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Eric Garcetti: Not a Hipster, but maybe a Future Mayor or U.S. Senator

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Council President Eric Garcetti sat down with Neon Tommy's Senior Editor Hillel Aron for a nice interview this week. It revealed that the Councilman is a not hipster (although he represents the most hipster-dense neighborhood) and that Rodeo Grill in Echo Park is a good diner. We also learned that--as we suspected--Los Angeles is in for a worse budget shortfall fiscal year than the current one.

"It's gonna be really rough," Garcetti said. "It means massive cuts, downsizing of government. We're going to experience our basic core programs- parks, libraries, street paving - those are all gonna be shaved. It's time to focus on what we do most importantly. And to me that's public safety and public works. There's a ton of other stuff that I'd like to do, but in bad economic times, we have to do what business does, what households do. We have to prioritize."

When asked about what happens after he's termed out, Garcetti said he has three "pathways:" a music career, Los Angeles' Mayor, or a U.S. Senator. We'll go for Mayor.