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La Opinión endorses Eric Garcetti in L.A. mayoral race

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La Opinion endorses City Councilman Eric Garcetti for mayor.

La Opinión, the largest and oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the L.A. region, has endorsed City Councilman Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor.

The editorial called Garcetti the best candidate to develop jobs within the city's manufacturing, tourism, retail and entertainment industries. It also said he was most prepared to lead reforms of the city's budget and pension system.

Garcetti, whose paternal grandfather was from Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish. He has a few endorsements from prominent Latinos, including former State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and former Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante. However, many more of the area's top Latino leaders, including County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Assembly Speaker John Pérez, have endorsed City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Garcetti has Latino support groups working on his behalf, though some of Greuel's Latino backers have openly questioned his ethnic credentials

The La Opinión editorial called Greuel a solid candidate and complimented her experience as a council member and as city controller.

But it said Garcetti's experience communicating with the diverse populations and cultures within his Hollywood-area district and his prospects for improving the area's economy made him the better choice for Los Angeles.

To see a list of endorsements in the mayor's race, click here

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