Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo by John Schreiber.

Mayor Eric Garcetti threw his support Tuesday behind Carolyn Ramsay’s bid for the 4th District City Council seat, which represents neighborhoods from Sherman Oaks to Los Feliz.

Garcetti extolled Ramsay’s “15 years of experience and track record of bringing residents, local businesses, and community leaders together to solve problems and protect the character of our neighborhoods.”

“I know Carolyn and have seen her work at City Hall,” Garcetti said. “I know she will do things her own way and bring new ideas to the City Council.”

Ramsay, a long-time field deputy and chief of staff for termed-out 4th District City Councilman Tom LaBonge, is squaring off against health center director David Ryu in a May 19 runoff election.

Ryu spokeswoman Rachel Estrada said that “while we respect the mayor, this doesn’t change the basic shape of the race.

“This has always been a David versus Goliath fight to change the status quo at City Hall,” she said.

Ramsay said she is “honored and thrilled” to have Garcetti’s endorsement.

She said the mayor “has demonstrated tremendous leadership focusing on the basics for our neighborhoods by initiating the Great Streets program, keeping a tight fiscal budget, building consensus around earthquake preparedness and reducing our water usage during the drought.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with our mayor and use my 15 years of experience working with neighborhoods to bring additional solutions to traffic mitigation, protecting the character of our neighborhoods, and creating new jobs through my Hollywood Innovation Zone,” she said.

City News Service

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