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Listen: Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti debate


With just a few weeks left until Election Day, it’s time to get beyond the campaign rhetoric and 30-second commercials in the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti visited Zócalo for a live debate, taking questions on everything from education to pension reform to why the campaign has gotten so negative.
Warren Olney hosted.

You can hear the whole thing here and …

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Voter Guide: May 21st elections


Did you know that L.A. has more than 2 million eligible voters, but that 1.6 million of them are expected to skip the election on Tuesday? This means that you, dear voter, have a lot of responsibility.
When to Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, May 21st.
Where to Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
Wendy Greuel vs. Eric Garcetti:
Angelenos will finally …

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Today’s News: Poll says Greuel is leading mayor’s race; Dems challenge Brown’s education plan; FasTrak fees


Who’s in first? A new poll finds a dramatic turnaround in the L.A. mayor’s contest – with City Controller Wendy Gruel edging ahead of City Councilman Eric Garcetti by three percentage points. But not everyone is convinced it reflects the true state of the race. The poll by Survey USA It shows Greuel with 45 percent support, Garcetti with 42 percent, and 13 percent …

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Today’s News: L.A. looks into Nevada patient dumping; Villaraigosa lays out final budget: Universal expansion


Patient dumping. L.A. is investigating allegations that Nevada’s main psychiatric hospital has been busing indigent patients to California cities. L.A. County mental health officials say no patients from Nevada have been identified so far. But they plan to take a closer look. The Sacramento Bee has reported that more than 200 patients released from the Nevada facility were given one-way bus tickets to L.A. …

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Poll finds Garcetti has edge over Greuel in LA mayor’s race

Eric Garcetti (L) and Wendy Greuel (R) celebrate after winning a place in the May mayoral election.

There’s a new poll out in the Los Angeles mayor’s race. The USC Price/Los Angeles Times survey shows City Councilman Eric Garcetti leading City Controller Wendy Greuel 50 to 40 percent,  with 10 percent still undecided.
The poll also uncovers some interesting nuggets in the race, and maybe some troubling signs for the Greuel campaign.
Greuel says she’s unfazed by the new poll, and that her …

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Today’s News: Sequester brings flight delays to LAX; Garcetti jumps ahead in mayor’s race; Trutanich lags


Slow going. Passengers headed to Southland airports today could be in for major delays. The Federal Aviation Administration says dozens of flights at LAX  were delayed on average by more than three hours yesterday, and today could be worse. Air-traffic controllers have started taking unpaid furlough days as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester – meaning that fewer controllers …

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Friday Mixer: Mayoral candidates play nice; then don’t


The LA mayor’s race kicks it up another notch (apologies to Emeril Lagasse). There’s new acrimony in the campaign to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Jim Rainey (Los Angeles Times) joined us for discussion on all the recent debates. There was one this week. Another tonight. There’s also one coming up Monday.
The candidates started the week keeping their campaigns low-key to …

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Today’s News: California air dirty, but getting cleaner; Mayoral hopefuls face off; Lakers storm into playoffs


Clear(er) skies. It’s getting a little easier to breathe in Southern California. A new report finds that the number of unhealthy air days in L.A, County dipped from 30 in 2000 to 11 last year. California as a whole cut smog-forming pollutants by 55 percent during that time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that southern California and the Central Valley continue …

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Friday Mixer: Did the Garcetti-Greuel debate disappoint?


Los Angeles Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti took a few shots at each other, but kept their ABC7 encounter mostly friendly last night.
In our Friday Mixer, Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and David Zahniser (Los Angeles Times) recap the back and forth. And wonder why education wasn’t mentioned much given the Greuel campaign’s desire to get Garcetti to attend an impromptu debate the …

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Today’s News: Garcetti’s 9-point lead; Baca facing feds today; Dodgers’ brawl leaves a mark


Opening salvos. Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti took a mostly upbeat tone in their first one-on-one debate. The two liberal Democrats spent much of their time attempting to distinguish themselves from one another. As expected, City Councilman Garcetti tried to make an issue of Greuel’s union support, insisting that he would be the more independent mayor. The City Controller pointed out that …

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Today’s News: Garcetti and Greuel spar before debate; New status for San Gabriels?; Con man is a murderer


Mayoral debate. There have been more than 40 debates in the L.A. mayoral race, but none since the March 5th primary that left Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel as the last man and woman standing. That will change tonight when City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Greuel go face-to-face at American Jewish University in the Sepulveda Pass. The candidates have been trading barbs this …

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Today’s News: Immigration activists hitting the streets; Mojave solar plan nixed; Rebound for local production


Day of activism. Marches, rallies, prayer vigils and voter registration drives are taking place up and down California and nationwide today as activists work to shape the immigration reform debate.  A major rally is also scheduled in Washington, D.C., where bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are putting the finishing touches on reform proposals. The activists want to make sure those proposals include …

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Today’s News: Break in wind helps Fillmore fire fight; State of the City tonight; Grim forecast for vineyards


Fillmore fire. Firefighters are getting a break from the wind as they work to contain a wildfire that’s destroyed two homes and threatened 160 others in Ventura County. They’re trying to take advantage of the lull to surround the flames, because the wind is expected to pick up again tomorrow. The wind storm that swept through yesterday knocked out power to more than 10,000 …

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Friday Mixer: Mayoral amalgam


Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly), Dakota Smith (LA Daily News) and I have talked a lot in recent weeks about how much the mayoral candidates are alike. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are both Democrats. They both espouse progressive views, to match the electorate each hopes to serve.

But until recently, the only difference highlighted between the two was the fact that Wendy Greuel seems to …

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Today’s News: James endorsing Garcetti for mayor; Trying to solve a sea lion mystery; Jackson trial starts


Taking sides. City Councilman Eric Garcetti has picked up the support of former rival Kevin James in his bid to become the next mayor of L.A. The sole Republican in the race, James captured more than 16 percent of the vote in the primary. He was heavily courted by both Garcetti and his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel. James’ backing gives Garcetti endorsements from …

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Friday Mixer: Battling for endorsements, Hollywood development, LA 2020


In this week’s Friday Mixer, we ask, who has the mayoral race endorsement edge? Eric Garcetti received the backing of city councilwoman and former mayoral candidate Jan Perry, while Wendy Greuel got a high-five from former LA Laker – and current part-owner of the LA Dodgers – Magic Johnson.
Could Garcetti’s vocal opposition to the Hollywood Millennium  development project end up helping him if he …

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Today’s News: Perry gives support to Garcetti; New gig for Fabian Nunez; Heat is on fire rings


Perry’s pick. Jan Perry is expected to announce today that she’s endorsing Eric Garcetti for mayor. The two have been colleagues on the city council for a dozen years. Perry finished fourth in the March 5th mayoral primary election, drawing about 16 percent of the vote. She was the overwhelming favorite in the city’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods. L.A. Times
Budget bunch. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary …

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LA Observed: Clinton endorses Greuel


With the Los Angeles mayoral runoff weeks away, there’s another player in the campaign throwing his support for City Controller Wendy Greuel.
It’s not a union chief or some high-ranking city official. It’s former President Bill Clinton, who’s email was shared with donors and voters today.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis spoke with Kevin Roderick from LA Observed about the latest news from the mayor’s race.

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Friday Mixer: A delicate labor dance and insiders joke


Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, two long-time pro-labor Democrats, are suddenly competing over which of them will stand up to city-employee union demands. That’s one of the stories in the L.A. mayor’s race we talk about on tonight’s Friday Mixer. Joining Steve Choitakis are Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly and Jim Rainey from the L.A. Times.
They discussed how both Greuel and Garcetti are …

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Today’s News: Bell jury called back to court; Riordan backs Greuel; ‘Tonight Show’ moves


Jury duty. The jury in the Bell corruption trial isn’t done yet. Judge Kathleen Kennedy has instructed the panel to return to court this morning and jurors could be forced to continue deliberating on dozens of charges that remain unresolved. Five of six former city council members were found guilty yesterday of stealing from the working class city. But the jury also acquitted them …

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Friday Mixer: Union endorsements take center stage


The two remaining candidates for mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, are lining up endorsements and raising cash for the general election in May. And unions are taking center stage in the debate.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis spoke with Gene Maddaus of the L.A. Weekly and Seema Mehta from the L.A. Times for this week’s “Friday Mixer.”

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Today’s News: New twist in MOCA saga; Online classes; Upbeat Anderson Forecast


MOCA moves. Washington D.C’s National Gallery of Art is the latest institution to make a pitch for a partnership with the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art. The National Gallery’s proposed five-year deal follows a bid by the L.A. County of Museum of Art to take over the critically acclaimed but financially strapped downtown museum. The talks with the National Gallery were initiated by L.A. …

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