Garcetti Meets With Constituents on His First Day as Mayor

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti met with constituents and hosted an economic roundtable on Monday, his first day as the city’s top elected official.

Garcetti conferred with private citizens during his office hours at City Hall, where his inauguration ceremony was held Sunday on the Spring Street steps. He asked to hear both suggestions and complaints, and has pledged to host open office hours throughout his administration.

During the economic roundtable, the mayor sought input on how best to boost employment and sustain businesses in the city.

Some business owners want to know “what we can do to make sure the city is more a helper rather than someone they fear is going to hurt them,” Garcetti told KTLA. “But if we can transform that culture — to, as I said yesterday, if you’re a small business, know that government’s off your back and on your side — that’s what I want to achieve.”

Creating jobs, addressing homelessness and fixing potholes are among his top priorities, he said.

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