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City Controller Wendy Greuel

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April 6, 2010 | By Phil Willon and Maeve Reston
The city's top financial official issued a grim assessment of the escalating budget crisis Monday, warning that Los Angeles could be unable to pay its bills in just over four weeks. City Controller Wendy Greuel declared an "urgent financial crisis" and said the only way to continue paying bills in the short term was to begin to drain the city's already limited emergency reserve. Greuel's announcement was the latest development in an increasingly bitter standoff between the City Council and the city's Department of Water and Power over how much the municipal utility should charge ratepayers and how much it should contribute to the city's treasury.
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July 2, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles receives barely half of the tens of millions of dollars it is owed in parking citations each year, according to an audit released Thursday that called for more aggressive collection efforts. The audit, by City Controller Wendy Greuel, found the city is collecting only 53% of the money owed on parking citations. The annual haul still totals a hefty $130 million — a major revenue source for a city mired in a budget crisis that has forced layoffs and deep service cuts.
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April 7, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Surrounding himself with the City Council's three African American members, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti traveled Saturday morning to Leimert Park - the historic heart of black Los Angeles - for a rally in which he sought to galvanize support among black voters. Speaking before a crowd of just a few dozen people, Garcetti presented himself as a candidate with strong family ties to South Los Angeles, speaking about the barbershop his grandfather owned a few miles away. He also touched on issues that resonate with many black Angelenos, making references to crime and a debate over whether the park will be a stop on a future rail line.
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March 4, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Despite dozens of debates across the city and record-breaking spending on television ads and a torrent of mailers, Los Angeles voters head to the polls Tuesday with few specifics about how the city's next mayor and City Council would fix City Hall's chronic financial problems. The election to replace termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and select a city attorney, city controller, and eight City Council members comes against a backdrop of uncertainty about the level of services the nation's second-largest city will be able to deliver in coming years.
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November 11, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A judge said Tuesday that City Controller Wendy Greuel should have outside legal counsel in a legal dispute between the former city attorney and Greuel's predecessor over the controller's authority to conduct audits that assess the performance of programs run by other elected officials. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney said he would delay entering a final decision for at least two weeks so the City Council could decide whether to allow Greuel to hire an outside lawyer.
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August 7, 2010
Los Angeles World Airports General Manager Gina Marie Lindsey — $326,855 Police Chief Charlie Beck — $307,290 Harbor General Manager Geraldine Knatz — $300,964 City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana — $256,803 Mayor Antonio Villariagosa — $232,425 Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon K. Mukri — $229,074 City Atty. Carmen Trutanich — $214,546 Planning Director Gail S. Goldberg (retired) — $212,829 L.A. Zoo General Manager John Lewis — $210,908 City Librarian Martin Gomez — $210,000 Controller Wendy Greuel — $196,667 City Treasurer Joya De Foor — $181,530 The 15 City Council members — $178,789 Source: Database posted by City Controller Wendy Greuel.
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August 7, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
In response to the pay scandal roiling nearby Bell, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel unveiled a public database that she said made Los Angeles "the largest City in America to post a comprehensive list of city employee salaries. " Although it is unusual for a public agency to reveal all employee incomes in database form — even though the information is public under California's open records law — at least two private entities had previously posted similar city salary information.
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