Garcetti says comprehensive street repairs is years away

MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was elected promising to fix the city’s battered streets, but acknowledges that so far his administration has made little headway patching and paving long-neglected roads.

In an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, the Democrat who took office in July said it could take a decade and up to $3 billion for “significant” improvements.

Garcetti says while there has been paving on major thoroughfares like Ventura Boulevard since he took charge, the problem is so vast the average resident isn’t noticing any difference.

The mayor tentatively endorsed the idea of a ballot proposal to raise money for repairs.

The former City Council president has promised to be a back-to-basics mayor focusing on jobs, street paving and controlling spending on worker benefits.

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