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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Mitch O’Farrell elected pro tem president of LA City Council

LOS ANGELES – Councilor Mitch O’Farrell was elected city council president pro tempore on Tuesday, replacing Councilman Joe Buscano, who is running for mayor.

“I appreciate the vote of confidence – it’s a great honor,” O’Farrell said.

He talked about the work done by the city council over the past year and a half, including enacting hero pay for grocery store workers, passing an eviction moratorium for renters, creating a vaccination mandate for municipal workers, and an outdoor meal. Includes program making. for the restaurant.

“We have done great things, colleagues, and I will admit that there are differences and points of view on this council, but I am committed to being a resource for any and all without judgment… This is my philosophy on public service and constituent service, this will be my philosophy as your Protem President.

Council President Nuri Martinez introduced a resolution on 21 September calling for Buscano to step down and be replaced by O’Farrell, who will take office on Friday.

“The time has come for Joe to run for mayor, and I will continue to lead this city and this council without distraction,” Martinez said in a statement after the motion was introduced.

His proposal was supported by Councilors Marquis Harris-Dawson, Gil Cedillo, Curran Price, Paul Krakorian and Bob Blumenfield.

Buscaino said he would temporarily resign from the presidency because of his mayoral bid, ahead of the motion to be presented on September 21.

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“As is the long-standing tradition of relinquishing the leadership of the Council while running for another office, today I will step down from the ceremonial position of President Proteam of the Council and to be replaced by my good friend Council Member Marquis Harris. -Dawson,” Buscano said in a statement.

Despite Buscano’s recommendation, the council chose O’Farrell instead of Harris-Dawson for the position of president pro tempore.

Buscaino – a former police officer who represents the 15th Council District – announced his campaign for mayor on March 15. During his mayoral campaign and as a councillor, Buscaino called for strict enforcement of the city’s anti-camp laws and introduced a motion for prohibition. Camping and sleeping on the sidewalk by those who have already been given the option of shelter.

He also introduced a proposal to introduce the city’s anti-camp laws around every public school in Los Angeles.

In the absence of the council president, the city council president pro tempore acts as the presiding officer. If the office of the Council President is vacant or if there is prolonged unavailability due to illness, absence from the State or disability, the President pro-temporally exercises the powers and duties of the Council President.

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