I'm not here to talk politics and, keep in mind, I wasn't even living in Los Angeles during the mayoral race and election, but I must say meeting LA's 42nd Mayor this morning was a pleasure.
Eric Garcetti joined us on Good Day LA for a candid interview. We were told we could ask him anything. So, of course, we did. First, about the $40 million ratepayer "scandal" within the Department of Power and Water. Garcetti says we will find out exactly where that money went. Believe him? Time will tell. We asked him about the dire need for sidewalk repairs throughout Los Angeles. He has a plan to fix that, as he should. After all, he's the mayor of "a city in decline," as a report done by the Los Angeles 2020 commission concluded earlier this year.
But, beyond all the issues and far beyond what I'm used to when talking to a politician, I found there's something refreshing about Garcetti. Something sincere, down to earth and believable. When you ask him a question, he actually answers it (what a concept) and does so articulately. I realize being able to talk the talk doesn't necessarily mean he will walk the walk. Again, only time will tell. However, there's something to be said for his genuineness.
Perhaps, I'm being naive. Maybe. Maybe not. What is certain is Garcetti is a self-proclaimed true "Angeleno," who's half Mexican and Jewish with an Italian last name. Maybe that's the combination this vast and diverse city needs.