Courtside in Echo Park with L.A.’s new mayor: Eric Garcetti

Garcetti makes his way through the crowd as he arrives for the press conference./Stephen Roullier

The concrete playing courts at an Echo Park social service center were jammed this afternoon, not with basketball players but with politicians, reporters and a crowd of onlookers ready to hear newly elected mayor Eric Garcetti hold an outdoor news conference.

Garcetti, who lived for a several years in Echo Park before moving to Silver Lake,  took questions from reporters before leaving the courts at El Centro Del Pueblo as a crowd of well wishers, photographers and TV camera people swarmed around Garcetti and security personnel as he  made his way out of sight.

A mob of media circle around Garcetti during playing court press conference.

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