I’ve worked with a fair number of Navy Reserve folks. Many were quite adept at their Navy job, while others seemed like weekend warriors. Some excelled at balancing their civilian work with their naval duties. And then there was LT Eric Garcetti:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti must resume his part-time duties as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve with a stint on Saturday and Sunday at a military facility near the 710 Freeway in Bell.
Since 2005, when he enlisted, Garcetti has worked about 40 days a year on training and exercises with the reserve’s intelligence service, juggling his military obligations with his full-time job as a member of the City Council — and now, as mayor.
“While serving in the Navy, he’s also mayor of Los Angeles, and is in contact with his staff and the Police and Fire departments, and is ready to act just as if he were doing any other activity over the weekend,” spokesman Yusef Robb said.
Garcetti, whose specific assignments are classified, plans to work all day Saturday and Sunday at the Navy Operational Support Center in Bell, but spend Saturday night at his family’s home in Silver Lake.
“If something were to happen, he can break away,” Robb said.
Garcetti abandoned a trip to Washington and returned home this week after violence and vandalism broke out in Los Angeles as protesters vented their anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. On Saturday morning, civil rights groups are planning a “Justice for Trayvon” vigil and rally outside the federal courthouse downtown.
I’ll have to keep my eye open for El Mayor. I got some gripes about some bad guacomole I bought down on Pico a coupla years ago. . .