LA’s Mayor Elect: City Hall Shouldn’t Be A Place You Fear - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

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

Posted: Updated:
Los Angeles, CA -

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."

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • Venice Lightning Strike Survivor Meets His Rescuers

    Venice Lightning Strike Survivor Meets His Rescuers

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:48:58 GMT
    A month and a day has passed since the fatal lightning strike suddenly hit the shore off Venice Beach, hospitalizing about a dozen people. One of the most critically injured patients was reunited with his rescuers by the Venice Pier Thursday.
    A month and a day has passed since the fatal lightning strike suddenly hit the shore off Venice Beach, hospitalizing about a dozen people. One of the most critically injured patients was reunited with his rescuers by the Venice Pier Thursday.
  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
    Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
  • National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:17:59 GMT
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices