* Eric Garcetti comment added below.
City Controller Wendy Greuel has just put out this statement reacting to Zev Yaroslavsky's decision to remain on the Board of Supervisors and not join the field seeking to become mayor of Los Angeles.
Like Tom Bradley and Kenny Hahn, Zev Yaroslavsky has been and will continue to be an iconic and transformational leader for LA whose profound impact will be felt for generations. In my life I have been fortunate to work with all three of these public service giants. Zev's service has been remarkable. Whether it was protecting our oceans and beaches from offshore drilling, preserving open space, tackling homelessness or expanding and improving our transportation system, Zev has always put policy above politics to deliver results.
I am proud to have worked with Zev as his efforts to bring the Orange Line from the West Valley to the North Valley came to fruition. And I was proud to stand by him as we worked together to eliminate the DNA rape kit backlog and help rape survivors seek justice.
I look forward to seeking Zev’s wise counsel and advice as he continues to serve Los Angeles on the Board of Supervisors and I look forward to partnering with him in the years to come as we both work to move Los Angeles forward.
Update from Councilman Eric Garcetti:
From his start as a young City Councilmember to his current service as a distinguished statesman on the County Board of Supervisors, Zev Yaroslavsky has always led with intellect, creativity and determination. I have always admired his work to tackle our toughest challenges -- like homelessness, transportation and making L.A. a more livable city -- and it has been an honor to call him a colleague and friend. I look forward to working with him over the next 27 months and beyond, and I know Zev and Barbara will continue to contribute generously to our community.