LA City Council District 13's Eric Garcetti is ready to run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013.
He filed the required paperwork Thursday morning and posted this message soon after on his Facebook page:
I made it official this morning and took out papers to run for Mayor. I love LA--the best city in the world--and it is time for focused leadership, innovation, and a vision to inspire this city. I hope to earn your support as we approach Election Day. Together, let's put LA back on top.
Garcetti joins a field that includes City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilwoman Jan Perry.
Councilmember Paul Koretz said Garcetti is a welcome addition to an already impressive pool of candidates.
"I have to say he is not the only excellent choice who has announced or has been looking to run, which is a good thing," Koretz told Patch Thursday. "We have several candidates who would do a great job. I'm excited that we have an embarrassment of riches."
Koretz said Garcetti has supported issues important to the fifth council district, including the , and that he takes a "reasonable and thoughtful approach to development.
"I think he shows that he cares about constituents which is important because we have a very active constituency in Council District 5," Koretz said.
The move isn't a surprise, though the timing is a little bit unexpected. The City Council president had hinted this summer that he would probably wait until the fall to make any kind of a decision.
He has represented CD13--which includes Echo Park, Silver Lake, and part of Hollywood--for three terms, and will be termed out in 2012.
Garcetti, 40, was born at Good Samaritan Hospital and raised in the San Fernando Valley.
He attended Columbia, where he got his bachelor and masters degrees. He is fluent in Spanish, and has taught at Occidental College.
He currently lives in Silver Lake with his wife Amy. Garcetti also lived in Echo Park for many years.