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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Endorses Kevin de León for City Council

De León Campaign Picking Up Major Support Ahead of March Primary

Los Angeles, CA – With only a few days to go before voters start receiving their ballots, Kevin de León’s campaign to be the next Council Member for L.A.’s 14th City Council District earned a highly-coveted endorsement: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti joins a growing coalition of support that includes hardworking families, business groups, community leaders, as well as local, state, and federal elected officials.

In announcing his support for Kevin de León, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Throughout his career as a public servant, Kevin de León has consistently delivered transformative change to lift up the families he represents. From increasing the minimum wage to $15, funding homeless housing with mental health services, and pushing for cleaner air, more parks, safer streets, and better transportation infrastructure - Kevin knows how to work with other leaders to achieve real progress on our greatest challenges. Kevin de León represents the kind of experienced leadership we need in the City Council at this critical moment in our city’s history, which is why I am proud to give him my endorsement.”

The primary vote for CD 14’s next Councilmember will take place on March 3rd. CD 14 is an open seat, as the current representative terms out at the end of this year.

“It is an honor to have Mayor Garcetti’s support - the leader of the nation’s second-largest city; the city where I was born, and the city where I found my political voice,” said Kevin de León. “During my service in the state legislature, Mayor Garcetti and I stood together for stronger clean air protections and clean energy policies, to secure driver’s licenses for our immigrant communities, and pass the Hollywood Film & Television tax credit program. I look forward to continuing our work here in Los Angeles to improve every Angeleno’s quality of life.”

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In the course of a remarkable career, Kevin de León has been an educator, planned one of the largest civil rights marches in California history, and became the first Latino leader of the California State Senate in 130 years. For the last decade, de León represented Senate District 24, which overlaps a significant portion of City Council District 14.

Currently, he is a professor, senior analyst, and distinguished policymaker-in-residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; as well as a Distinguished Fellow for Climate, Environmental Justice and Health with the USC Schwarzenegger Instituted at the University of Southern California.

As Senate Leader, he secured more than $68 million to revitalize the Los Angeles River, $176 million to clean up toxic waste around the former Exide Technologies facility, funding for more than a dozen new parks, and $26 million to complete the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

He appropriated tens of millions of dollars to make Los Angeles schools more energy-efficient through Prop 39, bringing relief to city taxpayers. De León also authored Proposition 68, to keep drinking water clean and open new parks throughout the state. As author of Proposition 2, he secured the largest financial investment to build permanent supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness, especially in Los Angeles.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors.

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