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South LA churches get visits from mayoral candidates

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It's a political tradition to visit churches the Sunday before Election Day and that's exactly what Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel did across South Los Angeles this morning. 

Greuel visited five churches, starting off the day at Faithful Central Bible Church. At West Angeles Church, she was joined by Police Commissioner John Mack and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Greuel did not speak, but she received applause and cheers from the congregation when she was introduced. 

Greuel has received endorsements from several ministers, including Rev. Chip Murray, former pastor at First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

But on this day, First AME Church welcomed Garcetti — the third of his seven scheduled church visits. He arrived in a party bus with former County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, former Councilwoman Rita Walters and current Councilwoman Jan Perry, who endorsed Garcetti after she finished fourth in the March 5 primary. 

Garcetti took to the pulpit and likened voting to prayer. He also called Moses the Bible's great political figure and said that, like Moses, Angelenos must confront their greatest fears in order to move forward as a city. 

"Los Angeles, I know we fear everyday that traffic will get worse, that unemployment will be higher, but it isn't for City Hall to solve," Garcetti said. "It's for all of us to solve. We must confront that fear and let ourselves go forward to that Promised Land." 

Garcetti is scheduled to be at Factor's Deli and Derby Dolls in the afternoon. Greuel will be with Congresswoman  Janice Hahn in San Pedro and she'll finish the day at a bowling alley in Studio City.

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