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Eric Garcetti on Principles & Values

 

 


First Jewish mayor of Los Angeles since 1878

Garcetti, 50, who was raised Jewish and attended Jewish summer camp, was a co-chairman of Biden's presidential campaign and helped select his running mate, Kamala Harris. Garcetti, first elected in 2013, is Los Angeles' first Jewish mayor since 1878. He has Mexican heritage on his father's side and Russian Ashkenazi heritage on his mother's side.
Source: The Jewish Exponent on 2021 Ambassador Confirmation Hearing , Jul 12, 2021

Will always be an Angeleno; committed my life to service

Garcetti, in a statement announcing his nomination [as Ambassador to India], said he loves Los Angeles and "will always be an Angeleno."

"I have committed my life to service--as an activist, as a teacher, as a naval officer, as a public servant and, if confirmed, next as an ambassador," he said. "Part of that commitment means that when your nation calls, you answer that call."

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jul 9, 2021

There ARE two Americas: Washington DC, and the rest of us

In his speech to SNHU, Garcetti spoke about navigating borders both physical and psychological. "To get here today, each one of you had to navigate borders--borders of geography, of opportunity, borders of identity and of your own doubt," said Garcetti. He spoke of his own grandfather, who crossed the border from Mexico as a baby, and his great-grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Russia. "I'm an average American. As I joke, I'm the average Mexican American Jewish Italian mayor of the most diverse city in the world," he said.

The theme of borders extended to national politics. Garcetti urged the audience to talk to people with opposing political views. "The pundits call it right now in our country that there are two Americas--there's the rural and urban divide, the immigrant and native-born, the coasts and the heartland, red and blue," Garcetti said. "I do believe there are two Americas, but it's none of those--it's Washington, D.C., and the rest of us."

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2020 presidential hopefuls , May 13, 2018

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