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LA Mayoral Race 2013: With 4 weeks 'til election, mayoral candidates debate, attack and raise money

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The five leading candidates for mayor debated every day this week. In the coming weeks? More debates.

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti rocked out with Moby Thursday night at the Fonda Theatre – all in the name of fundraising.

In addition to Moby, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was the emcee and comedic actor Will Ferrell made an appearance via video. And if pictures on Facebook are to be believed, Garcetti — a pianist and composer — showed off his skills on the keyboard and congas. The event took in $250,000, according to the campaign. The Garcetti campaign has raised $3.6 million through Jan. 19, according to finance reports posted to the Ethics Commission.

Meanwhile, on the campaign trail this week, Jan Perry made the move to go negative in the form of a mailer that knocks Controller Wendy Greuel for feigning surprise at the city’s Gold Card Desk, which helped Angelenos get out of parking tickets. The Gold Card Desk was also the subject of an attack ad from Kevin James.

The mayoral candidates are spending a lot of time together these days. The five – including Emanuel Pleitez – have debated almost every day this week. They may want to organize a carpool because the schedule is not letting up. In the next two weeks, candidates will debate in downtown, Crenshaw, Brentwood, Mt. Washington and San Pedro. On Feb. 17, they’ll be in North Hollywood for a debate hosted by the League of Humane Voters.

In endorsement news:

  • The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats backed Wendy Greuel
  • The Los Angeles Times endorsed Mike Feuer’s city attorney campaign
  • Controller candidate Ron Galperin picked up support from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
  • In CD 13, Jose Sigala was endorsed by county Supervisor Gloria Molina and labor icon Dolores Huerta 
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