Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a possible presidential candidate, was traveling to Las Vegas Monday for a meeting of the nonprofit Accelerator for America, marking his fourth trip out of the state this month on a schedule that has included stops in Texas, Arizona, Boston and New York City.
Garcetti, who chairs Accelerator for America’s Advisory Council, started the nonprofit last year with other mayors, union leaders and business executives with the goal of helping mayors exchange ideas and attempt to replicate successful ones. The nonprofit has previously held meetings in Indiana and South Carolina.
The two-day Las Vegas meeting is taking place at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Center, and the list of other attendees includes 13 mayors, CEOs, union chiefs and experts.
“The dysfunction and destructive politics of Washington are so far away from where the American people are. Washington has walked away from the realities that people face as they confront a shrinking middle class, rising healthcare costs and an uncertain future for their retirement and their children’s lives,” Garcetti said. “Accelerator for America is helping fill the void with solutions to make people’s everyday lives better in their local communities and nationwide.”
Last week Garcetti traveled to Texas with a bipartisan group of mayors to protest the Trump administration’s recent policy of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the Mexican border by immigration officials. On the same trip, he delivered a speech at the 35th annual NALEO conference in Arizona, and also spoke at a fundraiser in support of congressional candidate Greg Stanton and an event in support of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.
Garcetti, who is exploring a 2020 presidential run, also traveled this month to Boston for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and to New York City for an appearance on “The Daily Show.”