Garcetti: Comprehensive street repairs years away

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Councilman Eric Garcetti, candidate in the Los Angeles City mayoral race, greets supporters as he arrives aboard a train to visit business around Metro Gold Line's Mariachi Plaza Station during a campaign stop on March 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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A pothole on Aviation Boulevard near LAX.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was elected promising to fix the city's battered streets, but acknowledges that so far his administration has made little headway patching and paving long-neglected roads.

In an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, the Democrat who took office in July said it could take a decade and up to $3 billion for "significant" improvements.

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Garcetti says while there has been paving on major thoroughfares like Ventura Boulevard since he took charge, the problem is so vast the average resident isn't noticing any difference.

The mayor tentatively endorsed the idea of a ballot proposal to raise money for repairs.

The former City Council president has promised to be a back-to-basics mayor focusing on jobs, street paving and controlling spending on worker benefits.

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