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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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October 7, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti maintains a strong approval rating among city voters, but most said they hadn't yet heard enough about him to form a distinct impression, according to a new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State L.A. poll.   The nonpartisan survey suggested that on the eve of his 100th day as mayor, Garcetti still benefits from a deep reservoir of good will among Los Angeles voters.   But the poll of 501 registered voters by the university's Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs also found many of the city's voters knew little about the mayor.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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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January 30, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday stepped up his effort to overhaul the leadership of the city's much-criticized municipal utility and curb the influence of its powerful employees' union by nominating a new agency boss and dismissing a top-ranking executive. Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service. Edwards, who ran Anaheim's utility and previously worked at the DWP for more than two decades, was picked because she has the experience to run one of the nation's largest municipal utilities like a business and the toughness to "take on the status quo at the DWP," Garcetti said.
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January 21, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti's call last week for a "People's Pledge" - to limit spending by outside groups in the mayor's race - hails from Massachusetts, where a similar pact got mixed reviews from the Boston Globe. The Boston newspaper editorialized after the recent U.S. Senate showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown that an agreement between the candidates tamped down so-called independent expenditures. But one of the newspaper's columnists, Jeff Jacoby, said the pact, which required the candidates to counter any outside spending on their behalf by sending half the amount in a donation to charity, limited third-party spending only to a point.
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