In a few weeks, Eric Garcetti might become Los Angeles’ youngest mayor in more than a century. When Eric was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University from 1993 to 1996, we were close friends and he was a regular at my L’Chaim Society.
At 9:45 on a recent Sunday morning, Gil Garcetti stepped into an alcove in the secondary dining room at Canter’s Deli.
Is there a "Jewish stake" in the district attorney race between two-term incumbent Gil Garcetti and head Deputy District Attorney Steve Cooley? Maybe it comes to this: How far out of step is this community going to be?
Despite his Italian surname, joked District Attorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"
Garcetti was praising our city's multi ethnic population as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon, touted as a tribute to Israel's 50th Anniversary but, in fact, honoring Deputy District Attorney Carla Arranaga and Deputy Sheriff BerniceAbram. Recognized for their efforts in combating hate crimes in Los Angeles, they were this year's recipients of the Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate.