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April 22, 2013 | By William Nottingham
If could pose a question to the remaining two candidates for Los Angeles mayor, what would it be? How to improve education? How to break the city's transportation gridlock? Or maybe something about the backlog of broken city sidewalks? Several Los Angeles voters recently got that opportunity as part of separate Times video interviews with City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel . WATCH:   Garcetti video interview  |  Greuel video interview The sessions appear today, jointly anchored by Times political reporter James Rainey and Times Editor at Large Jim Newton, who writes an opinion column.
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NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles city controller and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel said Thursday that she plans to run for the Congressional seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that someone as powerful as Henry Waxman would be retiring. I knew instantly in my gut that this district, the 33 rd district, and his position was something I knew I could make a difference in,” Greuel said in an interview. “He's a fighter and that's who I've been and I want to do that in Congress.” Greuel said she received many phone calls and texts after Waxman's announcement urging her to run for the seat.  She lives just outside the district, but plans to move into it soon, she said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Over lunch at a downtown hotel last month, the business executives who'd gathered to hear from Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry were keen on talking about the upcoming election ? not so much the one on March 8 or even the 2012 presidential race, but the 2013 contest for mayor. Though the election is two years away, the race officially begins Saturday when potential candidates, including Perry, can file paperwork to raise money. With at least seven Los Angeles heavyweights considering a run to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is boxed out by term limits, the race is drawing comparisons to the 1993 contest, when two dozen candidates lined up to take over from retiring Mayor Tom Bradley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By David Zahniser
After he was elected mayor, Eric Garcetti put out a call to civic-minded Angelenos to serve on city boards and commissions. "We are looking for people with new ideas, practical experience, policy expertise and, most of all, a true commitment to public service," Garcetti said on his website. Four months later, a Times analysis has found that the vast majority of the appointments made so far have gone to people who already had ties to the mayor. Of the 84 people chosen by Garcetti to serve on city and county boards and commissions, at least three-fourths are friends, former staffers, campaign backers or relatives of campaign backers.  DATABASE: Garcetti appointees More than two-thirds helped with Garcetti's mayoral bid, providing campaign donations, co-hosting fundraisers, giving high-profile endorsements or lending other forms of support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to grab the attention of a city distracted by jury deliberations in the Rodney G. King civil rights case, two long-shot candidates for mayor of Los Angeles on Tuesday aired TV ads conjuring up images of last year's riots. The theme of the ads, by Richard Katz and Stan Sanders, was questioned by civic leaders, and some experts saw the tactics as last-ditch efforts by candidates fighting for political survival.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the Democratic National Convention prepares to open, Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the gathering, is in a frenzy. He is surveying preparations at the Time Warner Cable Arena, doing a string of media interviews with reporters from around the nation, and hosting gatherings like Saturday's private dinner at the hip Osso restaurant, where young Democratic activists clamored for photographs with the Los Angeles mayor and top...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The long and expensive race for Los Angeles mayor left former candidate Wendy Greuel with more than $680,000 in unpaid campaign bills, according to fundraising reports filed this week. The reports, which covered the fundraising period through June 30, showed the Greuel campaign incurred $518,000 in outstanding debt in the final weeks before the May 21 runoff election, which she lost to Eric Garcetti. She also had $162,000 in unpaid bills left over from the March 5 primary campaign.
NEWS
April 11, 1993 | JAMES RAINEY
In the city of immigrants, Nick Patsaouras is the immigrant candidate. Thirty-one years ago he arrived from Greece as a teen-ager struggling to get an education. Since then he has built a thriving electrical engineering firm, founded a bank, bagged more than $2 million in donations for presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and helped put a subway into a car-happy city. Now he wonders: Why shouldn't he be mayor of Los Angeles?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday set the stage for a potentially messy confrontation with the City Council, saying he would refuse to sign a proposed salary deal with the politically potent union representing Department of Water and Power workers. Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ran a fierce campaign against Garcetti, whose main argument in the mayoral election in May was that he could be trusted to stand up for DWP ratepayers. In a written statement, Garcetti said the union-endorsed contract proposal included cost savings that were worth pursuing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The long and expensive race for Los Angeles mayor left former candidate Wendy Greuel with more than $680,000 in unpaid campaign bills, according to fundraising reports filed this week. The reports, which covered the fundraising period through June 30, showed the Greuel campaign incurred $518,000 in outstanding debt in the final weeks before the May 21 runoff election, which she lost to Eric Garcetti. She also had $162,000 in unpaid bills left over from the March 5 primary campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013
Just before leaving City Hall after serving the maximum eight years in office, then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at length with Los Angeles Times political reporters Maeve Reston and Michael Finnegan about his legacy and political future. LAT: Everyone is wondering what you'll do next. Accepted any job offers? AV: "The answer is - I said. I made it pretty clear when I ran in 2001 that I really wanted to be mayor - that I was born and raised here; that my family had deep roots here; my grandpa had come 100 years ago. I've been focused on finishing strong all the way to the end. So I don't have a job after this.
OPINION
May 26, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In electing Eric Garcetti mayor, Los Angeles got someone who is very smart, a little wonky, fairly young, kind of hip, someone at ease with power and fame but who likes to drop names. He has more of an intellectual bent than any mayor in recent memory. He can quote Los Angeles' founding documents (in the original 18th century Spanish) and Tupac Shakur. He was among the first in town to drive an electric EV1 and the last to give his up. He made sure Los Angeles had free wi-fi hotspots, and he riffs about smartphone apps that tell you where a parking spot has opened up on Hollywood Boulevard.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Ted Rall
The Los Angeles mayor's race saw record-high campaign spending and low turnout for a job that's not all that powerful. ALSO: How to buy happiness Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons In L.A., a bad case of Anthony Weiner envy Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013
Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are hitting the campaign trail hard as the mayoral race winds down in what has been a long and expensive fight to become the next leader of Los Angeles. Times political reporter Michael Finnegan will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the latest poll numbers, the key issues and the final push before voters head to the polls on Tuesday. In a race in which she has had the financial advantage because of massive expenditures by organized labor, Greuel has been fighting to make up the 4 percentage points she trailed Garcetti by when the two emerged from a March primary to become the finalists for mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By James Rainey and Seema Mehta
A two-year-long campaign that has drawn record spending will put either the first woman or the first elected Jewish leader in the Los Angeles mayor's office. But despite those milestones, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti sped around the city Sunday trying to avoid another distinction - drawing the lowest turnout for an open mayoral seat in modern history. The two candidates reached out to voters from churches, to a pizza parlor and a bowling alley on a long day of campaigning - their last extended opportunity to connect directly to voters before Tuesday's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By James Rainey and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
A two-year campaign that has drawn record spending will see either the first woman or the first Jew elected as Los Angeles mayor. But despite those milestones, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti sped around the city Sunday trying to avoid another distinction: drawing the lowest turnout for an open mayoral seat in modern history. The two candidates reached out to voters in churches, at a pizza parlor and in a bowling alley on a long day of campaigning - their last extended opportunity to connect directly to voters before Tuesday's election.
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