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October 15, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that he plans to halt the merger of two major agencies that the city was looking to consolidate in an effort to streamline approval of real estate projects. At a meeting with The Times editorial board, Garcetti said the city Planning Department's expected merger with the Building and Safety Department would not go forward in January. “I think that's just rearranging the bureaucracy and not the systems,” Garcetti said. Garcetti's effort to block the merger would kill a major initiative of his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sought Wednesday to rebuild his frayed ties with the city's business leaders, embracing their City Hall agenda while promoting his efforts to speed L.A.'s economic recovery. “You set the agenda for us,” Garcetti told a gathering of L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce members in the City Hall rotunda. “It's time to put the recession in the rear view mirror,” he added. “It's time for us, as Los Angeles, to be an example for what a modern city can be, and an economy of a modern city can look like.” The chamber backed Garcetti rival Wendy Greuel in the May election, but its chairman, Alan Rothenberg, said the group expected to “get along just fine” with the new mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday that he “won't be pushed” into a quick deal on a new labor contract for workers at the Department of Water and Power. “I'm not going to do a deal before it's a good deal for the people of Los Angeles,” Garcetti told reporters at City Hall. “Period. Full stop.” Brian D'Arcy, the DWP union leader who ran a ferocious campaign against Garcetti in the May election, has been trying for weeks to quietly gather support on the City Council for a new salary agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Catherine Saillant and Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that the top executive at the Port of Los Angeles will leave at the end of the year, the first department head to announce a departure during Garcetti's review of high-level managers. Geraldine Knatz, who has been running the nation's busiest port since 2006, will retire at the end of the year. Garcetti also announced that Gary Lee Moore, currently the city engineer, will serve as acting general manager at the harbor until a permanent replacement is found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that he would seek to restore overtime pay in the Los Angeles Police Department, saying it “will be a priority in the coming year.” “I do expect in the next few years to restore overtime, to what level I can't speak to today,” he said in a news conference with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck about the LAPD's crime rate. Garcetti said he also would seek to restore the LAPD to its authorized force of 10,000 officers. The department ended 2013 with 9,909 officers, which the mayor said was “nearly 100 lower than what is acceptable to me.” Garcetti said he and Beck have looked at ways to boost the number of officers, noting personnel officials have already expedited the background process for recruits in order to fill police academy classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Striking a "back to basics" theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti concluded his first State of the City address by challenging residents to help build "the Los Angeles of tomorrow. " "I stand before you today to say that the state of our city is strong, but is in need of fundamental reform," he said.  In a 45-minute appearance at the California Science Center, Garcetti said he would keep the Department of Water and Power from raising rates this year, foster jobs by starting to phase out the city's business tax, reform the Fire Department and make "great streets" out of 15 city byways from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, on his first trip to the nation's capital as the city's chief executive, isn't letting Washington's preoccupation with budget deficits get in the way of his push for federal approval of a $1-billion project to restore the Los Angeles River. In meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House, Garcetti lobbied officials to support a project that is more than double the cost of the one recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers. He even got about 15 minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, who brought up the river project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's decision to replace his fire chief after a tumultuous 18 months for the emergency rescue agency underscores one of the biggest challenges facing his administration: Rebooting the city's aging technology to improve the delivery of vital services. Chief Brian Cummings, who announced his retirement Thursday, never fully recovered from his management team's admission in March of last year that highly touted 911 response times were inaccurate, making it appear that rescuers arrived faster than they actually did. Subsequent Times' investigations documented widespread delays in processing calls for help, routine failures to summon the closest medical rescuers from nearby jurisdictions and large disparities in getting rescuers to life-threatening emergencies in different areas of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Welsh, David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year. The revamped dispatch operation, outlined Monday by the mayor's office as it presented an $8.1-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, would unify separate police and fire emergency call centers and gradually replace some uniformed firefighters with lower-paid civilian phone operators.
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December 29, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti on Friday called for measures to keep a highly regarded aviation mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport from shutting down or being moved to smaller facilities elsewhere. Garcetti said he will request at the Jan. 4 council meeting that Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of Van Nuys, and the Los Angeles Unified School District explore ways to ensure the continued operation of the vocational school, which has produced thousands of mechanics during its 40-year history.
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