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City Controller Wendy Greuel

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
For months, the top two candidates in the Los Angeles mayoral campaign have bombarded the public with competing claims that each of them is best-suited to get City Hall's financial affairs in order. With a new round of labor talks awaiting the next mayor, a critical question for voters is this: which candidate would be best positioned to negotiate pay and benefit packages with city employees that the public can afford? City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are both Democrats with long histories of supporting organized labor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
February 22, 2013
Re "Greuel calls 2 top foes liars," Feb. 21 The negative turn that the Los Angeles mayor's race has taken is heartbreaking. City Controller Wendy Greuel is my candidate, but the field includes several others with the integrity and intelligence to make great mayors, giving our city the kind of proactive, focused leadership that we sorely need. One will win, but must the others emerge from this contest bruised and enemies? Is there no way for an electoral contest - especially when the political differences among the candidates are relatively minor - to be waged without the kind of acrimony that alienates voters and sullies the democratic process?
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