VOICES - Governing a city as magnificent, complex and diverse as Los Angeles is no easy feat, and Mayor Garcetti has done a remarkable tour of duty. For more than two decades of service, he has led with head and heart.
I salute him for his notable contributions to Los Angeles - and respect his commitment to continued public service.
While a disruption in leadership will bring unanticipated challenges – transition also creates room for ingenuity and opportunity. It is incumbent upon the City Council to lean into this change, and work with collective nimbleness, perseverance, compassion, and the pursuit of justice, to address the myriad of issues facing this city – of which the homelessness crisis and recovery from the pandemic remain front and center. In the end, It’s all about leadership.
(Mark Ridley-Thomas is a member of the Los Angeles City Council for the 10th district since 2020. He previously served three terms on the Council from the 8th district from 1991 to 2002.)