A Better LA

Coach Pete Carroll comes back to L.A. for A Better LA’s “In The Art of the City” fund-raiser

It was nice to see former USC football coach Pete Carroll back in L.A. (for you non-sportos, me included, he is now head coach of the Seattle Seahawks) for the first ever In The Art of the City fund-raiser downtown at Vibiana Cathedral. The organization (founded by Carroll) funds outreach workers making sure kids are safe on the streets, in parks, and at school. Positive services and activities are also funded. Carroll was happy to be back in town. “This came together years ago when too many kids were getting killed on the street.,” he said. “There’s always been an energy about A Better LA that we are really proud of.” The event brought out Police Chief Charlie Beck, who stood up in the cathedral’s courtyard to credit A Better LA with fewer gang homicides. He looked around at all the suits in the crowd and added, “The interesting thing about Los Angeles is that so many different people come together to help.” Chefs like Joachim Splichal, David Feau, Josiah Citrin, Monica May, and others provided small plates that were handed out next to a sweet art auction before attendees went inside. Cheech Marin played MC, despite bad acoustics, and Sharon Stone proved she still has it by pulling in $32,000 for one painting during the live auction. “I think cops are sexy,” she noted, trying to up the bids. “I think it’s the handcuffs.”

    • Cheech Marin and Natasha Rubin

    • Coach Pete Carroll and Sheriff Lee Baca

    • The Seen

      Councilman Eric Garcetti

    • Marisa Tomei and artist Lisa Leone

    • Coach Pete Carroll and Sedrick Ellis

Photographs by Michael Buckner