“For nearly 40 years, John Wesley Mack and I were friends, confidants and collaborators. He burnished a distinguished legacy of public service, fathering not one but two generations of civic leaders.
“Ever the idealist and visionary, he refused to let institutional racism, police misconduct, interethnic strife, and the challenges of metropolitan politics impede his quest for civil rights, justice and progress.
“His work bettered the lives of so many people in Los Angeles and beyond. As I offer my deepest condolences to his children and grandchildren, I pledge to continue his legacy through committed, inclusive and principled leadership and service.”