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Sterling furor presents test of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's leadership
Sterling furor presents test of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's leadership

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped into the national media glare at a galvanizing moment for the city: Donald Sterling's remarks about blacks had just earned him a lifetime NBA banishment, just as his Los Angeles Clippers were competing in the playoffs. The scene, before two dozen TV cameras on the steps of City Hall, offered a rare high-profile moment for a mayor who has spent much of his first 10 months in office stressing nuts-and-bolts city services. Flanked by NBA stars, Garcetti made the case for L.A. as a center of diversity, channeling the public's anger over remarks the NBA determined to be Sterling's and its relief over the league commissioner's stiff...

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