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August 27, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that he has picked Linda Lopez, a former dean of diversity at USC, to head his newly formed Office of Immigrant Affairs. During his campaign for mayor, Garcetti pledged to create an office to help immigrants navigate city government. In a statement released Tuesday morning, he said the bureau will help develop state and federal policies that effect immigrants, and assist them with accessing city services. The aim, Garcetti said in a statement, is to further "integrate immigrants into the social, political, cultural and economic fabric of the city of Los Angeles.” The office will work with immigrants who came here legally and illegally, according to Vicki Curry, a spokeswoman for Garcetti.  The office will also play a key role in helping immigrants navigate the federal immigration process if Congress creates a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living here without permission.
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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.
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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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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