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Mayoral wrapup: Greuel talks business, Garcetti gets boost from former Obama advisor

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013With the mayoral campaign in the homestretch, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are criss-crossing the city to energize their bases. 

Greuel spoke to the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Thursday about her plans to create new jobs and streamline City Hall. As for public education, Greuel told the audience she supports local control and she believes principals need to be responsible for what happens in their schools. 

After the lunch, reporters asked Greuel about a series of negative ads that are out this week, specifically targeting the Latino community. The controller said she wants to see an end to all negative ads -- that are not truthful. 

"I asked my opponent on Monday to stop the negative campaigning, the mudslinging, the negative campaigns, the lies that are on the TV commercials and the radio commercials, and he said no," Gruel said. 

A TV spot hit the airwaves Thursday that calls into question Garcetti's Latino background. The commercial was financed by a physician who supports Greuel. Asked whether it's appropriate to question her opponent's roots, Greuel said she hadn't yet seen the ad. 

Later in the day, on the other side of town, Garcetti participated in a rally with supporters from Democratic clubs throughout the city. He was also joined by David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Barack Obama. 

Garcetti was an early supporter of Obama, first campaigning for him in Iowa in the 2008 election. In 2012, he served as co-chair of the Obama campaign in California. He's also been a frequent guest at the White House. But the president declined to endorse in a race that pits two Democrats against one another. 

"I think it's fair to say that the President of the United States could not have a better friend than Eric Garcetti," Axelrod said. 

The runoff is on May 21. 

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