Officials back from Paris after summit on Olympics

| March 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

Readying to host Olympic Games 2028

Mayor Karen Bass returned to Los Angeles from Paris on March 10, having led a delegation of members of the Los Angeles City Council and other civic leaders as part of her efforts to ensure that Los Angeles is prepared to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

“The reason for this trip was to really see behind the curtain about how a city prepares to host one of the biggest events in the world, and we accomplished just that,” said Mayor Bass.

REBECCA ROSS, right, the U.S. Attaché for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, welcomes City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Traci Park and Katy Yaroslavsky and Mayor Karen Bass to the U.S. Embassy in Paris on March 7.

The delegation included local Fifth Council District Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky, a member of the city’s Ad Hoc Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yaroslavsky said of the 2028 Olympic Games that will follow those in Paris by four years, “Los Angeles must take full advantage of the opportunities that come with hosting the Olympics in 2028, and now is the time to do it, especially as it relates to our sustainability efforts.”

Following the delegation’s arrival in Paris and a reception with U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer and a briefing by Deputy Chief of Mission and Attaché to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Rebecca Ross, the travelers met with Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. The brief Thursday-to-Sunday visit was full of meetings and included tours of Olympic facilities that are being completed for the Paris 2024 Games this summer.

SAINT-DENIS is a community in the northern suburbs of Paris and is the site of the 2024 Olympic Village. Map © 2024 Google

One meeting and tour was at the new Paris 2024 Olympic Village. The host was Mayor Mathieu Hanotin of Saint-Denis, the location of the Olympic Village. Saint-Denis is the second-most populated suburb of Paris and is about 5.8 miles north of the city center.

IN PARIS, Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky, at far left, is shown with (left to right) Councilmember Traci Park, Mayor Karen Bass, Saint-Denis Mayor Mathieu Hanotin and City Council President Paul Krekorian in front of the 2024 Olympic Village.

There, the Los Angeles delegation learned how the investment in housing and infrastructure in Paris will create lasting positive impact and generate economic growth after the Olympic Games.

At the trip’s conclusion, Mayor Bass thanked her Parisian hosts and added, “We look forward to continuing to engage with them throughout this year and beyond, to learn from their reflections after the Games and to plan for 2028 in a way that will generate tangible benefits in Los Angeles for generations to come.”

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