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LA mayor’s race: Voters struggle to decide between similar Garcetti and Greuel

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Many voters are having a hard time making up their mind between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in the race for Los Angeles mayor.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013As Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel crisscrossed Los Angeles in search of support Saturday, many voters wrestled to decide between the two Democrats in this non-partisan race for mayor.

“That’s why I’m out here today,” said Mary Lee after a candidate’s forum in South Los Angeles. “I’m trying to make that final decision.”

A poll by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State LA found 9 percent of likely voters undecided on the mayor’s race. Greuel captured 46 percent support and Garcetti garnered 45 percent – a virtual tie.

“I know Garcetti’s record in Hollywood and many of his economic accomplishments there,” Lee said of the city councilman who represents that area. But she’s also impressed by Greuel’s fiscal record as city controller. Then there’s the gender question.


Judge rejects restraining order on Feuer's campaign funds

A judge Friday denied an activist's request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented Mike Feuer, right, from using his campaign funds.

A Los Angeles judge denied a request Friday for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented city attorney candidate Mike Feuer from spending his campaign funds. 

The request came from community activist Laura Lake, who claimed Feuer obtained matching funds from the City of Los Angeles even though he surpassed the spending cap. Candidates who receive matching funds cannot spend more than $1.25 million in the first round.

Documents filed with the Ethics Commission first listed Feuer's expenses as $1.26 million but, the campaign got some money back and that brought expenses to $1.24 million. The Feuer campaign received $650,000 in matching funds for the primary and general elections.

A spokesman for Feuer referred to the case as "frivolous."

"This is a bogus, politically motivated lawsuit, and this has been made clear to the court," said Dave Jacobson. 


LA mayor's race: Garcetti leads Gruel in fundraising and more in the bank (updated)


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Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are heading into the homestretch for the May 21 mayoral runoff.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013Corrected: L.A. mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti pulled in more money than rival Wendy Greuel over the most recent four-week campaign reporting period and also finished out the reporting period with lots more cash on hand for the remaining days of the campaign, the city ethics commission reported.

Garcetti collected $1.65 million to Greuel's $1 million, a sum that included $100,000 she loaned to her campaign.  Over the course of the mayor's race, Garcetti has collected $7.4 million, while Greuel has collected $6.7 million.

Garcetti's committee has more than $2 million in the bank, according to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Gruel's campaign, which has invested heavily in several TV ads, has about one-tenth of that amount.

Independent committees, which can collect and spend unlimited amounts, have spent $4.5 million on Greuel's behalf, and just over $1 million dollars for Garcetti.


District Attorney investigates complaint in Hollywood area council race

Mitch O'Farrell (L) and John Choi

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The CD13 race between Mitch O'Farrell, left, and John Choi isn't as friendly as it looks here. Allegations of voter fraud and xenophobia have surfaced in recent days.

The District Attorney's Office is investigating a complaint that campaign workers in a Hollywood area city council race illegally filled out ballots for voters. 

The complaint was filed by the John Choi campaign against his opponent Mitch O'Farrell. According to the campaign, the O'Farrell camp mishandled ballots and outright voted on behalf of constituents in the Little Armenia neighborhood. The O'Farrell campaign denies all the allegations. 

"This is the most blatant and widespread case of voter fraud I've seen in 20 years of political campaigns," said Mike Shimpock of the Choi campaign. "They are literally stealing this election. This needs to be stopped."

In response, an attorney for the O'Farrell campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter and countered with its own accusation that the Choi campaign violated election laws by completing ballots for voters. 


Maven's Morning Coffee: the lifestyles of Greuel and Garcetti, alleged voter fraud in CD 13, a look at the medical marijuana measures


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The Los Angeles Times contrasts the upbringings and lifestyles of Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti.

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The Los Angeles Times contrasts the upbringings and lifestyles of Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. The two candidates "have been criticized for having nearly indistinguishable records during their more than 10 years at Los Angeles City Hall. But when it comes to their lifestyles, they dwell in very different worlds," according to The Times.

The District Attorney's Office is investigating allegations that a candidate in CD 13 inappropriately filled out voters' ballots in Little Armenia, reports the Los Angeles Times. John Choi has accused his opponent Mitch O'Farrell of voter fraud and illegal electioneering activities.