Gil Cedillo
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti set to visit Asia on a trade mission

Like the four mayors before him, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will embark this weekend on a trade mission to China, South Korea and Japan, with an 80-member delegation of local officials and business leaders. The mayor says the goal of the 12-day visit is to increase tourism and encourage companies to invest in Los Angeles. China, South Korea and Japan are the city's biggest trading partners. "We must leverage our assets in the global marketplace to create jobs here in Los Angeles," Garcetti said in a statement Thursday. "We have developed strong economic ties with Asia, and we must continue to build on them." The mayor will begin in China, visiting the...