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LA mayor-elect Eric Garcetti names transition director

Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.
Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.
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Eric Garcetti has turned to an old family associate to head his transition team. L.A.'s mayor-elect has chosen Rich Llewellyn, a one-time chief of staff to Garcetti in his city council office and former Special Counsel to Garcetti's father when he served as L.A. County district attorney in the 1990s.

"Rich understands my priorities and has the experience and expertise to help me assemble an administration that is ready for action," Garcetti said in a statement. Llewellyn is a longtime figure at City Hall. He most recently served as chief of staff to Councilman Paul Koretz.

Garcetti's team has established a website for people to learn how to apply for appointments to city commissions — and to offer their ideas on how to improve L.A.

"We want to reach out to a wide array of people for their talent and their ideas," said Garcetti spokesman Yuseff Robb.

"We're running a focused transition to ensure we hit the ground running on day one with an agenda to create jobs and solve problems for L.A. residents," Garcetti said. "I will get City Hall back to basics so that all of our neighborhoods are places where families can thrive and businesses succeed."

Garcetti succeeds Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on July 1.