Monday, July 11, 2005

Lotus Festival

I hope you had a chance to get outside and experience the sights, sounds and tastes at last weekend's Lotus Festival. Echo Park was packed with people enjoying the cultural and culinary offerings of Los Angeles's Asian Pacific Islander communities, with an emphasis this year on Korea.

And of course, Team Garcetti dominated the Dragon Boat races yet again. Last year we won our individual race and tied for first in the elected officials category. This year we won the elected officials category and tied for first in the overall contest with the Echo Park Locals. Our time was 6:14, which may be a lake record.

My friend and colleague Wendy Greuel, whose 2nd Council District is only a short 10-mile drive from Echo Park, launched a boat for the first time ever, joining the able crews of Councilmember Ed Reyes, Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, State Senator Jack Scott, Congressmember Xavier Becerra and my own boat on the waves. Conspicuously absent was a boat helmed by Mayor Villaraigosa. We'll see him on the water next year!

The final stretch: Power 10!

The final stretch: Power 10!