Eric Garcetti doesn’t have a lot of good words for President Donald Trump, and he’s especially outraged over Trump’s environmental “inaction at the top” that threatens “the future of our planet.”
While speculation abounds about the Los Angeles mayor’s plans for higher office, Garcetti is taking the lead in rallying “Climate Mayors” to a national fight for the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
“Since the president withdrew the U.S. from the Paris agreement, mayors in cities across America have come together to say `enough’ — we will not let the future of our planet be jeopardized by inaction at the top,” Garcetti said Saturday. “We are committed to carrying the fight against climate change forward in our cities.”
Garcetti has been making headlines around the nation recently with public appearances away from California, and he was a major presence Saturday at the 85th annual United States Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, Florida.
The popular Los Angeles mayor has been talked about as a candidate for California governor next year, or the U.S. Senate if a seat opens up. The New York Times even included his name on a list of possible presidential candidates for 2020 that would presumably be fighting a Trump reelection bid.
Garcetti is the chairman and a co-founder of Climate Mayors, which was formed in 2014. The group has increased its membership to 331 and an added sense of urgency since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States out of the Paris agreement on June 1.
When Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement, the president pledged to “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”
Garcetti also announced the appointment of three new co-chairs to the Climate Mayors group — Marty Walsh of Boston, Sylvester Turner of Houston and Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Garcetti in Florida led a joint meeting of the conference’s Latino Alliance and the Immigration Reform Task Force with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island discussing what Garcetti described as “an immigration agenda that puts families first.”
Garcetti won the conference’s City Livability Award for cities with populations above 100,000 for CleanStat LA, which provides quarterly, block-by- block assessments of the entire city to build data and identify trends in street cleanliness.
Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner received outstanding achievement for the community ice skating facility at the Orange County Great Park.
Garcetti also met with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman “about our shared challenges & opportunities” and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, discussing “what our cities can learn from each other,” Garcetti tweeted.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia spoke at Saturday’s meeting of the conference’s Ports and Exports Task Force, where topics discussed included the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Export-Import Bank, the nation’s official export. Garcia is task force’s vice chair.
Garcia also met with Chris Lehane, the head of policy of the hospitality company Airbnb.
“We are looking forward to developing a model partnership for the city,” Garcia tweeted.
Garcia was announced Friday as the large city winner in the 2017 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards for the Clear Air Action Plan, intended to reduce port-related air pollution and health risks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while allowing port development, job creation and economic activity to continue.
The conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has drawn 259 mayors, according to organizers. Immigration, health care, the federal budget and national economy, climate protection, homeland security and community block grants top the agenda.
In addition to Garcetti, Garcia and Tait, the mayors from Los Angeles and Orange counties registered for the conference are David Mejia (Alhambra); Fidencio Joel Gallardo (Bell); Lili Bosse (Beverly Hills); Jeffrey Cooper (Culver City); Vivian Romero (Montebello); Teresa Real Sebastian (Monterey Park); Kevin Muldoon (Newport Beach); Cameron Smyth (Santa Clarita); Patrick J. Furey (Torrance); and Eric Ching (Walnut).
— Staff and wire reports
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