Thousands attend LA mayoral inauguration, as new laws kick in

LOS ANGELES — On to term two for the Mayor of Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti took his second oath of office over the weekend on the footsteps of Los Angeles City Hall.

“We got things done. This city is changing. It hasn’t happened over night, but it is happening,” he said.

Re-elected city council members and other elected officials also swore in ready to lead the country’s second largest city, as well as the biggest hub for Filipinos.

LA County is the largest Filipino population outside of the Philippines, with over to 374,000 Filipinos, who also account for the largest Asian American population within the city.

Filipinos, including some of the mayor’s appointments, were among the thousands gathered outside of city hall for the inauguration.

“It’s an amazing event I just love how Mayor Garcetti appointed me, trusted me,” said Theresa De Vera, President of LA’s commission on disabilities. “I’m honored to serve under his administration.”

The mayor, who took home over 80 percent of the vote in last March’s re-election, pledged to keep the city moving forward, especially as the rest of the country goes through uncertain times.

“Together we will build a city that throws open every door that was ever shut on a hope and on a dream. I stand here today on the strength of your faith and your hope,” he said.

In Mayor Garcetti’s first term, the city took on many issues directly affecting the Filipino community. Some of them were taking shape as Garcetti was taking his oath.

This past weekend, Los Angeles also saw its minimum wage increase to $10.50 an hour for small businesses, and $12 an hour for bigger companies: a welcome increase for Filipino workers who fought for this campaign.

Siempre napaka ano yan na maganda para sa lahat especially mga caregiver mag tratrabajo para for their families in the Philippines dito rin sa America,” said Danny Calatcat. 

City attorney Mike Feuer was also sworn in, vowing to fight on the front lines of the immigration debate. The city recently earmarked $10 million for the Justice Fund to aid immigrants facing deportation.

“Here in Los Angeles we are helping to find how we safeguard immigrants rights and protect tax payers dollars under threat from Washington,” said Feuer.

These officials will have a little extra time to live up to their promises, due to a change in the election calendar. Some positions, including the mayor, will serve a five and a half year term in office.

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