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June 30, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn't that mean he's mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still have time to wait around before taking office? He's getting sworn in again this evening just after 6 p.m., ceremonially but “unofficially.” Will he be mayor > then ? Nah. Not until midnight. Pull out your Los Angeles City Charter (you have one, right?
April 2, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
May 23, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh
Eric Garcetti defeated Wendy Greuel in the Los Angeles mayor's race despite Greuel's overwhelming support in heavily African American neighborhoods. The city controller's strength among black voters in South L.A. was too little to make up for Garcetti's rout across the central city, where polls showed he was heavily favored by whites and Latinos. Garcetti won by running up huge margins across a vast stretch of the central city, from the Eastside to Pacific Palisades, while denying his rival the San Fernando Valley stronghold that was essential to her candidacy.
March 22, 2014
Re "Higher levy could pay for roads," March 19 No one likes to pay taxes. But the reality is that taxes are a government's primary source of revenue to pay for much-needed services. It is foolish to think that L.A. shouldn't raise its sales tax to repair roads until it cuts salaries and benefits for city workers. The repair and maintenance of sidewalks and streets is a duty of the city, which is required to pay any judgments rendered for a breach of that duty - like slip-and-fall injuries caused by buckled sidewalks.
May 22, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
Eric Garcetti defeated Wendy Greuel in the Los Angeles mayor's race by running up huge margins across a vast stretch of the central city, from the Eastside to Pacific Palisades, while denying his rival the San Fernando Valley stronghold that was essential to her candidacy. Greuel managed to score overwhelming support in the city's most heavily African American neighborhoods, turning South L.A. into an unlikely political base for a Valley native who, in the end, proved unable to carry her home precinct in Studio City.
July 1, 2013 | By William Nottingham
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti began his first day in office Monday talking with business leaders and scheduling an afternoon of short meetings in which he and his aides will meet with members of the public. The session with business leaders was open to the public and the discussion included jobs, taxes and city services. At an inauguration late Sunday on the steps of City Hall, Garcetti became the city's 42 nd mayor, succeeding Antonio Villaraigosa, who was termed-out after eight years.
June 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will hold a free public party in downtown's Grand Park as part of his inauguration festivities on Sunday. Hollywood, a major backer of his campaign, will be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. The event will include Steampunk carnival games, multicultural music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. "We've been saying this transition is less about symbolism and more about work," said Yusef Robb, Garcetti's chief spokesman.
May 3, 2013 | By James Rainey
A Republican state assemblyman who represents Camarillo backed Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles on Friday, one of a group of military service members and veterans to give their endorsement to the city councilman. The announcement at an event in East Los Angeles was one of the most overt pitches by Garcetti -- a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve -- tied to his military service. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell talked about serving with Garcetti, calling him a "shipmate" and a "man of character.
April 6, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Seema Mehta and David Zahniser
Surrounding himself with the City Council's three African American members, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti traveled Saturday morning to Leimert Park -- the historic heart of black Los Angeles -- for a rally in which he sought to galvanize support among black voters. Speaking before a crowd of just a few dozen people, Garcetti presented himself as a candidate with strong family ties to South Los Angeles, speaking about the barber shop his grandfather owned a few miles away. He also touched on issues that resonate with many black Angelenos, making references to crime and a debate over whether the park will be a stop on a future rail line.  “We've got a community that deserves transit and a transit stop right here, wondering if they will get the sort of equity and opportunities that other places have,” Garcetti said, drawing applause.
May 10, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti said Friday that Wendy Greuel's dwindling campaign treasury would only bolster his argument that her campaign is being sustained by the independent spending on her behalf. With 11 days left before the May 21 runoff election, City Councilman Garcetti's latest campaign finance report shows that he has 10 times as much cash-on-hand as his rival , who reported $275,000 in her bank account and debts of nearly $535,000. “She's now broke,” Garcetti said after appearing at a Mexican Mother's Day event at San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights with telenovela star Jaime Camil, whose surprise appearance brought gasps from the women assembled for the luncheon.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
March 9, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
Acknowledging concerns in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday that officials have taken every precaution to ensure that the city's marathon is safe and secure. Garcetti, who was on hand at Dodger Stadium for the kickoff of the 29th annual marathon, told KTLA that the world had changed since the Boston bombings -- in which three people were killed and dozens injured -- but that city agencies and the police department had put all necessary resources into Sunday's event to make certain there would be no problems.
March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show Monday to promote his hometown, but ended up getting stacked up against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ford -- who gained international fame last year after media reports of public drunkenness and his admission to smoking crack cocaine -- had paid a visit to L.A. City Hall earlier Monday, but Garcetti, in Mexico on a business trip, was nowhere to be found. Ford told reporters that he makes it a point to visit the city halls of places he visits to "pop in and say hi. " Despite the Toronto City Council stripping him of official powers, Ford has refused to step down and announced in January that he would seek reelection in the fall.
March 4, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - When historians write about 21st century Los Angeles, they'll probably observe that Eric Garcetti was the second Spanish-speaking L.A. mayor in a row to make an official visit to the Mexican capital. They may also note how trips such as his trade mission this week reflected the increasingly intimate cultural and economic ties between Los Angeles and its sister megalopolis to the south. But some of the subtleties of the experience may be lost to posterity if it is not also noted that Garcetti, like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks a version of the language that, for lack of a more scientific term, might be called Funky American Business Spanish.
February 16, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Building "a people mover" to serve Los Angeles International Airport, providing more incentives to help the local film industry thrive and bidding for the 2024 Olympics were among the priorities outlined by Mayor Eric Garcetti during a Sunday morning talk show.  Garcetti acknowledged that these and other priorities, such as water conservation and protecting the environment, pose major challenges but said he is undaunted. "Am I swinging for the fences?" Garcetti said during the KABC-TV Channel 7 interview.
February 7, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Emily's List, a nationwide network of female candidate supporters, on Friday threw its support behind former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, who is running for an open congressional seat this  year. Greuel "has demonstrated outstanding leadership as a public servant fighting for education, small businesses and government accountability for California families," Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement announcing the endorsement.   Greuel and the only other Democrat in the race so far, state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, have been scrambling to corner endorsements and other support in the race to replace veteran Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills)
May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Three-term City Councilman Eric Garcetti's relentless campaigning paid off early Wednesday as he decisively won a hard-fought race to become Los Angeles' next mayor, scoring well with voters across the sprawling city and even challenging rival Wendy Greuel on her home turf in the San Fernando Valley. Garcetti took 54% of the vote compared with 46% for Greuel in preliminary results, ending speculation that the race was so tight that a winner might not be known for weeks.
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available.
February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
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