emphasis ours):

Garcetti for Mayor

By Charles Crumpley Monday, May 6, 2013

The two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles are much alike. Both Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are lifelong Angelenos. Both are liberal Democrats. Both have more than 10 years’ experience at City Hall.

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"This is the Business Journal’s first endorsement. We are doing it now because it is crucial that the city get on the right path."

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Garcetti is an intelligent and reasonable administrator who, by several accounts, grew into his job as council president.

We endorse Eric Garcetti, and we hope he would grow into the job as mayor and understand he needs to fairly represent everyone.

Read the entire endorsement here.

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Los Angeles Downtown News

4f4d562e1b528.pngToday the Downtown Los Angeles news has endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor, calling him a leader who is prepared to deal with the problems L.A. faces now and will face in the future:

“These are only a few of the problems, challenges and issues the next mayor of Los Angeles — either City Controller Wendy Greuel or City Councilman Eric Garcetti — will have to face. On top of these are subjects such as reining in pension costs for municipal employees, trying to ease traffic congestion, doing what can be done from the mayor’s office to ensure children have high-quality educational choices, and leading and inspiring a wildly diverse city of 4 million people.

We think Garcetti is the better equipped of the candidates to handle these and other challenges and to lead Los Angeles over the next four years. Los Angeles Downtown News endorses Eric Garcetti for mayor.” 

Read the full endorsement here.

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