04.27.16

Support L.A.'s 2024 Olympic bid, California members ask Congress (Los Angeles Times)

Members of California’s congressional delegation are asking House colleagues to support Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Democratic Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Janice Hahn, Alan Lowenthal and Adam Schiff announced Wednesday they will file a resolution stating that Congress supports holding the Games in California.

“Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a bid for the entire nation, and this resolution reflects that,” Roybal-Allard said in a statement. “Our country knows from experience that hosting the world’s greatest sports event can have profound and positive sporting, social, and economic impact. I urge my congressional colleagues to follow the sun to LA, and help us bring the Olympic Games back to the City of Angels.”

The LA 2024 Olympic bid committee has been drumming up support for the city's application for months. Los Angeles is competing with Paris, Rome and Budapest. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to choose a host in September 2017.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman and LA 2024 Vice Chair Janet Evans also attended the Capitol Hill news conference.

Garcetti praised the California members for the resolution.

“LA is a city with the Olympics in its DNA, and we are honored to have been selected as the US bid to bring the Games back to our country for the first time in 28 years,” he said in a statement.


Source: Los Angeles Times