LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti met with President Barack Obama
along with other big-city mayors today in Washington, D.C., to discuss
partnering with the White House on
Obama described cities as “critical hubs” for creating jobs and said
his “hope and goal” for the ensuing conversation was to “immediately set up
a strong partnership” with them and other mayors around the country.
He said he wanted to get a sense of the mayors’ visions for delivering
local services, providing educational opportunities to young people, helping
businesses succeed and ensuring “transportation dollars are flowing in a way
that maximizes economic development.”
The gathering of mayors included Garcetti, New York City Mayor-elect
Bill de Blasio, Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan and more than a dozen others.
Obama also underscored some of his goals in the ongoing budget talks
with Congress, including ensuring unemployment insurance is part of a pending
federal budget deal. He added that raising the minimum wage would benefit the
economy at the city level.
Prior to leaving for Washington, D.C., Garcetti said he looked forward
“to working closely with mayors from across the country on how we can share
ideas to create jobs and solve problems in our cities, and how we can
collectively make a difference on the national level.”