For the sixth year in a row, the Getty House Foundation gathered the faith leaders who bind our city together to celebrate the National Day of Prayer — a time for hope, healing, and unity. The spirit of optimism that gives L.A. its strength was out in full force, as the world-famous Angel City Chorale stole the show with an electrifying rendition of Baba Yetu, the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and Reverend Najuma Smith Pollard of Word of Encouragement Community Church delivered a moving keynote that had the entire audience on its feet.
But there was work to be done, too. This year, we gathered to recommit ourselves to leading a city defined by opportunity and prosperity, where every Angeleno can find meaning in the dignity of work. As community leaders, it is our job to make sure that the spirit of optimism that powered this event lifts up all of L.A. — because our strength is derived from the families who live, labor, and pray in our city. Today we once again pledged to put our faith and support in these hardworking Angelenos — because they will build the Los Angeles of tomorrow.
The recent tragedies that have rocked our nation’s faith communities were not forgotten. Our hearts go out to the Chabad of Poway synagogue, and to congregations around the world who have been struck by devastating loss over the past few months. We pray that you find strength in the love and support of others during these trying times.
- Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
- Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles, Senior Rabbi at Temple Isaiah
- Fr. Juan Jose Ochoa, Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- Rev. Najuma Smith Pollard, Pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church
- Father Arturo Corral, Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church
“There is no greater threat — to our national security, to our economic growth, to the very survival of future generations — than climate change.” That was Mayor Eric Garcetti’s message to the dynamic group of environmental activists, business and civic leaders that joined the Getty House Foundation for the launch of L.A.’s Green New Deal. Building off the incredible success of the Sustainable City pLAn Mayor Garcetti introduced four years ago, L.A.’s Green New Deal sets even more aggressive and audacious goals for our city, as we continue to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and push forward to make Los Angeles a carbon-neutral city by 2050.
To celebrate this new chapter in L.A.’s battle against climate change, the Getty House grounds were transformed into a green market where guests sampled unique sustainable food and personal care products from Ripple Foods, Method, SPARITUAL, Peatos, The Honest Co., and Clif Bar. Attendees were also treated to a virtual reality station powered by Itron — a technology company focused on energy and water resource management — where they got to virtually assess the impact cool roofs could have in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood. Finally, women-owned small business Zero Waste Company was on hand to show guests how to properly sort their waste, so that today’s Engage L.A. left a minimal footprint on the environment.
As the afternoon came to a close, Mayor Garcetti and Rhiana Gunn-Wright — one of the architects of the national Green New Deal — took the stage to discuss how L.A.’s plan will deliver not only a more sustainable future, but equity, justice, and prosperity for all Angelenos. We were so proud to be joined by the Mayor, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and environmental justice leaders from around the world, who every day put themselves on the front lines to build a better world for us all.
To read more about L.A.’s Green New Deal, and to learn more about all Los Angeles has accomplished so far, visit plan.lamayor.org.
When people around the world think of Los Angeles, they think Hollywood — the vast movie sets of Universal Studios, the neon lights of the Sunset Strip, and the gleaming spire of the Capitol Records Building rising above it all. Some may even dream of one day earning their star on the Walk of Fame. But historically, too many Angelenos have been shut out of our signature industry — meaning it’s been deprived of all the voices, stories, and talent that youth in our underserved communities have to offer. That’s why last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Evolve Entertainment Fund, a collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and entertainment industry leaders to set more young women, people of color, and low-income Angelenos on the path towards their Hollywood dreams. Today, the Getty House Foundation hosted some of those industry partners and Evolve student participants to celebrate the program’s inaugural year, and set the stage for all the success to come next.
To kick things off, Mayor Garcetti hosted a panel with four student participants — who recently completed internships with IMAX Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Anonymous Content, and Amazon Studios, among others — to hear about how Evolve has given them the opportunity to break in to the entertainment industry. It was the perfect way to introduce the next part of the program, as another group of Evolve students who traveled to Sundance last month took the stage to premier a film documenting their experience. Adele Lim, screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians, closed the program by sharing stories of her own struggle to make it in the industry as a woman of color, and reminding the young Angelenos in the audience to never give up on their dreams.
- Jennifer Andres
- Kaleen Lacayo
- Sebastian Johnson-Deal
- Edson Reyes
- Mahelet Gezachew
- Angel Salinas
- Breanna Barton-Shaw
- David Ramon
- Yesenia De Casas