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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.
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has edged ahead of opponent Wendy Greuel in fund-raising for the May 21 runoff contest, raising $1.27 million during the 4 1/2 weeks that followed the March 5 primary election. The haul means that Garcetti has more than $2 million on hand for his campaign, according to reports filed Thursday. Greuel took in $1.12 million during the same fund-raising period, which ended Saturday, and has nearly $1.5 million available for the campaign. Greuel called the pace of her fund-raising "explosive" and portrayed it as a sign that voters are frustrated with the status quo. Her campaign strategist, John Shallman, struck a similar theme, describing Greuel's take as evidence that residents want someone to "break the gridlock at City Hall.
May 1, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Deep budget cuts to the Los Angeles park system in recent years have resulted in shortened park hours, fewer youth programs and closed pools. Now, as city lawmakers take up Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget for the coming year, a new coalition is lobbying for restoration of park funding. The consortium of conservationists, community leaders and unions, led by developer Steve Soboroff, earned a small victory Monday when two City Council members joined a news conference and signed a pledge to protect parks.
February 27, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
In the debate over who should be the next mayor of Los Angeles, who would you suppose argues for elimination of a business tax to kick-start economic growth? Not the one-time investment banker who dropped out of the race early and says killing the business tax would leave a huge hole in the city treasury. Not the lone Republican in the field, who wants more modest business tax reform. Not a City Council fiscal hawk, also a candidate for mayor, who says cutting the tax could leave the city with a $400-million shortfall.
January 26, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
More than a dozen years after being bounced from office by the voters of Los Angeles, Gil Garcetti doesn't want to forget his time as district attorney so much as he wants to reframe it. "You can mention that I am a former district attorney somewhere along the line," Garcetti tells people who introduce him at public events. "But I am a photographer, first and foremost. " With a slight pause, he adds: "The best line, though, is going to be being introduced as the father of the mayor of Los Angeles.
February 3, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Wendy Greuel's success in winning support of key city employee unions has enabled her to jump ahead of rivals in TV advertising in the Los Angeles mayor's race and left her chief opponent, Eric Garcetti, scrambling to slow her momentum. With voting by mail beginning today, Greuel, the city controller, holds an enviable spot: For nearly a week, she has had the airwaves to herself. In a city where many voters know little or nothing about the eight people vying to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, first impressions will matter.
February 18, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
On 1,100 square feet of land, there aren't many places large enough to bury a 9,000-pound concrete box the size of a minivan. Jason Michaud knew as much when the city of Los Angeles asked him to do just that. Michaud was in the process of opening his first restaurant, a small neighborhood joint in Silver Lake called Local.
September 14, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
In one of the first major policy speeches in a mayoral campaign that so far has been dominated by fundraising pitches, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti laid out a plan to create jobs and reform a City Hall system he called "broken. " Garcetti said that if elected he would put an emphasis on expanding the green technology sector and on "growing the shores of Silicon Beach. " Speaking to a crowd of about 200 at Los Angeles City College on Thursday, Garcetti pledged to bring computer programming classes to schools and to create an office that would partner with universities to encourage entrepreneurial graduates to stay in the city.
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.
November 30, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Councilman Eric Garcetti was unanimously elected Tuesday to replace Alex Padilla as the City Council president Jan. 1. Garcetti collected enough votes to oust Padilla, but the two men agreed last week to avoid a controversy and transfer power peacefully by holding the vote. Padilla has been council president since July 2001.
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