The campaign trail is over. Eric Garcetti was sworn in as the 42nd Mayor of LA yesterday. Mark and I were there. We took the red line downtown. I was sure I would be needed to MC, sing a song, hold a bible, but if you have Jimmy Kimmel, Moby and your wife on hand I guess not. Alas, my work was done. As exciting as it is to see your guy win, there is a little bittersweet element, “Don’t you guys need me anymore?”
My sister Carole and my nephew Charlie who also worked on the campaign were there along with my brother in law Kevin and a good friend of Charlie’s who helped him make calls for Eric. It was on the steps of city hall. All were invited, but only a few ( 1,000?) got a paper invitation with a seat. We were in that group and we were pleased. There was the blue group and the purple group. Purple group over here!
The purple group were a tad closer flanking the stage. I was on Eric’s stage right. His wife Amy Wakeland looked great in a red/orange dress and Eric had a sharp hair cut himself. The new city councilman were sworn in and when that was done they did a big group hug. Paul Koretz got caught in the middle and looked a little uncomfortable. Sure it was the heat.
Then the big moment. Eric had a kid give him the oath. Yeah, cute, but how about a mom blogger? Heh? I can say “repeat after me”.
I kept scanning the heads of the people on the “floor”. That’s where the Garcetti family was, politicians, consulates. I saw Jan Perry, Nate Holden, Gray Davis and there front row was the other mayoral candidate Wendy Gruel, and now former city controller. She looked very nice in a green dress sitting next to her husband and some council members. I was glad to see her there. Since I love peaceful democratic processes and good sports. Man it was hot…
Though the record June heat in LA left us all sweaty I tried not to drink to much of the water as I have a phobia of porta potties. My phobia is that they are GROSS. The “Garcetti Fans” they had passed out came in handy to block the unrelenting sun. I was glad when Eric mentioned working.. wait, when Mayor Garcetti mentioned working with Neighborhood Councils. I’m on one and I would like to stay active in helping our community, our city. ”Over, here, over here, I can help.”
Before we left Rex told me, “Mommy, you have a fancy face, but not a fancy dress.” But, it’s a day event Rex and I need a dress that will breathe.
“Not fancy” he repeated. He asked why he couldn’t come and play with Maya, like he had the other times I worked for Eric. ”We will try to see her this summer. They have a lot going on right now.”
Eric quite rightly bagged the idea of a fancy party, though Rex might not have approved and threw a fair like gathering at the new park that adjoins city hall. There were bands, food trucks, porta potties. I don’t do food trucks. There is always a line and I don’t love the food, for the most part. I talked to a few people I knew from the campaign and then we walked a half mile to a restaurant. Now that the sun was down it was a lovely night.