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Poll finds Garcetti, Greuel frontrunners in 2013 mayor's race; 2/3 undecided (updated)

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A poll by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles finds Councilman Eric Garcetti leads the 2013 mayoral primary amongst voters who have already decided who to vote for. Two-thirds of voters remain undecided.

For Angelenos who have already made up their minds about the 2013 mayoral primary, their top pick is Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, a new poll released Monday concludes.

The Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University surveyed 3,749 voters as they left the polls Nov. 6. The poll indicated that two-thirds of those voters have not yet decided whom to vote for in the March 5, 2013 primary. For the 1,152 voters who had made up their minds, Garcetti led with 36 percent. Controller Wendy Greuel polled at 32 percent, while Councilwoman Jan Perry trailed with 15 percent followed by attorney Kevin James at 8.7 percent.

“We’re very encouraged by that because we think it shows the broad outlines of the Garcetti coalition,” the campaign’s Bill Carrick told KPCC. “Is it the end all and be all of all polling? No, but it’s very interesting.”

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LA's mayoral candidates propose alternatives to sales tax increase

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The top mayoral candidates, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti, all oppose the proposed sales tax increase.

A final vote to place a half-cent sales tax on the City of Los Angeles’ spring ballot is scheduled for Tuesday, but the top mayoral candidates have already come out in opposition to the proposal.

The tax increase, backed by council President Herb Wesson, could bring in as much as $215 million a year. Mayoral candidates and current council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry voted no in last week's initial vote.

Fellow candidate Wendy Greuel, L.A.'s City Controller, is also opposed. So is attorney Kevin James, who calls the proposed tax shortsighted — with some pointed words about Wesson's argument that the tax would give officials "breathing room" to come up with long-term solutions.

“I can translate it for you in just a few words – kicking the can farther down the road. That’s what breathing room means,” James said of the proposal. 

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Eric Garcetti pulls ahead — slightly — in mayoral money race

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Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Both Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti report $2.8 million in their latest campaign reports, according to the Ethics Commission.

Money just keeps rolling in for the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles, and it appears hopefuls Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are staying neck-and-neck when it comes to donations. 

In his quarterly campaign finance report, Garcetti reported $2.87 million – about $71,000 more than Greuel. Councilwoman Jan Perry reported $1.3 million, while attorney Kevin James had $275,000 and former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emanuel Pleitez, had $110,000.

Those figures are for the period ending Sept. 30. Of course, the question hanging over the race is whether billionaire developer Rick Caruso will run for mayor. Caruso has the power to significantly outspend whatever the declared candidates could raise from donors. (It costs an estimated $1.4 million to do a week’s worth of television ads in Los Angeles.) 

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High-profile Latinos come out in support of Eric Garcetti

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Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is of Latino heritage on his father's side.

A former justice of the California Supreme Court headlines a list of high-profile Latinos in support of Councilman Eric Garcetti’s run for mayor of Los Angeles. 

Garcetti is the only major mayoral candidate who can claim some Latino heritage. (Despite the Italian surname, he is Mexican on his father’s side of the family.) Garcetti has often spoken of spending time as a boy with his grandparents in Boyle Heights.

In his endorsement letter, Justice Carlos Moreno points out that relatives of his and Garcetti's once lived near each other in Mexico. 

The list of 100 supporters includes:

  • Rigoberto Arrechiga, president, Mexican American Bar Association
  • Former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante
  • Sal Castro, Education Advocate
  • Jorge Corralejo, chairman & CEO, Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles
  • Alex Gallardo-Rooker, vice chair, California Democratic Party
  • Salma Hayek, actress

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Eric Garcetti plays mayor of Los Angeles on the big screen

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L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti is running for mayor, and he's playing the mayor of Los Angeles in the new film "End of Watch."

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti wants to be mayor so badly that he’s playing the role in a movie — seriously.

Garcetti appears as the mayor of Los Angeles in the new film, “End of Watch,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LAPD officers who “patrol the meanest streets of south central Los Angeles,” according to the film’s website. (On IMDB, Garcetti is listed as playing himself.)

Anyone who donates $50 or more to Garcetti’s campaign by noon on Saturday will be eligible for a chance to attend a screening of the film with the councilman and Gyllenhaal, who has donated to Garcetti's campaign. 

It’s not the first time Garcetti has played mayor of Los Angeles. A year ago he popped up on TNT’s “The Closer.” The councilman's father, former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is a consulting producer on the series. Of course, when Eric Garcetti was city council president, he got to be the acting mayor – for real – whenever Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was out of town. 

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