Wednesday’s confirmation by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor, was confirmed. The nomination needs to be confirmed next by the majority of the U.S. Senate.
The Foreign Relations Committee may forward Garcetti’s nomination on to the Senate.
Garcetti will not attend Wednesday’s proceedings at Washington, D.C.
President Joe Biden announced that the mayor had been nominated as ambassador.
The White House announced Garcetti’s responsibilities as the Western Hemisphere’s busiest container port and the Port of Los Angeles. It also cited the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in America, and Los Angeles International Airport as the busiest airports. He was also the chair of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Garcetti was also recognized by the White House for leading the bid to host the 2028 Olympics. He also co-founded Climate Mayors (a coalition of 400 U.S. mayors) that adopted the Paris Climate accord.
Garcetti served as the national cochair of Biden’s presidential campaign.
On Dec. 14, the mayor appeared before the committee to defend himself against claims that he knew about a senior adviser’s alleged sexual harassment of employees at his office.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) asked Garcetti about the alleged harassment by Garcetti’s former adviser Rick Jacobs. Garcetti said he hadn’t witnessed it. Jacobs is being sued by a Los Angeles Police Department officer.
A reporter claims Rick Jacobs crossed a line in unwelcome touching, kissing. This second allegation is against one of the mayor’s political advisors. Eric Leonard reported on NBC4 News, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
Garcetti claimed that Garcetti saw the misconduct, but turned his back on it. Garcetti denies the allegations in the previous — and again on Dec. 14, telling Senate panel that he has a “zero tolerance”Policy on sexual harassment
“I want to say unequivocally that I never witnessed, nor was it brought to my attention, that behavior that has been alleged,” Garcetti said. “And I also want to assure you that if it had been, I would have immediately taken action to stop that.”
Naomi Seligman, former Garcetti communications director, claims that Jacobs forcibly kissed her and that Garcetti knew about Jacobs’ alleged harassment. Shaheen was then tweet-bombed at Seligman after the hearing.
“What about the victims and our sworn testimony on the abuse we endured and that (Garcetti) witnessed and enabled? We are greatly disappointed. Human rights matter, here and around the world. #metoo.”
New York magazine claims that Seligman sent Garcetti a letter by his attorney accusing Garcetti with a cover-up regarding Jacobs’ behavior.
“Few nations are more vital to the future of American security and prosperity than India,”During his opening statements, Garcetti spoke to the committee.
Garcetti said that he traveled to India as a teenager with his parents, and then again in 1990 with Ambassador William Clark Jr., Garcetti’s college roommate. According to Garcetti’s, the trip inspired them to study Hindi and Urdu at college as well as Indian Cultural Religious History.
“Today the fundamental nature of that strategic partnership is firmly ingrained here in Washington and in New Delhi,”The mayor stated. “If confirmed, I will endeavor to advance our ambitious bilateral partnership united by a free and open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.”
“Even with a pandemic, our bilateral trade this year is expected to break a record, and if confirmed, I intend to champion an ambitious economic partnership with India to reduce market barriers, to bolster free trade and to generate good, middle-class American jobs,” Garcetti added.
Garcetti spoke out about his experiences in combating climate change, including putting Los Angeles on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2035. “similarly bold approach to promoting green energy.”
Garcetti will be retiring as mayor in the final year of his term. He will be retiring in December 2022, unless the ambassador position is taken up earlier.
Garcetti was asked several times by senators how he would help to improve human rights in India. They cited a recent citizenship change that shortens India’s citizenship process for non Muslim peoples from three other countries. Garcetti emphasized his Master’s degree in Human Rights and International Law and said that human rights would be a top priority. “core piece”His engagement with India.
If Garcetti’s confirmation is granted by the U.S. Senate Council President Nury Martz would take over as acting mayor, until a permanent mayor is appointed by Council or a special election.
Since the Mayoral Primary is already scheduled for June 2022, it is unlikely that the council will schedule a special election.