The Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Olympic Games took one more big step forward today, with the City Council voting to back the bid in a unanimous decision.
The council voted 15-0 to give mayor Eric Garcetti authorization to make agreements with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) involving an Olympic bid. With the USOC already reaching a reported agreement earlier this week (per the L.A. Times) both sides appear to be in lockstep for a last-minute entry into the Olympic hosting race.
The biggest issue with making Olympic bids has been the high costs associated with hosting an Olympic Games. The former USOC bid, Boston, bowed out of the process when citizens and local officials balked at the required costs. That paved the way for L.A., previously eliminated from contention when Boston was selected in early 2015, to jump back into the race.
The city council made clear that their vote was merely to allow conversation about an Olympic bid, and didn’t officially commit any taxpayer money anywhere.
“This is the engagement, not the wedding,” Council President Herb Wesson said in a piece by the local NBC affiliate.
The Los Angeles bid still has work to do to get organized by the September 15 deadline for submitting a bid to the USOC, but so far, the major hurdles are being cleared with ease.