Councilman Eric Garcetti is always changing

Echo Park councilman Eric Garcetti is not only good at tailoring his message to the audience at hand but his wardrobe as well. On Saturday morning, Garcetti wore a short-sleeve, white polo shirt when he spoke to a group of school-age boys and girls gathered for a neighborhood clean up at the north end of Echo Park Lake. It looked like he was dressed in preparation to grab a nearby rake and shovel and clean up some trash. Instead, he changed clothes, events and constituencies without even leaving the park.

A few minutes after the leaving the podium at the community clean up, Garcetti reappeared, this time wearing a long-sleeve, plum-colored, barong-style shirt as he walked in a Filipino religious procession that circled the lake. He had joked earlier with one of the clean-up participants that he kept a tuxedo in his car and other clothing as he hops from event to event.

Well, not really a tux, Garcetti said later, still dressed in the loose-fitting barong as he headed for probably what was another community event that morning. But, he often does have a suit nearby if he needs to change, he said. “You always have to be ready.”
Photo of Garcetti in a previous Echo Park clean up.

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