Eric Garcetti, whose district includes parts of Hollywood, was unanimously re-elected as City Council president Friday morning.
On the first day of the city’s new fiscal year, Garcetti welcomed a new councilman, Mitchell Englander, who succeeds Greig Smith in the 12th District.
“I want to thank my city family here around this horseshoe, an extraordinary group of men and women, although women seem to be more and more endangered every day, which is something we need to address,” Garcetti said.
Only two of the 15 City Council members are women—Jan Perry and Janice Hahn, who is running for Congress in the 36th District. Both women have been on the panel for 10 years.
Perry was re-elected as president pro tempore in a 12-1 vote, with Councilman Richard Alarcon placing a verbal vote for Councilman Herb Wesson Jr., who was absent from Friday’s meeting due to his mother's death Wednesday.
“I hope young women who might be watching to know that women can hold leadership positions in the L.A. City Council too,” said Perry.
Garcetti called the City Council an “extraordinary group of Angelenos who are committed to making this city, and each of these communities, the best that they can be.”
“I still love this place as much as the first day that I came here,” he said. “It is a difficult place, but it is the most beautiful place to exercise democracy.”