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Greuel takes museum post, still undecided about running for office

October 28, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • Then-L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, left, watches as her son, 9-year-old Thomas Schramm, enters a voting ballot at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Studio City in May.
Then-L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, left, watches as her son, 9-year-old… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel has taken her first public step since losing the mayoral contest this spring, accepting a job as a consultant to a planned children’s museum in the San Fernando Valley.

Greuel will offer strategic advice, raise money and help pick the board of directors for the long-delayed city museum, a move first reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I was excited that it was going to happen many years ago, and disappointed when it fell apart,” Greuel said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The museum “is going to be first-rate in Los Angeles.”

The museum will be operated by the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana and feature interactive exhibits similar to the Orange County museum, which Greuel said her son Thomas enjoys. “My son says it’s his favorite because it’s all hands-on.”

Greuel, who would have been the first female mayor of Los Angeles, has also spent time encouraging women to run for office and offering advice. But she still has not decided whether she will run for the county Board of Supervisors or state controller.

“I’ve had lots of conversations with people encouraging me to run, and others saying here are some other opportunities,” Greuel said. “I’m weighing what it is I want to do, and where I can make the biggest difference.”

Initially expected to make a decision over the summer, Greuel now says she will make a decision in the next month, and that she will run for public office again at some point.

“I plan on running for something,” she said. “The question is where and when and for what.”

The political bug apparently runs in the family. Her son Thomas was elected president of his fifth-grade class at Colfax Elementary School, running on a platform of clean bathrooms.

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