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Gracias a todos. Ito. Today, we come together. One city. Angelenos all. We come together not just to conduct an orderly transfer of power. We come here to transcend our differences, to meet our collective challenges, and to define our mutual dreams, to take a stock of who we are and what we stand for, to remember where we came from, and to decide where we need to go. {Que lindo es este pais! Yo soy prueba de que los estados unidos es un pals de oportunidades y libertad LEI} que otro pals del mundo podria yo estar frente a ustedes como el alcalde de una gran ciudad? Los invito que suefien conmigo. I will never forget where I came fiom. It may be a short way from City Terrace to City Hall, but fellow Angelenos, we all know what a vast distance it truly is. It’s a distance that can‘t be measured in miles or calculated in terms of the achievements of one person. I want to pay tribute today to all those who began that journey before us, and on whose shoulders we stand. I want to thank those who walked with us, side by side, along the road. And I want to remember, with deep gratitude and love, the one person who set me on my way. I am here today because of the indomitable spirit and the boundless faith of my mother, Natalia Delgado. A woman who struggled as a single mom, who sometimes worked two jobs to put her kids through college. A woman who went through unspeakable circumstances as a victim of domestic violence and a foster child in a home plagued by alcoholism. A woman who suffered more than her shares of life's indignities, but who never, never, surrendered her dignity. I owe everything Ihave and I am to her. But my mother's story is a classic LA. story. Not the stuff of scripts or movie fantasy. A true story, like those of countless Angelenos, past and present. A story of working hard, of loving your kids, of having a clear picture of a better future in your mind‘s eye and driving for it with a sense of ferocious purpose. Stories like my mothers are all around us, every day. We see them in the faces of people who clean homes and offices. Who work the night shifts and who empty bedpans. We see them in the faces of people who sweep the floors and load the freight. We see them in South Los Angeles and East LA. and in the Valley and at the beaches. And even though we live in the entertainment capital of the world, it's not hard to see who the real stars are. I said on election night that if my mother had been with me, she'd have said, with that vision of a better future still gleaming in her mind's eye, "Antonio, don't declare victory tonight, declare your purpose." Fellow Angelenos, it’s time to remember the values that got us here. Let us all swear a common oath today. Let’s make Los Angeles a city of purpose. And, to do that, I'm asking you to dream with me. For more than a century, Los Angeles has been synonymous with big dreams... .. Los Angeles is not only the one city that best embodies bold dreams It is the destination of people's imaginations, all around the world, whether or not they ever set foot here. Fellow Angelenos, I’m asking you to dream with me, because our city not only represents America's greatest hope. We also face many of its most daunting challenges. Seen from the Hollywood Hills at night, L.A. spreads out like a field of diamonds. And it truly is. But we also know that this shimmering vision obscures a darker truth. We know that there's a whole world of frustration lurking in the shadows between the lights, where too many parents fear for their children's safety, where too many people are denied the opportunity to fully develop their God-given talents, and where too many families are swimming against the tide of a declining quality of life. Here in Los Angeles we have more museums and theaters than any other American city, but too many of our young people can't imagine life beyond the nearest street corner. Today, over one third of our students drop out before reaching graduation, We are the undisputed commercial and cultural capital of the richest state, in the wealthiest nation in the world, but we‘re also home to the largest homeless population of any metropolitan area in the United States. We stand at the global economic crossroads of Latin America and the Pacific Rim and the great consumer markets of North America, but we also face the daunting task of educating the most ethnically and economically diverse population in America — and maybe the world. In short, we stand poised between the promise of immense possibility, and if we fail to act, a future of profound uncertainty. I am asking you to dream with me. Dream with me of a Los Angeles where our kids can walk to school in safety and where they receive an education that gives them a genuine opportunity to pursue their own dreams. Dream with me of a Los Angeles that’s the leading economic and cultural center in the world. As Venice was in the 15th century, as London was in the 19th century, Los Angeles can and will be the great global city of our century. Dream with me of a Los Angeles where it doesn‘t matter whether you're Afiican American, Latino, Caucasian, or Asian. Whether you’re Jewish or Muslim, Protestant or Catholic. Whether you're from Watts or Westwood. Where every Angeleno is an equal stakeholder in our city’s future. Angelenos, we need to start thinking big again, and facing up to our biggest challenges. I intend to he a mayor who confronts those challenges. And I’ll begin by leading the fight to making our neighborhoods safer. . You know that the people coming here in search of a better life today aren't any different from our grandparents and great grandparents. It doesn't matter if your family passed through Ellis Island or San Ysidro or whether they came from Malaysia yesterday or from Moscow a century ago. The dream and the obstacles to that dream are the same. In 1903, Rabbi I. Leonard Levy penned a fifth question for the ritual of Passover. "Where," he asked, "where do we find civil, political, and religious liberty united today?" He offered this answer: "To us, the United States of America stands as the foremost among nations granting the greatest liberty to all who dwell there. Therefore, we grace our table with the national flag. That flag stands for equal liberty to all men It means equal rights for all. It means free hands, and free lips, self-government. It means universal education, light for every mind, knowledge for every child. It means that the schoolhouse is the bulwark of liberty," he said. Fellow Angelenos, we still need light for every mind, and while the rabbi‘s words are a century old, their meaning has never rung truer. The schoolhouse remains the bulwark of liberty. I'd like to now turn to another matter that may not sound like the stufi‘ of dreams, but is critical if we are to improve the quality of life of our city's residents. And that's traffic ..... .. Fighting crime and fixing schools, improving our quality of life are huge challenges. And there are many more. We need to come together as a city to meet those challenges. And we can't do it without the effort and contributions of every neighborhood and every community of interest. We won't succeed if people north of the Hollywood Hills feel they are not like equal partners in our civic life. And we can’t truly prosper if those living south of the Santa Monica Freeway don't feel firlly invested in our economic success. Join me, Los Angeles. Dream with me, Los Angeles. And work with me to fulfill our dreams. I’ve lived here all my life, and there are many places I love around the city. But whenever I go through South Los Angeles, I always try to catch a glimpse of Nuestro Pueblo, which is Spanish for "Our Town. " It describes a series of towers that rise over Watts like some improbable dream. The Watts Towers were a 33-year labor of love, built by the Italian artist and immigrant Simon Rodia. He used simple tools and east-off materials. He worked without the aid of scaffolding or the benefit of cultural and architectmal designs. And he raised his towers up, from the ground up. And for over half a. century, the Watts Towers have stood They‘ve withstood natural and man-made catastrophes. They've survived despite the efforts of critics and the ravages of earthquakes and the proximity of civil unrest. And they've stood. They‘ve stood as both a tribute to individual imagination and as a monument to the power of difference. Seen from afar, the Watts Towers rise like the spires of a great cathedral. But close up, you're immediately drawn in by the amazing complexity of their design. Embedded in those walls are thousands of cast-off objects, representing every imaginable color, shape, texture and form. They're made from bed frames and bottles and broken glass-pot shards and ceramic tiles. When I see those towers soaring over Watts, my thoughts always return to the pieces that make up that beautiful whole. To the value in those things that people, in their haste, are apt to cast away. To the awesome power of disparate elements working together to achieve such dazzling harmony. Fellow Angelenos, I will never forget where I came from. And I will always believe in the value of every Angeleno. This is truly our town. And we all have a contribution to make. Simon Rodia was asked late in his life to explain the meaning of his work, and he offered this simple reply: “I had in mind to do something big, and I did it. " Let’s heed Mr. Rodia's words today. Let's do something big for Los Angeles. Let‘s raise our eyes Skyward. Let's imagine the pinnacles that we can reach together. Together, all of us, without regard to race or geography or language, without regard to age or religion or gender or sexual orientation. Fellow Angelenos, let's make Los Angeles a city of Purpose! Let's dare to dream! Let's dare to dream together! May God bless Los Angeles, and may God bless the United States of America. God bless you all. ...
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