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May 19, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles firefighters are taking longer to get to medical emergencies following steep budget cuts approved by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council, according to a much-anticipated audit of Fire Department response times released Friday by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Greuel found that "real response times" to medical calls have increased on average about 20 seconds - to seven minutes and eight seconds - since a series of department cutbacks were ordered beginning in 2009.
January 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
The race to replace termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky refocused Thursday, with former City Controller Wendy Greuel deciding against a run and news emerging that former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver had filed papers to fundraise for a possible campaign. “I just decided it's not the right time for me,” Greuel said in an interview. “That does not mean I'm saying goodbye to the idea of running for office” in the future. She said the proximity of the Los Angeles mayor's race, which she lost to Eric Garcetti in May, factored into her decision.
February 1, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Campaign fundraising in the 2013 Los Angeles mayor's race has already exceeded $3.7 million, with the election still more than a year away. L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti led the pack of candidates seeking to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, topping $1 million in total donations to their respective campaigns, new reports show. Greuel raised $1.1 million last year, edging ahead of Garcetti, who reported $1,062,815 for the six-month period ending Dec. 31. Tuesday was the deadline to file reports with the city Ethics Commission.
January 8, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has filed papers that allow him to begin raising money to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, according to the county clerk's office. The nephew of late President John F. Kennedy has not formally announced he is running for the third district seat being vacated by termed-out Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, but Shriver is widely expected to enter the race. Shriver, who filed his “candidate intention statement” on Jan. 3, has spent time observing the supervisors' weekly meetings and combing the county's budget, and is being advised by longtime friend Bill Carrick, a veteran Democratic consultant who led Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to victory last year.
October 5, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A three-year-old lawsuit between Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and City Controller Wendy Greuel ended with a fizzle this week, with an appeals court declining to say whether elected officials can be audited at City Hall. The lawsuit, inherited by Greuel and Trutanich when they took office in 2009, originated with a dispute between City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick. Delgadillo sued Chick in 2008, saying that she overstepped her authority when she attempted to audit his office's handling of workers' compensation programs.
May 7, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Howard Blume and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' two mayoral candidates said Tuesday that they support making teacher evaluations public, going well beyond a level of disclosure that is supported by top school district officials. City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti said they backed the release of individual performance evaluations based on so-called "value-added" formulas, which are controversial both locally and nationwide. These measures use the past performance of students on state standardized tests to help gauge a teacher's success, taking into account such factors as race and income.
September 21, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A few minutes into the first major debate of the Los Angeles mayor's race, candidate Kevin James gestured to his rivals. "City Hall is broken," he said. "And they broke it. " A former federal prosecutor who is trailing far behind City Controller Wendy Greuel and council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti in fundraising, James set the tone for Wednesday night's forum with accusations that his opponents have done too little to cut city costs and have let Los Angeles earn "a national reputation for corruption.
October 14, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
City Atty. Carmen Trutanich announced a series of reforms to his office's workers' compensation unit on Wednesday in response to an audit that found that the unit took too long to settle cases and failed to collect millions of dollars it was due. Trutanich, who said the program "was in disarray" when he took office last year, has reassigned seven attorneys to the unit and established a new peer review process. The announced reforms were among the recommendations in City Controller Wendy Greuel's audit, which looked at the performance of the unit during the term of previous City Atty.
May 20, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Approximately 1,000 Los Angeles city parking citations over a two-year period were dismissed — some without justification — through an obscure service known as the "Gold Card Desk" that allows the mayor and other elected officials to fast-track citation reviews, a new audit has found. The service, which few outside of city government appear to know about, partly involves a plastic parking bureau "Gold Card" that is distributed to city offices. It includes a special phone number to call and on the back side notes that the holder may have an "urgent need to resolve any parking citation matter which requires special attention.
September 18, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
The Los Angeles Convention Center is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by failing to control overtime, a city audit has found. In a report released Thursday, City Controller Wendy Greuel took issue with the center's practice of using electricians from other city departments to help staff major events when they must be paid overtime rates. The audit, the first one completed under Greuel's watch, estimated that the center could save about $700,000 annually by hiring outside help at non-overtime rates.
November 7, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to California on Friday for a round of speeches and events that underscore the state's significance to her family's political fortunes and the potential presidential campaign she is pondering. From the time four decades ago when she lived in Berkeley with then-boyfriend Bill to the resounding victory in the 2008 California primary that revived her first presidential effort, California has provided support, solace and tens of millions of dollars in campaign cash for the family's pursuits.
September 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday appointed two major supporters of his opponent in this year's mayoral election, former City Controller Wendy Greuel, to serve on the influential Planning Commission. Garcetti chose former Police Commission president John Mack and former Metro board member Richard Katz to serve on the panel, which vets the city's largest development projects before sending them on to the council. Mack was a Greuel campaign co-chair and Katz co-hosted fundraisers for Greuel.
July 1, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spent his first morning as mayor discussing jobs and city services with business leaders from San Pedro to Century City while sending a not-too-subtle message to the organizations that backed his opponent, former City Controller Wendy Greuel. Garcetti conducted a round table with more than a dozen chambers of commerce, including groups that represent Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Venice, Lincoln Heights, Harbor Gateway and Historic Filipinotown, asking for ideas about ways to make the city more business friendly.
June 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The agency spending billions of dollars to modernize Los Angeles International Airport needs more financial oversight and relies on too many costly consultants, and a large number of change orders has driven some of the work over budget, according to a series of new audits by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Released late Friday, the audits evaluate the financial management of Los Angeles World Airports and its current $4.1-billion program to improve the Tom Bradley International Terminal, taxiways and the main utility plant at LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world.
June 11, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles' incoming mayor, won the office with fewer votes than any newly elected mayor since the 1930s, when the city population was less than half its current size, according to a Times analysis of final results. Garcetti's complete tally was 222,300, just 12.4% of the city's registered voters. That was well ahead of his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, but a smaller vote total than any incoming mayor since Frank Shaw in 1933. The complete count from the May 21 election, released late Friday, represents another low mark in decades of declining voter turnout . The city clerk's final tally found that only 419,592 or 23.3% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters cast a ballot.
June 7, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
Eric Garcetti,  Los Angeles' incoming mayor, won the office with fewer votes than any newly elected mayor since the 1930s, when the city population was less than half its current size, according to a Times analysis of final results released late Friday. Garcetti's vote total of 222,300 was well ahead of his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, but smaller than any new mayor since Frank Shaw was elected in 1933.  The results represent another low mark in what have been decades of declining voter turnout.
August 29, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles park officials spent $2 million to operate two campgrounds that have been closed for more than 10 years, according to an audit released Wednesday by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Camp Valcrest in the Angeles National Forest and Camp Radford in the San Bernardino Mountains have been closed for the last 13 and 20 years, respectively, because necessary repairs were deferred. But the city Department of Recreation and Parks has paid $2 million for caretakers to live at the camps since they closed and nearly $100,000 for water to be trucked to Camp Valcrest, the audit states.
January 15, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Entertainment industry executives and labor unions - including one representing city utility workers - are joining forces to mount an independent TV ad campaign to promote the Los Angeles mayoral candidacy of City Controller Wendy Greuel, a top advisor to the group said Monday. The group, Working Californians, has hired two of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's former campaign consultants, Ace Smith and Sean Clegg, to run the campaign, according to Clegg, a former deputy mayor. If the group succeeds in raising a substantial sum of money, it could play a significant role in the fiercely competitive March 5t mayoral primary.
May 23, 2013 | Jean Merl and Abby Sewell
The seeds of one-term Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's resounding election defeat Tuesday were planted in his ill-fated run for district attorney last year. The candidate himself acknowledged that with less than a quarter of the ballots counted. Observers have said that voters did not like that he went back on his pledge to not seek higher office until finishing two terms. Mike Feuer, a onetime city councilman and a former member of the state Assembly, trounced the incumbent 62% to 38%, unofficial election returns showed.
May 23, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began the formal transition of power to his successor Thursday, hosting Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti for breakfast at Getty House, where he told reporters that the city councilman had his “full support.” Garcetti, who defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel on Tuesday, will not take office until July 1. But he and his team have already begun to prepare the policy initiatives that he hopes will allow him to...
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