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Friday roundup of news from LA's mayoral candidates

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Here's what's happening Friday in the race to be Los Angeles' next mayor:

  • The Wendy Greuel campaign is on a roll this week, releasing a third television commercial. This one goes negative and highlights Eric Garcetti's vote on digital billboards as well as an oil lease his family owns near Beverly Hills High School. A the time of the billboards vote, the councilman held stock in a billboard company. "Eric Garcetti. In it for himself," the ad says.  (It's worth mentioning that all of the city's digital billboards went dark this week following a court order.)
  • The Garcetti campaign responded to the ad, noting that both Greuel and Garcetti voted in favor of digital billboards in 2006. Also, his billboard investment, which Garcetti's camp says he has since sold, was noted on state and city ethics forms.

  • President Bill Clinton will join Wendy Greuel for a mayoral event Saturday. The campaign is withholding details for now. 
  • Former controller Rick Tuttle, a Greuel supporter, wants an ethics investigation to determine whether Garcetti delayed a 2009 hearing that may have been damaging for the DWP-supported solar plan. The campaign alleges Garcetti has a "cozy" relationship with the DWP union, IBEW Local 18. Which is an odd accusation, since the union's PAC has supported Greuel's candidacy with more than $2 million. 
  • U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra made an endorsement:  "I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti because I’ve seen first-hand how he’s transformed neighborhoods, created jobs and tackled the tough issues." 
  • The candidates will debate on Univisión Friday at 6 p.m.
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