Eric Garcetti in the garden at Getty House. LA Observed photo
Amy Wakeland, the wife of Mayor Eric Garcetti, attended Thursday night's meeting of the Windsor Square Association to break the news. There had been some anticipation in the neighborhood about the Garcettis' plans for the official residence, Getty House. Wakeland took a question from Julie Grist, co-editor of the Larchmont Buzz, and gave up the news that the family would move from Silver Lake with their daughter Maya.
“We’ll be moving in in January, living with our family on the second floor while the first floor will be used for public events, as well as the backyard. We expect that you’ll see a difference in the kind of events that we hold at the house. I’m not promising they’ll be any less convenient to you, but will promise that we’ll work with you in terms of those issues. We have a small child so we’ll not likely be doing late night events. But we are going to do lunch time events – a series of policy seminars… receptions in the 5:30-7:30 window after work. We’ll do everything we can do insure that the traffic and what not doesn’t impact all of you,” Wakeland replied. The room responded in gentle, welcoming applause.
She also talked about the residence hosting a monthly Speaker Series, a monthly Women’s Leadership Event and holiday parties such as the recent Halloween bash. Getty House is typically also used for protocol events such as last week's event for Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain. Antonio Villaraigosa lived at Getty House for most of the time he was mayor. James Hahn and Richard Riordan did not. Tom Bradley, the first mayor for whom the home was available, did choose to live there.
The Eastsider LA blog notes the Garcettis' impending departure from the neighborhood and asks: "Who will be Silver Lake's most prominent resident after Garcetti leaves? American Apparel’s Dov Charney? Councilman Tom Labonge?" The Garcettis intend to retain their million-dollar home in Silver Lake, the reports say.