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Zev Yaroslavsky opts not to run to be Los Angeles's next mayor (updated)

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

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Despite more than a year of speculation, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not run for mayor of Los Angeles.

After more than a year of speculation, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky announced today he will not run for mayor of Los Angeles because “it’s time for a new generation of leaders to emerge and guide this region into the future."

Yaroslavsky, 63, has served in elected office since he first joined to the L.A. City Council in 1975. He was later elected to the Board of Supervisors, a job he has held since 1994.

“Beginning as a 26-year-old councilman, I have quite literally come of age in public life at the forefront of Los Angeles’ most critical issues. While I have never been a supporter of term limits, I do believe that four decades is long enough for any citizen to hold elective office, especially in an executive capacity,” Yaroslavsky said in a statement on his website.

Deciding whether to run for mayor has been “one of the most difficult decisions of my political life,” Yaroslavsky said.


Three high-profile Angelenos back Wendy Greuel for mayor

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Controller Wendy Greuel's mayoral bid is backed by former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, labor leader Dolores Huerta and John Mack, formerly of the Los Angeles Urban League.

Controller Wendy Greuel is a leading candidate to be the next mayor of Los Angeles and on Wednesday she announced the endorsements of three prominent Angelenos, which she hopes will show her support in three key communities.

Supporters of the controller's mayoral bid include former assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg, labor icon Dolores Huerta and John Mack, the former president of the Los Angeles Urban League and a member of the Police Commission.

The Greuel camp is hoping the endorsements reflect support in the San Fernando Valley, African-American and labor communities.

"Wendy Greuel’s authenticity, her passion and drive for excellence in city government, coupled with her proven ability to deliver tangible results for the residents of LA are why I’m pleased to give her my enthusiastic endorsement," Hertzberg said in a press release from the campaign.


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

Pile of money

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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)

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti campaign

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.