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Eric Garcetti for Mayor, Explained

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There's a lot of confusion out there about Los Angeles City Council President, Eric Garcetti, these days. He's a superdelegate for Barack Obama (which leads to people throwing out the "cabinet position" question), it's often brought up that he has congressional aspirations, there's a viral website to elect Garcetti for D.A. of Gotham City (ah, yes, the new Batman movie), Mayor Tommy Carcetti is a character in HBO's The Wire (you can buy reelection t-shirts) and lastly, the most confusing: an Eric Garcetti for Mayor website launched last week.

"I have no idea who it is," Garcetti told LAist in a phone interview. "I'm focused on my reelection to city council and looking forward to a third term. It's a funny thing to read, but I have no idea who it is or when it's for. I'm focused on great neighborhoods, change and expanding opportunities for the city."

Prompting the phone call to Garcetti was a newly created fan page for him on Facebook. Was it real? He already had a personal profile, so it wasn't without reason to think another fake Garcetti internet creation was out there. Turns out, it really is Garcetti, but with a purpose. "My personal Facebook page is not the right page for campaign stuff," he explained.

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But he also hopes to use it to highlight issues and turn people out to hearings. "Facebook has been a great experience for me. But will it work to inspire people to take action and not just be a vehicle for information?"