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League of Conservation Voters backs Greuel, Garcetti for mayor

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti

Wendy Greuel Campaign/Eric Garcetti campaign

L.A. mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti both won endorsements from the L.A. League of Conservation Voters in the March 5th election.

Less than a month after it hosted a debate with the four leading mayoral candidates, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in the spring primary. 

So far, Greuel and Garcetti appear to be in the lead – at least when it comes to money and poll numbers.

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The league’s Tessa Charnofsky says both candidates “have demonstrated strong leadership on public health and the environment – from supporting policies that reduce our city’s dependence on fossil fuels to cleaning our storm water, investing in public transit systems and protecting open space.”

A spokesman for the League said, should Garcetti and Greuel advance to a runoff, the organization will not endorse one over the other. 

Both Garcetti and Greuel sent out messages via social media about Monday's endorsement, but neither noted that their primary opponent was also receiving the League's support. 

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Los Angeles candidates ask supporters to celebrate New Year's Eve with campaign donations

Pile of money

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Los Angeles' municipal candidates want Angelenos to ring in the new year by donating to their campaigns. Midnight is the deadline for this fundraising cycle.

When the clock strikes midnight, it won’t just be a chance to part with 2012.

Candidates for city office in Los Angeles hope it’s a chance for you to part with your cash.

Today is the last day in this cycle to donate to candidates running for mayor, city controller, city attorney and the Los Angeles City Council. This round of fundraising numbers will be posted to the Ethics Commission's website on Jan. 10.

In their efforts to get more donations, candidates have taken to email and social networks. The day after Christmas, Controller Wendy Greuel, who is running for mayor, sent out an email that read, “One of the things I’m thankful for this holiday season is your ongoing support.” She then asked for $35 before the fundraising deadline.

Councilman Eric Garcetti, also a candidate for mayor, emailed this poem to his supporters Monday: 

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Leading mayoral candidates announce endorsements from Latino elected officials

Supervisor Gloria Molina

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County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor Friday. Meanwhile, Ed Reyes backed his City Council colleague Eric Garcetti.

The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles released dueling endorsements Friday, each highlighting support from prominent Latino politicians. 

Ed Reyes endorsed his L.A. City Council colleague Eric Garcetti. They have served together since 2001. 

Reyes issued a statement that said: “For more than a decade, Council member Eric Garcetti has been a strong and independent voice for the people of Los Angeles. He marshaled this city through our most challenging economic times while preserving jobs and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. His experience and strong leadership are what Los Angeles needs.”

After that announcement, City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel countered with a statement of endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. 

“Wendy Greuel will focus on creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion and strengthening our public schools,” Molina said. 

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

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti campaign

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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Barbara Boxer endorses Wendy Greuel for mayor of Los Angeles

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel Campaign

Controller Wendy Greuel's campaign for mayor was endorsed Thursday by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

The mayoral campaign of Controller Wendy Greuel landed a high-profile endorsment Thursday from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

The California Democrat noted that Greuel’s election would give the city of Los Angeles its first female mayor. (A second candidate, Councilwoman Jan Perry, would also be the city’s first woman mayor if elected.)

“I’ve known Wendy Greuel for two decades. Wendy is a proven leader who will focus on revitalizing our economy and creating jobs. I look forward to working with Wendy on priorities such as continuing to build a world class transportation system for the people of Los Angeles,” Boxer said in a statement from the campaign. 

Boxer is Greuel’s most prominent endorsement so far. Earlier this week, Greuel announced endorsements from Latino politicians including Congressman-elect Tony Cardenas, state Sen. Alex Padilla and Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar. 

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