L.A. Olympic Bid Moves Forward, Herb Wesson Creates Committee to Oversee Process

L.A. Olympic Bid Moves Forward, Herb Wesson Creates Committee to Oversee Process

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted today to authorize the Mayor and Council President Herb Wesson to execute a joinder agreement with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. Both the City Attorney and City Clerk will jointly sign the agreement providing additional review. The joinder agreement is the first step in the process for Los Angeles to compete as the United States Candidate City for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The agreement commits the city to pursue the games if nominated by the USOC to compete on behalf of the United States before the International Olympic Committee.

To best ensure ongoing input from the public and policymakers, Wesson has established the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics, a new committee designed to oversee, review and vet matters and contracts before the city related to the Olympic Games. Wesson will preside over the ad hoc committee and publically hear all agendized issues publically. The public is encouraged to attend committee meetings and provide public comment.

“Today’s action marks the first step in the city’s quest to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles,” said Council President Herb Wesson. “It is the City Council’s desire to present the most fiscally responsible and competitive Olympic bid and I encourage residents to weigh in throughout the entirety of the bid process.”

Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympic Games- 1932 and 1984- with both games operating at a surplus leaving a financial legacy that continues to support local youth sports programs. The Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee (bid committee) is a private, non-profit organization separate and apart from the city which will represent Los Angeles in its candidature to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Should Los Angeles be chosen as the host city, the bid committee will serve as the organizing committee for the Olympic Games. The bid committee is chaired by entertainment executive and sports agent Casey Wasserman and is sustained by private fundraising efforts.