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National Day of Prayer 2018

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted over 200 faith leaders for the fifth annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast. This year, attendees broke bread, joined hands, and shared how they were working together to end the great moral and humanitarian crisis of our time: homelessness.

After a panel discussion featuring faith leaders, community advocates, and City staff, attendees participated in a resource fair where they could seek guidance on how to best support the Mayor’s plan to end homelessness. Service providers were on hand to explain how congregations can use their properties as bridge housing or safe parking sites, connect with Neighborhood Councils and Homelessness Liaisons for support in engaging their communities, and lobby state leaders to allocate $1.5 billion to solving homelessness in California, among other actions.

Whether you have one hour or one minute, here’s how you can help.

Panelists

  • Emily Kantrim, Program Coordinator at Safe Parking LA
  • Tommy Newman, Director of Public Affairs at United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Arthi Varna, Principal City Planner at the City of Los Angeles
  • Christina Miller, Senior Project Manager for Homelessness Strategies at the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Kirkpatrick Tyler, South Los Angeles Field Representative at the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Stopping sexual harassment in its tracks

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No one should be subjected to a hostile or abusive work environment. But if they are, they should be equipped with the tools they need to easily report their complaint, and feel confident that it will be properly investigated. City Hall must set an example for L.A.’s entire workforce – by making a systemic shift in how it handles sexual harassment and discrimination reporting.

On April 30, Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland welcomed professionals and influencers from the entertainment, tech, labor, and academic communities to mark the release of Mayor Garcetti’s 23rd Executive Directive on harassment and discrimination – a comprehensive plan that establishes new, best-in-class tools and processes to centralize and streamline reporting.

The Mayor also launched My Voice LA, a new online portal that will enable current and former City employees, elected officials, commissioners, and individuals who do business with the City to report harassment and discrimination. Together, these measures will allow the City to hold itself more accountable and better measure its progress toward a goal that everyone should be serious about: eliminating all forms of harassment and discrimination from the workplace.

You can read Mayor Garcetti’s 23rd Executive Directive here.

Panelists

  • Josefa Salinas, radio personality and Public Library Commissioner
  • Adama Iwu, Board President of the We Said Enough Foundation
  • Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU-USWW
  • Jessica Ladd, Founder and CEO of Callisto

Earth Day 2018

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This February, Mayor Garcetti partnered with Occidental College to begin implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Los Angeles – 17 objectives that will bring us closer to ending poverty. The SDG’s wholly reflect the spirit of Earth Day: they cherish the beauty of our planet, while calling upon our mandate to build a healthier and more prosperous world for our children and grandchildren. So for this year’s annual Getty House Earth Day celebration, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland welcomed nearly 200 LAUSD students to present how they envision a more sustainable, just, and strong Los Angeles.

On April 23, the Getty House welcomed students from the Los Angeles School of Global Studies, Sylmar Biotech Health Academy, STEAM Legacy High School, Cleveland Charter High School, and Environment Charter Middle School of Gardena, who each picked a SDG and answered the question, “how can students and schools contribute to helping us reach this goal in Los Angeles?” After deliberation, the panel crowned Sylmar Biotech Health Academy as the winners.

Attendees also participated in a resource fair where they could silkscreen t-shirts with reusable ink, test ride Metro BikeShare bikes, explore the ocean using VR, and witness the composting process from start to finish.

Panelists

  • Zooey Deschanel, actress and founder of The Farm Project
  • Kelly Gonez, LAUSD Board Member – District 6
  • Tamika Butler, Executive Director of Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
  • Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Occidental College and John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy