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Mayor Eric Garcetti heads to DC seeking public transit, river funding

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is in Washington, D.C. Monday and Tuesday to lobby for Los Angeles River and public transportation projects. 

The mayor is hoping the Obama Administration will give Los Angeles the funding it needs for public transit projects. The mayor's office would not confirm which projects would be on his agenda, though last week he told KPCC that he wants to build the lines "that will take us from Claremont to the ocean and take us into LAX and up Crenshaw Boulevard."

Garcetti is also supporting a $1 billion makeover of the Los Angeles River, which calls for restoration of the area's ecosystems. It would connect the river's natural habitats with Elysian Park and the Santa Monica and Verdugo mountains.

"I'm fighting to make sure L.A. gets its fair share from Washington for our critical infrastructure and transportation projects," Garcetti said in a statement.  

"We're at a key moment in our efforts to restore the L.A. River, and I am making it clear to Washington that L.A. deserves Alternative 20, the most robust option and the only one that equitably shares costs.   And I will push for the federal funding necessary to expand our transit system to cut traffic."

The mayor is scheduled to attend Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard's L.A. River Day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

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