Council Funds Mayoral Transition Costs

By City News Service

The Los Angeles City Council Monday approved setting up an account to take donations to cover Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti’s transition costs until Sept 30.

Garcetti can solicit up to $250,000 in gifts, and each donor can give a maximum of $10,000. Any money that goes unspent will be absorbed into the city’s general fund, which pays for city services and operation costs.

Money in the fund can be used to pay for staffing and equipment related to the transition and inauguration expenses.

Donors to the transition fund – which will be handled by the office of City Controller Wendy Greuel until June 30 – will be made public. Ron Galperin will be city controller starting July 1.

The controller must release money to Garcetti’s transition team within 24 hours of the requests being made.

To lead his transition team, Garcetti named his longtime adviser and City Hall staffer Rich Llewellyn, who will be unpaid.

Llewellyn will be the only “official team member,” with the transition staffed mostly by volunteers, according to Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb.

“Most transitions rely on a committee of insiders and celebrities. We have a streamlined office that is reaching out to issue experts and volunteers to accomplish specific tasks, while Mayor-elect Garcetti is going into the community to get ideas from neighborhood residents,” Robb said.

Garcetti is in the midst of a “listening tour” to solicit suggestions as he prepares to assume the mayor’s office starting July 1. About 200 people showed up last week for the Boyle Heights town hall, Robb said, adding the attendees wanted job training programs, getting their alleys cleared and a City Hall that is “closer to the people.”

Since announcing his transition process, including a website website where people can comment on what his priorities in office should be moving forward, the mayor-elect has been swamped with emails from people seeking to work for his administration, the city, or to be appointed to one of the dozens of city commissions or advisory panels. Garcetti has said he will ask general manager to reapply for their jobs as soon as he takes office. Only Los Angeles Police Chief Back, who is on contract, will be immune from the process.

Garcetti’s “listening tour” is scheduled to swing by south Los Angeles this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

He is also scheduled to make stops in: – West San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Ave.; – Northridge on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Salon Room of the CSUN Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St.; – West Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd.; – Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St.

Those interested in attending must RSVP to backtobasics@lacity.org or call (213) 473-2367.

Garcetti will also hold an online town hall on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. More details will be posted at http://transition.lacity.org/news.


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