Garcetti Sworn in for Second Term as Mayor of Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti gives his acceptance speech after being sworn in for a second term on July 1, 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in for his second and final term Saturday night, in a ceremony that cast Los Angeles as a resurgent metropolis building new museums, bridges and rail lines — but also confronting a crisis of affordability in housing.

Standing outside City Hall, Garcetti highlighted the city’s economic recovery since he first took office in 2013, urging Angelenos to “set our eyes on a farther horizon.”

Saying a strong city “will bring to fruition a great many of our dreams,” he drew a link between the ambitions of L.A.’s earliest settlers and port dredgers and today’s plans for a new downtown bridge and a revamped L.A. River.

Garcetti pointed to two problems that have grown steadily during his first four years in office: homelessness and rising housing costs. The mayor acknowledged the city has struggled to keep up as more people find themselves on the streets.

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