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LA’s Mayor Elect: City Hall Shouldn’t Be A Place You Fear

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Meeting with high tech CEO's in the afternoon and Boyle Heights residents at night, LA's Mayor Elect vows change in the local economy and how City Hall is run.

"It's those two pillars, the economy and making City Hall work again, that are going to be focus of my administration," Eric Garcetti said.

Garcetti held a roundtable meeting in Hollywood with leaders of several established high-tech companies Wednesday afternoon before meeting with Boyle Heights residents in the evening at the Puente Learning Center.

The town hall-style meeting saw about 100 residents attend with those then being broken up into smaller groups of about 10.  The small groups were led by Garcetti advisors.  Those in attendance were asked to write their ideas down on a sticky note and the notes were placed on an easel in one of three categories: improving the local economy, improving the functionality of City Hall and improving their respective communities.

Those advisors will meet with Garcetti to share the ideas that were collected.

A simple idea but one that was met with great enthusiasm.

"It feels like [Eric Garcetti] is actually listening to the people," said Hector Huezo, a Highland Park resident.  ""He's here walking around listening over people's shoulders, reading some of the ideas and you can see him interacting with folks."

"I think it's a great idea that they're bringing the community together and that some of the people in the neighborhood are able to express themselves and talk about what needs to be done," said Mayra Ponce, a Lincoln Heights resident.

Garcetti also said he wanted to greatly improve the functionality of City Hall for residents.

"City Hall shouldn't be a place you fear but a place that helps you," Garcetti told FOX 11's James Koh.  "It should help you get your problems solved, get your business up and running, get you a job."

"I suggested better customer service [for those working in City Hall]," Ponce said.  "Sometimes when the community calls, they're rude, they don't know, they send them online and some people don't have access to the internet."

Garcetti, who is originally from the Boyle Heights area, said this town hall-style brainstorming session is the first of seven meetings he called "listening sessions."

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