This week’s swearing-in of Long Beach’s newly-elected officials was marked by talks of the broad diversity on the new City Council; however, there was one common factor between almost all of the oaths of office taken that night. All of them were taken while the oath-taker placed their left hand on a Bible—except one.
With the afterglow of the election night victory fading and the reality of being sworn into office in just over a month creeping closer, Mayor-elect Robert Garcia will be charged with delivering on the promises he campaigned on. Despite having to hit the ground running, Garcia took time to sit down with the Post in his first official interview to discuss just how he plans on actually accomplishing those tasks and turn Long Beach into the city he’s envisioned.
It’s not superlative to state that last night’s mayoral election was historic—after all, Long Beach welcomes its first openly gay, its first Latino, and its youngest mayor ever after the city elected current Vice Mayor Robert Garcia to the top spot.