To become the next mayor of Los Angeles, candidates must build coalitions and, to that end, Wendy Greuel announced Monday a slate of Latino leaders who back her run for the city's top job.
The list is similar to a move made by Councilman Eric Garcetti, who is the only Latino in the mayor’s race. (He is of Mexican ancestry on his father’s side.) Several months ago, Garcetti released his own list of Latino supporters.
However, Greuel’s supporters include politicians whose votes she would likely need if elected. They include: current L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar; Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who is running for city council; and LAUSD board member Nury Martinez, who will likely run for a council seat.
Also endorsing Greuel are: L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who is headed to Congress; State Sen. Alex Padilla, a former member of the city council; and Assemblyman-elect Raul Bocanegra.
Garcetti’s Latino supporters include former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and Rigoberto Arrechiga, president of the Mexican American Bar Association.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has served on the city council with Greuel, Garcetti and mayoral candidate Jan Perry, has also endorsed Greuel, who is the current city controller. Meanwhile, Councilman Bernard Parks and former council members Greig Smith and Ruth Galanter have endorsed Perry.