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Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Year of Public Safety
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Year of Public Safety

Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't come out and say it in his State of the City speech Tuesday night, but it sure sounded like 2015 is going to be the Year of Public Safety. The mayor announced five new or expanded crime prevention and suppression initiatives in his speech. Last year, he announced no new initiatives. This year, crime was at the top of his speech (only behind the announcement of the new trash removal program, the Clean Streets Initiative). Last year, crime and his commitment to maintaining LAPD hiring was mentioned only at the very end of his speech, almost as an afterthought. The new focus is driven by a steep increase in violent crime. The Los Angeles Police...

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