Los Angeles City Council Authorizes 2024 Olympic Bid

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.

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Hank

Los Angeles is a poor excuse for a city these days. I would rather see it go abroad to a new location.

Rick Mears

I do agree that California is a mess by American standards. Sure the natural resources are beautiful, but the state is a financial mess brought upon by the “leaders” of the state over the past couple of decades. Now they are in a severe drought and begging the Pacific Northwest states for water.

With that being said most of these countries cannot afford the spectacle that is the Olympics and LA is laid out well to host it.

BigFish

Hank that’s somewhat insulting. We are not a poor excuse for a city by any means.
I live and work in Los Angeles and it is a beautiful city with first class sports facilities and a solid infrastructure.
I believe Los Angeles could host the Olympics better than any place in the world and quite frankly I feel the athletes and guests would be more secure here than anywhere.

You should come and visit and see for yourself. The beaches and water is beautiful this time of year and the weather is perfect.

Rick Mears

There are two sides to California. A state that contains the most beautiful natural resources in the US and a state that is on the verge of bankruptcy that is slowly eroding the place.

Swim

Can LA afford it? I agree Hank

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