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Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles City Council President

B.A., M.A., International Relations, Columbia University

City Council President Garcetti was elected to the city council in 2001, re-elected in 2005, and unanimously elected president in 2006. During his tenure representing the 13th district, Garcetti has made the environment one of his main issues. He was a primary author of Proposition O, which works to clean the city's waterways, led the establishment of the country's largest environmentally-sensitive Green Building Initiative, doubled the amount of parks in his district, and helped to found the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Energy and the Environment Committee and the Ad Hoc River Committee. In recognition of his environmental leadership, he was awarded the Green Cross Millennium Award from former President Mikhail Gorbachev. As part of his commitment to a cleaner Los Angeles, he was one of the first consumers to drive a fully-electric car. In November 2006 he was awarded the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, given by the Kennedy Library and Kennedy School of Government to a young elected official who best embodies the ideals of President Kennedy. Prior to his election, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California

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