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Garcetti lobbies U.S. for more expensive L.A. River project
Garcetti lobbies U.S. for more expensive L.A. River project

On a recent trip to the nation's capital, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made sure to call on Jo-Ellen Darcy. As assistant Army secretary for civil works, Darcy is critical to the city's efforts to win federal approval for a costly and ambitious plan to restore Los Angeles River habitat and provide recreational opportunities along an 11-mile stretch of the waterway north of downtown. City officials have asked the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the river as a flood control channel, to approve a $1-billion renovation plan. But the corps staff has recommended a less ambitious, $453-million alternative, which is why Garcetti and his most powerful congressional ally —...

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