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The Eric Garcetti Challenge

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New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has already made good on one of his campaign promises. When he was on Good Day LA while campaigning for mayor, he promised that if he were elected, he'd come back to appear on the show. Well today (Thursday) he did just that. We had a good ten minutes or so to grill the mayor on his vision for the city and how he would meet the myriad challenges facing Los Angeles. While ten minutes is a virtual eternity on television, it is certainly not nearly enough time to adequately discuss all the issues facing the City of Angels. In fact, it's barely enough time to scratch the surface. Such is the nature of television. Not to mention, sometimes what is said on TV is forgotten right after it airs. That's just one of the reasons why the written word, especially on the Internet, is so critical. It's there in black and white forever. And that brings me to the point of this piece.

Mayor Garcetti made a plethora of promises when he was running for office in a race that saw multiple candidates spend upwards of $30 million, mostly on broadcast advertising ripping one another to shreds. The intent of today's blog is simply to put into print some of the mayor's biggest campaign pledges so that we can revisit them at a later date to see how many of them he fulfills and how well.

Garcetti campaigned and won largely on a platform that promised to bring more jobs to LA, fix the city's crumbling roads, improve educational opportunities, hold the city's 37 department heads accountable for their work, getting rid of those who underperform and negotiate with powerful city employee unions to get rising worker pension and health care costs under control.

Los Angeles has a $7.7 billion budget that is on very shaky ground. Expenses are expected to outpace revenues in the future unless certain municipal costs are cut or additional sources or revenue are found. Overall unemployment in LA County is hovering right around ten percent. That's lower than it was but still much too high.

All too often politicians will promise whatever they need to promise and say whatever they need to say to get elected. Many times the promises they make go unfulfilled, either because they couldn't or wouldn't follow through. Los Angeles is a great city with equally great challenges ahead. I wish Mayor Garcetti well. I want him to succeed. But it is incumbent on all LA residents and the media to hold him accountable just as he has promised to do with those under his supervision.

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