The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor Tuesday, putting the pro-business group on the same side as some of the city’s most powerful unions.
The Chamber joins the Los Angeles Police Protective League, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in backing the city controller for the mayor's office.
“Wendy has a long record of working with the Chamber to champion job creation and build a stronger economy in Los Angeles,” said Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the L.A. Area Chamber.
“She brings a unique combination of political leadership and knowing what it takes to run a successful family-owned business.”
Greuel is running against Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, attorney Kevin James and tech executive Emanuel Pleitez in the March 5 primary.
The Chamber’s independent committee, LA Jobs PAC, is spending a record amount of money in the city’s spring municipal election. Documents filed with the Ethics Commission show the PAC had raised $435,000 in cash, though the committee hopes to bring that total to $1 million in time for the May 21 runoff.
In city council races, the Chamber endorsed Gil Cedillo, Felipe Fuentes, Mike Bonin, Alex De Ocampo and Joe Buscaino. The LA Jobs PAC has so far spent $3,000 to support De Ocampo and another $11,121 to oppose Cedillo’s opponent, Jose Gardea, in the First District, according to the Ethics Commission.
For a list of endorsements in the mayor's race, click here.