Garcettti strikes friendlier tone with Trump despite previous criticism

Los Angeles /
Dec.December 02, 2016 02:00 PM

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke by phone to President-elect Donald Trump last week, expressing willingness to work together on issues relating to the economy and infrastructure.

The move marks an about-face for Garcetti, who previously told reporters that Trump was a bigot, sexist and racist, who should not be normalized as a candidate.

Some activists cautioned Garcetti against making nice with “The Apprentice” star, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“If Trump plays him for a fool, Garcetti is going to look bad,” Brent Wilkes, national director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told the Times. “And there will be progressives that are angry that he didn’t take a tougher stance.”

Mayors of other large, diverse cities, such as New York’s Bill de Blasio and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, have publicly made much stronger statements against Trump’s controversial views on immigration.

According to a statement released by the mayor’s office, Garcetti stressed the importance of immigrants in L.A.’s economy, and the need for immigration reform.

The city is slated to receive $500 million in federal funding this year, and is also competing to host the 2024 Olympics–a bid which Trump supports. [Los Angeles Times] Gabrielle Paluch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Rendering of the Sea Breeze project and Los Angeles City Hall (Getty)

Developer admits to campaign donations scheme tied to Sea Breeze apartment project

Developer admits to campaign donations scheme tied to Sea Breeze apartment project
Photo illustration of Dr. Barbara Ferrer and Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty)

As Covid surges, City of LA issues stay-at-home order

As Covid surges, City of LA issues stay-at-home order
From left: Jeff Worthe, Joyce Rey, Geoff Palmer, Jaime Lee and Frank Gehry (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images, Grant Smith/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)

Here are LA’s real estate players who donated to Biden and Trump in 2020

Here are LA’s real estate players who donated to Biden and Trump in 2020
City Controller Ron Galperin( Credit: Ron Galperin/Wikipedia)

LA controller finds just 228 homeless housing units built with $1.2B bond

LA controller finds just 228 homeless housing units built with $1.2B bond
Jose Huizar and a rendering of the project (Getty, City Market LA)

Huizar-tied community benefits fund linked to DTLA megaproject faces scrutiny

Huizar-tied community benefits fund linked to DTLA megaproject faces scrutiny
Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty, UC Davis School of Law, iStock)

Garcetti balks at termination of eviction moratorium

Garcetti balks at termination of eviction moratorium
Eric Garcetti, Nury Martinez, and Daniel Yukelson (Credit: Marc Flores and Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Imahes, Linkedin, and iStock)

LA landlords sue city over residential eviction ban

LA landlords sue city over residential eviction ban
Mayor Eric Garcetti (Credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

In Los Angeles, you can show homes again

In Los Angeles, you can show homes again
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...