Mayor to chart course for struggling Los Angeles

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Updated: 4/10/2014 3:52 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone knows Los Angeles suffers from notorious traffic jams, cratered streets and too many dead-end schools.

The new mayor is about to outline his plans to help.

Democrat Eric Garcetti will deliver an annual address to City Council Thursday, in which he's expected to sketch his plans for the upcoming year.

Garcetti was elected last year promising to get back to basics, including fixing miles of crumbling streets and sidewalks suffering from decades of neglect.

The 43-year-old mayor known for his low-key style is facing a projected budget shortfall nearing $250 million. His challenges range from runaway pension costs to trimming overgrown trees.

Garcetti has said street fixes could take years to complete, but at this point City Hall doesn't have the money to do the job.

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