Nov 172016
 

Mayor Garcetti Congratulates L.A. Winners

On the election of Archbishop José Gomez as Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti stated:

“Los Angeles has been blessed by the spiritual guidance of Archbishop José Gomez, and it is encouraging to know that Catholics across America will benefit from his tremendous grace and wisdom. Followers of all faiths seek the Archbishop’s counsel and solace — and he has touched countless lives with his heart for those who struggle, suffer, and live on the margins. His historic Selection, as the first Latino to serve as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, comes at a moment when his advocacy for immigrant communities can bring new hope at a time of great uncertainty. As someone who has been personally moved by his ministry, I know that Archbishop Gomez will be a compassionate, reassuring presence for millions in the United States and beyond.”

In addition, we have just learned that several distinguished Angelenos will be awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated Vin Scully, Frank Gehry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen Degeneres and Tom Hanks – via Twitter – on their upcoming receipt of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is the highest civilian honor for exceptional contributions to the common good in the US. Being awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom is a huge recognition for the individuals receiving the prestigious award. It is also an honor for Los Angeles, the city that nurtures and celebrates creativity.

 

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Sep 262016
 
Vin Scully Los Angeles Voice

Photo of Vin Scully shamelessly stolen from Vin Scully’s Website (http://officialvinscully.com/)

67 years?! Vin Scully, a sportscaster and beloved play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Dodgers is hanging up the mike after 67 years.

Instantly recognizable for his smooth voice, Vin Scully had an impressive career as a national sportscaster on CBS Radio and NBC TV. He called the All-Star Game and World Series games. He also called NFL games and yes, even tennis and golf competitions.

His talent and work earned Vin Scully numerous recognitions, but here in Los Angeles we consider him “ours”. And Los Angeles did – and does – express its love for Scully. This year, in honor of his final season with the Dodgers, Los Angeles City Council renamed Elysian Park Ave. to Vin Scully Ave. and the address of Dodger Stadium will forever be 100 Vin Scully Ave. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti bestowed on Scully the Key To The City. Following the last Dodgers’ game called by Scully this Sunday, each member of L.A. Dodgers, one by one, tipped his helmet to him…

There are many voices and many sportscasters out there. Vin Scully distinguished himself by announcing Dodgers’ games solo, without a partner at the mike. It was Vin and the individual listener, one-on-one, without a third party chiming in. This was Scully’s true magic, the ability to develop a connection with each listener. One of the reasons we are all eager to pay a tribute to Vin Scully is that he had us all believe we are his friends.

After the final Dodgers’ game he called, Vin Scully said: “I needed you far more than you needed me.” It is impolite to disagree, but Vin should know that he isn’t underestimated. He was the soundtrack of our lives. In a chaotic world, Vin Scully was the warm, familiar voice reassuring several generations of Angelenos that all is well in the world. We love you Vin Scully!

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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Sep 252016
 
The Key to the City of Los Angeles

The Key to the City of Los Angeles given to Vin Scully by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Vin Scully Appreciation Day. Photo courtesy of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office.

Mayor Garcetti Presented Vin Scully with Key to the City of Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the Key to the City of Los Angeles to Vin Scully on September 23rd 2016 at a pre-game ceremony celebrating the iconic broadcaster’s 67-year career with the Dodgers. It marked the first time Mayor Garcetti has presented the honor since he took office in 2013.

“Vin Scully’s legend will live long after he takes off his headset and leaves the booth for the final time in his storied career. For 67 years, Vin has been more than the voice of the Dodgers — he has been the soundtrack to some of the best and most exciting moments of our lives. It is close to impossible to imagine Dodger baseball without his incomparable way with words and the boundless wisdom he has shared with generations of fans around the world. Vin Scully is the very definition of an L.A. icon, and he will forever have the gratitude of the city whose story he helped to write.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

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