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Mayor Villaraigosa welcomes Mayor-elect Garcetti to Getty House

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the man who will succeed him met at Getty House Thursday for breakfast and a talk on leading the country's second-largest city. 

The mayor and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti had breakfast, strolled the gardens, then addressed reporters in front of the official mayoral manse. Villaraigosa congratulated Garcetti on a well-run campaign. 

"I couldn't be more excited and prouder to welcome my friend of 12 years. ... We've had a long friendship. A friendship with his father before that, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him to Getty House and share a few words about transition," Villaraigosa said. 

During their private discussion, the two men talked about the importance of staying grounded, Garcetti said. 

"Mayor Villaraigosa gave me great practical advice about just the life, about making sure you stay in touch with this city and the ways to connect always to its people. To never let the bubble take over your life and to always be close to the street," Garcetti said. 

The press conference ended on an awkward note. As Mayor Villaraigosa wrapped up the news conference, he gave Garcetti and hug and said, "Thank you, brother." Reporters asked Garcetti to stay and answer questions.  He obliged, but the mayor turned and headed back into Getty House.  As the mayor elect began taking questions, Villaraigosa slammed the door. 

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