The globe-trotting mayor—and potential presidential contender—on his favorite hotels, most unnerving meals and why everyone should plan a trip to the San Fernando Valley

ASK THE MAYOR of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, how many nations he’s visited and he might not remember off the top of his head. In an interview at L.A.’s City Hall a few weeks ago, he had to fish his phone out of his pocket and call up an app called Countries Been. A little animated globe displayed the places he’s traveled. “Seventy-eight visited. Lived in five,” he said. “So I think 83 total?” He can be forgiven for losing track. As mayor, Mr. Garcetti, 47, spearheaded L.A.’s successful bid to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, a process that involved racing around the planet, lobbying Olympic decision makers from Denmark...

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