Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Delivers 1st State of the City Address

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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.”


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discusses a report on the LAX shooting at a news conference at the airport on March 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

“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.

He also vowed to bring a rail transit connection to Los Angeles International Airport. “Let me be clear: We are going to bring rail to LAX and we will settle for nothing less.”

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