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My Conversation With L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: State of the Union and Promise Zones

01/27/2014 07:33 pm ET | Updated Mar 29, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joins me tonight on PBS to preview tomorrow's State of the Union address, during which it is anticipated that President Obama will lay out plans to address poverty and income inequality as part of the 2014 legislative agenda. L.A. is one of five "Promise Zones" across the country that will receive significant federal assistance, with the goal of creating jobs, expanding educational opportunities, increasing access to affordable housing and improving public safety.

In the clip below, Mayor Garcetti addresses criticism the Promise Zone initiative has received for not targeting the poorest communities in the city, including South L.A.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: http://www.pbs.org/tavis.