The holidays are in full swing — and with them come the traditional images of the season: presents under the tree, stockings on the fireplace, family and friends gathered together to celebrate and reflect. Yet this time of year also brings something else — a rush of generosity and a renewed spirit of giving.
The Getty House Foundation takes that spirit to heart year-round. But to ring in this period of joy and goodwill, we opened our doors to neighbors and friends for our second annual holiday market, where attendees could get their shopping done with vendors that work directly with the homeless, employ the formerly homeless, or donate 20% of their proceeds to organizations fighting homelessness.
It was an extraordinary event, and a powerful reminder of just how diverse the face of this fight is — one made up of artists and bakers, students and seamstresses, the homeless and the housed. And as we look forward to the new year, it’s an inspiring testament to the difference we can make when we come together as a city.
A special thank you goes out to the 26 vendors who donated their time, talent, and passion to this event — including Mayor Eric Garcetti, who autographed and sold his framed Instagram photos to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center.
Do you remember your first time on a plane? How about the first time you wandered the streets of another country, or found yourself face to face with a wonder of the world? These are some of the stories we heard from an extraordinary group of community college students who traveled abroad this summer — free of charge — through the Mayor’s Young Ambassador Initiative (MaYA), at a launch event hosted by the Getty House Foundation.
Established by Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Affairs, MaYA’s goal is to connect young Angelenos with the international community, and expose them to global opportunities at home and abroad. To kick off the program, 23 students who qualify for free tuition under L.A.’s College Promise spent a week in Mexico and Egypt zip-lining over waterfalls, riding camels among the Great Pyramids, volunteering at an orphanage for children with disabilities, and making friends from all walks of life. But traveling abroad left them with more than great memories — the Young Ambassadors returned to Los Angeles as confident, engaged representatives of our City, with a new international perspective that will guide them for years to come.
MaYA’s debut comes two years after stakeholders and student leaders gathered here with the Getty House Foundation to celebrate the launch of L.A.’s College Promise, an historic pledge to make community college tuition-free for every hardworking LAUSD graduate. While the program so far has been a tremendous success for the Garcetti Administration, it’s always had a two-fold mission: to put higher education in reach for every Angeleno, and to give L.A.’s students all of the life-changing opportunities that accompany a college education. “Traveling abroad shouldn’t just be for students from certain economic backgrounds,” said First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland. “All young people should have the chance to be exposed to new ideas and innovations,” — and experience the unique languages, cultures, and societies that exist beyond our borders.
There was plenty to celebrate, but also so much to look forward to — in January, the next group of Young Ambassadors will head to Japan, as part of MaYA’s goal to send 100 College Promise students abroad in 2019. American Airlines has also graciously stepped up to become MaYA’s official airline partner — sponsoring flights for all trips for the next five years.
For more information, and to apply future travel programs, visit LAMayor.org/MaYA.
Each day, Angelenos all over the city take time out of their lives to serve meals to homeless women, clear trash from the banks of the L.A. River, tutor children at a local library, and perform countless other acts of selfless generosity to make our city better, our people healthier, and our communities more beautiful.
Here at Getty House, we know that taking our work to the next level means harnessing L.A.’s inclusive and dynamic spirit and nurturing a culture of service. We also know there are Angelenos who want to get involved, but don’t know where to start. And we believe that finding a way to make a difference should not require a lot of research and effort.
That’s the challenge Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) is tackling today: channeling the passions of Angelenos toward meaningful action. Today the Mayor, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, the Getty House Foundation, and an army of volunteers celebrated the launch of VolunteerLA – a web platform and mobile app that allows Angelenos to scroll through volunteer opportunities led by the City and its partners, then easily sign up. VolunteerLA will help accelerate some of the most important work being done in the City right now, from ending homelessness to beautifying our public spaces.
After hearing from community and nonprofit leaders, attendees of the VolunteerLA launch participated in a range of activities – from assembling ReFresh hygiene kits for people in desperate need, to writing encouraging messages to homeless children who participate in School on Wheels.
Resilience is about more than just earthquakes – it’s a value that helps us shape the future that our children and grandchildren will inherit. Building a more resilient Los Angeles means strengthening our infrastructure, protecting our economy, making our institutions more inclusive, and our neighborhoods safer.
On March 2, Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation welcomed community leaders, emergency preparedness partners, and representatives from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to celebrate the release of Resilient Los Angeles, a comprehensive strategy developed in partnership with 100RC to help the City plan for opportunities and challenges that the future is sure to bring. Mayor Garcetti also signed his 22nd Executive Directive, mandating that City departments incorporate these goals into their strategic planning.
You can read the full Resilient Los Angeles report here.
You can read Mayor Garcetti’s 22nd Executive Directive here.
Today, we came together at Getty House to celebrate the holiday season. At the same moment, firefighters and first responders across the region were battling fires from Ventura to the Sepulveda Pass. Their heroism is a reminder of the importance of community.
And it was this very community spirit that was at the heart of today’s event showcasing the work of local social impact organizations. For the gathering, the Getty House grounds were transformed into a spectacular holiday expo featuring local vendors that work on some of L.A.’s most pressing issues — from homelessness to domestic violence and re-entry. Attendees left with gifts for their loved ones, and the satisfaction of knowing that their purchases will help an Angeleno in need.
All vendors that participated in the expo work directly with the homeless, employ the formerly homeless, or work in causes that indirectly contribute to homelessness prevention. Today’s gathering was a reminder that when we come together to help our sisters and brothers in need, we leave this city better than we found it.
The Garcetti Administration wants Angelenos to know: when the next earthquake hits, we have your back.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, invited guests to an event to highlight the Garcetti Administration’s accomplishments in advancing the City’s earthquake resiliency strategy, as well as the City’s work to keep Angelenos as safe as possible during L.A.’s next major earthquake.
Guests were invited to tour a mini expo on the grounds of Getty House, featuring exhibitions on earthquake protection by the City’s Emergency Management Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Red Cross. A high-intensity earthquake simulator allowed guests to experience what the actual tremors of a big earthquake would feel like.
Distinguished guests Dr. Lucy Jones and Dr. Ken Hudnut of the U.S. Geological Survey joined the Mayor to discuss how Los Angeles is leading the nation in earthquake preparedness. Mayor Garcetti announced another successful public-private partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, which generously committed $250,000 as seed funding for an “earthquake early warning” phone application, as well as an education campaign on earthquake preparedness for underserved communities in Los Angeles.
Young Angelenos have an endless supply of innovative ideas — visions and plans that can help our city realize its full potential. And as an older generation of civil servants begins to retire, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to recruit, hire, and train a new workforce that reflects our city’s diversity.
Mayor Garcetti’s Hire L.A.’s Youth program plays an important role in this work. Since 2013, Hire L.A.’s Youth has placed more than 43,000 young Angelenos in part- and full-time jobs, putting a paycheck in their hands and equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in tomorrow’s jobs.
Today, high school students visited Getty House to learn more about these opportunities. Fourteen City departments were on site to share information about their work. In addition to discussing career pathways, attendees participated in hands-on activities — from testing foil boats with the Port of LA, to practicing CPR with LAFD and reviewing blueprints with Building & Safety. At the end of the program, Mayor Garcetti sat down with City and youth leaders to discuss their journeys in the public sector, and the power of public service.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors convened partners from across Los Angeles to celebrate and promote the work the of the Los Angeles Public Library and all it is doing to redefine the role of libraries in the 21st Century.
The Los Angeles Public Library is a recipient of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the most prestigious award for libraries and museums, given yearly to ten cultural institutions across the country. At this event, the LAPL created an expo in the Getty House gardens to feature their amazing programs such as the Career Online High School, Citizenship Corners, the 100GB Project, Help Matters, Help for Homeless, Full STEAM Ahead, Money Matters, the Veteran Resource Center, and the Job & Career Center.
Award-winning author and Library Foundation board member Attica Locke joined the event as the keynote speaker.
In January 2015, President Obama announced America’s College Promise (ACP), challenging more states and communities to offer the promise of two years of free community college. Mayor Garcetti boldly accepted the challenge and established the Los Angeles College Promise in partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA, and private philanthropy.
At this event in celebration of the Los Angeles College Promise, the Mayor announced that the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles had raised $1.75 million of the $3.5 million needed. The Mayor also moderated a panel discussion with California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, and LAUSD Chief Academic Officer Frances Gipson to discuss the benefits of the Los Angeles College Promise program.
The Los Angeles College Promise will increase accessibility to higher education for recent high school graduates, thereby increasing the number of community college graduates, university transfers, and workforce-ready students throughout our region. The Promise’s comprehensive strategy includes academic and student support services in addition to the waiver of tuition. LACCD expects between 5,000 and 7,000 students to enroll in campuses in the fall of 2017.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted an in-depth discussion highlighting public-private partnerships and how the Garcetti Administration has been leading Los Angeles with creating innovative partnerships to make Lthis City a safer, more livable, and better run city.
Public-private partnerships have been a powerful tool for Los Angeles in updating its outdated practices and creating access to new resources, know-how, and means of engagement. Some great examples include the City’s groundbreaking program to reduce gang activity and violence known as Summer Night Lights, the Save the Drop campaign to save water, Hire L.A. Youth, and Step Forward L.A. to help immigrant Angelenos become citizens.
At this event, Mayor Garcetti moderated a dynamic discussion with panelists Antonia Hernandez, CEO of the California Community Foundation; Kathleen Brown, Mayor’s Fund Board Member; and Tony West, General Counsel of PepsiCo. These leaders from the private and philanthropic sectors discussed L.A.’s great achievements as well as the best practices and lessons learned through their own experiences with public-private partnerships.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted an event to encourage the creative industries to hire youths from the Hire L.A. Youth program. This program is one of the Mayor Garcetti’s priorities to ensure that every young person in Los Angeles, no matter who they are or where they live in this City, is connected to a pipeline that leads to a career.
Early work experience and fostering skill development are all invaluable to economic success. The creation of the Hire L.A. Youth program is a direct result of the Garcetti Administration’s recognition that teens and young adults are having a harder time finding work in Los Angeles compared to other large metropolitan areas in the nation.
To highlight this important program and encourage more employee enrollment, Mayor Garcetti brought together Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, to discuss their participation in Hire L.A. Youth and how we can do more to connect L.A.’s creative industry employers to the program. Hire L.A. Youth alumni Arturo Casas (who found a position at The Jim Henson Company), LaTeesha Pinkney, and Darlene Elias shared their success stories.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors an interactive event to showcase the Great Streets Challenge program.
The Great Streets Challenge invites community partners to design and develop innovative ways to transform our neighborhood streets into space that improve the lives of all community residents. Winners receive funding and professional technical assistance from a team of consultants with expertise in urban planning, economic development, and cultural activation to guide projects to implementation. The Great Streets Challenge is a program of the Great Streets Initiative, established in Mayor Garcetti’s first Executive Directive. This initiative began with the fundamental belief that residents know what is best for their neighborhood and the City must work with them to leverage and strategically invest scarce resources to make the most meaningful impact on Angelenos. To give the attendees an idea of what the Great Streets Challenge program is all about, the Getty House invited three community organizations: LA-Más, 11:11 Collective, and Gensler to make 5-minute fast pitches of their proposals and get a live vote. LA-Más, was declared the winner. Also, the Getty House gardens were turned into a mini-expo with each Great Street exhibiting designs, art, and small businesses from their area.
Job creation has been one of Mayor Garcetti’s top back-to-basics priorities, so he recruited top-notch economic development leaders to his team. This event highlighted those individuals as well as the steps the Garcetti Administration has taken to improve processes for a business-friendly city.
The Mayor invited Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles; Deborah Flint, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports; and Raymond Chan, then General Manager of the Department of Building and Safety (and later Deputy Mayor for Economic Development) to take questions from business leaders and community members regarding the services they provide and the economic future of Los Angeles.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors convened partners from across L.A., including small businesses, Neighborhood Councils, corporate leaders, and local nonprofits, to discuss California’s historic drought and L.A.’s challenge to transform itself to secure a more sustainable future.
The Mayor and special guests discussed the Mayor’s Executive Directive No. 5: Emergency Drought Response—Creating a Water Wise City, which provided for a 20% reduction in water use by 2017; the recently released Sustainability City pLAn; and the launch of the Save the Drop water conservation awareness campaign. Two new PSAs, narrated by Steve Carrell and Jamie Camil and scored by Moby, were debuted. The PSAs encourage residents to take small steps everyday to curb their water use. To view the PSAs, please visit:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Moby, Musician and Activist
Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board
Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Los Angeles
Miguel Luna, Executive Director of Urban Semillas
President Obama’s historic executive action on immigration impacts Los Angeles more than any other city, affecting approximately 250,000 people. Mayor Garcetti led a panel with special guests Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, President & CEO of the California Community Foundation Antonia Hernandez, and Los Angeles Chief of Immigrant Affairs Linda Lopez to discuss how L.A.’s leadership can make the largest such program in history a success for all Angelenos.
The Mayor announced the StepForwardLA campaign, a partnership with the California Community Foundation to raise $10 million (with the city offering in-kind city resources and services) for local community organizations to reach 100,000 eligible participants in DACA and DAPA.
At the event itself, over $3 million dollars in commitments were announced, including commitments by the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Weingart Foundation. The City will work with the County and the School District to expand their direct contact with L.A.’s eligible communities, share the importance of enrollment and information about the process, dispel myths and fears, and ultimately become trusted allies for families.
This was the seventh gathering in the Engage LA series.
Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed his November 2014 Asia trade mission, when he led a delegation of city government and business leaders to China, Korea, and Japan. Covering six cities in eleven days, the mission promoted Los Angeles as the ideal home for Pacific Rim investment, innovation, tourism, and trade. At the event, the Mayor was joined in conversation by David Dreier, who chairs the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands.
Following Mayor Eric Garcetti’s successful campaign for Alternative 20, a $1 billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to restore the Los Angeles River, he convened advocates and partners to discuss how every Angeleno can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime transformation.
The Los Angeles River flows more than 51 miles through the City of Los Angeles and dozens of other vibrant communities. The conversion of the river to a concrete channel in the 1930s weakened the connections Angelenos once had with the waterway.
In 2007, the City approved the groundbreaking Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan which guides dozens of projects along the river and reflects a new understanding and respect for the river as a unique recreational and cultural resource.
In 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended Alternative 20, a $1 billion plan that will transform the river from a concrete channel into a space for nature and recreation and create miles of open space within our dense urban area. Mayor Garcetti led the fight for Alternative 20, pushing for the measure with President Obama and senior White House officials, and 8,517 Angelenos signed the Mayor’s online petition in support of the plan.
Los Angeles is home to the highest concentration of unemployed and homeless veterans in the country. In response to these challenges, Mayor Garcetti pledged to lead a united citywide effort to find employment for 10,000 veterans over the next two years and to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Mayor Garcetti convened private sector and philanthropic partners to discuss how our City can give these veterans the support they deserve. Past and ongoing initiatives include:
Veterans Hiring Initiative (10,000 Strong) — This initiative aims to connect 10,000 veterans with employment by 2017. Partnering with companies to assist L.A.’s veterans in finding employment, Los Angeles secured a $5 Million investment for Work Source Centers to ensure training resources are provided to veterans. To date, 1,543 jobs have been secured for veterans through this initiative.
LAUSD Military Child Identifier — In January 2014, Los Angeles partnered with LAUSD to update all registration and enrollment forms to include a question that asks every parent if he or she served in the military. Upon full implementation in the next year, this question will be asked of all 700,000 parents who enroll their children in LAUSD. With this data, the school district will be eligible for millions in federal military impact aid which can be used to provide supportive services to military-connected students and their families.
Passage of California Proposition 41, the California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act — Mayor Garcetti served on the steering committee of Proposition 41 and was part of a strong coalition that ensured voter approval of the bill. The measure allocates $600 million toward the renovation and creation of multi-family affordable housing units solely for veterans throughout the state.
Partnership with 211 LA County Veterans Resources Portal — Los Angeles partnered with LA County 211 and the University of Southern California to launch LAVeteransPortal.com. The portal is an innovative, web-based platform where veterans and their families can find housing, employment, mental health, and health care services. This portal has the most extensive and vetted directory of veterans services in the region.
VetsGo511 Mobile App — In an effort to connect veterans to public transportation, Mayor Garcetti partnered with Metro to launch VetsGo511. The new mobile-enabled site is a one-stop source for veterans, active duty personnel, and military families to access public transportation and supportive services in the Los Angeles region.
Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program (DVBE)—This partnership expands contracting opportunities for businesses owned by disabled veterans and helps veterans successfully bid on projects. The DVBE Program establishes a 3% contracting goal for all non-federally funded, competitively negotiated contracts for construction, goods, or services over $100,000.
Veterans Business Summit — The first annual Veterans Business Summit helped veterans who are business owners or thinking about becoming business owners navigate various governmental application processes and improve upon their business plans. Veterans were also provided with services to assist in accessing capital.
With guest speakers Kogi Food Truck Chef Roy Choi and L.A. County Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker, Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed a forthcoming branding initiative led by Los Angeles Convention Center Board President Jon Vein. This branding effort seeks to highlight L.A.’s leadership in the arts, cuisine, design, entertainment, and many other sectors that collectively make Los Angeles the creative capital of the world. Mayor Garcetti spoke about the initiative’s goal to drive visitors and residents to support local businesses and diverse neighborhoods.
Joined by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and NBA All-Star Baron Davis, Mayor Garcetti led a discussion and solicited strategic support for his new Summer of Success initiative encompassing three programs.
Hire L.A. Youth — This program offers young people, ages 14 to 24, the skills, mentorship, and work-readiness training they need to succeed and set them on a path to be lifetime earners. This year, Mayor Garcetti successfully doubled the number of youth hired under the program from 5,000 to 10,000.
Summer Night Lights — Based on a groundbreaking program piloted in Mayor Garcetti’s district during his time as a Councilmember, SNL provides communities with extended recreational, cultural, educational, and resource-based evening programming during the summer months.
Summer of Learning — This public-private partnership brings together an unprecedented coalition of organizations to offer connected learning technology and issue digital “badges” to students ages 3 to 24. These badges will help students further develop the knowledge and skills essential to their academic and professional success and ultimately increase their overall contribution to the local economy.
In advance of Mayor Garcetti’s first trade mission to Mexico, the Getty House Foundation hosted a discussion on how the private sector can be a partner in expanding cross-border ties. During the Mayor’s trip the following week he announced a number of major steps in expanding cross-border ties.
An Agreement with Mexico City to establish the Los Angeles–Mexico City International Cities Economic Alliance to develop and implement joint or coordinated initiatives in the areas of clean technology, information technology, sustainability, biomedical development, and infrastructure development.
Panda Restaurant Group’s plan to open a total of 266 locations across Mexico.
A partnership between California State University, Northridge, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico to establish a Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies at CSUN.
A new scholarship for Mexican students to study law, engineering, communications, business, and architecture at USC in partnership with Bank of Mexico.
A partnership between Esperanza Azteca and the LAUSD after-school program Beyond the Bell to establish the first U.S. location for the Esperanza Azteca Mexican youth orchestra program at a LAUSD middle school.
An agreement between Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Green Momentum to establish a Global Innovation Network program.