Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson Reaction to International Olympic Committee Vote to Award 2024 and 2028 Games

With unanimous approval the International Olympic Committee today adopted a plan to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, creating a path by which Los Angeles and Paris would likely secure the Games. The welcomed announcement comes just two years after Los Angeles policymakers worked diligently to compile a bid to compete for the Summer Olympic Games.

"Los Angeles is in the game as America’s team," Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson enthusiastically declared. "After hosting two storied Olympic Games, we are hopeful the torch will return to the City of Angels and its flame will burn with the promise of opportunity, inclusion, solidarity, and sport."

Working with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson immediately established and presided over the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics, a committee designed to swiftly oversee, review and vet all matters and contracts before the city related to the Olympic Games.

The Los Angeles City Council voted on August 26, 2015 to authorize the Mayor and Council President to execute a joinder agreement with the United States Olympic Committee on behalf of the City of Los Angeles to compete as the United States Candidate City for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

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About Herb

Herb J. Wesson, Jr. has served as the President of the Los Angeles City Council since November 2011 and has represented Council District 10 since 2005. Wesson is the first African-American to hold the position of Council President in the city’s history and has been re-elected three times to lead the city’s legislative body. According to a report by the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, under Wesson’s leadership Council District 10 has the second highest private employment growth rate in the city, is setting the trend for mixed-use developments citywide and boasts an increase in local business activity. Council President Wesson has been happily married for more than 35 years and is the proud father of four sons and a grandfather to three grandchildren.

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