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Mayor Garcetti Addresses Using Expletive at Kings Victory Rally

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The Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti to their luncheon Tuesday afternoon,

This just 24 hours after he dropped an expletive at the Kings' Victory Rally at Staples Center.

"I'm not only proud to be your mayor, but the first mayor to address the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce,"

After getting down to business he addressed what some are calling his "shocking" comment.

"I'm so proud of the Kings. I got enthusiastic. and if there's one thing hockey fans understand it's enthusiasm, but it was electric in there and it was electrifying. I'm so proud of these kings. Two times in three years to win and I got carried away with the same enthusiasm as the fans," Garcetti said referring to the Stanley Cup.

Garcetti says the comment was not planned and came after spending hours with a crowd of hockey players and their fans.

The crowd at the luncheon didn't seem to mind. Jewel Jackson leads a foundation that employs young adults to do community service. She says hey helped put on the luncheon.

I don't look at people in power as people who are perfect. I look at them as people who have a platform, so I fhe can show young people there's a balance between having fun and being responsible, I'm okay with that," Jewel Jackson said.

Andrea Porter, 15, was working as an usher with Jackson's team. She says she liked seeing the mayor put his hair down.

"I was like. we have a cool mayor, very cool mayor," Andrea Porter said.

But, over at the LA City Council meeting, some weren't so happy with the mayor.

"We demand an apology from the mayor," one southern California resident said.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, representing District 15 says he can see why some people are upset.

"The other debate that we hear is the kids that were listening. I tell my kids all the time, we don't repeat bad words," Buscaino said.

Council President Herb Wesson (District 10) says the mayor's comment is understandable.

"If there's ever an instance when emotions and everybody gets caught up, that's the time," Wesson said referring to mayor's comments at the Stables Center rally.

"It's something plenty of people have heard about before," Garcetti said. "I was very proud of the kings and as mayor I let my enthusiasm get ahead of me," "I think we're way over analyzing it," Garcetti said.

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