Eric Garcetti takes over as Los Angeles mayor

The Associated Press
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (AP Photo)

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eric Garcetti celebrated the start of his first term as mayor Sunday with a promise to do the basic things right while getting Los Angeles’ economy rolling again.

The 42-year-old Ivy Leaguer, a veteran city councilman and son of a former prosecutor, took a ceremonial oath of office on the City Hall steps as part of inaugural festivities featuring Jimmy Kimmel and the musician Moby.

Officially, he takes over on Monday.

In his speech, Garcetti said times “demand a back-to-basics mayor.”

He replaces fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, who exits after two terms.

Garcetti sketched an agenda that included cultivating ideas with business executives and universities, stopping the flight of Hollywood productions and reducing red tape and business taxes long seen as discouraging job growth.

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