Mayor Eric Garcetti
From Valley Boy to First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles
Reception 4:45PM Lecture 5:30PMReservations requested by April 14RSVP online at usc.edu/esvp (code: Warschaw) or Telephone: 213.740.1744
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Raised in the San Fernando Valley, he earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Garcetti became close friends with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and was a regular at his L'Chaim Society. Today, Garcetti is the first elected Jewish Mayor in the history of Los Angeles. Garcetti views Judaism as a vehicle for activism. As part of the 2014 Carmen and Louis Warschaw lecture, Mayor Garcetti will discuss the influence of his mixed heritage as a product of a Mexican family on his fa- ther's side and Russian Jews on his mother's side. Both sides of Garcetti's family settled just blocks from each other in Boyle Heightsat the turn of the last century - with his father's family escaping the Mexican Revolution and his maternal side fleeing the Russo-Japanese War. Garcetti grew up eating bowls of menudo at his grandpar- ents' and bagels at his cousins' house, and attended Wilshire Blvd. Temple Jewish summer camp. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he servedas the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village - all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.