A L.A. Times story this weekend on Amy Wakeland, the wife of mayor elect Eric Garcetti, provided some insights into the relationship of the Silver Lake couple.
While Garcetti has been in the public eye since 2001 as representative of Council District 13, Wakeland has maintained a low public profile but is described as a “powerful player in Garcetti’s political life” and ran field operations during Garcetti’s first campaign “like a military operation,” according to one family friend. At home, Garcetti and Wakeland, who lived in Echo Park until purchasing a $1.4 million Silver Lake house in 2011, have maintained a busy social scene, described by one friend as “almost like a salon.”
After fostering seven children, the couple, who were married in 2009, adopted a girl, 17-month-old Maya, during the mayoral campaign. Wakeland, 43, said one of her major roles has been maintaining a schedule that balances their professional and personal lives. It’s a role she takes seriously as she demonstrated during a dinner at a Silver Lake restaurant with a Times reporter:
Wakeland’s firm hand on the schedule was apparent at the restaurant. When Garcetti mentioned an upcoming event for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a group that promotes social change, she said firmly: “We are not attending the dinner. No. We are not attending the dinner.”