Los Angeles’ mayoral race has kicked into full gear in recent days, with new polls, ads, debates and a weekend appearance by a former president at a pastrami landmark.
Eric Garcetti leads Wendy Greuel by 10 points among likely voters in a new poll by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California. The two candidates sparred over each others’ integrity in a debate on Spanish-language television, and will meet in another face-off Monday night.
The termed-out mayor that Greuel and Garcetti are seeking to replace, Antonio Villaraigosa, got favorable ratings from more than half of the respondents in the Times/USC poll. Villaraigosa is expected to release his final budget on Monday, with sources saying that the anticipated shortfall has shrunk. The mayor on Sunday joined thousands of bicyclists in CicLAvia.