An L.A. Times story on mayoral candidate and Silver Lake resident Eric Garcetti raises questions on whether Garcetti, who currently serves as councilman of the 13th District, stands by his promises and decision making. The story includes two examples from Echo Park, where some constituents said they got burned by Garcetti’s flip-flops on neighborhood issues. One of the examples in the Times story deals with the controversial bid by the owner of Fix Coffee to obtain a liquor license:
Questions of Garcetti’s reliability arose for Marc Galucci, who went to the councilman for support in turning his Echo Park cafe into a restaurant serving beer and wine. Galucci assembled neighbors to back his application for a liquor license for Fix Coffee, but parents of some children at a nearby school opposed it.
Galucci said Garcetti told him that he would remain neutral but offered suggestions on how to gain community support. Then, at 10 p.m. the night before the liquor license hearing, a Garcetti representative phoned. “Tomorrow at the hearing we’re going to oppose this,” she said.
“I was just flabbergasted,” said Galucci. He later learned that Monica Garcia, president of the Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, had asked Garcetti to oppose the request.
In the end, Galucci got the license, but he said the situation left him with a bad taste.
Garcetti, who at one point lived about two blocks away from Fix Coffee, denied he had remained to stay neutral on the issue. In fact, Garcetti refuted the examples in the Times story, saying he keeps his promises and spends time taking all information into account before making a final decision. “I listen to a lot of people to make sure I’m as well-informed as possible up until the last hour,” he told the Times.