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The LAist Interview: Councilmember Eric Garcetti

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01. Age and Occupation:

33, City Councilmember

02. What area of Los Angeles did you grow up in, and what neighborhood do you now call home?

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Straight outta Encino (from age 1-17), but I now live in Echo Park, home of the city's first Jewish cemetery, first oil discovery, and newest library.

03. You’ve lived in other major cities such as New York and London. What brought you back to Los Angeles, and what motivates you to stay?

I'm a fourth-generation Angeleno. I grew up in the Valley, my parents in South L.A. and West L.A., my grandparents in East L.A., so this city is in my blood. I really never considered settling down anywhere else. No city in the world has what L.A. has—our diversity, our growth, our fame, our weather, and the lack (generally) of any attitude. It's a city of great wealth and huge problems, but it feels like we are unafraid to do things differently here. This will always be home for me.

Besides, where else am I gonna find a kosher burrito?

The interview continues after the jump!