CITY NEWS SERVICE
Joe Buscaino was sworn in Tuesday as the Los Angeles city councilman for the 15th District stretching from San Pedro north to Watts.
City Clerk June Lagmay administered the oath of office in the John Ferraro Council Chamber as more than two dozen members of Buscaino’s family, council colleagues and other city officials looked on.
“I am so looking forward to working with each and every one of you to improve the quality of life in our great city. We’re going to do great things together, colleagues,” Buscaino said. “As an Italian American in the John Ferraro City Council Chambers … Councilmember Ferraro is smiling down.”
Buscaino, a former LAPD police officer, won a decisive victory over Assemblymember Warren Furutani in a special runoff election on Jan. 17. The council seat had been empty since Janice Hahn left the office in July to represent the South Bay area in Congress.
Buscaino said he met with his staff on Monday to formulate a 100-day plan and attended his first City Council meeting on Tuesday. On the agenda will be a Department of Water and Power proposal to raise water rates by about 3 percent.
Among Buscaino’s own first initiatives will be a motion seeking to reduce parking meter rates in downtown San Pedro, which he said would help small businesses.
After being sworn in, Buscaino posed for photos with his wife Geralyn, son Matteo, 8, and daughter Gia, 5.
“There’s nobody happier than me right now,” Buscaino’s 91-year-old grandmother, Rosaria LoGrande, said in Italian as she fought back tears, according to another family member who was translating.
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl presented Buscaino with a half-dozen fresh eggs laid by his own hens.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and City Controller Wendy Greuel each came to congratulate Buscaino and take photos with him. Villaraigosa invited the new councilman and his family for a private meeting in the mayor’s office.
Buscaino was also welcomed at a lunch reception in the Tom Bradley Room at the top of City Hall.