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LA Mayoral Race 2013: Teachers union is backing Garcetti with words, but no money

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Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti and city attorney hopeful Mike Feuer were each endorsed by UTLA Thursday.

The union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers has weighed in on the city’s March 5 municipal election and backed Eric Garcetti for mayor.

The governing body of United Teachers Los Angeles voted 146 to 12 to back the councilman’s campaign. Unlike other big city mayors, such as New York and Chicago, the mayor of Los Angeles does not have control over the public school district. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tried to change that during his tenure, ultimately with limited success. (An organization he created, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, manages 22 schools.)

“We look forward to working with Eric Garcetti as mayor," said UTLA President Warren Fletcher. "He listens to teachers. He understands the importance of our expertise and our commitment to educating students.”