Garcetti: Los Angeles "Needs Fundamental Work"

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    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave his first State of the City address at the California Science Center on Thursday, citing progress in areas like crime reduction but wary of serious challenges such as infrastructure and stagnant economic growth. Conan Nolan reports from Exposition Park for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in his first State of the City address since taking office said the city needs "fundamental work" and can't afford to "keep relying on sunshine alone" to guarantee success.

    Garcetti touted his success in keeping several films and television shows in Los Angeles by helping production companies fight red tape amid concerns the industry would migrate to other cities.

    Though he noticed a decrease in crime and an increase in development, Garcetti admitted LA's anti-business reputation is a problem.

    "Instead of solutions, businesses are met with red tape, high taxes and excuses," he said. "Simply put, you shouldn't have to hire a lobbyist to open up a business in LA."

    Garcetti said he hopes to make LA City Hall more business-friendly.

    Later in his speech, Garcetti was met with applause when he announced the 405 Freeway's extra lane would debut ahead of schedule.

    The extra lane will welcome drivers as soon as May, instead of it's planned October opening.

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