On the eve of being sworn in as the new Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti sat down for a meeting with Boyle Heights Beat reporters to discuss his Boyle Heights roots, the economy, whether East Los Angeles should become its own city and more.

Click on the photos below to listen or read selections from the conversation, organized by topic. Note: The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.

Photo credits from top left: Flickr  user Mely-o/ Creative Commons; Eric Garcetti / Twiter; Andrew Roman/Boyle Heights Beat. Middle row, from left: kate.gardiner / Flickr; Eddie Ruvalcaba; U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia / Creative Commons. Bottom row, from left: Erik Sarni; Art Torres; Rafael Cardenas /Self Help Graphics and Art.