Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chancellor Gene Block share a laugh before guests arrive for a special dinner at the Chancellor’s Residence. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block welcomed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and approximately 30 prominent UCLA staff, faculty and alumni to the Chancellor’s Residence on March 1 for an open discussion on the state of Los Angeles and the most important projects taking place across the campus and the city.
As Garcetti made his way through talking with all of the guests, he had two requests. First, he wanted an introduction, but second: “Everyone tells me problems, so instead, I would like to hear one solution from each of you.”
The guests were happy to oblige, tackling important Los Angeles topics ranging from mass transportation to homelessness and diversity. The night in pictures follows.
Marqueece Harris-Dawson is in the middle of his first year on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the Eighth District. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
UCLA and a coalition of groups including L.A.’s Promise, Los Angeles Urban League, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, Holman United Methodist Church and UCLA Black Alumni Association presented a special welcome reception for freshman Eighth District Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
Advocates and community members gathered at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Feb. 29 to celebrate civic engagement at the local level as one of their own settles in at City Hall.
A champion for the environment and higher education, California Sen. Fran Pavley will be finishing up her legislative career this year. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
“Right time, right place,” is a mantra California Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) mentions often when reflecting on her multitude of years in public service, but there is no doubting that a strong conviction and equal passion is what ultimately resulted in a storybook political career.
Years ago, 1982 precisely, Pavley found herself as the first ever Mayor of Agoura Hills. Her passion, especially about the environment and smart urban planning, had guided her to the top of her town.
“Education, participation, government — making a difference was just sort of a natural fit,” she said, reflecting on a political career that is coming to a close this year.