Suffice it to say, our city has been through a lot over the past few years. Many immigrants live in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities of California — so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that our people aren’t exactly divided on Biden’s 2020 victory. We’re happy. We think everyone should be happy. I say this as a “visitor” myself (even though I’ve been here many years at this point and have learned the language and customs fairly well, no matter how different they are from my own back home in France).
Black Lives Matter didn’t take well to the rumor that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti might play a role in the upcoming Biden administration. The rumors suggest that he might be offered a fairly important role as Secretary of Transportation or Housing and Urban Development.
Garcetti denied that he was “seeking” any such role in Biden’s Cabinet, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t take one if it was offered.
Garcetti said, “I have been focused 110% on these numbers and on COVID and on saving lives. It’s one of the last things on my mind right now. You know, we have deaths that are going to be increasing, we have record numbers of cases and so I don’t have anything to add on that not because I have anything to hide, I just have nothing to add. Right now my job number one is to make sure to protect the lives of Angelenos.”
BLM wasn’t unhappy about the possibility that Garcetti might be leaving, however. The protestors were lamenting the fact that he’s allegedly done a poor job of organizing housing and development in our own city, especially when it comes to providing it to the homeless. Transportation is another huge issue — ask any Angeleno — and he’s done very little to remedy the situation.
The mayor of LA has always been an important position because it can have an impact on all of Southern California. Much like the United States is supposed to “lead” the world in many areas, so too does Los Angeles lead the rest of our state. Garcetti has failed in that regard.
Garcetti isn’t the only potential pick from Southern California. Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas is also rooted in Los Angeles. His family was originally from Cuba before they fled to the states. Mayorkas went to Beverly Hills High before studying at Loyola Marymount Law School. He served as U.S. Attorney in Central California, and has held a number of other important positions during his tenure.
What does this all have to do with my life? For me, it’s interesting to say that these potential picks for roles in higher government inspire some pride — even though I’m not originally from Los Angeles. I think that means this is finally home. The funny thing? I always thought my life here would be temporary. I thought I’d go back home eventually. Now, I don’t feel that way.