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By comparison to recent mayors of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti has been lying low — “getting results, not headlines.” Today was his chance to show what that means with his first budget since last year’s election. He wants to get rid of a $242 million deficit and cut the business tax. But, where’s the money to pave streets and mend broken sidewalks? Underfunded pensions have led to bankruptcy in Stockton and San Bernardino. Can that happen here?  Does Garcetti’s working document reflect a long-term vision or short-term politics?

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Banner Image: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, March 8, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Mike Kessler
Gideon Brower

Does a Back to Basics Budget Leave Room for Big Ideas? 24 MIN, 8 SEC

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti hasn’t vanished since last year’s election but compared to Villaraigosa, Hahn and Riordan, he's been out of the press. He shows up at the ribbon cuttings, but he’s been out of the media spotlight. In last week’s State of the City speech, he explained that he’s gone “back to basics,” with a focus on getting City Hall and the economy working again. Today, he got down to specifics with his first budget proposal.  Kerry Cavanaugh reported on city affairs for the Daily News. She was a producer for KCRW’s WWLA? and To The Point. She’s now an editorial writer for the LA Times.

Guests:
Kerry Cavanaugh, Los Angeles Times (@kerrycavan)
Stuart Waldman, Valley Industry and Commerce Association (@VICASFValley)
Kevin Klowden, Milken Institute's California Center
Joe Mathews, Zocalo Public Square (@joemmathews)

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