Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Marsh Street Park, Elysian Valley:
City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell Sworn In By The River

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 29, 2013.  Chief Billy Friend of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma gives Mitch O'Farrell, a Wyandotte Tribe member, the traditional blessing with eagle feathers after the ceremonial offering of the peace pipe in a moving ceremony that brought tears to the eyes of not only Councilmember O'Farrell, but also to many in the audience.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 29, 1013.  Chief Billy Friend administers the oath of office to Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, with Mitch's partner of 21 years, George Braukman by his side at the ceremony attended by several hundred community members from all over City Council District 13 (CD13).
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 29, 2013.  Former CD13 City Councilmember and new Mayor, Eric Garcetti lauded Mitch at the river front ceremony. City Councilmembers Herb Wesson (CD10), Tom LaBonge (CD4) & retiring Councilmembers Ed Reyes (CD1) & Bill Rosendahl (CD11) all praised Mitch for his commitment to community service. 

Lewis MacAdams, founder of Friends of the LA River, read one of his poems & the Santa Cecilia Orchestra played before the ceremonies began.  The party strolled down the LA River path to RAC Design Build to celebrate with Mitch.  All food, beverage, entertainment & labor were donated. 

The evening was a who's-who of community activists, many of whom had not seen as much of each other in recent years, since the neighborhood councils have forced many activists to pick battles closer to their homes rather than work together across the communities & on broader issues as much as we used to do.  It also gave the opportunity for many of the newer activists a chance to be introduced to the "old timers," many of whom are legendary community activists.   So thanks to Mitch for bring us together again. 

Mitch O'Farrell took office July 1, 2013.