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Aide to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hired for top post in Santa Monica
Aide to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hired for top post in Santa Monica

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top advisor on financial issues is leaving to take a job running the city of Santa Monica, officials said Wednesday. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, who handles budget and innovation strategies for Garcetti, will become the new city manager of the beach community. His hiring was announced by Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown following a closed-door meeting by the council. McKeown said all seven members of the council "agreed without hesitation" to hire Cole. "He comes here with a wealth of experience, and all of us are confident that Rick Cole and Santa Monica are going to be a great match," he said. Cole, who lives in Los Feliz,...

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