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Mayor Garcetti's 'back to basics' approach is working
Mayor Garcetti's 'back to basics' approach is working

There was a little snickering when Mayor Eric Garcetti framed his ambition as getting Los Angeles government “back to basics.” It seemed to some — including me — that this approach, while important, also allowed him to duck larger challenges of leadership in favor of smaller, easier-to-achieve management practices. Fifteen months later, you have to hand it to Garcetti: His way is working. Over the last year, one major bond-rating agency has changed its outlook for Los Angeles from stable to positive. And a second, after doing a deep investigation of the city's budget systems, not only gave it an “AA” rating but specifically complimented the...

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