Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stated he’s turned down a job in President-Elect Joe Biden’s upcoming administration, and that he’ll keep in L.A. as town continues to grapple with rising COVID-19 charges.
Garcetti stated throughout a Thursday information convention that he delivered the information to Biden early this week, saying that he feels he wants to remain in Los Angeles.
“At this point, when so many lives are on the line, there is nothing more important to me, no task more urgent, than being here as your mayor during the worst emergency that our city has ever faced,” he stated.
“As the administration reached out to me about serving,” he continued, “I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, and that I want to be here, and that I need to be here.”
He additionally revealed that his 9-year-old daughter, Maya, has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, though each he and his spouse have examined destructive. He stated her signs are “mild,” and that she “is doing fine.”
“Our family is incredibly careful and what’s happening in my home this week is playing out across Los Angeles and this country,” he stated.
Garcetti didn’t specify what position was supplied to him within the administration. He beforehand served as marketing campaign co-chair for Biden, and is on his inaugural committee.
The mayor had lengthy been thought-about a contender to hitch Biden’s cupboard, however the president-elect has been steadily filling out positions, leaving fewer for Garcetti, who’s additionally been going through intense criticism. Earlier on Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Courtroom choose ordered that he be deposed in a sexual harassment lawsuit involving his former high aide.
Black Lives Matter activists have additionally been protesting the potential for Garcetti becoming a member of the administration, because of the heavy police presence he deployed to the demonstrations that occurred over the summer season.