A Familiar Name for Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti survives a nasty mayoral race

Labor unions spent millions. The two candidates dragged each other down in a vicious negative campaign. And comedian Will Ferrell promised free waffles for everyone. Yet in the end, the mayoral election in Los Angeles turned out to be a Southland snoozer, with fewer than 1 in 5 registered Angelenos even bothering to vote. Their low-turnout choice: 42-year-old Eric Garcetti.

In his victory speech, the piano-playing former city-council president promised to take the city back to the future. "Los Angeles is ready to put the recession in the rearview mirror," he said, "and become the city of opportunity that I grew...

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