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Los Angeles City Hall wants to regulate valet services

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Los Angeles City Council member Eric Garcetti supports preventing valet drivers from parking cars on city streets, at parking meters, or in residential neighborhoods.

Valet companies in the City of Los Angeles would be required to obtain permits and insurance before driving customers’ cars under an ordinance considered Wednesday by the City Council.

The Valet Parking Operator Permit Program is intended to stop valets from parking cars in  neighborhoods and give drivers a way to protect their vehicles from theft and damage. Once the L.A. City Council signs off on the final ordinance in another 60-to-90 days, the program will be phased in over a six-month period. The first neighborhood to see the permit program in action will be Hollywood.

“You’ll find upwards of six valet companies competing against one another on a one- to two-block stretch,” Councilman Eric Garcetti said of the Hollywood area.

“Don’t get me wrong, competition is great. However, when you have valet companies that are not insured, they’re not endorsed or affiliated to any local business, and they’re monopolizing on-street metered spaces and parking cars in our neighborhoods, then you have a serious problem,” he said.


Mayoral donations pour in from outside Los Angeles and out-of-state (updated)

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A new report finds 42 percent of donations to Los Angeles' top four mayoral candidates came from outside the city limits.

More than 40 percent of the contributions to Los Angeles’ top four mayoral candidates have come from outside the city limits and is money that would not be eligible for the city’s matching funds under a proposal being considered by the Ethics Commission.

A report from Common Cause concluded that 42 percent of the donations received by City Controller Wendy Greuel, council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, and attorney Kevin James were from individuals living outside of Los Angeles. Nine percent came from donors outside California.

In June, the Ethics Commission agreed to a proposal that would only provide matching funds for donations made by Angelenos living within the city limits. The rule, which requires approval from the Los Angeles City Council, would not take effect until the 2015 primary.


Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti tie up the money race for mayor

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Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Campaign finance reports show Greuel and Garcetti are neck and neck in the money race.

Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are neck-and-neck in the race to raise funds for their 2013 campaigns, with just $322 separating the two leading candidates.

The latest fundraising report filed with the Ethics Commission shows Greuel, the city’s controller, with $2.2 million. That means from Jan. 1 to June 30, she doubled her campaign warchest. Garcetti, the former council president, also has $2.2 million--plus that additional $322.

“These rock-solid fundraising numbers show that Wendy Greuel has continued to attract an extensive and vibrant audience of supporters throughout the city," said John Shallman, chief strategist to the campaign. "It also demonstrates that she’s amassed substantial resources very early on in the race to be L.A.’s next mayor.” 

Also running for mayor is Councilwoman Jan Perry. She now has $1.1 million, having raised $327,000 in the past six month. Attorney and former talk radio host Kevin James reported a total of $222,145 in his campaign finance report.


Eric Garcetti collects another million for mayor's race (updated)

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Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti raised more than a $1 million in six months for his mayoral run.

In a six-month period, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti pulled in $1.145 million for his mayoral run, according to his campaign.

The Garcetti camp released its latest fundraising figures in advance of the Ethics Commission’s July 31 deadline. With the money he received between Jan. 1 and June 30, Garcetti now has a total of $2.2 million for the 2013 race.

That haul includes $100 from Walmart’s director of community affairs, despite Garcetti’s pledge not to take any money from the retailer. The promise was made as the Los Angeles City Council sought to block a neighborhood Walmart from opening in the Chinatown area. 

The donation came from an individual and was given before Garcetti made his pledge, said Bill Carrick of the Garcetti campaign, adding that the donation would not be returned.  


Gil Garcetti: In honor of Father's Day, donate to son's campaign

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To celebrate Father's Day, former D.A. Gil Garcetti wants supporters to donate to son Eric's campaign.

Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti is using Father’s Day to make a pitch for his preferred mayoral candidate– son Eric Garcetti. 

In an email to supporters, the elder Garcetti asked for campaign donations to help the younger Garcetti spread his message and win next year’s race

“As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about how Eric has always made me incredibly proud – on the Little League field, in the classroom and as a public servant,” Gil Garcetti wrote in the email. “I could go on and on about his past accomplishments, but I think it's more important to talk about what he wants to do next: My son is running for mayor of Los Angeles to move our city in a new direction.” 

Gil Garcetti was the D.A. for Los Angeles County from 1992 to 2000.

Candidates have stepped up their fundraising activities with the reporting period ending on June 30. When the last reporting window ended Dec. 31, 2011, Garcetti had $1.06 million in contributions.