She has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Central City Assn., Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters and Sheriff Lee Baca.
Cordaro, the only Republican in the race, grew up in Scranton, Pa., and was certified in electrical and refrigeration work at Lincoln Technical Institute in New Jersey before he moved to California in 1985. He is president of the Van Nuys Rotary Club, a member of the Mid-Valley Community Police Advisory Board and past president of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Leslie, is a mail carrier.
Cardenas and Greuel want to expand the police force from its current 8,900 officers to about 10,000.
Cordaro said he would work toward building the LAPD to 16,000 officers or more. He said he wants to create a "community-based government" program in which city departments assign workers to interact with neighborhoods.
Cardenas said he would bring city department managers out to the district to "let the scenery do the talking" about the need for more services.