The speculation about Mayor Eric Garcetti’s political future is entertaining—will he run for governor in 2018, or in 2022, or for U.S. Senate when Dianne Feinstein retires? But it’s laughable.
Doesn’t everyone know Garcetti is the mayor of Los Angeles?
The world is full of change and uncertainty, but there is one immutable law of California politics: the mayoralty of Los Angeles is a dead-end job.
L.A. has been the state’s largest city for approaching a century, and not one of its mayors has been elected governor. L.A.’s greatest mayor, Tom Bradley, came close in 1982. And statewide office has been next to impossible.
Why, you ask? Well, why do they chant “Beat L.A.” in ballparks from San Francisco to San Diego? It’s not because our fellow Californians love L.A. or us Angelenos.