Shapiro At 'Sacramento Bee': Why Are Newsom And Garcetti So Optimistic? Because In California, Everyone Fails Up

So, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to run for president.

Garcetti has been testing out his chops on the road – he’s been hanging around New Hampshire and Iowa in preparation for a 2020 run. And why not? He’s helped run the city of Los Angeles completely into the ground.

According to The Los Angeles Times, L.A.’s homeless population has skyrocketed 75 percent in the last six years. Garcetti has been mayor of the city for the last five. Overall, there are now 55,000 homeless people living in the city of Los Angeles, enough to fill Dodger Stadium. If not for Los Angeles, it turns out, the national homeless population would have dropped last year.

Then there’s the crime problem. While homicide has declined in Los Angeles, just as it has nationally, violent crime was up in 2017 for the fourth year in a row, including a 6 percent bump in robbery; violent crime jumped 16 percent between 2015 and 2017.

And then there’s the infrastructure problem. Garcetti’s tenure has seen a marginal increase in road quality. But L.A.’s roads still look like something from “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.”

And now Eric Garcetti wants to be president.

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