LA mayor creates ‘games cabinet’ in preparation for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics – NBC Los Angeles
The Olympic torch may have just passed from Beijing to Paris, but Los Angeles is already aiming for 2028: Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday signed a new executive directive to create a “Games Cabinet”, as part of preparations for the 2028 edition. Summer Olympics that will be hosted in the city.
The purpose of the specialist firm, created by Executive Directive 28, will help city departments, local businesses and stakeholders communicate and cooperate during preparations.
The announcement was made Monday morning, in front of a view of the Los Angeles skyline and the Olympic flame lit at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“Here at the Colosseum was a structure built with the ambition of hosting the Olympics, for the first time in Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. “In 1923, this place started not only making history, but also making history consistently. And in terms of Olympic history, it was 1932, for the 10th Olympiad, when we renamed 10th Street “Olympic Boulevard”, and that we brought people from all over the world to experience the Games in one of the most difficult times in our global history.”
Garcetti also recalled his own experience watching the closing ceremony of the 1982 Olympics, which also took place in Los Angeles at the Coliseum.
“I remember how it felt to be 13, that excitement of the world to be here in my backyard,” Garcetti said. “I look forward to feeling that excitement again in 2028, when this stadium becomes the first stadium to host not just two, which is already the record here, but three Olympic Games.”
Plans for the 2028 Olympics include support for local youth sports leagues and programs like Play LA, Garcetti said, generating positive effects for SoCal kids.
“That is the purpose of this executive directive which I am signing today,” Garcetti said, saying his and the Cabinet’s goal will be “…to create an Olympic legacy…that begins now and endures for a long time.” after the passing of the torch.”
Other Los Angeles officials have emphasized those goals.
“Hosting the Games in 2028 is going to be a monumental opportunity that will not only strengthen our city and power our communities, but also give Angelenos a voice,” said Curren Price, Los Angeles City Council member for District 9.
“With the action the mayor is taking today, the directive opens up an opportunity for our city to actively engage our community, in planning how big events like the Olympics can be fairer for all. residents,” Price said, by hiring local residents, supporting small businesses and taking other actions that promote local economic growth.
LA Department of Civil Rights Executive Director Capri Maddox also spoke about the positive effects of the Games for the city and officials’ desire to hear from those who will be most affected by the Games.
“Today we are announcing what the Olympics will do for Los Angeles,” Maddox said. “It’s not just for 2028, it’s going to start before 2028, and it will be with us for years to come, because history is watching us in so many ways.”
Also in attendance was LA28 President Casey Wasserman. Kathy Carter, a former footballer named CEO of the LA28 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee, will report to Wasserman as she will lead the planning and execution of the 2028 Games.
“We are ready for the Games,” Wasserman said. “LA is ready to host the Games, which means we can spend our time delivering on the promise of what the Olympic and Paralympic Games should do, and the impact they should have, on a city like Los Angeles. “