Eric Garcetti, Vying For Most Instagrammable Mayor, Jammed On The Piano Alongside Moby Last Night
You gotta hand it to Mayor Eric Garcetti: he knows how to stage what can only be described as a tweetable moment. (I mean, just look at the flower pot at the mobile desk he set up in Boyle Heights.) Last night he did it again: Garcetti went up on stage and jammed on the keyboard alongside Moby at the Fonda. Behold the mayor of Los Angeles in all his filtered-and-fuzzy-concert-cell-phone glory:
Mayor Eric Garcetti playing with Moby. pic.twitter.com/QB2bvKAMUw— Bob Lefsetz (@Lefsetz) October 4, 2013
There's video, too:
Moby has been a long-time supporter of Garcetti. He helped to raise $250,000 for Garcetti as a mayoral candidate and later called him the "coolest mayor in the history of Los Angeles." He gave Garcetti a shout-out on Twitter as well:
While we have you here gawking at a photo of Garcetti jamming alongside Moby, here are a few more (mostly) substantial stories about what's going on as the mayor approaches his 100th day in office on October 8:
- Garcetti says he wants to know more about the $40 million the LADWP spent in ratepayer money on a mysterious, nonprofit group called "The Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute." The L.A. Times reported on it last month, but the LA Weekly smelled BS in 2005 and said Garcetti is pulling a Captain Renault since he agreed to fund it as a councilman.
- Garcetti says that around Day 100, he plans to unveil a data system that will keep track of how the city is doing. It's not just about crime but will include data on street repairs and how long it takes the city to get that bedbug-ridden couch off the sidewalk. The Los Angeles Times notes that thing is that once politicians have a bunch of numbers, they have a tendency to want to "juke the stats" in the parlance of "The Wire."
- Garcetti just appointed Tom Sherak, a former Academy chief, as L.A.'s film czar. His job will be to beat out Albuquerque for the next "Breaking Bad." Garcetti told The Hollywood Reporter: "At the end of the day, it's going to be about local victories and chasing leads in the industry to convince people to keep their production here. He's as universally liked as anyone can be in the business."
- Need a gig? Garcetti is still looking for deputy mayor for economic development. The LA Weekly reports the office is looking for a "progressive, accomplished business leader" who is "politically astute without being political" and can "thrive in [a] high-profile public position with significant public and political scrutiny." A recent report has good news and bad news about the local economy: Los Angeles is growing faster than the rest of the nation, but most of the new jobs don't pay well. (We're assuming this jobs czar position will.)
- It's not all about hiring: The Los Angeles port chief announced her retirement, reportedly because she knew she was getting canned anyway. That might be because the port spent $3 million dollars renovating a yacht used to give tours of the port and didn't admit that it might have gone, uh, overboard until someone tipped off CBS Los Angeles.
- The Downtown News points out that Eric Garcetti is an anagram of "Tragic Recite," "Tiger Cat Rice" and "Art Critic Gee," but we'll leave it to someone else to figure out how what this says about the mayor's possible connection to the Illuminati.