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Garcetti's high-tech, innovation agenda faces old-school hurdles
Garcetti's high-tech, innovation agenda faces old-school hurdles

With painted brick walls, exposed pipes and laptop workstations shaped like pingpong paddles, the workspace known as Hub LA in downtown's trendy Arts District embodies the disruptive, start-up ethos. That's partly why Mayor Eric Garcetti recently used the venue as a backdrop to announce one of his latest initiatives to move city government "into the modern era" by embracing technology and risk-taking. Garcetti — who calls himself a "high-tech mayor" — has created an open-data website, launched an app that connects people to city services and appointed the city's first chief innovation technology officer. Earlier this month, the mayor...

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