Ah, remember the good old days of calling supporters from Eric Garcetti’s kitchen while he munched on leftovers? Well, I do and the I miss the jazz of the campaign. Sure I worked a lot for no money, but I met some great people and it was an exciting atmosphere. Well, we won which meant other people got jobs in City Hall and I didn’t have to drag my kids to canvas on Saturdays.
So, I was pleased to recently be invited to city hall with other supporters for a quick photo with the Mayor, Mayor Garcetti. As luck would have it I was walking toward the wine table just when The Mayor walked in.
“I miss you!” he said as we hugged. Ah, with running the second biggest city in the world do you remember the old days? You know, 7 months ago? We quickly caught up on family and my work, he wanted to hear about Mark. As he walked away to get in position to greet the throngs I said aloud to no one in particular, “I got a moment! I got a moment!” I got my picture…
My first picture with EG as Mayor! There is a difference between a candidate and office holder. There just is. One can’t help being a little more formal and deferential.
I worked the room and met other civic minded people. Interesting people who have been nibbling at the edges trying to create a better city longer than I. All of us either on neighbor councils, commissioners, volunteers in social organizations. So, in that way the campaign continues.