Los Angeles' 2024 Olympics Bid Has New Momentum
Say what you will about Los Angeles and our perpetual underdog attitude, displayed in any conversation that involves New York, but we've certainly had our fill of the Olympics, including the 1932 and 1984 games.
See also: Los Angeles Wants 2024 Olympics.
It's a new century, however, and maybe it's high time we get our games on again. Following then-Mayor Antonio Villaragosa's announcement in March that he had put L.A.'s hat in the ring for consideration by the International Olympic Committee, that 2024 bid has found new momentum:
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted this week to endorse the bid. The powerful body, which includes politicians who represent more people than members of congress, could help to keep this ball rolling.
The group will send a letter to U.S. Olympic Committee expressing its interest. The proposal to lend the board's weight to the bid was made by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who states:
The modern Olympic movement began in 1894 with a commitment to promoting a
peaceful world through the exaltation of body, spirit and mind. Few places in the world exemplify this spirit of Olympism as nobly as greater Los Angeles does in the everyday lives of its people.
Since its establishment, individuals from all nations have settled in Los Angeles to pursue their personal aspirations to excellence. Their vitality, optimism and competitive spirit rapidly moved Los Angeles to its position as a leading global metropolis.
On Aug. 13 the L.A. City Council also endorsed Villaraigosa's move.
L.A. is up against Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Boston for America's finalist.
San Diego tried to make a joint bid with Tijuana but was turned down by U.S. Olympic officials. However, San Diego leaders said they would keep trying. But that was before Mayor Bob Filner resigned in shame following allegations of sexual harassment. We'll see.
So, are you down for having the Olympics in L.A?
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