Mayoral candidate and City Controller Wendy Greuel makes the front cover of the LA Weekly this week. The story by Gene Maddaus, a regular on our Friday mixer segment, talks about Greuel’s connection to some of the city’s most powerful unions and how that might come back to bite her on March 5. Greuel is one of the leading candidates for mayor, along with fellow front-runner Eric Garcetti.
Maddaus lays the potential blame on a Garcetti win at the feet of Brian D’Arcy, head of IBEW Local 18, the union that represents most of the workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The opening paragraphs will give you a sense of where it’s going:
Brian D’Arcy has a lot riding on the race for L.A. mayor, which may be why he’s staying out of sight. The last time he campaigned openly for something — a solar initiative — it failed, which is sort of amazing, given that solar energy polls at 80 percent. But that’s Brian D’Arcy. He can make sunshine controversial. …
If [Wendy Greuel] loses the mayor’s race, the D’Arcy factor may be largely to blame. (LA Weekly)