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Continued: Garcetti in charge: Los Angeles' new mayor faces tough agenda, more jobs , fewer potholes

  • Article by: MICHAEL R. BLOOD , AP Political Writer
  • Last update: June 30, 2013 - 10:05 PM

The budget remains a central issue, though he didn't address it directly. He promised to make government "leaner and more efficient," including using more technology.

Bankrupt Stockton and other California cities are in worse shape, but spending in Los Angeles is projected to outpace revenue for years and rising pension and retiree health care bills threaten money that could otherwise go to libraries, tree-trimming and street repairs.

He's also facing a new round of labor contract talks.

"I will make my share of mistakes in this job," he said at one point.

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